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Fruits Basket vol.3: Puddles of Memories (2003)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Funimation Productions
Genre: Anime, Shojo
Running Time: 143 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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As the one year anniversary of her mother's death looms on the horizon, Tohru Honda is forced to take inventory of her life. Over the past 12 months she remained strong and focused despite her personal tragedy by becoming a valued member of the well known but mysterious Sohma household. But with the arrival of a new school year comes even more turmoil. Tohru soon discovers that the love and care she gives others is exactly what she needs in the most difficult time of her life. Be sure to add this new anime based on the #1 manga by Takaya Natsuki to your basket.

Contains episodes 13-19.

Special features:

  • Fruits Basket Room #2: Yui Horie (Tohru) interviews Tomokazu Seki (Kyo)
  • Eyecatch Gallery 2
  • Character profiles
  • Textless opening and ending animation
  • Trailers

GreenCine Member Reviews

Best when you're in the mood for something warm and fuzzy by hneline1 August 27, 2003 - 9:59 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Fruits Basket can be enjoyed as a teen comedy, as a relationship drama, as a magic-based sitcom, or as a philosophical treatise on living optimistically in an imperfect world. I think that it's best when you're in the mood for something warm and fuzzy, but more and more as the series continues, the situations seem more sadly bittersweet than truly rosy.

This disk contains episodes 13 thru 19 and begins with Tohru and Yuki's second year in high school. More of the Sohma clan start taking classes at the same school and we finally see the infamous Akita, leader of the Sohma family. My favorite relationship in this disk is between Yuki and his older brother, Ayame, who are in such different universes that they can't find a common ground even though they want to find one. The saddest episode is about the first year anniversary of Tohru's mother's death, which also explores Momiji's relationship with his mother. And the funniest episode, IMHO, is the one where the Prince Yuki Fan Club go after Tohru's friend Hanajima -- watch for the changing Yuki decoration in the Fan Club room.

This disk also contains some nice extras. There is the Ka-ching Wipe Gallery part 2, and there is a friendly interview between Yui Horie, the voice actress who plays Tohru, and Tomokazu Seki, who plays Kyo. Tomokazu Seki (Van in Escaflowne, Ken in Weiss Kreuz, Kamui in X, Sagara in Full Metal Panic!, Tokio in Arjuna, among many others) is pretty funny -- if you want to see more "live action" monkeying around by him, watch the extras in Weiss Kreuz.

This series continues to charm by RobotechMaster June 29, 2003 - 10:11 PM PDT
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
With this third volume, Fruits Basket continues to be a delightful, heartwarming, and dreadfully funny series, as Honda-kun continues to affect the oddball members of the Sohma family in memorable and beneficial ways. I look forward to seeing how this series comes out, and whether the curse can indeed be lifted.

Content aside, Funimation's done a bang-up job with these discs: plenty of extras, and they've subtitled not only the dialogue but the various captions and signs that often pop up throughout the course of this manga-stylized anime. And since it contains a whopping seven episodes, the disc is a great value for its price--serving as a great example of just why DVD is such an awesome format for anime.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 8.74)
274 Votes
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