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  • Packaging Rating: A
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  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 2 - Europe
  • Released By: Revelation Films
  • MSRP: £49.99
  • Running time: 625
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket Box Set

By Dani Moure     January 22, 2007
Release Date: January 22, 2007

Fruits Basket Box Set
© Revelation Films

What They Say
At its core, Fruits Basket is a well -written comedy about real-life difficulties that people face while growing up and how true friendships can change life forever. Tohru Honda is a cheerful 16 year old who becomes an orphan when her mother dies in a car accident. Under these unusual circumstances , she is taken in by a member of the Sohma family. It turns out that the Sohma family are no ordinary family- they are cursed. When family members are embraced by members of the opposite sex, they transform into animals of the Chinese zodiac, plus the cat. It's a family secret that has been highly guarded for years.What happens when Tohru discovers the family secret?

The Review!
An old gem that flew under the radar of many is re-released as a complete box by Funimation's new distributor.

This box set from Revelation Films is basically an import of the box released in the US, just sporting a few stickers on. The box itself is a fold-out style chipboard box, and houses all four individual volumes of the show. The top of the box has a really nice piece of artwork of Tohru, Yuki and Kyo, Shigure, and Hana-chan and Uo-chan. The logo, as well as some nice little zodiac characters, appear in a strip at the bottom. The back features another gorgeous image, this time of Tohru, Yuki and Kyo sitting at a picnic. A sticker appears over the bottom, covering the US version's technical specs, and features the company logos and disc specs.

Each side of the box also has some lovely artwork, except the spine which just includes the show's logo. Inside the box there is another great piece of art, this time Tohru holding several of the Sohmas who are in animal form.


In Summary:
Fruits Basket is quite simply one of the best series available that many people will never watch. It's beautiful, heart-warming drama at its absolute best, thanks to one of the best manga to anime adaptations you'll find courtesy of the superb Akitaro Daichi. The characterisation throughout the series is stunning, and the slice-of-life style plot paves the way for several stories that truly pack one heck of an emotional punch.

It's always been fantastic value for money, but now it's available in a box set there's simply no excuse not to own this show. It's just so charming and, if you get hooked on it, as I did all those years ago, you will get hooked, good and proper. It won't appeal to action fans but for those that don't own it who are open to a nice piece of drama that works at its own pace, and includes some truly memorable characters, please buy this show. It deserves your money more than most.

Japanese Language (2.0),English Language (2.0),English Subtitles,Textless Opening and Ending,Character Profiles,Interviews,Illustration Galleries

Review Equipment
Philips 28" Pure Flat Widescreen TV, Pioneer DV-464 code free DVD player, JVC gold-plated RGB SCART cable, standard stereo sound.


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