In an anime like Fruits Basket where pretty much every character is fleshed out with a memorable and emotional backstory, it’s hard to pick one single character as your favorite.

However, there was a certain character who through the series, intrigued me every time she appeared. And when we got not just one, but two episodes focused on her, I knew that if I had to pick a favorite Fruits Basket character, it would be her.

I’m talking, ofcourse, about the one and only, Saki Hanajima. So what exactly makes her so special?

Obviously, the wave powers. If I’m not mistaken, Saki’s powers make her the only character outside the Sohma family with some kind of supernatural aspect to them. Please forgive me if I’m wrong, cause I’m an anime-only watcher of Fruits Basket.

This fact alone makes Saki stand out. But the way her powers have been portrayed in the anime before her backstory episode tricked many people, me included. I never really thought too much about the wave powers. I kind of thought it wasn’t really a serious thing. And since Saki seemed like a character interested in the occult stuff, I thought at best that it was something she learned as a hobby, perhaps?

Until THAT episode happened and I realized – it was real. Very real. And it impacted her life quite a lot.

I know what it’s like to be bullied. Middle school was a dark time for me. But I still cannot imagine how hard it must have been for Saki. What she has been through, at such a young age too, is honestly horrifying. And yet when the suffering has gone too far to the point that her powers almost did something terrible, she knew it was wrong. If someone less kindhearted had those powers, who knows what they would start doing with them. Saki was given the worst possible treatment, and yet she knew that returning the favor wouldn’t be the right thing to do. I’m proud of her for enduring such a tough time, and also thankful for her loving and supportive family.

The maturity of her brother, Megumi, is also incredibly admirable. His words during his prayer have been extremely powerful.

There’s no way that there’s not a single person out there who will care about you. So, whoever you are, please come meet her. If you’re in a faraway country, take a plane. Quickly…come to Saki as soon as possible. Please…

Megumi to Saki

Thankfully, someone who cared really did enter Saki’s life. Arisa and Tohru were considered weird but they didn’t care, instead they seemed to embrace that.

You really are weird

Everybody says that

I loved this scene so much. Being “weird” and proud. I need a friend like Arisa and Tohru (and Saki ofcourse) in my life too.

Even if someday you three go your own separate ways, it doesn’t mean anyone’s being fickle, and you don’t need to feel lonely. Some part of that relationship will always stay with you. I’m sure of it.

Kyoko Honda to Saki

More impactful words from Tohru’s mother. This quote really makes me cherish the connections I had with people in my life. Even those that ended abruptly, with people I considered “best friends”. Right now, for whatever reason, those connections ended, but at the time, they did make my life better. And they did leave an impact on my life. If one of them ever reads this it would be insanely awkward, but one of those people is the very person that got me into watching anime. So you could say they changed my life quite a lot actually.

For Saki, Tohru and Arisa showed her a different side of life. The fun, colorful side, where she is accepted the way she is. I really love the bond these three characters have.

Soooo, I was talking about what makes Saki so special, right? Well other than the way her wave powers have been portrayed, and just the entirety of her backstory, it’s also her personality.

Have I mentioned she is kindhearted? Even after everything she’s been through, she still occasionally feels bad for wanting friends like Tohru and Arisa to come into her life.

Saki makes every single one of her appearances memorable in some way. Whether it’s her dominating everyone in poker, her getting exhausted after H U G E amounts of running, or her reminding Yuki and Kyo that Tohru must be lonely for New Year, she shines in every moment she has screentime.

We could already see in Episode 8 just how strong her powers are…

I love Saki’s straightforwardness and how she won’t deal with any nonsense. I love her fantastic voice actress, Satomi Sato. And finally, I love Saki’s style and appearance, I certainly don’t care if it’s all black cause anything else would feel wrong.

And that concludes my essay on why I love Saki Hanajima. Now let me continue crying because her backstory is just that strong, and Fruits Basket has just one more episode left.

Yahallo! Notice anything different about this site? That’s right, an entire new look. I had the same theme since the start, which was some 10 months ago. I thought it worked quite well, but feedback from a few people made me think it’s something I could look into changing. I had it in my mind for a while now and now that I did the change, I’m very happy with the new look. I hope you feel the same way about it!

If you’ve read the title you can probably guess what this post is about. I haven’t made a lot of blog posts in the last, well months now, and it’s all for a reason. What started as a break for the summer exam period, became an extended break to reflect and focus more on other things. Those other things are video editing ofcourse.

