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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. (2606d ago)
v.23 c.132-136 by Endless Youth and Co. (2663d ago)
v.23 c.136 (end) by Apt 6 (2748d 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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Fruits Basket by Anonymous

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10 topics, 326 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (2285 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 #520 increased(+40)
Monthly Pos #724 decreased(-46)
3 Month Pos #635 decreased(-50)
6 Month Pos #595 decreased(-52)

List Stats
On 1401 reading lists
On 770 wish lists
On 5706 completed lists
On 333 unfinished lists
On 534 custom lists

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Forum Posts
*Spoilers* What the HELL, Kyo? 326 days, 11 hours, 47 minutes ago
Yuki or Kyo? 455 days, 5 hours, 18 minutes ago
Is Fruits Basket really all THAT? 517 days, 5 hours, 39 minutes ago
fav fruits basket moments 1144 days, 12 hours, 7 minutes ago
what fruits basket character do u think u r most like? 1192 days, 1 hours, 31 minutes ago

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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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Not my cup of tea   
Rating: N/A
by Silver Fantasy
June 10th, 2011, 4:36pm
I admit. This is a series that will remain a classic no matter how much I personally like or dislike it. I can see why itís so popular, and why nearly every rating down the list is a 10. Iíve read about 1/4th of the whole series here and there, and from what I gathered, Takaya tells her stories very touchingly even if itís slightly childish sometimes. The series does get darker with Akitoís involvement though my favorite part was the story with Tohruís parents. I fell rather deep into it and wished there were more, or better, if Kyoko Honda was the heroine.

However, with that said, I absolutely cannot stand Tohru. She is the biggest reason I could not get through the series (the art annoyed me a little too). I sat down at least five, six times to try to read FB because everyone says itís the best, and I can see the characters are top notch in terms of development (Kyo being the best example), but Tohru was an eyesore. Way too saintly, forgiving and unrealistic. I feel like sheís forgiving by default, without trying to realize the fundamental issue behind the situation. I wanted her to get angry for once, think for her own well-being instead of always for others or just Ė anything! Anything that would make her more human and realistic. I do know the story behind why sheís like that, but her very nature Ė the way itís portrayed, rather Ė made me annoyed beyond annoyed. I prefer characters with flaws, especially anti-heroes or ones that donít always do the most righteous acts but are well developed. Tohru just comes across as bland and I sometimes think Iím going crazy for not being able to see what the other characters and readers see about her - which is sad because I feel like Iím missing out on the story as a whole and was only able to manage parts of it. I guess it doesnít work like that since Tohruís personality is what links the entire story together.

Other than that, Fruits Basket did set the precedent for 10 billion shoujo series that followed and tried to emulate its formula. If thereís a love triangle, with an even slightly similar cast, it will be compared to this one, and frankly, I know itís nearly impossible to surpass FB from a critical standpoint. I suppose itís kind of like people never being able to create a magical girl manga without people comparing it to Sailor Moon. (Not that FB and SM are similar by any means.)

... Last updated on June 10th, 2011, 4:37pm
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F.Basket   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by b_gurlthunder
May 4th, 2011, 7:32pm
Love the story line.
End my opinion, the story doesn't get that dramatic until the end.
The begining was okay.
I thought Tohru was going to fall in love with Yuki at first but instes she fell for Kyo which turn out to be better than I thought.
Anyways the manga is really really good!
I would say this is one of my favorites manga I ever read.<3
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A true classic   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by rei_inthemorning
April 22nd, 2011, 6:34pm
For me, this series holds a lot of memories, and a first for me where I've tried to make a short twenty-ish book series try to last as long as possible. At first when I read Fruits Basket, it was a cute story with a stupidly-funny protagonist and rather yummy harem of males. Treading farther, I found it to be deeper than imagined, it shed its picturesque first impression and became a story of life and its instances of ups and downs. Sometimes things became emotional to the point where I shed tears upon reading it; something I had never experienced beforehand reading a manga. Fruits Basket demands and squeezes quite a few emotions from its readers, and its stories of hope, undying love, desperation, forgiveness and sadness have you craving for so much more. Fruits Basket is one of those things in life where you absolutely can't describe it, you have to experience it to fully understand (It's like a trip to Cuba. Anyone understand that? :]). So, if you have time, please give this series a try. You won't be disappointed.

... Last updated on April 22nd, 2011, 6:35pm
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Very, very, very Good   
Rating: N/A
by devioustrevor
April 18th, 2011, 10:27pm
I thought it was terrific. But I can't go so far as to give it a 10/10. There were too many unresolved issues when it ended, the story didn't feel finalized. Those last couple of pages also feel like tacked-on sentimentality.

8/10
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No words.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dreamit.
December 31st, 2010, 4:33am
I re-read this manga and went back to look at what i had wrote at that time and i feel that i should write a new, fresh comment because my views now are different from 3-4 years ago when i had first read it.

Although this Manga is obviously unrealistic.. there are also truths about life hidden in this masterpiece. It teaches you about Friendship, Love and Time. By time, i mean the concept that it will wait for no one and that some point in your life, you will have to make a choice for the path you will be taking because time cannot stop and wait for you. This manga teaches you about experiences and encountering different people that will shape your life. I guess you can say it's a very deep manga about finding yourself and finding love. Although its deep, the mangaka also seems to have blended comedy into it as well to make it fun.
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The ending was bitter sweet because it shows the reality of goodbyes and that somehow sooner or later people will have to start living their own lives themselves. The brilliant thing about this manga is that it seemed to capture that loneliness that the characters feel as they make their own beginning and transfer that emotion to the readers. This creates a sort of connection or more so, a BOND between the viewers and the characters, leaving us in a state where we don't want the series to end.

There's simply no words to describe this manga.
Highly recommend it and it will teach you a thing or two about life.
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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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I reread it and...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by EtceteraSpeed
August 2nd, 2010, 11:31pm
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I just reread fruits basket. Even I can't believe how much I've cried today. The characters of the story are lovely, and you just have to root for all of them. The art starts off shaky, but the beautiful thing about this manga is that you can see the author growing with the characters. Everything in this story seems to happen for a reason too. You can't help wishing things would go better for all of the characters. And at the end when everything turns out well and there's a happy ending for almost everyone, you still find yourself crying... first of all because you wish it didn't have to end...
and second of all because you see Tohru and Kyo grow old together and realize that nothing can last forever. It also makes you wonder what happened to the other characters >< It makes you wish you saw them at the very end too... just because they were so lovable.
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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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