Fruits Basket

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Thoughtful anime has great messages for older tweens.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 50 reviews

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age 13+

Beautiful moving read but..

Fruits Basket starts out as a light hearted novel with simple family feuds with the fantastical twist of "If I get hugged by someone of the opposite sex I turn into my zodiac animal, isn't that funny and awkward!". The first couple of novels are just exploring the normal dramas of teenage relationships with school mates and family but it does evolve into something more dark as it progresses. Some of the family members face abuse (mental and physical), some get abandoned or shunned, and there is some dips into incest as only other family members do not trigger the transformation. Over all its a amazing story and worth the read but I think the age range on here is too low. ETA : I now see this is for the anime which did not nearly have as much content as the manga, take my rating as strictly for the books.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 9+
Good for kids, had a lot of simple lessons and fair less violence and nudity compared to other animes. I let my 8 year old watch it with me.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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