Fruits Basket is a 1996 manga which has already been adapted into an anime series in 2001.

I haven’t seen the 2001 version, nor have I read the manga, so I’m going into the 2019 anime completely blind.

The story

16-year old Tooru Honda has already had her fair share of tragedy, losing both of her parents. Her grandfather took her in, but due to renovations in his house she is currently left without a place to stay in.

She ends up sleeping in a tent, on the private land of the Soumas. When Souma Yuki and Souma Shigure discover her, they offer to take her in.

As Tooru is overwhelmed with the offer, Kyou Souma, an orange-haired boy breaks into the house.

He gets ready to get violent with Yuki, until Tooru accidentally ends up hugging him. Which made him turn into a cat.

Then a piece of wood falls onto Tooru, making her lose her balance and turning Yuki and Shigure into a rat and dog respectively.

My thoughts

That was more or less the summary of episode 1. I’m writing this after watching episode 3, and at this point I think I have a more clear understanding of what this anime is going to be about.

But before I get into all of that, there is one thing I have to note.

In episode 3, Yuki and Tooru have spent a whole night outside during a typhoon. I was sure this will mean both of them will get sick, and yet to my surprise, Tooru was completely fine the next morning, eagerly making rice balls. There weren’t any signs of sickness on Yuki either.

Subverting the usual anime tropes,  huh? Usually anime characters catch colds in the tiniest bit of rain, but now in a case when catching a cold would actually be understandable, it didn’t happen.

Anyway, back to what I started. Tooru Honda is the only person outside of the Soumas that knows their secret. She brings a positive change into their lives, and she has influenced Yuki and Kyou to get better at interacting with people. We’ll follow their growth and somehow I also think they’ll get familiar with the concept of love along the way. But that will come a little bit later I assume.

I’ve seen Fruits Basket mentioned among “reverse harems”. If that’s what this anime is, it would be my first ever reverse harem. But for that to be the case, at least one more person would have to “join in the mix”, right? We’ll see if it will happen, I guess.

Ofcourse, the zodiac aspect is an interesting twist in this anime. I think that the more the Soumas are around people, the more inevitable it becomes that their secret will get revealed at some point.

I don’t yet fully understand the Yuki vs. Kyou situation tho. If Kyou beats Yuki, the cat will become a zodiac sign? But will that mean Yuki will “lose” his zodiac status or will everything stay the same for him? 

Tooru Honda is such a lovely character. Her design is very cute, and she is a bit of a klutz.

Her energy and determination are admirable – especially considering her tragic past. 

I just hope she has some self-defence tricks up her sleeve cause I have a feeling the Yuki fan-club is not gonna like her a lot…

The art style of the anime is nice. Again, I haven’t seen the 2001 version but I do know that the art style from that version is very distinctive. I’m not sure it was for my taste tho.

I’m already feeling a strange amount of feels from the soundtrack. The ending song in particular has grabbed my attention.

All in all, I’m glad I picked up Fruits Basket and its one of the anime I’m looking forward to the most each week.

 

What about you? Feel free to leave your thoughts on Fruits Basket in the comments below 😉

 

 

Has it ever happened to you?

You start an anime, you have fun with it, but it ends very quickly.

So quickly, that you feel as if time has doubled its speed.

Was it such an enjoyable episode that you lost your sense of time?

But then you realize the episode was actually just 12 minutes long.

You started a short anime without knowing it. I guess 12 minutes per episode does count as a short anime, does it?

If so, this will be my second short anime after finishing Oshiete Galko-chan last summer.

The story

Senryuu Shoujo follows Yukishiro Nanako, a high school girl bad at talking.

So bad, that she writes senryuu (a type of haiku) poems to communicate with people.

She is in the Literature club with Busujima Eiji, who gives off an intimidating vibe to those around him.

But why would someone like Eiji be in the Literature club? Because he feels like it’s a good way to let his frustration out.

It’s certainly much better than bullying others…

My thoughts

This is for sure one interesting anime.

A character writing down sentences to communicate gives me A Silent Voice vibes.

It doesn’t make much sense to talk about realism here, but I highly doubt Nanako’s way of communication would be as widely accepted in real life as is in this anime.

And the speed at which Nanako writes her sentences is incredible. I’m sure she would be the Guiness World Record holder for the fastest writer.

In any case Nanako is really cute. And she has her own blog so yay there is one similarity there.

I’m just a bit confused with her domain… OXA?

It seems that Eiji was a bully at one point but now he wants to change by writing down his feelings instead of lashing them out on others. Gonna be some good character development there.

Episode 1 was really just an introduction to the characters. Not many actual “plot-moving” events have happened.

