A quietish week for UK anime releases this, but MVM rides to the rescue with a snazzy Blu-ray Collector’s Edition of early 2000s favourite Fruits Basket.
The Studio Deen fantasy romcom sees sweet-natured orphan girl Tohru moving in with the Sohma family, whose many members are cursed to turn into animals of the Chinese Zodiac (plus a bonus kitty!) when they’re weakened, stressed or hugged by someone of the opposite sex who isn’t also possessed by a zodiac spirit. Y’know, someone like Tohru.
Adapted from a best-selling shojo manga by Natsuki Takaya, the 2001 anime sees our high school-aged heroine act as a positive influence on the fractious Sohma clan, who include hot-blooded Kyo the Cat, aloof Yuki the Rat and impulsive Kagura the Boar.
As well as giving fans the chance to enjoy the emotionally-engaging drama of Fruits Basket in high def., this new Collector’s Edition comes in a rigid artbox along with a selection of character art cards.