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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
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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. (2561d ago)
v.23 c.132-136 by Endless Youth and Co. (2618d ago)
v.23 c.136 (end) by Apt 6 (2702d 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

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10 topics, 326 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (2274 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.67 / 10.0
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July 19th 2014, 1:31pm PST


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Year
1998

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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 #547 decreased(-5)
Monthly Pos #623 decreased(-11)
3 Month Pos #618 decreased(-28)
6 Month Pos #552 decreased(-97)

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On 1390 reading lists
On 769 wish lists
On 5673 completed lists
On 334 unfinished lists
On 538 custom lists

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*Spoilers* What the HELL, Kyo? 281 days, 4 hours, 31 minutes ago
Yuki or Kyo? 409 days, 22 hours, 3 minutes ago
Is Fruits Basket really all THAT? 471 days, 22 hours, 24 minutes ago
fav fruits basket moments 1099 days, 4 hours, 52 minutes ago
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The difference a few years make...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blueseeker
June 13th, 2012, 4:46pm
I remember loving this manga the first time i read it many years ago; this was actually the first licensed manga series i ever bought so i can re-read in the future. Due to my awareness of others though i sort of forgot i had the books after the 2nd re-read...but the story itself always stayed in my mind.
I still recall after watching the anime and another re-read, how i wished there was more of the "future" to read/watch. Now i can understand why it wasn't really necessary....Maybe i have matured?LOL
I have become curious about how i feel about those series i used to "love" when i first started reading mangas, so i started digging into my old collections. In some cases the feeling has been completely gone, and has left nothing but a bitter taste in my mouth. Luckily this was not the case with this series, in fact, i would actually say i appreciate it more than i did then. While my first time it had been about the big gestures and scenes, this time it's all about the small, in between the lines parts. I find myself wondering how i never noticed this or realized that
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Very Good   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by CuthienSilmeriel
October 31st, 2008, 1:54am
The thing I love about Fruit's Basket is the amount of time it spends on the characters, their past, their feelings, their development and the problems caused by their curse rather than focusing on the powers it gives them. The way not every guy falls madly in love with Tooru but to each person she meets her kindness takes on a different meaning and I love the way the idea that even the most popular and beautiful people can feel so terribly lonely is addressed. Points knocked off because Tooru was so kind and forgiving it made it annoying at times and unrealistic. Towards the end though instead of everything neatly falling into place the fact that change takes time was mentioned which I think deserves some credit. Very angsty at times and emotional, didn't make me cry but might to those moved by such things, still a good story.
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Simply incredible.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dbzrox4ever
March 29th, 2012, 7:14am
Fruits basket is the epitome of real shojo.It's beautiful, heartbreaking yet warm at the same time. This is one of the few mangas that actually deserves it's reputation. It is one of the very few mangas that actually made me cry. I know the whole "changing into zodiac animals" concept might sound childish but it's not. The stories and consequences of those transformations, and each member of the sohma family slowly growing and accepting their ugliest sides is what it's really about.

I will admit that I wasn't the biggest fan of Tohru Honda myself. There were times when she seriously aggravated me but thankfully the manga isn't about her. It's about the sohma family and how they gradually heal and love themselves. It teaches so many wonderful lessons and it really moves you. Very few manga manage to achieve that.

As unbelievable as it sounds with Tohru and the entire supernatural concept, this manga is actually relatable. The sheer variety of personalities in the sohma family makes it easy to identify with at least one of them. I think that's why it's even more tragic because it hits you where it hurts and you genuinely feel sad for the characters, and also really glad when they all find love and happiness.

This is one of the rare mangas where the ending is perfect. It has a 2 volume ending and manages to tie up all the loose ends without being too cheesy. Everyone finds their destiny and you feel emotionally drained when you finish it, but in a good way. I don't think any manga has made me feel so connected to the characters as this one. It's hauntingly beautiful and one of the BEST shojo manga ever created.

... Last updated on March 29th, 2012, 7:15am
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What Furuba is about   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mahouneko
February 24th, 2007, 11:27pm
Some people have the wrong impression about what Fruits Basket is about. I don't blame them for judging this series poorly, in fact, I can't be bothered to even criticise their decision. Too much of a hassle.

