Anime Blu-ray/DVD Combo Review: Fruits Basket Season One Part Two

Fruits Basket Season One Part Two includes two Blu-rays and two DVDs that include episodes 14-25 of the first season of the Fruits Basket reboot anime series. The set includes both an English dub and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

Fruits Basket Season One Part Two
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Release Date: February 11, 2020

Fruits Basket Season One Part Two continues the Fruits Basket reboot anime.

The set opens with the one-year anniversary of the death of Tohru’s mother, and Tohru takes Hana, Uotani, Yuki, and Kyo to her mother’s grave. At the end of this episode, the audience is given hints that Yuki and Kyo may both be hiding some kind of a secret from Tohru.

We also get to see backstories for both Uotani and Hana in this set, and this is where we start seeing some portions of the manga that weren’t animated in the original anime. These backstories appeared much later in the manga, but they work well being moved up and help to give more dimension to both of these characters. They both have interesting backstories, though Hana’s is heartbreaking.

This set also introduces three other zodiac members of the Soma family: Kisa, Ritsu, and Hiro. Kisa is still the sweet girl she was in the original, Hiro is still the obnoxious brat, and Ritsu is still annoying. At least Ritsu doesn’t appear very often in the episodes included in this set. We also get a humorous episode about Motoko and two of her underlings from the Prince Yuki fan club right before Hana’s backstory and the storyline about Kyo’s true cat form. Episode 25 shows the aftermath after Tohru confronts Kyo’s true cat form, and this features some more of the original manga that had never been animated before. I also appreciated how Episode 25 sets the foundation for what we’re now starting to see in Fruits Basket Season Two.

The Blu-ray video is 1080p High Definition 16:9 (HD Native). The audio on the Blu-ray had Dolby TrueHD: English 5.1 and Dolbu TrueHD: Japanese 2.0, while the DVD had English 5.1 Surround and Japanese Stereo. I had no complaints about either the audio or the video quality of this release.

The first disc of the set includes a commentary on Episode 18. The second disc has more in the way of bonus features. Interview with the Cast & Crew sees ADR Director Caitlin Glass interviewing the three new voice actors on the series: Mikaela Krantz (Momiji), Elizabeth Maxwell (Uotani), and Jad Saxton (Hana). There are also several “Fruits Basket Inside The Episode” features included, and this time, most of them had little or nothing to do with the actual episode it was made for. These basically consist of some of the English dub actors talking about working on the show. These were OK bonus features, but they’re not anything I’d rush to watch again. There is also a textless version of the opening song and a textless version of the closing song.

If you’re a fan of the Fruits Basket franchise, and you already have a copy of Fruits Basket Season One Part One, then this release is worth picking up and adding to your home anime video library.

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