UPDATED: Fruits Basket Season 3 is almost over and it has been a real tear-jerker! Season 3 is also known as Fruits Basket: The Final Season and was released in April 2021. The supernatural shōjo anime adapts Takaya Natsuki's completed manga of the same name and the final season will have between 13 and 25 episodes. There are several ways to watch Fruits Basket but where should you go for the Simulcast? Here's all you need to know:
Crunchyroll is your go-to if you're going to watch Fruits Basket Seasons 3 in Japanese with English subtitles. The TMS Entertainment show is licensed by both Crunchyroll and Funimation and will be Simulcast in both.
The first two seasons were similarly simulcast and are currently available on Funimation in their entirety. For the third season, premium Crunchyroll users will get to watch episodes as they come out. A Crunchyroll subscription starts from $7.99 monthly. You can start a 14-day free trial first, to decide if it's for you.
Non-premium users can still watch Fruits Basket on Crunchyroll, but they will have to wait longer for new episodes and there will be ads.
We have both good and bad news here. The good news? Yes, Fruits Basket Seasons 1 and 2 are on Hulu, and the same will be true for the Final - eventually. The bad news? It won't be Simulcast. This means that there won't be new episodes weekly, as is the case with anime-only streaming services.
When the first two seasons were still airing, Hulu didn't offer same-day streaming. Rather, the seasons became available in their entirety shortly after they finished airing. Judging from the previous seasons, the Final will most likely finish airing in September and join the anime library of Hulu a few months after that.
Unfortunately, the first two seasons of Fruits Basket aren't on Netflix at all, so season 3 won't be on the popular streaming service either. Netflix in the US and Europe offers shows that have finished airing, rather than ongoing works.
Of course, since Fruits Basket has found a home in many other streaming services, it might not make it to Netflix even after Season 3 is completed - though of course, it wouldn't be impossible.
Meanwhile, Beastars Season 2 is currently airing on Netflix Japan and will hit American Netflix this July.
Fruits Basket Season 3 is licensed by both Funimation and Crunchyroll. As such, it's available on both. Rather than offering a Simulcast, like Crunchyroll, Funimation will offer a SimulDub instead. This means that the newest episodes will be dubbed, rather than originals with subtitles and they will become available at the same time as the original or very shortly after.
Premium Funimation users will be able to stream episodes immediately when they are released. Non-premium users will be able to watch the newest Fruits Basket episodes a week after release but there will still be some ads.
If you're unsure about the paid plans of Funimation, you can try the 14-day free trial and see if it suits you. Paid plans start from $5.99 per month.
Fruits Basket is a heartfelt, moving anime, totally worth watching. Thaknkfully, it's available in many venues, so you're bound to find the right one for you.
Another highly anticipated anime of the Spring 2021 season is My Hero Academia Season 5.