Tohru Honda is 16 year old orphaned girl who gets invited to live in the house of her classmate, the handsome boy Sohma Yuki, and his cousins, 16 year old Kyo and 27 year old Shigure. However, these young men and parts of the rest of their family (both close and distant) hold a curse; if they are hugged by the opposite gender, they transform into animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Everyday is an adventure for sweet Tohru, as she gets to know everyone in the large family better (especially Yuki and Kyo), in both common and bizarre situations. But, the Sohma Family curse is certainly no laughing matter... it also holds horrible cruelity and heartbreak.
Hannah's comments: At first, Fruits Basket seems to be a boring "a-sort-of-comedy", with a girl who cares a little too much of what others do and feel and always says sorry for her own behaviours. Also it seemed to be a typical animé with big eyes, small nose and cute faces with hair with all kinds of colours ( those who aren´t so familiar with animé, nearly always think animé and Japanese animations shall look like this). I was really, really bored and nearly stopped watching after every episode until the 11th or 12th. Up to those episodes (of 26 episodes in total) there is a daily life for a normal girl, living with quite normal guys (except for their curse).
Then the series slowly went forward and even became more and more exciting and dramatic. You get to know why the series got it´s name Fruits Basket. You get to know so many Sohmas. You get to know why Tohru is an orphan and why she always tries to have a smile on her face. But I had the feeling I didn´t get the answer of the Sohma Family´s curse, except the animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Maybe the answer was related to the cat and that all of the Sohmas were transformed to the animal when a normal person tried to hug them. They could also be transformed when they were in bad mode. Fruits Basket even went better animated. The best with this series, I think ( my habit) are all the faces they do and are animated, in the fun way or in the more serious (and common) way. The small secondbreaks "claps", when a scene is moving from one to a totally another. The cutest was Momiji. The background music isn´t so much to say about. There are of course some other questions (which might pop up in your head) that are unanswered, but try to not to solve them, just let them be.
What I hated...was the Swedish subtitle. I only bought the series with Swedish subtitle because it was cheap. But the subtitle lacks a lot in the translation and I think I also got bad DVD-copies. I don´t know, but every DVD except the last one hacked a lot, mostly the audio but also once in a while the picture. Every time I watch an animé with Swedish subtitle, I hope the subtitle would be good, but as this far, I always have been disappointed. Of course I watch it with Japanese audio. Watch Fruits Basket with English subtitle. If you can stand that the Fruits Basket is quite boring with the "slice of life"-theme, the first 250 minutes, then go for it.