Includes episodes 7 ? 12 It?s once again time for the school?s annual Cultural Festival, and Class 1-D?s rice ball stand is a success ? thanks in large part to Tohru?s delicious home-made treats. But what should be a da... more »y of fun turns tense when the festival is visited by two unexpected guests ? Momiji and Hatori Sohma! Akito has sent them to the school to do some checking-up on Yuki and the others. The only question is, why? At Hatori?s request (or rather, demand), Tohru pays a secret visit to the Sohma Estate. But when she arrives to find the sprawling compound practically deserted, not even the fun-loving Momiji can help to ease Tohru?s nerves. Thanks to Yuki?s previous warning, Tohru fears the "important matters" Hatori wishes to discuss may include erasing her memory! The month of December is near its end, and Tohru and the Sohma boys are getting ready to greet the New Year. Tohru plans a grand holiday dinner, but in the midst of the preparations, she discovers she may only need a table for one. Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure will have to return to Sohma House for an exclusive Zodiac Banquet?which means Tohru may have to spend New Year?s Eve alone. Winter Break is over and the third term has started at school, which can mean only one thing ? it?s time for the endurance run! Tohru, Yuki, and Kyo suit up for their annual physical fitness test, but when the starting pistol fires, they quickly find themselves running against more than just the clock. Yuki has a troublesome cold to deal with, and Kyo has a troublesome relative! "Black Haru" is on the scene! It?s Valentine?s Day, a dangerous day for the Sohma boys, as girls from all over the school swarm to give them presents! Even Tohru?s gotten some Valentine?s chocolates for Yuki and Kyo (and Shigure, and Momiji, and Hatori, and Hatsuharu?). But as Tohru soon discovers, these little chocolates could lead to some big headaches down the road, especially when she hears what Momiji is giving her in return! Momiji gives Tohru an amazing White Day present ? an all-expenses-paid trip to a hot spring! With Yuki and Kyo along for the ride, Tohru and Momiji travel in the comfort of a private chartered bus to the luxurious Sohma owned resort. Upon their arrival, Tohru meets the woman who will be her hostess for the day. And when she learns that this rather bizarre woman is also a Sohma, she can?t help but wonder ? could this be another member of the zodiac?« less
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 2) 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 cam 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.
Fruits Basket Rocks!
anataras | Ottumwa, IA, USA | 04/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To read the title you'd think this was just another boring anime. WRONG! This wacky series about the Sohma family that are all cursed as one animal of the chinese zodiac and get turned into them whenever someone of the opposite sex hugs them. Ranma, move over! The Sohma family is a zany bunch of misfit personalities from Momiji, too cute for words and older than he looks, to Kyo and Kagura who when approached the right way are sweet but have vicious tempers. And lets not forget Hatsuharu and Black Haru (eep!). This is a must see for any true anime fan. The characters alone will keep you in stiches so much you'll have to watch it again to see what all you've missed laughing. This anime definetly rates 5 stars. I'd give it 10 if I could. Although waiting a month for it to come out with the next one is hard. Oh well, just rewatch this one!"
This series is getting better as it goes on
M. Hammond | San Diego, CA United States | 01/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I picked up the first dvd after viewing the preview dvd with the Dragonball GT preview & enjoyed it, but this one was better. Having set up the story on the first dvd, Fruits Basket adds several members of the Sohma family, cursed & not, all who seem to know about Tohru knowing the family secret (major word of mouth?). Haru's probably my fav of those intro'd(cool look, interesting personality), but Hatori's sad & interesting. Momiji's just scary(tooooo cute, but older than he looks/acts). I still like Kyo best & he's developing well on this one. We meet Akito in Hatori's memories & see him hanging on a window sill watching Tohru--forboding enough. At this point he seems the stereotype selfish invalid(like Colin from Secret Garden), thus very threatening as the head of the family with the power to order Tohru's memories erased bt Hatori. My daughter & I died laughing at Shigure teasing his editor over the 500 pages she wanted from him & when he went off to school to pick up Yuki's homework singing "High school girls", we had to back up the dvd to see what we'd missed laughing. This dvd actually gives us a good reason for Tohru needing to be so darn sweet to remain in the Sohma household. The preview is horrible-I can hardly wait 2 mos for the next one to come out to see what they mean about Akito & Tohru."
