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  • All-Star Cast: Both the 2001 and 2019 anime adaptations have featured a cast of well-known voice actors, including Yui Horie and Manaka Iwami.
  • Character-Specific Pages: Tohru Honda
  • Children Voicing Children: Kate Bristol and Aaron Dismuke were 11 and 9 when they voiced Kisa and Hiro (and the child versions of Yuki and Akito respectively) in the 2001 anime. For the 2019 anime, Bristol reprises her role as Kisa while Dismuke would move on to voice Kakeru instead.
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  • Creative Differences: Because of her hand injury forcing her to take a break from drawing the manga, creator Natsuki Takaya had more direct involvement with the 2001 anime adaptation. However, she and director Akitaroh Daichi had problems from the get-go – for example, she demanded well-known voice actors be cast, something Daichi normally avoids. Takaya also had issues with Daichi's direction making the anime's tone Lighter and Softer with more emphasis on comedy, as well as the character designs. Unfortunately, Studio DEEN refused to let anyone other than Daichi handle the series, leading a disgruntled Takaya to go her separate ways with DEEN and Daichi. A more faithful adaptation, produced by TMS Entertainment, premiered on TV Tokyo 18 years later.
  • Creator Backlash: A minor example. The "Collectors' Edition" double-sized volumes of the manga released in the late 2010s removed Takaya's popular margin comments, according to her because she'd changed as a person so much as to find them embarrassing and didn't want to write a whole new commentary for the new editions.
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  • Creator Couple: In the 2001 anime, Yuji Ueda voiced Makoto Takei and his wife Omi Minami voiced Megumi Hanajima.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Yuki, Ritsu, and Hiro in Japanese (but not English); and Momiji in both English and Japanese. Technically, Akito counts too, in both English and Japanese... but this could not even be anticipated, as the anime was made years before the revelation that he is a she. Averted with Yuki and Ritsu in the 2019 anime, where they're voiced by male voice actors.
  • The Danza: Akira Sohma shares the same first name as his voice actor for the 2019 anime, Akira Ishida.
  • Defictionalization:
    • The Japanese release of Volume 6 of the 2019 anime on DVD and Blu-ray includes a picture book version of "The Foolish Traveller" story Momiji tells.
    • Physical copies of the Zodiac figures Shigure made at the start of the story were made into official items for the 2019 anime's limited editions.
  • Directed by Cast Member:
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    • In the 2001 anime's English dub, Justin Cook was the ADR director and Hatsuharu Sohma's voice actor.
    • For the 2019 anime:
      • Caitlin Glass directed the English dub, in addition to voicing Machi Kuragi.
      • In the anime's Latin American Spanish dub, Miguel Ángel Ruiz was the ADR director and one of the additional voices.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Though Natsuki Takaya liked the 2001 anime's opening theme "For Fruits Basket", she was displeased with how that version turned out thanks to the Creative Differences between her and director Akitaro Daichi.
  • Executive Meddling: Takaya was heavily involved as an executive supervisor for the 2019 anime's production, to make sure it stayed Truer to the Text than the 2001 anime did. She also requested that the artwork not be one to one with the manga because she felt her art wasn't at its best.
  • Executive Veto: When the 2001 anime was in production, Studio DEEN and Akitaroh Daichi frequently vetoed several of Takaya's recommendations and changed the character designs.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The 2019 anime is often nicknamed Fruits Basket: Brotherhood (or occasionally Fruits Basket: Sisterhood) due to being a more faithful adaptation of the manga compared to the 2001 version, much like how Brotherhood is a more faithful adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist compared to the 2003 anime.
    • Kyo's biological father is given the derisive nickname of "sperm donor" by fans because of his status as a Hate Sink and for the abuse he heaped on towards Kyo and his mother. Kazuma is instead referred to as Kyo's "true father" for his more loving and fatherly relationship with him, a sentiment shared in-universe by Hajime Sohma, Kyo and Tohru's eldest son.
  • God Never Said That: While it's true Takaya wanted a new voice cast for the 2019 reboot, some fans assumed this also applied to an English dub. However, Takaya never said anything on that matter, and many of the voice actors from the 2001 English dub did reprise their roles.
  • Hostility on the Set: The 2001 anime's production turned out to be an unpleasant experience for Natsuki Takaya, who frequently clashed with Akitaroh Daichi's vision. It got to the point where Takaya and Daichi refused to work with each other.
  • International Coproduction: Starting with the 2nd season's 14 episode, the 2019 anime features Funimation as part of the production committee.
  • Milestone Celebration: The 2019 series was announced during the manga's 20th anniversary and its third season coincided with the 20th anniversary of the first anime.
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  • Overtook the Manga: Barely averted. Because of Natsuki Takaya's hand injury necessitating a leave of absence from the series, the 2001 anime would have done this had it continued any longer than it did. Even without overtaking the manga, the anime added an improvised ending that would later be contradicted by revelations in the manga (namely almost everything about Akito).
  • Playing Gertrude: In the English dub, Satsuki Sohma is voiced by Erica Mendez. However, her son, Hiro is voiced by Luci Christian who is 15 years older than Mendez herself.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Mikaela Krantz, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Erica Mendez, and Jad Saxton were fans of the series long before the 2019 anime cast them as Momiji, Akito, Satsuki and Hanajima respectively.
    • Rumi Ookubo, who voices Kimi in the 2019 anime, is a huge fan of the original manga and read it when it was still running in Hana to Yume.
