Parents' Guide to

Fruits Basket

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Thoughtful anime has great messages for older tweens.

TV Online Anime 2002
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 12+

Misleading ratings - more swearing and discussion of mature relationship and sex related topics than expected

Although overall this is an anime show with positive messages and tame content, it has more mature themes than the current rating is letting on. There are several swear works including da__ and bas____. There's an entire episode that discusses a "pleasure district" and costumes made for men's pleasure and talks around the subject of sex even if not explicitly showing it or discussing it. My kids (9 and 11) both really enjoyed the story and the characters, but ultimately it led to some conversations and questions that I was not ready for based on the review.
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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (53 ):

This series is a surprisingly warm-and-fuzzy addition to the anime genre, thanks to overwhelmingly positive themes about strong relationships built on trust and mutual respect. Flashy, loud, and often weighted down by blatant marketing (Pokemon and Bakugan, anyone?), anime is an acquired taste, and it doesn't strike a chord with everyone. But because of Tohru's generosity and kindness, the guarded Sohmas come to appreciate long-avoided companionship in an unexpected way, which eventually proves life-saving to everyone involved.

Despite its exceptional attributes, some of Fruits Baskets' content still demands a tween's maturity, particularly in the periodic language and the often-violent feelings that surround the characters' circumstances. But if yours tune in, they'll also witness an evolving teen relationship that favors patience and devotion over physical infatuation, and several emotional journeys out of despair and loss, all tied together by a strong underlying spiritualism.

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