M. Hammond | 04/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The magic of Fruits Basket continues with this second volume. If you liked the first one, you absolutely have to get this DVD (although I probably don't need to tell you). It's just got as many moments of laughter and tears, if not more!Life at Shigure's house is far from dull, what with the upcoming school cultural festival and New Year's coming up. Tohru is happy as ever living with the Sohma family, but her worries aren't over yet. She is soon introduced to two new Sohmas: adorable, childish, but surprisingly insightful Momiji and tall, dark, mysterious and handsome Hatori, whose cold behaviour has Tohru somewhat disturbed. Meanwhile, her relationship with Yuki and Kyo continues to deepen, as she grows to understand them more and more and is able to help them bit by bit.New Year's comes and goes, and it's soon time for the school marathon, where Hatsuharu Sohma (yup, another cousin) makes his first appearance. He is by far the most eccentric Zodiac member we have met so far. I'll tell you nothing more!
Before you know it, it's Valentine's Day, and you just know it'll be a day to be remembered! The final episode is all about Momiji's surprise White Day gift to Tohru (White Day is the day the boys who received Valentine gifts have to give something back): a trip to the hot springs!This volume is very much in step with the first one, it still has that delicate balance of humour, tenderness and grief. There are absolutely hilarious moments, my personal favourite being Shigure's reckless behaviour towards his quasi-suicidal editor. There are also those moments of warm fuzziness we've come to know and love, that just make you feel like everything will be all right, no matter what (and that's the whole point of this anime, isn't it?). And there are absolutely heartbreaking scenes as well... I wept when I first witnessed Hatori's tragic tale, even though I already knew about it from reading the manga: it's just extremely well done. I still get teary whenever I watch it.Also, in this volume, you get another glimpse of the ominous Akito... Just what does he have in store for Tohru?"
M. Hammond | 05/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I thought this series looked like a dorky, lame series. I was blown away when I began to watch and was instantly addicted. Not only does Fruits basket give you a warm fuzzy feeling, but the ending is spectacular. (I won't ruin it for you though!) I recommend this to any anime fan, it has the comical aspect right alongside the incredible cuteness. go get it..hurry!!"
Meet the Cousins
Kellyannl | Bronx, NY USA | 08/06/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In this volume, Tohru meets three more Zodiac members as word of her starts to spread through the Sohma family.
First there's Momiji the Rabbit, a hyper, friendly boy who's both more childish and wiser than his years. He hits it off with Tohru immediately and in most ways it's perhaps her easiest introduction. She'll need it, because soon after she's unnerved by a meeting with Hatori the Dragon. Although decent in and of himself, it's Hatori who will have to erase Tohru's memories if that's what word eventually comes down from Akito, so Yuki warns her never to let him see her alone. Finally there's Hatsuharu the Ox, who's pretty tight with Yuki (and not so much with Kyo) as the Zodiac legend told earlier implied. Haru's just about the nicest guy you could meet, his street tough appearance contrasting a sweet personality. Unfortunately he suffers a split personality that makes Kagura's seem tame by comparison, which makes his first meeting with Tohru a bit of an experience.
After the meetings, we get one of the funniest episodes so far. Let's just say it involves Kyo, Kagura and Valentine's day. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
As usual, mixed in with comedy is more than a little drama. Tohru sees Hatori in a different light when Momiji tells her his story; and she learns a little more about Yuki from Haru, who tells her how he developed a crush on him when Yuki helped him overcome his humiliation at being the family joke because the Ox blindly gave the Rat a free ride to the banquet.