List Of Fruits Basket Episodes
This is a complete episode listing for the anime series Fruits Basket. Based on the twenty-three volume manga series written by Natsuki Takaya, the series tells the story of Tohru Honda, an orphan girl living in a tent so not to trouble anyone who, after meeting Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Sohma (who later ask her to do their housework in exchange for a room to stay in), learns that thirteen members of the Sohma family are possessed by the animals of the Chinese zodiac and cursed to turn into their cute formmeiiesa if they embrace anyone of the opposite sex who is not cursed by the Zodiac or if their bodies are under great deals of stress. Part comedy-part drama with a hint of romance, as the series progresses, Tohru learns of the hardships and hurts faced by the inflicted Sohmas, and through her own generous and loving nature, helps heal their emotional wounds. As she learns more about Yuki, Kyo, and the rest of the mysterious Sohma family, Tohru also learns more about herself and how much others care for her. The anime series only covers material from the first seven volumes of the manga, leaving the story incomplete. The final episode's story is unique to the anime series. Directed by Akitaro Daichi, the twenty-six episode series was animated and produced by Studio DEEN and premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo on 5 July 2001. The final episode aired on 27 December 2001. The series aired in France on France 4 and in Spain on Buzz Channel. FUNimation aired the series, in dubbed English, on their anime television channel as well as on Colours TV.
Fruits Basket was released to DVD in nine individual volumes by King Records on a monthly schedule from 29 September 2001 through 22 May 2002, with a series box set released on 25 April 2007. The series is licensed for Region 1 and Region 2 release by FUNimation Entertainment, which released it as four individual DVD volumes containing 6-7 episodes and as a complete series box set. As part of their release, FUNimation renamed all of the episodes, which originally had simple names of "First story", "Second story", etc. On 20 November 2007, FUNimation re-released the series as part of their lower priced Viridian line, with the new release containing the complete series in a thin-packed box set. The Region 2 United Kingdom releases were done through a sub-licensing agreement with Revelation Films. The series was released in Region 4 by Madman Entertainment as a series box set.
The series uses three pieces of theme music, all performed by Ritsuko Okazaki. "For Fruits Basket" (For フルーツバスケット, For Furūtsu Basuketto?) is used for the opening theme for all twenty-six episodes. "Chiisana Inori" (小さな祈り, lit. Small Prayer?) is used for the series ending theme, except for episode twenty-five, which uses the song "Serenade" (セレナーデ, Serenēde?). In the English version, the theme songs were rewritten and redubbed with the English voice actresses Meredith McCoy performing the opening theme, Laura Bailey performing the 1st ending theme and Daphne Gere performing the 2nd ending theme. In the French-language broadcast, the theme songs were rewritten and redubbed, with Peggy Ngo Yanga providing the new vocals.
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