Sweet and original, but ultimately a failure
is one of the most popular shoujo series in both its manga and animated form and has zealous defenders ready to tear apart its detractors. I know because a friend of mine posted a critical review of it and he got hate mail over it for months. Regardless, I will follow in his footsteps and explain why this series is overrated.
The main reason why Fruits Basket
is so beloved, I think (BTW, I have friends who like it so I sympathize with both points of view), is because of its original premise. Not the hugging thing, but the emphasis on emotional problems and human companionship over generic romance (which is what most Shoujo
revolves around). From what I've read, Tooru genuinely cares about the Souma boys, and although they're all very pretty 'cause it's a shoujo manga, she doesn't seem to have ROMANTIC FEELINGS
for them. It's all about helping people with their problems and forming healthy relationships with them.
That said, it is poorly executed. First off, although part of me has a tug of sympathy and smiles on Tooru for her cute Pollyanna-ness
, she is unrealistic. She is totally a Purity Sue
. C'mon. Her only possible
flaw is being psychotically concerned with others and dismissive of her own substantial problems. People like that do not exist, period. It may be nice and heart-warming, but it's also annoying because it makes the whole series seem that phony.
And then there's everything else. Takaya is a so-so writer and her characters aren't very interesting. From what I've read, for the most part, it's difficult to sympathize with their dramas. Kyo in particular is a jerk and it's frustrating to see Tooru feel sorry for him when he's being so pointlessly hostile. The martial arts aspect feels tacked-on. Heck, even the Zodiac premise is dumb. O noes, I turn into animals when someone hugs me. Cute, cute animals. How can I live with myself?
I also find the English translation by Tokyopop to be unnatural-sounding and inappropriate with the tone at times. Finally, the art is mediocre (by professional standards, at least); in particular, the eyes look creepy most of the time.
I have both read the manga and watched the anime, and although I understand that the anime cuts off the story rather badly, I enjoyed it more than the manga from what I saw.
Did you actually finish the manga? All your comments about Kyo being an unrelatable jerk and Tohru having no flaws are completely wrong, as by the end of the manga both are explained. There's a reason Kyo acts like such a jerk to Tohru. EVERYTHING in the manga has some reason behind it. Even when you think you know all the backstory, there's more. You don't finish with the backstory until around Chapter 134 of the Manga. So just saying, a lot of your comments are innaccurate considering you didn't finish the manga.
19th Feb 12
19th Feb 12
(edited by: Kaizoku20)
tohru isnt a purity sue, she seems like it in the first few books, but she is acting like that because her parents died.AND THE EYES ARE NOT CREEPY, well when there not angry.
24th May 12
20th Aug 12
The OP wasn't pointing out any legitimate faults the series actually had and we are not fanatics for defending it. The OP lacks basic knowledge of the series and so they were responded to.
20th Aug 12
22nd Aug 12
22nd Aug 12
Spot on. The romance with Kyo in particular I found disturbing, since what he's doing is basically emotional abuse and no amount of feudian excuses in the world can undo the effect it has. The same goes for Hiro's and Kisa's relationship. Tohru does come across as a Mary Sue (likes to do housework, really?) but there is also an interestnig element of extremely low self esteem that is perhaps unintentional.
23rd Aug 14
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