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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. (2656d ago)
v.23 c.132-136 by Endless Youth and Co. (2712d ago)
v.23 c.136 (end) by Apt 6 (2797d 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 (2303 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 #619 increased(+32)
Monthly Pos #706 decreased(-172)
3 Month Pos #627 decreased(-54)
6 Month Pos #580 decreased(-37)

List Stats
On 1406 reading lists
On 773 wish lists
On 5750 completed lists
On 336 unfinished lists
On 540 custom lists

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Forum Posts
*Spoilers* What the HELL, Kyo? 375 days, 17 hours, 31 minutes ago
Yuki or Kyo? 504 days, 11 hours, 2 minutes ago
Is Fruits Basket really all THAT? 566 days, 11 hours, 23 minutes ago
fav fruits basket moments 1193 days, 17 hours, 51 minutes ago
what fruits basket character do u think u r most like? 1241 days, 7 hours, 15 minutes ago

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Awsome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by draw160
July 30th, 2010, 8:34pm
Fruits Basket made me cry like no other book or manga ever has.
the characters are some of the most relatable I've ever seen. (okay so not until the 10th volume or so) Now since other people have covered the plot and the art and stuff, I'll focus on character.
Tohru- She seems too unrealistic to you right? Well I admit Ive never seen anyone like her. But I see her a relatable because how many people do you know that hide part of themselves away? Yeah, I know a lot too.
Kyo- Kyo is wonderful lol...Hes angsty,hot,angsty...But tragic...he's very good at balancing out other characters softer personalitys.
Yuki-Now he is not BORING! He is COMPLEX. I think the author does excellent drawing a character that never knew the warmth of a mother, Yuki has his feelings locked away form when he was very small....of course he would be quiet and reserved.
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ehhh   
Rating: N/A
by strawberriez880
July 24th, 2010, 7:33am
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Art: 8/10 at the beginning and it got worse as the series progressed, so it's a 6 now.
Storyline: 9.5/10
Characters: 7/10
Originality: 9/10
Character development: 8/10

Art - I have to say that I'm disappointed in the art work. In the beginning of the series, the characters looked average with their big and shiny eyes, but as the series progressed, the artwork deteriorated dramatically and I have no idea why. In most manga the art gets better and better, but in FB it got worse. The mangaka claimed that she drew them in a way to make them look more mature, but I think she should've stuck with what she got. The characters DO look a bit older, but their eyes and the face in general just look odd now. That's not a good thing because the art is THE main attraction of manga (since it's all about visual), so it should be at top quality.

Storyline: I really like the story. The mangaka used the twelve zodiacs and applied an interesting background to it, which I think is brilliant. It has many twists in the story and each of them kept wanting more.

Characters: I think the main characters in FB are kind of dull (besides Kyo). Tohru is hopelessly naive and too optimistic and kind to be realistic. I certainly don't think anyone is capable of Tohru's pure kindness and her ability to forgive. Another one of the main characters, Yuki, is boring as hell. Aside from being a gentle and sweet guy, he is nothing more than a character that appeals to everyone in the story (besides Kyo, of course). The few impressive characters in FB are Kyo, Shigure and Akito. Kyo--being possessed by the cat spirit--has an interesting background which excludes him from the zodiac family. In the series, it shows how determined he is to gain acceptance and how he slowly overcomes his insecurity. He also has a cute personality, but his anger gets a bit over the top sometimes. And his behavior and feelings toward Tohru is just adorable :) . Shigure is probably the most likeable character in the series. He is funny, but not the cliche or stupid kind. He is funny in his unique way, as opposed to some comedic characters in other manga that just act plain dumb and irritating (which are more often annoying than funny). Akito, I must say, is a unique character that you don't see often. S/he starts off as cruel and abusive just for the hell of it, but as the plot goes further you start to see the deeper side of his/her story. Even though I don't like Akito, I certainly think s/he is one of the most well thought-out characters in FB.

Originality: Using the Chinese zodiacs and apply them into an interesting story takes a lot of creativity. I'm impressed :) Also, the transformation issue (which they transform into an animal after being hugged by the opposite gender) is quite funny, but also gets annoying sometimes (when you seriously want to see some action on Kyo and Tohru =P)

Character development: I think Kyo has the best character development in FB, some of the points which I mentioned earlier in the characters section. On the other hand, Tohru does not grow at all. At the beginning, she is already a saint. She cruises through the story being the happy go lucky girl that she was, and still the same in the end of the series. The only thing that changed about her was her devotion to Kyo, which obviously did not exist at the start of FB. Aside from gradually being comfortable with Tohru and his brother, I don't think Yuki has really developed much. He's too plain to be anything more, really.

