Fruits Basket (2001)

While definitely an "Early 2000's shojo anime" there is a lot here that really endures (and endears) that makes it worthwhile as more than just an important contextual piece, but an excellent exploration of growth through trauma.

Citrus

A snack show good for scratching a Yuri itch. Despite a ridiculous hentai-flavored premise, there is little skin-service but excellent spice. Refreshingly frank and honest about sexuality for an anime.

Yuki Yuna is a Hero

While unapologetically a Madoka-inspired Magical Girl show, it does take its own approach and has a more gradual pace. A slightly warm Cherry Pepsi to Madoka's crisp, icy Vanilla Coke.

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