    • The 2019 anime's director Yoshihide Ibata often read the manga during its serialization.
  • Recast as a Regular: Aaron Dismuke, who previously voiced Hiro Sohma in the 2001 anime, is voicing Kakeru Manabe in the 2019 remake.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
    • The new cast of the 2019 anime in the Japanese dub has a good portion of the voice actors to have worked together in Granblue Fantasy along with some of the voice actors from the first anime.
      • In the original anime, Tohru is Khumbira, the boar representative of Granblue Fantasy's equivalent of the twelve zodiacs, Yuki is Silva, Kyo is Gawain, Shigure is Barragona, Hatori is Siegfried, Kagura is archangel Michael, and Kisa is Charlotta.
      • As for the 2019 anime, Tohru is primal beast Satyr, Kyo is primal beast Caro, Yuki is Jamil, Akito is Dark Angel Olivia (Who is imported from Cygame's previous game, Rage of Bahamut), Shigure is Romeo and Tsubasa, Kagura is the dragon Vyrn and Vania (Also from Rage of Bahamut), Momiji is Jeanne D'Arc, Hatori is Sevilbarra, Hatsuharu is Juri, Hanajima is Carren, Kyoko is Katalina, and Ayame is Lucifer.
    • The same case also applies for Fate/Grand Order:
      • In the Original 2001 anime, Tohru is Oryo and Charlotte Corday, Kyo is Gilgamesh and Mozart, Yuki is Demeter, Shigure is Romulus and his Quirinus self, Phantom of the Opera, Vlad III, Julius Caesar and Lancelot, and Ayame is Avicebron.
      • In the 2019 remake, Yuki is Ritsuka (male), Arjuna and Edmond, Akito is Jeanne D'arc and her variations (Alter and Santa Lily), Young Alexander, Shiki and Leonardo Da Vinci, Momiji is Kingprotrea, Shigure is David, Kagura is Oda Nobunaga and Cleopatra, Hatsuharu is Achilles, Hanajima is the Caster of Midrash, Kyoko is Mordred, Rama, Artemis and Nightingale, Ritsu is Peperoncino, Uotani is Ophelia, Motoko is Europa, Kimi is Astolfo and Elizabeth Banthory and Ayame is Merlin and Arthur.
    • Both versions of Shigure were once Father and Son-in-Law.
  • Role Reprise: The dub of the 2019 anime retains as many of its original cast members that are still working and are able to reprise, including Laura Bailey as Tohru Honda, Jerry Jewell as Kyo Sohma and Eric Vale as Yuki Sohma.
  • Schedule Slip: Justified with the 2019 anime's season 2 simuldub, as the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cast and crew to have to put together the episodes from their homes. However, they were far enough ahead of schedule that it was okay to announce Kureno's English VA on the weekend before he debuted in the subbed simulcast.
  • Self-Adaptation: Natsuki Takaya herself was the chief production supervisor for TMS Entertainment's 2019 anime anime.
  • Short Run in Peru: The 2019 anime's final season premiered on Funimation's streaming platform on March 19, 2021, only two weeks from its Japanese premiere date.
  • Star-Making Role: In the English dub for the 2001 anime, the role of Tohru was this for Laura Bailey. Dubbing the 2001 anime also got many anime fans to start taking Funimation seriously as a studio, as nearly every show they had dubbed up to that point was a Shonen action series.
  • Studio Hop:
    • The 2001 anime was produced by Studio DEEN and the 2019 anime was produced by TMS Entertainment. TV Tokyo was still involved as the broadcaster.
    • For the Japanese home media releases, the 2001 anime was distributed by King Records and the 2019 anime was distributed by Avex Pictures.
  • Technology Marches On: In the 2019 anime, Shigure's house has a flatscreen TV and DVD player replacing the tube television and VHS player he originally had, and most characters have smart phones.
  • Troubled Production: The 2001 anime adaptation was full of this. Though Natsuki Takaya's hand injury allowed her to become involved in the anime, she experienced Creative Differences with director Akitaroh Daichi. It wasn't renewed for a second season since Takaya was dissatisfied with how that version turned out and Daichi made it clear that he would never work with Takaya again. Eighteen years later, Takaya served as the chief production supervisor for a Truer to the Text anime adaptation by TMS Entertainment.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Natsuki Takaya said she planned to have Ritsu and Mitsuru develop a relationship but she couldn't find a spot to fit it into the story. By the time she realized the story was still sitting there (and Ritsu hadn't made an appearance since his introduction) the manga was ending. Though a small mention at the finale gives the impression that it happened off-screen.
    • Takaya also said that if Akito had actually been a boy she would have been tempted to pair Tohru with him. Later, she also said she had been tempted to pair Tohru off with Momiji. Kyo is very upset to hear that.
    • Had the first anime Overtook the Manga, it could have differed from the manga precipitously, sort of like what happened to Fullmetal Alchemist. A combination of Takaya's hand injury and the disagreements between her and Studio DEEN put a premature end to this, and with the amount of time it's been since combined with TMS Entertainment handling another adaptation which is Truer to the Text, it's safe to assume its chances are Deader Than Dead.
  • You Sound Familiar: In the English dub of the 2019 anime:
    • Kakeru Manabe is voiced by Aaron Dismuke, who played Hiro Sohma in the 2001 anime.
    • Akira Sohma's voice actor Chad Cline previously voiced Akito Sohma in the 2001 anime.

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