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Fruits Basket  
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Description
Tohru Honda, an orphaned high-school girl, is taken in by the wealthy Shigure Sohma when he realizes she has nowhere else to go. However, the Sohma family shares a secret, and it isn't long before Tohru discovers that there's a reason why her classmates, Yuki and Kyo Sohma, never let girls get near them, and never talk about their lives before they lived with Shigure. And before she knows it, Tohru has become so tangled up in the lives of each member of the Sohma family that she couldn't leave even if she wanted to.

As she learns more and more about the truth of the Sohma family and the nature of their secrets, she desperately searches for a way that she can save them. But what can one girl do, especially when it seems that she may have been part of someone's plan all along . . .

Fruits Basket received the 2001 Kodansha Manga Award in the shoujo manga category and the "Best Manga" award at the 2007 American Anime Awards.

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
Корзинка фруктов
フルバ
フルーツバスケット
水果篮子
후르츠 바스켓
Furuba
Giỏ Trái Cây

Groups Scanlating
Apt 6
Crescent Joy
Eden
Endless Youth and Co.
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Latest Release(s)
c.Neko Fanbook by Endless Youth and Co. (2514d ago)
v.23 c.132-136 by Endless Youth and Co. (2571d ago)
v.23 c.136 (end) by Apt 6 (2655d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
23 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 7, Chap 38

User Reviews
Fruits Basket by Anonymous

Forum
10 topics, 326 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (2258 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.67 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 19th 2014, 1:31pm PST


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Year
1998

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Chuang Yi (23 Volumes - Complete)
Tokyopop (23 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #454 increased(+127)
Monthly Pos #637 increased(+44)
3 Month Pos #579 increased(+2)
6 Month Pos #530 decreased(-75)

List Stats
On 1383 reading lists
On 765 wish lists
On 5630 completed lists
On 332 unfinished lists
On 527 custom lists

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Forum Posts
*Spoilers* What the HELL, Kyo? 234 days, 6 hours, 48 minutes ago
Yuki or Kyo? 363 days, 0 hours, 19 minutes ago
Is Fruits Basket really all THAT? 425 days, 0 hours, 40 minutes ago
fav fruits basket moments 1052 days, 7 hours, 8 minutes ago
what fruits basket character do u think u r most like? 1099 days, 20 hours, 32 minutes ago

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Interesting   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by tipz
June 25th, 2014, 3:26am
The story dragged on far too long for my taste, but he plot was surprisingly twisted in a way that kept me wanting to know more.

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poor thing loses everything.. Get taken in by the 12 zodiacs.. They battle their twisted ways while she holds them together.. She gets into drama with the boss.. Then all is well.
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love it   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by cmel61
March 3rd, 2014, 10:35pm
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The anime was a bit misleading. It was cute and hilariously funny with a couple of sad scenes here and there. But compared to the manga, it was just like a walk in the park. The manga was downright depressing. The back stories of Yuki, Kyou, Rin... almost all of them actually, crushed my heart into pulp. I just want to give them all a hug. And the cap story was so touching. My only complaint is that in the latter volumes, it looks like the art was hastily drawn. Other than that this manga is amazing.
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It's OK   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by HoneyDippedLemons
February 5th, 2014, 9:20am
First half of this very long manga felt disjointed, like it was written from chapter to chapter (the events from one chapter weren't really relevant in the next chapter). It was like the mangaka had a good premise but didn't know what to do with it so she just ran around in circles for a while. I was so bored I wanted to drop it.

However the second half is what makes this manga worth while, because Takaya-sensei finally starts showing her great talent for character development. I was really happy that the characters were finally evolving after so long, especially Tohru, because ''Tohru the saint'' from the first half really started to annoy me, so it was nice to see some depth in her. In the end after reading the whole thing I have to say this story is very dear to me.

I'd definitely recommend this, but try watching the anime first and than pick up the manga where the anime left of with the story. The first half is just better narrated in the anime.
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Why this is considered amazing   
Rating: N/A
by Ariaofthesong
September 6th, 2013, 8:05am
There is a reason why Fruits Basket is considered amazing, actually there are many, and in the end, this happens to be a favorite of mine. I've read alot of really atrocious manga and alot of really dazzling, show stoping, freaking amazing manga, so I'm sure I have the right to judge FB. I'm not going to lie, there were a few problems in the beginning (the artwork, the paneling, the dialogue) but it progressively got better around the fifth book.

The reason why this series is so great is because its got great characterization and a finely detailed, super tight plot. People tend to say that Tohru is pretty much a Mary Sue, a perfect character, and that in itself makes her annoying and unreal... But, if you paid attention through out the 23 books, you'd notice just how much of a stepford smiler she was and that she too had alot of pain that she hid by being an overly optimistic and cheerful girl. (V17- "I can't explain it to anyone...but on the other side of the door...I'm afraid she's starting to fall apart.")

Not just her, the other characters were just as amazing. Though I think my favorite was Shigure. He could have been considered the mastermind behind pretty much everything, and he was seriously messed up. (or just as much as Akito). I loved that Natsuki Sensei showed such a broad spectrum of human emotions, something many mangaka and authors can't do. As a writer myself, I'm astonished at how well everything fits together. It just runs seamlessly.

