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Fruits Basket The Complete Series

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Fruits Basket The Complete Series is a four disc DVD set packaged in the slim DVD cases, which are packaged into an outer box. I was really impressed by the fact that the outer box for this set is sturdy, compared to many other outer DVD boxes (which tend to be flimsy cardboard). The first two discs contain six episodes, while the final two discs contain seven episodes.

On each disc, you can choose to play all the episodes, you can choose which episodes to watch, you can select your language and subtitle options, and you can choose to see the extras.

All four of the discs contain a textless version of the opening credits and FUNimation Trailers in their extras menu. Each one also contains character profiles, which include a picture of the character, a write-up for each character, as well as listing who provides the voice for the character in the English dub (and the credit is a link to a bio for the English voice actor). The first disc contains profiles for Tohru, Shigure, Yuki, Kyo, Arisa, Saki, and Kagura. The second disc contains profiles for Tohru, Shigure, Yuki, Kyo, Momiji, Hatsuharu, and Hatori. The third disc contains profiles for Tohru, Shigure, Yuki, Kyo, Ayame, Megumi, and Kisa. The final disc contains profiles for all of the characters listed above, and also adds in Kyoko, Motoko, Akito, Hiro, Ritsu, and Kazuma.

Disc one includes a behind the scenes featurette that runs for about 25 minutes. It's a promotional piece that aired on Japanese television before the premiere of the Fruits Basket anime. The second disc includes an interview with the director of Fruits Basket. Discs two, three, and four contain a "Fruits Basket Room" segment. Each one runs about 15 minutes, and the Japanese voice actress for Tohru interviews one of the other voice actors in the series (the segments feature the Japanese voices of Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure).

The second and third discs include an "Eyecatch Gallery"; disc two features the eyecatches and ka-ching wipes from episodes 1-12, while disc three features the eyecatches and wipes from episodes 13-26. You get to see the stills for each one, and the Japanese voice actor for Tohru explains the images in them. This was kind of interesting, since some of the wipes can go by so quickly, that you don't really get to take them in. Also, it was nice to see the explanations for some of them. The fourth disc contains an illustration gallery, which includes CD and DVD covers, posters, and trading cards. The final disc also contains interviews with the English voice cast; however, I was disappointed that you don't actually see the voice actors, that they just talk over primarily still images from the series.

All in all, this is actually a rather strong DVD box set. There's quite a bit of bonus features included, and they're spread out rather evenly between the discs. If you're a fan of the Fruits Basket anime and don't already own the series on DVD, I would highly recommend picking up this set.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD set that my husband and I purchased.


Disc 1
Disc 2
The Strangest Day
The Sohma Curse
All Shapes and Sizes
Here Comes Kagura!
A Rice Ball in a Fruits Basket
Invincible Friendship

Bonus Features
A Plum on the Back
Don't Cry, for the Snow Will Surely Melt
A Solitary New Year
Make It Clear if It's Black or White
Everybody Loves Chocolate
White Day

Bonus Features


Disc 3
Disc 4
A New School Term Starts!
The Adult's Episode - Ayame's a Messed Up Snake!
There Are No Memories It's OK to Forget
If We've Three Then We Don't Need to Fear Jason
It's Because I've Been Loved That I've Become Stronger
The Strongest Tag The Cursed Electric Wave Brother and Sister
The Source of Cheer Can Be Affected by Colds Too

Bonus Features
Ayame's Secret Life
Sophist Boy Has Captured the Prince
Prince Yuki Fan Club
Is the Rumored Ri That Mother's Daughter?
The Curse of the Cat
True Form
Let's Go Home

Bonus Features
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This content was written by Lesley Aeschliman. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Brenda Chen for details.

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