Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Fruits Basket Volume 3 Puddles of Memories |
Actors: Laura Bailey, Eric Vale, Yui Horie, Aya Hisakawa, Jerry Jewell
Directors: Akitar˘ Daichi, Nagisa Miyazaki
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
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Niki Z. from SPRING, TX
Reviewed on 9/29/2010...
My kids and I love this series.
Kristine K. (GoldenGryphon) from EAST BERNARD, TX
Reviewed on 11/13/2009...
If you have any familiarity with the manga, you just need to know that the producers did a fantastic job of converting the manga into an animation format. The choices of voice actors are equally near perfect.
If you have no clue as to what a manga is, or what the above sentences are talking about, get ye to a bookstore, immediately! (the series, of which this is vol 3) is a fantastic fantasy story set in modern Japan. There are quite a few adult-ish topics that are dealt with from the death of a parent and the subsequent changes in lifestyle to the standard teen angst of relationships and romance. Nothing overt happens, I'm sure to the relief of parents everywhere, but several sensitive topics are brought up and dealt with. A parent may want to watch the video with their child, or just be prepared for some awkward questions later, but these are things that can and should be discussed. As the story builds on itself over time, these are not necessarily stand-alone DVDs. They should be watched in order and the story allowed to develop over time.
Other than the warning about potential serious or sensitive topics, this is a fantastic story and one that is amusing and sweet without being overly mushy. There is some squabbling and fighting and some furniture and walls get destroyed, but nothing as bad or overly dramatic as happens in other anime.
Give this one a shot! You won't regret it.
Craig Miller | Alexandria, VA United States | 03/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There really are no two words that could better describe 'Fruits Basket.' It's a charming series featuring the kind-hearted baka Tohru and the Souma family that she came to live with. The family has a dark secret- many of the members, the Juunishi, turn into the assorted animals of the Chinese Zodiac (and, in Kyou's case, the cat) when embraced by a member of the opposite sex, or put under stress. Tohru discovers this secret and, to Yuki the rat-boy's surprise, likes them anyway.Each episode is amusing and charming (and makes me love Kyou even more.. mmm) and, on top of that, has a nice little lesson to it. 'People get jealous because their beauty is on their backs, like the treats on a rice-ball..' It's darling. I can watch them over and over again without getting tired, and I highly prize it as one of the best of the lesser known, if not all, animes I've ever seen.There are six episodes per DVD. In this set, you get to meet Yuki's older brother who turns into a snake, and his stories are hilarious. If you have no qualms about seeming mildly girly, I recommend Fruits Basket as a laugh-out-loud, sweet, and tear-jerking gem that can get anyone a little emotional, but most of the emotions you'll feel are happy. Certainly, none will be disappointment."
The magic continues
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This volume of Fruits Basket unfolds much at the same pace as the previous two. We are finally properly introduced to Akito, the head of the Sohma family, and, as suspected, he is not a very reassuring person, in fact, he is downright scary. Tohru is also introduced to two other members of the Zodiac, the first being Ayame, Yuki's previously unmentionned older brother. Ayame is quite similar to Shigure, except that he is even more of a tease, much flashier and much less insightful (although he does eventually prove he can be something more than an immature show-off, if only for a few seconds). The second new character is Kisa, a little girl who desperately needs just the kind of love Tohru is capable of giving. Also, in what I found to be the least interesting episode, the Yuki Fanclub hatches a scheme to get rid of Tohru.I rated this volume five stars, because I think it contains enough new developments and enough humour and touching moments to keep us interested, but, in comparison to the previous two volumes, my rating would probably be closer to 4 1/2 stars. For one thing, I felt Yuki got too much of the spotlight, since many of the episodes centered around his relationship with other characters, such as Akito, Ayame and the Fangirls. Kyo hardly gets any crucial moments, except in the last episode, in which he shows a rare display of affection towards Tohru. Also, although Kisa is quite a likeable character, her arrival doesn't really teach us anything new, it merely repeats the message of courage, perseverance and trust in other people's kindness. Finally, the episode with the Fangirls would have been pointless, had it not introduced Hana's little brother Megumi, who doesn't even appear after that anymore.Nevertheless, this 3rd volume is still extremely enjoyable, as it continues to deepen the bonds between the main characters and reveal their secrets one by one. Despite not being quite as consistantly good as the first two, it remains an excellent anime, conveying the same inspiring impression of the strength and fragility of love and happiness."
A deceptively simple anime, that will draw you in.
Sherline H. Lee | Atlanta, GA USA | 04/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Based on the highly popular manga (which still continues in Japan), Fruits Basket at first glance would appear to just be another shoujo (girls') anime. However, don't be misled by the pure, simple art or the episode summaries - this is an anime about how one girl's kindness and hope brings healing to a family that is isolated because of a long-standing curse upon them. Honestly, I bought the first volume on a lark. But I was drawn in by the beauty of the characters and their interactions with one another. It's a sincere, funny anime that deftly balances angst with hope. I immediately went back out and bought the next two volumes, including the one being reviewed now.As for the extras in these dvds, there are some really nice touches. INterviews with various staff, and various image galleries as well as textless openings. Highly recommended. This is one series to add to your library."