I can not tell you how many times Fruits basket has made me cry. (At least every volume.) But probably the saddest moment was in volume 16- "I wonder what hurts more- to be left behind or to leave behind?" *curls up in a ball* can't read that book without sobbing...everytime.
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Again and Again   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by FMACodeBleachMan
August 12th, 2013, 7:11pm
I absolutely love this manga! It is one of my favorites and I love reading it again and again! The relationships between the characters (Tohru, Kyo, and Yuki especially) is great and the story is unique. The comedy, romance, and drama make the story even better. I wish there was more to read!! At least I can watch the anime numerous times (wish the animators would finish animating the manga) and never get tired!!
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Shojo otaku here I come!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by evinrud3005
July 9th, 2013, 9:09am
Loved it. This manga made me go through loads of emotions. The characters are not perfect, which I find sometimes annoying. The art wasn't great at the beginning but improves and makes the manga a better read.
I agree with a lot of comments, so i won't repeat everything execpt: READ IT, you're in for hours of good entertainment!!
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Don't be discouraged by the first few volumns   
Rating: N/A
by Sagiri_chan
June 29th, 2013, 7:40am
The first time I read this series, I gave up after the first few volumns. Frankly, they sucked. The art was really bad. The plot was just the members of the zodiac one after another coming to Tohru with their personal problems and having all of them solved by a few meaning lines and a big smile of her.

The second time I picked up this series, as I read past these volumns, everything turned out to be much better. The art was improved as the characters looked much cooler. The plot was intriguing with some dramatical twists. The characters figured out the solution to their problems on their own, though sometimes with Tohru's help. Despite having a huge cast of characters, the author managed to portray each one of them with depth. Furthermore, I really enjoyed the romances from multiple couples, which were actually quite slow but really sweet.

However, there are a few negative things I want to point out. First, although the art got better after a while, some characters looked so alike to the point of confusion sometimes. Second, the whole mother love of Yuki for the heroine was quite hard to swallow. How can someone realize that he loved a girl of his age and then acknowledge that as mother love? Finally, the series, in my point of view, was just too long. I know for that many characters, 23 volumns were need. It just that sometimes reading them was a little bit tiring.

... Last updated on November 29th, 2013, 7:51pm
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This manga screams SHOUJO   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by misukochan
April 7th, 2013, 8:41am
I've watched Furuba back when it was aired in my country then watched it again around 3rd or 4th yr. I really hated the ending because I'm a Kyo fan and the series was leaning more to the Yuki x Tohru couple. It's been on my wishlist for a very long time and now finally had the initiative to read it.

I think the plot is quite interesting and makes you wonder how did they end up with that curse (although in the end it was never said how did the Souma family end up with the curse). The characters are also interesting but some are just... meh. It's just that they're too good looking and you can't help but fall for their looks. But not only they're good looking but some characters JUST LOOK THE SAME and some just suddenly changed I had to wonder who the heck that is. And it just so happens everyone has personal issues, too personal and familial if you ask me. There is not a single person who never had a family issue. It's just that how they cope is different. Regarding Tohru, I read in the forums complaints about her and I must say, I do agree in some like how naive and somehow "saintly" she is but she's definitely not perfect fot she's really stubborn to boot and at times, she sticks her nose in others' business a lot.And even if someone like her exists, I don't think there are a lot who will treasure her, people would just use her for all they care. The character development for her is quite slow too. It takes too long for her to show her "selfish" side. Kyo, well, Kyo's Kyo.

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One of the darker shoujo series, masked and saved by optimism   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by k_rocks2
November 15th, 2012, 6:47pm
Fruit Basket, also lovingly known as Furuba, is strictly a human story, despite the façade of the fantasy element. The ability to change into zodiac animals is merely a premise, but the exploration of human needs or the lack of them is the main theme. Takaya sensei focuses on very real human issues such as abandonment, loneliness, and yearnings experienced by the Furuba children/ adolescents. In reality, donít we all want to be accepted by our peers and loved by our parents? Donít deny it, because itís true.

The first several volumes serve as an introduction to the story, the characters, and are light in tone and emotions. The plot unexpectedly takes a dark turn after certain characters appear, thus making the story difficult to read. One of the good things about Furuba is character development, but one of the bad things about Furuba is the numerous characters and the emotional pathos they all have. Some readers may be put off by the amount of characters and their stories, but they are worth reading into because their emotions are so raw, candid, and definitely relatable.

Many readers are also put off by the main female character Tohru. In her defense, she has a difficult life (although I could make a case that most characters in Furuba have difficult childhoods, but I digress). She is doing the best she possibly could for herself as well as others by living honestly and working hard at her job. She is the epitome of shoujo protagonist: Clumsy, naïve, dumb at school, annoyingly cheerful, and perpetually optimistic. She is, in fact, one of my favorite shoujo protagonists. She understands people, accepts them unconditionally, and intrinsically teaches others to do the same, all by doing nothing but being herself. I donít find her preachy like some other female MCs from other manga. Her relationships with her mother, friends, and the Juunishi-sufferers are touching and drive the character and plot developments. Tohru is truly wise beyond her age. She reminds me that being strong is not necessarily by fighting or screaming at others, but by providing acceptance and be forgiving of others.

The other characters are also memorable and I love all the pairings, which are appropriate and not rushed. The ending is sweet and satisfying, given all the anguish the characters have went through. I only wish my favorite character of the series, Momiji, has a more conclusive ending,
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though his relationship with his mother and sister is progressing steadily.


Overall, Furuba is heart-warming and sweet, with a touch of bitterness and angst. I highly recommend it.

... Last updated on November 15th, 2012, 6:58pm
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i want another manga like this !!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yay21
July 19th, 2012, 2:49am
this was perfect !!! i mean the romance the charachters everything was making sense to me very romantic i love it !!!! from the beginign to the end the story was very interisting it still one of my favorite
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