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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.


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Associated Names
Корзинка фруктов
سلة الفواكة
후르츠 바스켓
Giỏ Trái Cây

Groups Scanlating
Apt 6
Crescent Joy
Endless Youth and Co.

Latest Release(s)
c.Neko Fanbook by Endless Youth and Co. (3003d ago)
v.23 c.132-136 by Endless Youth and Co. (3060d ago)
v.23 c.136 (end) by Apt 6 (3145d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
23 Volumes (Complete)
2 Volumes (Aizōban) (Ongoing)

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

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Fruits Basket by Anonymous

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Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (2397 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.67 / 10.0
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Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

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English Publisher
TokyoPop (23 Volumes - Complete)

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Natsuki Takaya Launches Fruits Basket another Sequel Web Manga 137 days, 7 hours, 26 minutes ago
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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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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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Fine reading material   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by hyunwon88
June 1st, 2012, 10:25am
Fruits basket has a good story line with moral lessons on every arc. However I'll give this a score of 8.5 because I think that a lot of characters had major growth with their personality but the mangaka failed to put any character growth with Tohru.

Overall it's an enjoyable angst filled manga with generic female lead.

... Last updated on November 28th, 2012, 6:06am
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Can someone explain to me...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by saxenas1
May 9th, 2012, 5:06am
what happened?? It was so boring by chapter 90 odd something that i skipped towards the end, the evil dude was a chick and the chick loved a dog......and then why did the chick become a nice person? and what happened in the end?
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by fitifly
April 16th, 2012, 11:48pm

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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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by CurlyJoe
January 26th, 2012, 6:13pm
It starts off as a cute, funny read...but don't be fooled. It will send you sobbing buckets half way though. It has humor in patches after the sob fest begins. Don't let the fact that you might hate dramatic mangas deter you from reading this, as I usually hate whiny mangas. Tohru may not be the brightest heroine, but her sweet nature is really needed for this manga. I loved the characters (and in the Anime, Ayame tops all), and the plot is long, but does not drag.
This is my all time favourite! It's cute, romantic, magical, and has you heartbroken and loving it all at the same time. This is a beautiful work that had me crying and giggling. My highest reccomendation. This even tops Kuragehime, which is my #2. This is the one that started it all for me, only last year at 15. As soon as I read this manga, it started me reading more. It was my second, but it was the one that had me hooked. Read it, love it, and then dream about this one for days! It certainly stuck with me biggrin

... Last updated on January 26th, 2012, 6:18pm
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Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by YamiKuro
January 17th, 2012, 8:09am
I watched this anime when I was 6. It is my very first anime, that's why I believed it was the best anime ever. I only started to read this manga when I was 12 (when I was exposed to the wonders of internet). That's when I realized how lacking the anime was. I like how this manga contains heart-breaking plots. I believe that it is easy to make people say "sweet", "cute" and "nice", but I think it is difficult to make people cry. Even though this manga contains something that does not happen in real life, the story is very convincing as it does not just revolves around the curse, it revolves around humanity too. I love the manga but the ending makes me cry for a sequel. It's not that the ending is bad, but I want something not just entirely "happily ever after", I want more details about the friendship they all share.

... Last updated on January 17th, 2012, 8:11am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Sawakiii
December 21st, 2011, 3:07pm
I really Love this manga its nothing like the so all-day-shojo you get to read its something really new and the female mainlead aint as weak as all the other. i really like it especially the ending. I really Recommend to read it <3
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