What I will do is explain what Fruits Basket is about. Fruits Basket isn't so much about the Sohma family curse as it is about Tohru being a ditz. Rather, the story is entirely about the willingness to love and treasure others despite the differences between you and said others. The difference between Karekano and Furuba is exactly that. Karekano treasures the individuality of each person and encourages people to be honest with themselves and their loved ones. Furuba encourages tolerance and acceptance for things that are different. Hence the bitter stories regarding every member of the Sohma family and how they were persecuted/bullied/treated.

Tohru's importance is not to be understated. She herself has undergone a lot of bullying and bitterness yet she strives to smile and do her best regardless. The reason why the series is called Fruits Basket highlights our own cultural prejudices against others. Japan has a children's game called Fruits Basket much like western cultures have this "Goose/Duck" game. Children of a certain "fruit" name are called out to play. Tohru herself was discriminated against when she was called "Onigiri", Japanese for rice ball. Rice balls are not fruits, therefore Tohru would never be called out to play with the other children.

It is this call against prejudice, against discrimination, against intolerance that drives the story forward.
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Awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by fitifly
April 16th, 2012, 11:48pm
This is THE SHOUJO MANGA.

Forget about teenagers that endlessly stop and restart dating each other during high school.
In Fruits Basket you see the whole spectrum of feelings and all of them feel 100% genuine. At first it seems that it's about the Sohma family and their transformations in the 12 zodiac animals, but that's only what makes the story stick together. What this really is about is how to fight loneliness, misfortune, envy, mistreatment... with tender love, gentleness and selflessness; and that's a great life lesson.

There's almost no character in this manga that's not scarred emotionally or has some trauma. And it's wonderful to see how they end up healing and soothing one another along the story, giving each other confidence when they are at in their weakest state.

Of course, the central piece of all this is the seemingly plain and frail Tohru Honda, which gives strength to all the Sohmas(and to the rest of the people too) to overcome their curse little by little and make amends. But apart from her, there's a lot more character development with deep complexity, which makes the story never boring and easy to read.

One of the other things that I love about furuba is that the ending doesn't even feel a bit rushed and there's not many loose ends, which gives a satisfying feeling of resolution when you finish it.

In conclusion, a must read drama about real life issues.

Also, don't go for the anime. It leaves out the best parts of the manga

... Last updated on April 16th, 2012, 11:50pm
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True Heroes Don't Need Swords   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by yongzhi93
October 24th, 2011, 10:51am
No, this will not be a rant about Tohru, a rave about Kyo or Yuki, or about Akito. Yup, they're our main characters, but they're not actually what made this manga stand out for me.

I am going to honour those who kept their wit in the midst of insanity, those who braved the storm that was the rules of the Zodiac. The characters that nearly made me cry were Momiji the Rabbit, Hiro the Ram and Shigure the Dog. Tohru's mom Kyoko, Ritsu the Horse and Hatori the Dragon deserve mention, too.

If you've followed the series, you'll notice something about the characters I picked out. Yes: it's sacrifice. In fact, the whole story sings of sacrifice for the sake of selfishness: guilt and vindictiveness pervade the whole cast, and only Momiji and Tohru truly stay clean. And that's where Momiji comes in. We're led to believe that Momiji's really just a spoilt brat (though cute), but that impression is quickly shattered when we learn his true story - that he has had to abandon his mother and sister for their own well-being. This has virtually meant losing his father, as well. But Momiji takes that loneliness head-on, cries painfully, and moves on, and this courage warms the heart of every reader.

Again with Hiro: we see a brash and prickly exterior, who's all set to be the new antagonist. He's not even cute like Momiji. Yet, his fangs have evidently been sharpened by circumstance - he's this way because he knows no other way. And we learn, too, of his sacrifice for Kisa, later on. In a story full of repression, where home is more like jail, Tohru perhaps has it easiest as the only one who's free to live out her own life.

Explicit sacrifice pervades the entire tale, but every character has their own pain, and the hidden hurts rankle most of all, especially for the lack of sympathy. Shigure has been there, right from the beginning - a fun-loving and seemingly happy writer prone to laziness and providing comic relief. He does have a serious side when protecting our youthful, innocent cast from the Main House, but otherwise remains the cheerful dog we know. Yet, later on, we slowly catch on that he's had history with Akito, and while it's never really said explicitly, it's quite clear that Shigure has suppressed his own wanting to be loved for the best interests of those he does love.

