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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. (2597d ago)
v.23 c.132-136 by Endless Youth and Co. (2654d ago)
v.23 c.136 (end) by Apt 6 (2739d 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 (2283 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 #532 increased(+140)
Monthly Pos #684 decreased(-87)
3 Month Pos #616 decreased(-31)
6 Month Pos #591 decreased(-48)

List Stats
On 1399 reading lists
On 770 wish lists
On 5698 completed lists
On 333 unfinished lists
On 536 custom lists

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Forum Posts
*Spoilers* What the HELL, Kyo? 317 days, 17 hours, 7 minutes ago
Yuki or Kyo? 446 days, 10 hours, 38 minutes ago
Is Fruits Basket really all THAT? 508 days, 10 hours, 59 minutes ago
fav fruits basket moments 1135 days, 17 hours, 27 minutes ago
what fruits basket character do u think u r most like? 1183 days, 6 hours, 51 minutes ago

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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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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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