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  • Channel Hop: The first anime was produced by Studio DEEN. The rebooted anime was produced by TMS Entertainment.
  • 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.
  • Creative Differences: Because of her hand injury, creator Natsuki Takaya was directly involved with the anime adaptation... but 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 work as well as the character designs. Unfortunately, Studio DEEN refused to let anyone other than Daichi handle the series, and Daichi has confirmed that he won't work with Takaya again. Seventeen years later, Hakusensha announced that the new anime would be a Continuity Reboot produced by TMS Entertainment.
  • Creator Backlash:
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    • A minor example. The "Collectors' Edition" triple-sized collections 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 manga.
    • Takaya was never a fan of the first anime. The only reference she makes to it in her margin notes is to comment on the untimely death of Ritsuko Okazaki, who sang most of the songs, saying she liked "For Fruits Basket".
  • 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 in the 2019 anime, where he's voiced by Nobunaga Shimazaki instead of Aya Hisakawa.
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  • Disowned Adaptation: Natsuki Takaya doesn't hold the first anime in high regard, largely owing to the Creative Differences between her and Akitaroh Daichi. As a result, the 2019 anime has an entirely different production staff and voice cast.
  • Executive Meddling: Takaya became more heavily involved over the anime reboot than she did the first time around, right down to requesting that there be a new voice cast to replace the ones from the first anime. She also requested that the artwork not be one to one with the manga because she felt her art wasn't at its best.
  • 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 with Laura Bailey reprising her role as Tohru, it seems the same standards don't apply to the dub.
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  • 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.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Due to the first anime dating back to 2001 and some of its cast being too old or having retired since the series first aired, as well as Takaya becoming more involved in the 2019 reboot, every role was inevitably re-cast.
    • While most of the original English dub's cast, including Laura Bailey, Eric Vale, John Burgmeier, Justin Cook, Kent Williams, Christopher Sabat, Jamie Marchi and Jerry Jewell, returned to reprise their roles for the 2019 remake, some of the characters were also re-cast:
      • Meredith McCoy, the original voice of Kagura Sohma, moved away away to Thomasville, Georgia, in August 2018. As such, Tia Ballard replaced her as the voice of Kagura.
      • Since Parisa Fakhri moved to Los Angeles long after the series ended, Elizabeth Maxwell replaced Fakhri as Arisa Uotani.
      • Due to Daphne Gere moving to New York City to become a singer, the role of Saki Hanajima was recast with Jad Saxton.
      • The role of Momiji Sohma was replaced from Kimberly Grant (who has no other major voice roles since 2004) to Mikaela Krantz.
      • For now obvious reasons, Akito's dub VA switched from Chad Cline to Colleen Clinkenbeard.
      • It's also very likely that Hiro will have a new voice actor since Aaron Dismuke had long since hit puberty.
  • 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).
  • Promoted Fanboy: Mikaela Krantz, Colleen Clinkenbeard, and Jād Saxton were fans of the series long before the 2019 reboot cast them as Momiji, Akito, and Hanajima respectively.
  • Role Reprisal: The dub of the 2019 reboot looks to be retaining as many of its original cast members that are still working and are able to reprise.
  • Schedule Slip: Natsuki Takaya, broke her left hand - her drawing hand - while working on the 8th book, forcing her to take an extended break from the series. This is one of the reasons that the anime ended the way it did; the other reason was the Creative Differences between her and anime director Akitaroh Daichi.
  • Screwed by the Network: When Studio DEEN and Akitaroh Daichi overruled Takaya's recommendations to include an All-Star Cast and changed the character designs during production of the 2001 anime.
  • Star-Making Role: In the English dub, the role of Tohru was this for Laura Bailey. It also got many anime fans to start taking Funimation seriously as a studio (nearly every show they had dubbed up to that point was a Shonen action series).
  • 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 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 a Continuity Reboot, it's safe to assume its chances are Deader Than Dead.
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