Anyway, I think FB is a good choice if you're aiming for some comedy and shoujo. I'd say to steer clear from it if you get bored quickly if there isn't romance going on, because the mangaka spends a lot of chapters on the side characters unfortunately.
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deeper than first impression   
Rating: N/A
by Serian
June 14th, 2010, 6:16pm
I started to read this manga a long time ago but somehow lost interest around volume 8... but I cant even recall why... however I started to reread this manga and was surprised how heart wrenching it became during the last volumes. I really cried several minutes and that did not happen before!

If you are a fan of unfinished stories you should simply skip the last or even the two last volumes, so you will be able to image what happens to the characters on your own smile
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by MySwirl
May 11th, 2010, 2:03am
Furuba was one of the first mangas I have ever read and I truly love it.
I am very happy with the ending, it is how I wanted it to be (^__^)

Totally recommend it.
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Definitely a classic   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Arianne7
April 4th, 2010, 8:53pm
I'm glad this was the first manga I ever read - it got me hooked!

Fruits Basket is a sweet, cute, funny, touching, lovable story. The cast of characters are memorable and endearing.
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Classic   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by angeltheya_12
March 19th, 2010, 7:14pm
I think this manga is way toooo old and popular and like card captor, sailor moon, magic knight , and so on is classic... (^v^)
Way too good to be forgotten ...(^_^)
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Surprisingly good   
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by g0d b3rry
February 18th, 2010, 1:09am
I actually wasn't the least bit interested in this when it first started coming out. The main character sounded and looked really annoying and the story seemed to lovey dovey for me... but after probably about two or three years I read a little bit of it at the library to see what all the fuss was about, and i did (sadly) fall in love with it. The art was a little annoying at the beginning, but got better as the series progressed. This is not my favorite, but it is up there. I still don't think its as good as everyone says, but it was definitely worth reading! And a HUGE plus is that the ending was good! It always feels like no one ever knows how to end a story very well, so i was really impressed with that!
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The Best Shoujo Manga Ever!!!!!!!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Usagi~Gurl
February 12th, 2010, 9:34pm
This manga is most likely my most favorite shoujo of all time. I first started this series buy just unsincerely buying the first volume. The book store had a buy 2 get 1 free sale and I had to choose a free book, I hadn't read manga before, since the manga I was buying that day was my first manga ever. So I just picked up the manga I saw my friend reading at school. I really didn't think I was going to like it. But I soon became obsessed with it. I immediately went back to the store and bought all the volumes they had availiable, which at the time was up to vol. 5 or so. Ever since then I bought the next volume whenever it came out. Sadly after reaching vol. 15 of my collection, I sold it, all 15 vol., which I regret to this day. It was only 5 days ago that I went on a mad search to find the cheapest place to buy the whole series back. two days ago I purchased vol. 1-18 and am anxiously awaiting their arrival. Just goes to show you how obsessed with it I am again. I still need to get vol. 19-23

In short, Furuba was the second manga I've ever read, my first being "Crescent Moon". I love this manga and you should too. The length of the manga makes it even better. And I like how it has a lot of side character stories and couples. It just makes me love it even more. Right now I'm currently interested in Mine's and Ayame's relationship, I only wish that the author wrote more about them.

... Last updated on February 12th, 2010, 9:36pm
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was drawn to this by the anime   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sabochan
January 5th, 2010, 12:14am
i first watched the anime a couple years ago and then got interested in continuing the story in the manga. i never got the chance to finish it until now. it was better than i thought it'd be. the art at the beginning doesn't look that appealing, but later on, it improves significantly. it changes so much that the characters look totally different than before. a lot of scenes are heart-warming and tear-jerkers. i agree that the manga is so much better than the anime (didn't like the filler). i loved all the characters, even tohru. i really liked the comedy as well. even though it's long, i totally recommend it. i've read a lot of shoujo manga, but this is one of my top faves.
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my top fav.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Charis
December 4th, 2009, 12:44am
Well i've read this manga at least three times. First time was boring and I never got it, but after i watched the anime again and reread the manga, it was a really good manga. I cried in alot of the scenes. LOL a little bit crazy, yes, but they were very touching scenes and really sad.
I really like the art but at the beginning it was pretty rough and slightly ugly. bigrazz Characters were all sooo adorrabblle >.< except for the main character, tohru was just too nice. Storyline.. hm.. a bit skippy but its all good.

I just loved it. : 3.
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