Fruits Basket (Season 1): a binge-worthy shoujo!

The other day, I was browsing for a light watch on Netflix. Specifically, I thought that a light anime would be perfect to ease the anxiousness due to this pandemic. 

I had my eyes on Fruits Basket for a long time. After watching the first episode, I immediately told my best friend that she’d probably love it because it seems like it’s all about the Zodiacs! Welp, she’s a real fan (and a knowledgeable one!) that we usually tease her to be attending some Divination class.

Contrary to my prejudice, she kindly said she’d try to watch it, although she doesn’t usually watch shoujo. That was the first time I heard of the term. I told myself, I’m probably a decade late to learn about the types of anime. Should’ve started binge-watching when I was a teen. Lol!

Kidding aside, I got hooked with its cheery air. Season 1 was released in 2019 through Netflix. It has 25 episodes (23 minutes each) and now, I can’t wait for Season 2!

To be honest, it is more than just a light show that’s purely for entertainment. In fact, I discovered that there are a lot of thought-provoking lines and scenes throughout the episodes. 

Let me share with you some of my favorites:

I noticed that one of the main topics in this anime is kindness. Here, we see that kindness is a fascade with the hidden intention of people-pleasing.

Given this, I think that the very idea of kindess’ purity, as a trait, is tainted. However, I believe lots of people can relate to this. In at least one time in our lives, I bet we did good to someone, hoping that he/she will like us. 

Being liked by people is a wonderful feeling. After all, we aren’t all saints. Often, we do good while expecting something in return.

Also, there’s nothing wrong with hoping that certain people will like you, for we cannot exude the fact that it contributes a great deal to our peace of mind. I think the problem starts when we start aiming to please everyone we meet. If that’s the case, then it isn’t kindness anymore, but a serious problem where a person carrying the trait becomes a people-pleaser.

Told ‘ya, they love talking about kindness. And oh, they also have a knack on the topic of desire. You’ll see later on. 🙂

Anyway, this one is really fascinating. First of all, we must acknowledge that we are indeed born with those needs for survival. Although, I don’t quite agree that they should fall under desires. Needs are different from wants. Desire is a stronger form of the latter.

On the other hand, I love how they describe the possible origin of kindess in this scene. I remember teaching the differing philosophies of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. They have opposing ideas on human nature: Hobbes believed that men are naturally “bad” while Locke’s belief is more inclined to be “good”.

Lately, I’ve been wondering if there are people who were simply born with a bad attitude. Conversely, I wonder if there are those who were inately good. I know the environment plays a big role on a person’s development. However, there’s a thing called the true self and I believe that no matter how far we’ve strayed from it, we will always find our way back into following the values treasured by this true self.

As I’ve mentioned, this scene offers a good perspective on the origin of kindness. It is treated as if it’s something that awaits to be unfolded inside us. As much as our physical bodies grow, there are traits that emerge, such as kindness, so that we may become a whole individual.

Yup, another one on desire and kindness. ❤

Through this scene, I started wondering whether desire is, as stated, “easy to understand”. Yet again, I’d like to reiterate that I don’t agree we’re born with it. On the contrary, we find ourselves unmotivated sometimes due to lack of desire. You see, it is easy to get started on something but as our motivation fades, we’re inclined to drop that thing we really wanted to pursue in the beginning. 

As Napoleon Hill (author of Think and Grow Rich) stated, we need a strong desire in order to receive something that we really want. Given this, I don’t think it is that easy to understand. After all, it is of a higher degree than want — It’s easy to say that we want something but saying that we desire something or someone is on a completely different level. Desiring includes a lot of effort and discipline.

On the other hand, they beautifully described kindness again. We can see here that the author stuck to the idea that each of us has our own kind of kindness. In other words, there’s a good a everyone. 

The last lines say a lot too: Since each of us are good in our own different way/s, our kindness is highly susceptible to other people’s (mis)judgment. 

For example, other people might find you a snob and so, they were very surprised to see you pick up the rolling ball of a boy from the playground. It might be hard for them to believe (or might even judge you for simply showing off) because the last time they saw you, you didn’t help someone pick up her things that were dropped on the hallway. 

What they didn’t know is that your heart softens for kids.

You see, it may be different and very particular but in any case, it is still a form of kindess that has grown within you. In whichever case, what’s important is that we always try to see the good in everyone.

I will share more thoughts from the show on a different post (so it wouldn’t be overwhelming on a single read!). Hope you try watching Fruits Basket for I assure you, it’s a binge-worthy shoujo!

19 thoughts on “Fruits Basket (Season 1): a binge-worthy shoujo!

  1. Kindness! 😃I love films about kindness. Fruits Basket. Even the title depicts a picture of kindness 😅

    I have so many movies on my list to watch 😫😫😩so many 😢

    Don’t worry 😋😋I will use this pandemic to make myself happy 😊

    Wonderful post 😃I’m very happy for this.

    And yeah, thanks for sharing the pictures.

    I love anime too!😃 I guess I love anything video 😂😂

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    1. Indeed, kindness is a complicated yet very good topic to showcase in a film 😊

      Haha! I knew you’d have a long list. Enjoy watching and thanks for dropping by 😇 Have a nice week!

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    1. I know you’ll have fun watching this. 😊 Right, I love how they always tackle kindness throughout the show. Thanks for dropping by! I’ve visited your blog and I found it great too. ☺️👍

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  2. Thanks for introducing us to different anime productions. I am not a huge fan but enjoy watching one every now and then. When it comes to good or bad humans I believe we are neither. I believe there is a point in our live when we decide who we want to be. That decision isn’t always a conscious one and is affected by our genes and how and where we grew up but I strongly believe its a decision we take and not something put on us. Great blog and thanks for liking my posts. Happy Tuesday despite everything 🙋‍♀️🐝

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  3. Kindness can come from so many different places but for me I like to think it comes from empathy and connectedness. And as far as people being good or bad by nature, that’s one I still haven’t settled on. “Good” and “bad” can be twisted around so easily for selfish ends, and it ends up getting very messy to try to sort out one’s true motivations. But always nice to have a chance to think on this stuff so will definitely check out this show!

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    1. Right, those are very profound thoughts, Sean. ☺️ Unfortunately, a lot of people lack empathy these days perhaps, due to the everyday hectic life and competition. As such, it also damages the pure and loving connections we ought to have with each other. I agree with you, these things may not have definite answers but it’s nice to think about it from time to time. ☺️
      Thanks for dropping by, have a great week!

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  4. I’ve heard so much love for this anime (only from girls though hahaha) and I am glad to hear that it lives up to those expectations for you! I love the themes it tackles and that of kindness and desires sounds truly intriguing. Your reflections on human nature based on Hobbes and Locke is also brilliantly integrated in here! I actually plan on fully reading Leviathan by Hobbes at some point and look forward to that! 😀 Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hahaha! Perhaps because it’s a shoujo 😅 it’s my first time watching this genre but gladly, I enjoyed it. 😁 Though tbh, I’m pretty sure my head’s gonna ache if I often watch shoujos lol! Cool, then once you finish it, I’m excited to read if ever you decide to make a review on it! 💛

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        1. Thank you so much, Content Catnip! Yours is as inspiring as well. It makes me see the wonders of life. Thank you for sharing and continually inspiring people! Wishing us all the best in life 💛

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