And I think it’s gonna remain the focus. In the next few weeks I’m again busy due to the exam chaos, I still haven’t passed the difficult electrical engineering, and I’m planning to also work once again in the next days. But once those things end, I’m going to be dedicating most of the time to video stuff once again.

This blog is here to stay. But there won’t be 10 posts monthly as it used to be. I’m sorry for that. But what I will post, I hope to make it as enjoyable as possible. A more “liberal” posting schedule has less of that “it has to be done” pressure anyway.

I’m talking like this when the only kind of posting routine I had was one post every 3 days. How does it feel then for those hard working bloggers who post daily? I admire those that do that!

Anyway the videos. I already mentioned that Sakura Quest AMV in a previous post but let me do it again. The first of the AMVs I posted in the last month was a Sakura Quest typographic AMV made on the opening song of that anime. Typography in videos is something I really enjoy, and in this case I used it to highlight the english words from the opening.

Next up was a Fire Force character video, dedicated to Maki Oze. The idea was simply to find a few fitting words to describe her, and then freeze a few frames, and make a fancy background that fits the word. I was very happy to see this be my first video to break the 1000 views barrier!

The latest video is a Fruits Basket lyric video. The song is Switzerland’s Eurovision 2011 entry called In love for a while. Out of the three videos, this one I’m most proud with. Making it made the wait for a new Fruits Basket episode much easier, cause, well, it made me go through the anime once again.

That would be all for this, kind of an update, kind of an invitation to take a look at my AMVs kind of post. See you next time, whether it’s on a video or a blog post!

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 😉

 

 

With the first anime season of 2019 behind us, it’s already time to focus on the upcoming Spring 2019 anime season.

I checked out the synopsis and available PVs for each of the titles offered, and these are the anime I’m most likely to watch:

Isekai Quartet (MAL link)

Yes, really.

I usually don’t really watch the chibi spin-offs of anime series. I think the only one I’ve seen was Toradora SOS, and as much as it pains me to say it, it wasn’t really good.

But a crossover of isekai anime sounds like an interesting concept so I want to see what they will do with it.

Even if I haven’t seen Youjo Senki nor Overlord, which will feature in this along with Re:Zero and Konosuba.

Bungou Stray Dogs Season 3 (MAL link)

I started watching Bungou Stray Dogs right on time to finish the first two seasons before the third one starts airing.

Season 1 was hugely enjoyable, and I have no doubts the second season and this upcoming third one will be the same.

Fruits Basket (MAL link)

I don’t know much about Fruits Basket and its 2001 adaptation.

But I do know the manga seems to be highly rated, and the PV has convinced me that its worth checking it out.

Shoumetsu Toshi (MAL link)

Not sure what to really say here.

The story looks good, the PV is very well made, the music is very cool. And it’s made by Madhouse.

All good enough reasons to check this anime out.

Senryuu Shoujo (MAL link)

The Senryuu Shoujo synopsis sounded a bit too silly for me to watch.

But then I looked at the PV, realized Kana Hanazawa is voicing the female lead, and already fell in love with the ending song.

And besides, I thought Kaguya-sama: Love is War had a too silly synopsis at first, until I watched it and ended up loving it a lot more than I expected.

Kono Yo no Hate de Koi wo Utau Shoujo YU-NO (MAL link)

An anime exploring parallel worlds and alternate dimensions with the legendary Rie Kugimiya as part of the cast?

Count me as interested!

Plus, I’ve seen some comparisons of the visual novel to Steins;Gate and Clannad.

If this will be even slightly as good as Steins;Gate, it’s gonna be worth the watch.

Gunjou no Magmel (MAL link)

I like the concept of exploring a new continent, and I like the music from the PV.

But I do hope there will be more to this than simply killing off the creatures of the new continent.

If anything, apparently Yoshihiro Togashi, the mastermind behind Hunter x Hunter has recommended this manga. At least I’ve read so in a MAL forum thread.

Kimetsu no Yaiba (MAL link)

This seems to be the Spring season’s title that many manga readers are hyping up as the “next big thing”.

I’ve already seen people putting this among the next ‘big 3’ along with My Hero Academia and The Promised Neverland.

I’m not gonna comment on that but I am gonna give this anime a go. It’s always risky to start something due to its hype but it payed off with The Promised Neverland and Kaguya-sama: Love is War…

I just wish the actual anime PV is available in my country. The one I linked here is VIZ media’s trailer for the manga.

Do you agree with my picks for Spring 2019? Is there a hidden gem that I’m gonna miss out on? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments!