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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. (2412d ago)
v.23 c.132-136 by Endless Youth and Co. (2468d ago)
v.23 c.136 (end) by Apt 6 (2553d 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 (2219 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.67 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 8th 2014, 3:56pm 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 #565 decreased(-62)
Monthly Pos #485 decreased(-15)
3 Month Pos #510 decreased(-48)
6 Month Pos #443 increased(+35)

List Stats
On 1374 reading lists
On 752 wish lists
On 5522 completed lists
On 325 unfinished lists
On 502 custom lists

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*Spoilers* What the HELL, Kyo? 131 days, 20 hours, 20 minutes ago
Yuki or Kyo? 260 days, 13 hours, 51 minutes ago
Is Fruits Basket really all THAT? 322 days, 14 hours, 13 minutes ago
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what fruits basket character do u think u r most like? 997 days, 10 hours, 5 minutes ago

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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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Funny and Cute   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Sphear
October 23rd, 2011, 2:03pm
I liked this one, not really a 'favorite' but it was a good pass time. Everything was good, plot to artwork and if something wasn't really that great it was close. This mangaka had a different style of artwork compared to others in her time, and thats what I think amazing about her.
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ngaw. so cutee :D   
Rating: N/A
by airin gata
October 3rd, 2011, 10:53pm
I absolutely do not understand why people don't like this manga. It was actually the first manga series I have ever read, being the first I actually then had really high standards for the others I read. It is funny, sweet, contains a lil bit of fantasy and lots of romance. The art is good... I don't know why people say they stopped because of the art, you need to get use to it, which takes like 2 secs.
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The Best of what is Shojo   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by alex3510
September 13th, 2011, 5:00am
Touching, quirky and truly romantic, this is my favorite manga of all time. This is the only time I have ever given a manga a 10, and it deserves every 10 it gets. If you don't cry during this manga, you are not human. The art is excellent, the characters are dynamic and the ending is where I wanted it to be. This is how I rate other mangas, on how it measures against this shojo classic. The anime, though amazing, cuts out alot of the best parts, as they had not even gotten near the best part of the manga. I probably have read this manga 5 times, and watched the anime about 4 times. I don't think I will ever find another manga that measures up to it.

10/10

PS: I really don't get some of the tags such as "male lead falling in love first" or "Mary Sue" as NEITHER ARE TRUE! Also, where is the LGBT influence other than some joking around?

... Last updated on July 3rd, 2013, 8:05pm
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Only Manga That Ever Really Made Me Cry. . .   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Day Dreamer
September 2nd, 2011, 8:11pm
When I finished reading Fruits Basket,I realized I had become attached to the characters---especially Kyo and Tohru---and watching their story come to a completion was bittersweet.Sure maybe it didn't need to drag out as much as it did with 23 volumes & yes Tohru's personality didn't have to be so saint-like,but it's the only manga that I ever really felt emotionally attached to---and this is why it gets props in my book =]

... Last updated on September 2nd, 2011, 8:30pm
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Really adorable!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SteReo_R
September 2nd, 2011, 2:00pm
Initially I thought Tohru was going to end up with Yuki, but until the later part in the chapters then she was with Kyo. Some part in this story made me cry, rejoice and etc. In total it's totally worth the read! Not to mention you would get hooked on once you start reading.
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Adore this!   
Rating: N/A
by reina q
August 1st, 2011, 8:10pm
The one thing I always look for in mangas like this is how realistic it is. Of course, the idea that people turn into animals from the Zodiac is completely unrealistic, but when this story develops, it doesn't even matter anymore! Tohru is a very loving girl, the degree of kindness she exhibits is actually very unbelieveable in the beginning, but we come to realize that she's so much more than a nice girl. Kyou, the cat, at first seems to be some annoying jerk, but he turns out being sensitive and caring. Everyone in this story has secrets that they don't want others to know, and the bond of the Zodiac animals is so amazingly strong that the fact that some situations that seem blown out of proportion are isn't such a surprise. You have to really read it to understand, since I don't want to put spoilers up here. Just believe me when I say I've read this five times and I probably will never get tired of this! You will really enjoy it.
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Amazing.   
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by swahili500
July 28th, 2011, 11:04am
Character Development: Too good. Characters got mature and almost seemed real life.
Plot Line: Very good plot line. You can tell it was thought out very well and the mangaka must have written everything out and finally drew it. Amazing, really.
Ending: Very realistic. As usual, amazing wink

My favorite character was Tohru. She is kind and really thoughtful. Reminds me of my mommy smile She helped the Sohmas a lot, directly and indirectly. And I used to like TohruxxYuki first, to be honest. But now, I like KyoxxTohru. Kyo is just too funny and easy to piss off. I like how the mangaka wrote and drew the entire story so easily. Every time, every time, I re-read this, I cry. I just can't take it and cry. I'm a strong-hearted person, so that always surprises me. I always get into a somber mood when I finish re-reading. This manga is truly amazing and even for the people who don't read shoujo, give this a shot, you won't regret it. That I promise. smile
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It's been so long - and it's still just as perfect! *-*   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kurosu_yuuki
July 27th, 2011, 12:05am
I started reading Fruits Basket in 2005, originally, and waited for it to be finished on my country (2007). Then, from time to time, I re-read it, because that's just the effect of a manga that really sticks to your memory.
However, Fruits BasketI isn't a manga that needs much recommendation or reviews, since it's already so popular, but I can't help on wanting to add mine.

First of all, since I take a long time before I read it again, Iím older every time. Even so, my love for Furuba never changes a bit. I never think it's sillier or more childish, no matter how much I mature. On the contrary, it's actually a complex manga, but still readable for everyone. What I mean is, if you're a kid and wants to read it, you will have fun. If you're a teenager, you'll identify with at least some of the characters. If you're an adult, you'll see the brilliant lessons throughout the manga! It's amazing.

What makes this so special are the side-stories and characters' pasts/problems. Fruits Basket feels real. No matter how many years pass, you will never forget about Hatori's emotional love story, Akito's loneliness or Kisa's shyness. You just can't.

Takaya Natsuki-sensei is a genius. She managed to connected the zodiac tale itself to the characters' real lives (as exemplified in Yuki/Kyo or Yuki/Hatsuharu's relationship, for instance). But what really makes this remarkable is that you can relate to it, no matter how unrealistic you think manga is. It's got all sorts of personalities for you to like, hate or just not care for, and also all kinds of ages and good-looks (yeah, because everyone - and I mean, EVERYONE - is hot/cute).

Nothingís perfect, of course, and, as a lot of people previously mentioned, Iím also not very fond of Tohru. It doesn't bother me to the point I can't stand it (especially since I love Tohru/Kyo ♥), but she is indeed too kind to the point it's annoying and rather unrealistic. I think the magic around Tohru is that everybody looks up to her. Not only the characters, but the readers as well. We want to have her pure heart, her qualities and be so happy about life as she is. I think her character is a lesson to be learned, and that's what makes her special. BUT I don't think the Sohma family's problems are solved because of Tohru. She is more like a tool, what gets it started and, though she did help the family a lot on her own, there are parts where she only contributed indirectly.

Also, I don't know about you guys, but I'm a sucker for angst. And I cry every time I read it. No matter how many times. And itís not like, some tears, but the WHOLE manga crying!
It's a beautiful, heart wrenching and deep title...and I will have to comment on some things especially (so I'm sorry if I end up writing too much).
My favorite characters, firstly:
Kyo - Yeah, I'm totally Team Kyo here, which makes me get bored by Yuki. Yuki is just too depressive, and there are characters with problems far worse than his, but he still can't seem to get interesting or even positive. Oh, also because of that, the triangle REALLY annoyed me at parts. I was "jealous" of the couple I supported (Kyo/Tohru), you know? As for Kyo himself, he is...one of the keys to this story. He is what makes Tohru go on, at times, even if she doesn't realize it herself. But his own troubled mind and bad boyish aura get me hooked on him every time I read it. I can't help but cry whenever he's slightly sad. Kyon-kitty is just so complex and amazing!
Ayame - Aya, Aya...ahh...! If I could start a "Prince Club", like Yuki's, it'd be Aya-chan's! I can't even begin. Not only he's to die for, and as charming and sexy as they come, he makes me crack up. But it's not like he's superficial and adds only to the most shoujo parts - he's also kind and gentle, even though he always seems like a pervert. His feelings towards Yuki are really a sight for the eyes. It puts your whole mind to work on the "regret" part of your life.
Hatsuharu - it's pretty obvious that he is one of the most complex characters because of the black/white thing. But to me he comes off more as a very cool and composed guy, very caring even when he's "Black Haru". He intrigues me.

Also, I especially like some relationships, such as:
Shigure/ Hatori/ Aya - their nicknames with each other are too cute, for starters! And they are so...I don't know...so yaoish! o>w>o For a BL lover like me, it's unavoidable that I'd fall for them! But that's not only it. Coming to the deepest part of it, their friendship is really nice to see.
Haru/Yuki - Ok, THAT is totally for the BL part. I declare myself guilty on that =X
Iíd actually like it a lot more if Haru ended up with Yuki (though I like Rin and Machi a lot), hohoho

Overall, Fruits Basket changed my life, from values, to what I think about people and how to act. It makes you realize a lot of things about yourself or your life. Makes you want to be a better person. How can fiction do that to you? Thatís Furubaís power.
When Fruits Basket ends, it gives you a feeling of having belonged to the Sohma family or having watched it from a close distance, like Tohru herself. You will cry, feel sad, no matter how much you try to fight it. After all, you have grown with them. You have gone through their lives, overcame their fears, shared their happiness - and your own of all that. Not only you see them getting stronger and turning into adults, but the artwork follows it closely. You will cry when it ends just because it is over. But really, give it some time and read it again. The characters are so multidimensional that you will think they are parts of your life, every time you remember Fruits Basket.

... Last updated on September 2nd, 2011, 11:16am
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An ok read   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by SunRises
June 19th, 2011, 6:18am
Compared to tons of shoujo manga out there, Fruits Basket is probably much better. I don't hate any character. They're all likable in some ways or the other. The story has some meaningful lessons.

However, this mangaka really made a huge deal out of small things. Most of the problems in FB can be solved with just a straight-forward conversation but for some odd reasons, the characters have to be cowards and avoid speaking to each other at all costs. And they all wait for Tohru to come and get it straight for them. I mean, seriously? The entire cast combines of weak-minded people. I can understand if some individuals are like that but here, ALMOST ALL OF THE CHARACTERS. I know they suffer from the curse but aside from that, their problems are really minimal. In reality, there're people who have more serious problems than that and they never get submissive to fate. And I'm not just talking about those 12 children and Akito here. They think too much but never do anything. They're just living to be hurt.

I like Tohru. I really do. She's not annoying like other shoujo girls. She's genuine and caring and probably the strongest person out of the entire cast. But how I wish the mangaka could at least let me see something selfish in her. The only thing that is supposedly selfish about her is that she feels like she begins to forget about her mother as she's living happily. And that's not even selfish. It's only natural. She doesn't forget about her mother, she's just guilty of being happy without her mother. Again, that's not even close to a flaw.

All in all, I'd recommend this series to those who want to look for something different from other ridiculous, absurd shoujo manga. But personally, I think this manga is ridiculous and stupid in its own way. Especially how the characters think and act. I gave this a 7.

... Last updated on June 19th, 2011, 8:41am
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