Tohru Honda has come across the Sohmas, who has lived with an unusual family curse for generations. When a member of the family is hugged by a person of the opposite gender, they transform into an animal of the Chinese Zodiac. The Sohma’s were able to keep this curse private for generations, but Tohru unexpectedly discovers this secret and life at the Sohma house changes forever. Tohru must promise to keep this secret to herself or she will have to face the consequence!

Rating Key:

 Not worth your time
= half a rating


My Ratings

Video and Sound Quality– 
Series length– 26 episodes
Released in the U.S.?– Yes
This series contains– Comedy, Drama
Some facts about this title
* The manga is about 22 volumes long.
* The anime doesn’t include the characters Rin (the Rooster) and Kureno (the Horse) of the Sohma family.
Where can you purchase this series?
DVD Empire, Animecastle, Best Buy, Suncoast

My Thoughts:
I love the concept in this series of how different characters would change into a Chinese Zodiac animal when they are hugged or embraced by someone of a different gender. It just makes this anime such a unique and interesting one and adds to the comedy and suspense in the some of the scenes, which I enjoy a lot. This series is one of my all time favorites, because not only does it have great comedy, but it is also such a deep and meaningful show. The director Akitaroh Daichi did such a wonderful job putting this series all together in a 26 episode series from the manga (which is still not completed yet), it’s rare that many anime series are this greatly composed. Because of that, this series can be easily enjoyed again and again.

The animation is nicely done and the colors seem soft and relaxing. Not only that, but the characters are very unique and likeable, you can really connect to them as well as on an emotional level. The comedy scenes are also wacky and one-of-a-kind, you’ll love each one no matter which scene it is. And the English dubbing is also done surprisingly well. The voice actors capture the personality of the characters in such a different way that I almost prefer it over the Japanese (and I actually do). This show is something to watch especially if you’re feeling down, because it can really make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. If you have faced many problems and hardships in life, this show is surely to cover one of them, so you won’t want to miss this. The story and theme for this series is priceless and one-of-a-kind, I can’t recommend it enough. You’ll be wanting to see a second season.

My Final Opinion: A beautifully composed series that will make you laugh, cry, and smile. You will enjoy watching this series time and time again. Be sure to make this a part of your collection.

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