Want to watch Fruits Basket online? We can help you find where to stream this romantic tearjerker shojo anime series.
Fruits Basket Basics
At first glance, Fruits Basket sounds cute. The Sohma family lives under an animal transformation curse. Schoolgirl Tohru Honda accidentally becomes a permanent guest of this unusual family. Naturally, she wants to help them break the curse.
The series has many funny moments. And it features elements of romantic comedy, with Tohru seemingly in the middle of a reverse harem. However, the anime’s true plot develops into a tragic family drama. The real curse isn’t the Zodiac animal one, but the various conflicts within this old-fashioned clan.
Fruits Basket History
Natsuki Takaya created the Fruits Basket manga series, which ran from 1998 to 2006.
In 2001, the manga was adapted into a one season, 26-episode anime series. Unfortunately, that version focused too much on the comedy. It also ended before the manga, so it had to invent a non-canon conclusion.
In 2019, the series received a new, better remake. The reboot led to a 2022 movie, Fruits Basket: Prelude.
List of Places to Watch Fruits Basket Online
- Apple TV
- Amazon Prime Video
Note: All of the places mentioned are legal, licensed websites. You will find no pirate sites here.
Where to Watch Fruits Basket Online
If you want to watch the 2019 remake of Fruits Basket on Netflix, you need access to either Singapore or Hong Kong Netflix. Spanish or Portuguese speakers can watch the 2001 version of Fruits Basket on Netflix Spain.
If you don’t live in Singapore, Hong Kong, or Spain, you will need a VPN. Here are the details:
How to Watch Fruits Basket on Netflix Anywhere in the World
This method works on both desktop PCs and mobile phones or tablets.
- Purchase (or start a free trial) of a VPN. I can confirm that NordVPN works for this purpose.
- In the settings, choose Singapore as your location.
- Fire up the VPN and wait for it to do its magic
- Once you’re connected, navigate to Netflix (browser or app)
- Search “Fruits Basket” in the Netflix search bar and you should see the anime pop up.
Enjoy! Please note that if your Netflix library doesn’t update to reflect the country you selected in your VPN, you may have to clear the Netflix cache first and try again.
To do this on mobile, go to settings -> apps -> Netflix -> clear cache. To do this on PC, you have to clear the cache in your web browser.
I’ve had no trouble using this method and I still use NordVPN to watch anime from various Netflix country libraries daily.
- A large library of anime and non-anime content
- Good language options
- Geo-locked in most places
Price: Basic with ads, $6.99/ month. Basic: $9.99/ month. Standard: $15.49/ month. Premium: $19.99.
Language options: Fruits Basket (2019): Audio: Japanese. Subtitles: English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Indonesian, Malay, Thai, Vietnamese.
Fruits Basket (2001): Audio: Japanese and European Spanish. Subtitles: European Spanish, Portuguese.
Watch Fruits Basket at Netflix.
Crunchyroll has both versions of Fruits Basket. You can find the 2019 remake here. If you want to see the 2001 version of Fruits Basket, click on this link instead.
With Crunchyroll, you can also get Fruits Basket: Prelude. The prequel film also contains a recap and epilogue to the series.
- A huge library of recent and classic anime
- Good language options
- First three episodes available for free without an account
- Includes the 2022 film
- Geo-locked in some areas
Price: Free, limited viewing is possible. $7.99 for “fan” level; $9.99 for “mega fan”; and $14.99 for “ultimate fan.”
Language options: Fruits Basket (2019): Audio: Japanese, English, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese. Subtitles: English, German, Latin American Spanish, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian.
Fruits Basket (2001): Audio: Japanese, English. Subtitles: English, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese.
Watch Fruits Basket at Crunchyroll.
3. Apple TV
In the United States, Apple TV has the 2019 Fruits Basket remake. You can also watch the Fruits Basket: Prelude movie. The movie has a separate webpage, which you can find here.
You can rent or buy the movie, but you have to buy episodes. This can be more expensive than a monthly streaming subscription. Also, English dubbed and subtitled versions are separate. So, if you want both dubbing and subtitles, you have to get both versions.
- A decent library of anime, and non-anime content
- Can rent or buy the movie
- Buying episodes can be more expensive
- Although Apple is international, some regions may be geo-locked
Price: Individual episodes, $2.99 (Japanese or English); full seasons, $26.99.
Prelude movie: $3.99 to rent; $14.99 to buy.
Language options: Japanese with subtitles, or English dubbed
Watch Fruits Basket at Apple TV.
Hulu has both the 2001 and 2019 versions of Fruits Basket. You can find the 2001 version here.
The 2019 Fruits Basket remake is available here. The 2001 version is available dubbed in English dubbed or in Japanese with English subtitles. However, the 2019 version is only available dubbed. You won’t find the Fruits Basket movie at Hulu.
- A decent selection of anime and other content
- No movie
- Limited language options
- Only in the U.S.
Price: Ad-supported Hulu, $7.99/ month. No ads, $14.99/ month. Plus various Disney/ ESPN/ Live TV bundles.
Language options: 2001 version – Japanese with subtitles, or English dubbed. 2019 version – English dubbed.
5. Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video has several versions of the 2019 Fruits Basket series available.
If you want the “Uncut” version, click here. Fruits Basket Uncut has all three seasons, English dubbed. But the seasons are divided up into five “seasons.”
The Simuldub version (available here) has that same weird division. And it is also English dubbed. It only includes the first season (seasons “1” and “2”) and the third season (“season 5”).
Finally, the Original Japanese Version (found here) has all three seasons. It is in Japanese with subtitles.
Amazon Prime Video doesn’t have the Fruits Basket: Prelude movie. While the 2001 version has a webpage, it is currently unavailable in the United States.
- A decent selection of anime and non-anime content
- Difficult to navigate the different varieties
- Buying can be expensive
- Simuldub doesn’t include season 2
Price: Individual SD episodes, $1.99. Individual HD episodes, $2.99. You can also buy complete seasons.
Language options: Japanese with English subtitles, or English dubbed.
JapanBound partner ZenPlus has various Blu-ray discs and DVDs for the series, including the movie. These are mostly domestic Japanese versions, not the translated Funimation ones.
The videos include a special, 2nd Season Special Event: Fight! Oh! Nano Desu!, which features the voice actors doing a live, dramatic reading.
I hope this article encourages you to watch Fruits Basket.