Fruits Basket: The Final Season Wins Anime of the Year At 8th Anime Trending Awards

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Fruits Basket: The Final Season has won Anime of The Year at the 8th Anime Trending Awards. 

The dramatic conclusion to the Fruits Basket reboot series previously won Anime of the Season in Spring 2021. During that spring season, Fruits Basket: The Final Season placed sixth and eighth in the first two weeks of the Anime of the Week charts. It would then take over the first-place slot three times throughout the season. 

During the 8th Anime Trending Awards, the anime was also nominated in the following categories: Slice of Life, Supernatural, Romance, Drama, Best in Voice Cast, and Best in Adapted Screenplay. Additionally, its protagonist Tohru Honda was nominated for Girl of the Year, but lost out to Mieruko from horror comedy series Mieruko-chan

Fruits Basket: The Final Season ran for 13 episodes from April 6, 2021 to June 29, 2021. The anime adapted the final story arcs of Natsuki Takaya’s original manga series, which was published from July 1998 to November 2006. 

Yoshihide Ibata (FLCL Progressive) served as series director, with Taku Kishimoto (Haikyu!!) as the screenwriter, and Masaru Shindou (Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma) as lead character designer. Youko Kamiyama was the art director for the series, while Mika Sugawara (Charlotte) was the color designer and Nozomi Shitara (Katanagatari) served as photography director. Masaru Yokoyama (Arakawa Under the Bridge) composed the musical score. TMS Entertainment handled animation production for the series. 

Funimation and Crunchyroll both streamed the anime. The series is described as:

Tohru Honda thought her life was headed for misfortune when a family tragedy left her living in a tent. When her small home is discovered by the mysterious Soma clan, she suddenly finds herself living with Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Soma. But she quickly learns their family has a bizarre secret of their own: when hugged by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals of the Zodiac!

A full list of results from the 8th Anime Trending Awards can be viewed here


Source: 8th Anime Trending Awards Live Stream, official Fruits Basket Twitter

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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