I can honestly not think of any tv series, ever, that managed to infuse the characteristics of the lead character into not just a song, but the opening credits song of the show. Yet, that is exactly what Fruits Basket managed with this simple, lovely, gentle piece of music.
Everything about it ties into the nature of Tohru so perfectly that it is all but impossible for me to not get misty eyed when I hear it. The sweetness, the kindness, the gentle and loving nature of it instantly invokes every instance that Tohru met hostility and fear with sympathy, compassion, and love.
This may actually be the most perfect opening song ever. It’s so good, it even works in English, with exactly the same effect. That’s really something amazing.
Oh, dammit. I’ve got something in my eye…