Still, I think this will be worth the watch. It’s unique in its own way, I really wonder where will the anime take this senryuu concept.

I’m liking the artstyle. And I always enjoy scenes like these, with a minimalistic, monochrome background. Is that the right way to describe it?

When it comes to the sound, the ending song is beautiful. And Nanako is voiced by Kana Hanazawa who always gives off that lovely energetic feel to a character.

Not sure what else to say. Give it a try if you want something fun and different, it’s only 12 minutes per episode anyway.

And if you have already given it a try, please let me know your thoughts in the comments!

I started watching Bungou Stray Dogs right on time to finish the first 2 seasons and the movie before the start of season 3.

And while season 1 was already pretty great, the epicness of season 2 almost makes it look weak in comparison.

Especially those first 4 episodes which focused on Dazai’s time in Port Mafia through the eyes of a new character Odasaku.

I don’t remember a more impactful and memorable set of 4 episodes which were actually a backstory. It was really that amazing. I thought while watching it that season 2 would entirely focus on Dazai’s past and honestly I would be so happy if that was right.

You can imagine then how happy I was to realize that season 3 will seemingly expand even more on Dazai’s past.

This time on the events from even further back in time. Back when Dazai was given his very first Port Mafia job. At least that’s what the boss said in episode 1.

Chuuya’s past

It’s not just Dazai’s story the episode expanded on. We also see how Chuuya Nakahara started working with the Port Mafia.

As a 15-year old he was the “King of the Sheep”, an organization full of younger members it seems.

He wanted to kill all the Port Mafia members. For what exact reason, it hasn’t been revealed yet, unless I somehow missed out on it.

Rumours of the old Port Mafia boss being alive have emerged. If it turns out true, that’s bad news for the current leader, Mori, as the truth about the old boss’ death would likely be revealed.

Dazai’s first job was to look into those rumors. After meeting with Hirotsu, he ends up in a fight with Chuuya.

Soon enough Chuuya got brought to the Port Mafia boss. The boss believed Chuuya has similar goals to Port Mafia in finding out about the rumors, so he pressures Chuuya into working with the Mafia.

Eventually he does side with the Mafia, and goes with Dazai to investigate. An armed man approaches them and as Chuuya gets excited over beating him, Dazai looks at him unimpressed.

Their relationship really didn’t change a lot over the years.

My thoughts

Really hyped for more of the Port Mafia past. I could almost say I enjoy the “backstory” episodes more than the main storyline.

For this reason I can already tell I’m really gonna love season 3 of Bungou Stray Dogs. Its shaping up to be a very fun story with the old Port Mafia boss coming back. We haven’t actually seen the current boss Mori in a real fight haven’t we?

Surely this is the best opportunity yet to see that happen.

Speaking of Mori, he said Dazai reminds him of himself. We saw what was Dazai’s first job in the Port Mafia but I do wonder how were things for him before he joined them. How did Port Mafia find out about him and what made them want him as a member?

I also wonder if this will once again be a 4 episode backstory. And will there be special opening visuals once again? The two ones they did in season 2 really raised the bar – it was so stylish, so dark and fitting. I’m not sure if I can even find the right words.

Songwise I prefer the season 2 opening by a long way. But the quality of that song is really hard to match so its actually not surprising to me.

I am counting on the new opening song to grow on me. It mostly does happen anyway.

Not much else I have to say. Just pure excitement for more.

If you feel the similar way (or not) about Bungou Stray Dogs season 3 please let me know in the comments!

Time to start off with the Spring 2019 anime season and the first impressions for the new anime.

Some series like Fruits Basket 2019 and Kimetsu no Yaiba have already had screenings of their first episodes, but they are nowhere to be found for streaming.

That’s why the first Spring 2019 anime I’ll talk about in more detail is Kono Yo no Hate de Koi wo Utau Shoujo YU-NO or
YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world in English.

The first episode of this visual novel adaptation has aired on the 2nd of April.

The story

Takuya Arima’s hystorian father has disappeared, and Takuya believes he died in a cave-in during his research. But is that really the truth?

Just as summer vacation is about to start, Takuya receives a strange package with some kind of unknown item.

His stepmother is in charge of a construction project. When the TV station films the location of the construction project, a strange lighting strikes the area.

Mio Shimazu, one of Takuya’s friends describes it as “unnatural”. A blue-haired girl appears and tells them to stay away from the area.

The next day, Takuya receives another package which gives him more details on what he received yesterday. Turns out the item from before is a device that can travel through dimensions.

The package has a letter from his father. It turns out he is still alive along with his mother. The letter specifies a time and place for Takuya to arrive to.

