In 2005, Funimation rallied fans at conventions to create 1000 paper cranes which they would then send to Hakusensha and Studio Deen as a wish for a second season of Fruits Basket. Obviously, it didn’t work. But now with more and more anime series being created and foreign investment being a larger part of how anime is funded, a Fruits Basket reboot is on the horizon. We reported on this announcement last year, but now we have a better idea of what this series will look like.
Many of the changes in the aesthetic of the show are directly related to the changing trends in the industry. For instance, character noses are less pointed and the eyes (particularly on Tohru) have been shrunk down. It’s kind of strange to think that my mum probably got the idea that all anime characters have giant eyes from Fruits Basket and now that distinguishing trait is gone. Probably for the best, though.
This series isn’t a continuation of the series, but rather a re-adaptation of the manga with a new staff and cast at TMS Entertainment. Not only will this bring a fresh perspective to the series, but with the original director Akitarō Daichi being implicated in a case of sexual harassment, it’s definitely good to hear that they’ve chosen to move on.
However, I can’t help but wonder if 2019 audiences are going to engage with Fruits Basket again in the same way that they did in the early 2000s. Whilst reboots like Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card have found popularity in how the series brings CLAMP’s vision to modern audiences, found-family stories like Fruits Basket aren’t hard to come across these days. I do look forward to being proven wrong though. A resurgence in Fruits Basket fandom would be a delightful blast of nostalgia.