A manga crying for love and belonging. From start to end it's about a family, and the most painful irony is that this family knows nothing about being a real family, and rejects anyone who tries to teach it so - brutally. They go mad, like Momiji's and Kyo's mother; they get hurt, like Hatori's fiance Kana. Perhaps the art could be tweaked, and perhaps a little more normality could be injected - as Kimlinger commented, "good parents are as common as penguins in the Saharaóevery single one is either neglectful, smothering, unfeeling, abusive, misguided, or dead". The storytelling, however, is top-notch, and the characters can only continue growing on you even after 23 volumes. This is, undoubtedly, shoujo emotion evocation at its best. Prepare tissues.

... Last updated on October 24th, 2011, 10:53am
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There is no way you'll be able to guess how this one ends.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by unusuallove
August 25th, 2010, 8:42pm
Tired of predictable plotlines and endings? Want something that'll keep suprising you, even when you thought there were no surprises left? READ THIS MANGA.

This manga is one every shoujo fan should read. It starts out seemingly similar to many shoujos; with an innocent orphan girl living with a bunch of guys, two of whom like her. But it gets so much much more complex. What I love about this story is that all the characters have a history, and all their histories are connected and intertwined. And people you would never guess of having an interesting past turn out to be the ones with the most interesting pasts.

None of the characters are one-dimensional, and you are constantly learning new things that you never guessed but explain so much about why the characters are who they are. This is the sort of manga you have to go back through and read over, because all along there are hints of whats to come that you might not notice if you don't know what you're looking for.

Also, the relationships in this manga are very believable as well as intriguing; not just the romantic relationships (of which there are many) but also the friendships, the sibling relationships, the parent-child relationships, and the most mysterious relationship of all: the one between the head of the Sohma family and the rest of the family. It becomes clear early on that that relationship is the most complex of all, and you can't help but wonder why the members of the Sohma family never go against the head's wishes, even when he is so cruel to them.

So overall, this manga has a wonderfully complex plot, one that I haven't seen the likes of in any other shoujo manga (all though The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross comes close), with very interesting characters and very interesting character development. It speaks to the beauty and darkness of different relationships, and just when you think you've got it figured out, the story will throw you a curve ball. It's conclusion might be called a little too perfect, but I think it's very well done, and it suits the rest of the story well. Overall it's a very humane wonderful story, that also manages to include the stereotypical shoujo humor that so many of us enjoy (the first half of the manga, is lighter-it's the second half that really takes a darker turn). READ IT READ IT READ IT. From beginning to end. The art is ok in the beginning, but gets more and more beautiful as the story progresses. I was quite amazed by the artwork by the time I got to the end. So read it. You won't regret it.

... Last updated on December 1st, 2010, 6:37am
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Love it-Great Author   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by morgan
February 25th, 2009, 10:33am
i love this manga, its happy, its sad and it makes you feel warm inside, its actually rely funny too!! has to be my fav-i have the entire series in book form AND on my pc. wud definatly recomend it!!!
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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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Love It   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by imadeyouread
December 30th, 2008, 11:56pm
I saw the anime first (English dubbed lol), and was not satisfied with the ending at all. About a year or two later I watched the Japanese subbed version and searched up this manga, hoping to find a more satisfactory ending and yess I got what I wanted.

At this point, I was beginning my anime/manga/otaku etc etc life.
So yes, this manga was one of the first that I've read (and it's quite lengthy).

I admit that this manga is like any other shoujo+romance+blahblah manga but something about it just makes me love it completely. Maybe it's because it's one of my first mangas I've read.
Or maybe it's because there are so many shoujo mangas out there that can really piss you off with an annoying character or something--not this one!!

Although published in the year 1998, the artwork is up to par with many of present-day's artwork. So that's a big bonus for me. I can't stand looking at those really old school drawings (even if the plot is excellent) :\

Well anyway, this manga has everything you'd want in a shoujo manga without having an annoying main female lead!

... Last updated on December 30th, 2008, 11:59pm
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