When he arrives to the place, he finds a yellow-haired girl with strange ears. Lying naked.

The girl kisses him before disappearing. Was that Takuya’s first kiss? Imagine telling someone that your first kiss was with a random girl you found naked in the middle of night before she kissed you and disappeared right after.

Ryuzoji arrives along with Takuya’s stepmother. Ryuzoji wants Takuya’s special device and he points a pistol at him. Until the device starts working.

Takuya catches a glimpse of Kanna Hatano, the blue-haired girl from before which turns out to be the new transfer student at his school. Cold, stoic female transfer student. Where have I seen this before, I wonder?

After going to sleep with a terrible headache, Takuya wakes up in a world different from the one he was in yesterday. Ryuzoji along with his stepmother, don’t seem to recall the events of yesterday night.

My thoughts

Not too bad of a start I would say. I can’t say I’m hooked to all of this yet, but it’s still only the first episode.

I love the design for Mio Shimuzu. And Rie Kugimiya is her voice actor, so it’s hard not to love such a character.

The main character seems to be a bit of a perv. Which didn’t really bother me, but I did find his way of greeting the new transfer student a bit weird.

And what is it with random people being found naked in summer time with the sea nearby? It reminded me of Island, even if I know this visual novel came decades earlier.

Clearly Kanna Hatano seems to know some things and as always, its gonna be interesting to find it all out. The story does have potential.

The art & animation are all fine but I would describe them as average. There isn’t really anything that I could point out other than Mio Shimuzu’s beautiful design.

Similar for the audio. The opening song isn’t too memorable.

However, if the story and characters won’t fall flat, it’s still gonna be an anime worth watching and the first episode did show some potential.

Small update after episode 2 aired:

There was time leaping. Now this anime really has my attention. And a Steins;Gate reference?!

I mean look at it, it’s the Steins;Gate metal oopa.

You can hear an excited Mayushii in the distance.

But seriously, why is there a Steins;Gate metal oopa in YU-NO? I would really like to know.

If you’ve seen the first episode of Kono Yo no Hate, feel free to tell me your thoughts on it in the comments!

Have you ever started an anime series and realized that you have “accidentally” started watching a sequel? Because that’s exactly what has happened to me with W’z.

I went into this completely blind. I didn’t know anything about the studio GoHands. Apparently, the PV for the anime had similarities to Hand Shakers, a title I knew nothing about.

The only thing that could possibly imply that this was somehow related to another anime was a single forum thread on Myanimelist.

And after the first episode has aired, most of the comments mentioned Hand Shakers, leaving me confused and I honestly don’t know what to do right now…

The first two episodes

I’m writing this after seeing the first two episodes. And while I like certain aspects of the anime, I can’t exactly say I’m blown away by it.

What I liked in the anime synopsis was the main character Yukiya Araki’s wish to “convey something and be recognized”. In an attempt to do that, he live streams his performance in a different world which he entered by shaking Haruka Tosabori’s hand.

Entering different worlds by shaking hands? Something tells me watching Hand Shakers would give me a better understanding of how that works.

The first episode ends with the characters seemingly getting ready to fight. Why are they actually fighting? Judging by episode 2, it’s because “when a handshaker beats an opponent, they can steal their power”. This seems to be the driving force behind the plot, as the characters have certain wishes they want to achieve by beating the main character, W’z.

Kishiwada Gai and Sakai Masataka want to remain forever in the different world that is called “Ziggurat”.

Mihara Hana and Teshima Senri want to “hold hands like they used to”. In other words, they want to get rid of their handshaker powers and enjoy their relationship to the fullest.

Speaking of Teshima, she had some v e r y movable breasts in episode 1. Even her slightest movements caused the jiggle. Just felt like pointing out this hugely important detail. This seemed to change in episode 2.

And to point out even more hugely important details, Mihara’s phone is showing the time as 23:25. But looking at her surroundings and the sky, it looks a lot more like dusk time than night.

Either W’z has a different way to count the time or Mihara should really change the time on her phone…

By the end of episode 2 our main character seems to have created himself a love triangle. It seems like he met the girl before, but it sure still feels like he falls in love quickly.

In terms of the music, I actually really enjoyed it. The song the main character plays in the first episode is beautiful.

The art style is new to me but I think I’m actually enjoying it. I especially liked the way the “other world” looked.

All in all, mixed feelings about this. I feel like I should watch the prequel for this but I’m not sure if I have the time or wish to actually do that for this series. The story did not really grab me in the first two episodes so I’m wondering if its even worth continuing this.

If you’ve seen W’z, please let me know your thoughts on it in the comments!