English Dub Review: Fruit Basket: Prelude

Insight:

the comforting Fruit basket The shojo saga reaches its powerful conclusion with an emotional look at the cyclical nature of history. Tohru Honda and Kyo Soma have come a long way since the start of the series, but Basket of Fruits: Prelude hints at the bright future of these two lovebirds with a look at the painful past of Kyoko and Katsuya, Tohru’s parents. Fruit basket is full of ups and downs, but Kyoko’s story is by far the darkest material the series has ever explored. Kyoko is on the verge of failure, but her life opens up beautifully after Katsuya’s humble kindness. With the odds against them, Kyoko and Katsuya embrace romance with all they have in this inspiring story about the power of love.

Our opinion :

“Even if the world doesn’t need us, we live for those who need us.” It’s a simple message that is relayed by Kyoko Honda to a young Kyo Soma, but he becomes the driving force behind Basket of Fruits: Prelude, a hugely satisfying and cathartic finish to one of the greatest shojo series of all time. Much of the larger Fruit basket The story ends in the final season of the anime, which causes this film to adopt a unique structure. The beginning functions as a recap of the best Tohru and Kyo moments before Prelude skips to the origins of the love between Kyoko and Katsuya, Tohru’s patents.

These stories intertwine gracefully through an epilogue that follows the series’ conclusion and highlights the parallels between these overwhelmed and star-crossed lovers. These separate stories collectively form a solid whole. There are nuances of Kyoko and Katsuya’s painful romance in Tohru and Kyo’s relationship and it’s fair to say that this pattern will continue in the future. It’s a powerful and thematic way to end the Fruit basket sober narrative, but also fulfilling in terms of a love story carefully developed over the course of 63 episodes.

Basket of Fruits: Prelude is a story of acceptance, kindred spirits and living life to the full without shame. However, to achieve this moving message, the film must first wade into dark and depressing territory. Basket of Fruits: Prelude features an inspiring love story, but it also dwells deeply on the sins of parents, toxic codependency, and how children are forced to brutally navigate this trauma, which Tohru and Kyo experience, albeit in different ways. very different.

Kyo spends most of his life paralyzed by the endless guilt he feels over the tragedy that befell Tohru’s mother. He’s terrified that his actions will trigger something comparably horrible, maybe even for Tohru. This unhealthy compulsion festers in the defining trait that drives him forward in life until he finally meets Tohru and his world opens up for the better. In that sense, it’s quite touching that both generations of the Tohru family have irreparable effects on Kyo. It’s completely unintentional, but this family both pulls Kyo underwater, then later brings him back to breathe, as he matures into his own individual.

The greater part of Basket of Fruits: Prelude examines Kyoko’s extremely unhappy life, which stems from an abusive and absentee family. This gradually evolves into an inescapable network of evil influences as Kyoko continues to move around the world, alone and with no one around. The beginnings of her tragic story are especially hard to bear as the whole world, even her family, collectively laughs at Kyoko.

All of these painful catalysts make it truly emotional once Katsuya sees Kyoko for who she is and offers her some genuine kindness for once in her life. It’s instructive how different his life could have been if someone like Katsuya had come sooner and helped end this toxic cycle of violence. There is such natural, tender beauty as Kyoko lets her guard down and opens her heart to Katsuya. These two, just like Kyo and Tohru, just want to lead ordinary lives. Basket of Fruits: Prelude perfectly illustrates how such a basic desire can seem utterly impossible when life is oppressively attacking and there is no stability to fall back on.

There is an effective rhythm throughout Basket of Fruits: Prelude, but the film’s final act is surprisingly brutal. It’s appreciated that the film doesn’t shy away from using this dark material to remind audiences that life is full of tragedies that can strike at random, but that doesn’t mean the world is an inherently broken place where happiness is impossible. . The most depressing final act would be such a harsh and punishing conclusion were it not for the short epilogue that ties this bifurcated narrative together, concludes the set. Fruit basket franchise in a satisfying package, and leaves audiences with a glimpse of hope for the future. It’s by no means a substantial plot epilogue, but it’s more important for the optimism it injects into these characters where life is something to celebrate, not lament.

Basket of Fruits: Prelude is as strong as any of the most popular standalone animated romance melodramas like Your name, a silent voice, Where Josée, the tiger and the fish. The plot of Prelude It’s not as convoluted as some of those other tortured love stories, but after a series of animal transformation hijackings, it’s pretty daunting to have a more grounded relationship story here. The audience may feel there is an inherent barrier to cross and reject it accordingly since this story is tied to the larger Fruit basket franchise. However, if the same movie was released under the vague but nice title, “The Story of Kyoko and Katsuya”, then people might be more willing to list it among the other great cinematic anime love stories.

Fruit basket has never been an anime that strives to push the boundaries of animation, but Prelude still presents a gorgeous aesthetic without being too flashy. Everything looks so clean and polished. Neither setting feels compromised or too superficial for storytelling and emotions at this point. In the audio department, all the classics Fruit basket dub actors return and have never been stronger. However, Lydia Mackay and J. Michael Tatum really shine as Kyoko and Katsuya. This film never hides the fact that this is their story and that both actors properly harness the raw emotions of their characters. This dub cast really made those roles their own and it’s heartwarming that Basket of Fruits: Prelude can also function as a celebration of the committed work they have done in these roles for so many years.

This film constantly navigates through heavy material and the end result is material that feels on par with the first two seasons of the anime, but slightly lacks the perpetual emotional impact that is achieved at the height of Basket of Fruits: The Finale. This is an extremely satisfying conclusion to the Fruit basket saga which poignantly turns the clock back before elegantly closing the door on these characters. Any fan of the anime and manga will absolutely adore every second of Basket of Fruits: Prelude, but even those with no knowledge of the series will be able to enjoy the film as a tender, generational love story that doesn’t get lost in a degree of hollow fanservice that makes any newcomer feel like they’re missing out on vital elements of this puzzle.

In fact, while Basket of Fruits: Prelude is the conclusion to this moving tale, it’s arguably as effective as someone’s first track Fruit basket media, which then proceeds to go back and watch from the beginning. Tohru’s darker moments are much easier to bear after knowing where she ultimately ends up. Having the knowledge of what Kyoko had to go through to make Tohru’s life possible in the first place also works as a comforting silver lining.

Basket of Fruits: Prelude is a beautiful story about the importance of getting out of your own way and letting yourself experience happiness; that humans are a species that needs the company of others and cannot hide from the world, even when it seems impossible to do otherwise. There are so many high points in this film, but if nothing else, it’s extremely cathartic to see Tohru and Kyo kissing freely, with every trace of fear and uncertainty completely erased from their bodies, as they really care about each other and celebrate their future together. Like a team. We all need to be able to forgive ourselves and let go of the baggage that’s holding us back, but it’s so touching when finding the right soulmate can make this process natural and effortless. You have to accept yourself because in the end you can’t be someone else. All we can do is try our best.

“Fruits Basket: Prelude” will be released in limited theaters across North America on June 25, 28 and 29