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Manga

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Associated Names
Fruba
Furuba
Furuutsu Basuketto
Giỏ Trái Cây
Meyve Sepeti
Корзинка фруктов
سلة الفواكة
フルバ
フルーツバスケット
水果篮子
후르츠 바스켓

Groups Scanlating
Soul-Society
Eternal Blue
Illuminati-Manga
Hoshi Manga
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Latest Release(s)
c.Neko Fanbook by Endless Youth and Co. over 15 years ago
v.23 c.132-136 by Endless Youth and Co. over 15 years ago
v.23 c.136 (end) by Apt 6 over 15 years ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
23 Volumes (Complete)
12 Volumes (Aizouban, Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 (2001) / Vol 1, Chap 1 (2019) / Vol 6, Chap 36 (2020 S2) / Vol 17, Chap 98 (2021 S3)
Ends at Vol 7, Chap 38 (2001) / Vol 6, Chap 35 (2019) / Vol 17, Chap 97 (2020 S2) / Vol 23, Chap 136 (2021 S3)

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Fruits Basket by BooXx
Fruits Basket by Anonymous

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13 topics, 330 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (2678 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.67 / 10.0
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Last Updated
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Year
1998

Original Publisher
Hakusensha (1999; 2012; 2015)

Serialized In (magazine)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Chuang Yi (Defunct / 23 Vols - Complete)
TokyoPop (Expired / 23 Vols - Complete | 6 Ultimate Edition Vols - Incomplete)
Yen Press (12 Collector's Edition Vols - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
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Monthly Pos #951 increased(+165)
3 Month Pos #1236 increased(+113)
6 Month Pos #1394 increased(+95)
Year Pos #1379 decreased(-735)

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On 1078 wish lists
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Spoiler-Included Review  
by evehealy
May 16th, 2022, 4:51pm
Rating: N/A
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The story forgot what it was for a while  
by Rorc01
December 26th, 2021, 10:13pm
Rating: N/A
I remember being really into this series in early high school. As an illustrator it was the starting point for a lot of my personal art style and of course plenty of fan fictions. I remembered reading scans of this series as it was still ongoing and being happy about catching the series as it was still going on. However, over time, I never quite followed up with the series or finished it. It took me watching the 2019 anime to finally say I've experienced the general story.

As much as this series holds a special place in my heart, watching it and going back over the series again, I see a lot of flaws...

In terms of the overall story, if you love a good drama, a good cry, and vast array of characters and personalities, this is perfect tragedy for you. Though as for a fantasy or even "magical realism" kind of story, it lacks in many aspects. What drew me to this story was the whole curse, but it became less and less important over time. It wouldn't have been as popular without them turning into animals, but if you remove that gimmick, the entire story will still make sense.

They could have really played with the curse some more by making it more of a mission to "break" it (cuz someone had to have known more about this centuries long curse). Giving everyone "true forms" too could have raised the stakes of the story as well. Even if they were turning more into animals over time could have worked. The stakes were just low and didn't seem to matter over time. Which just with a few changes it could have worked very well.

Overall, I think the story forgot what it was supposed to be. This was extremely prevalent when Yuki became the main character for a while. When the story went back to Kyo and Tohru, I found myself no longer caring for the two. I wanted Yuki's happiness and him to continue on his journey of healing. Maybe this is why the "Fruits Basket Another" series focuses on the student council... this became the best part of the series!

The story too, I feel, really is a product of its time. This was created in 1998 (translated in the early 2000s) and I feel newer generations would see this series and wonder why no one got therapy for their problems. I feel like as a millennial, lots of the focus of bettering yourself and being kind to people who really shouldn't deserve that kindness are all ideals we grew up in. I don't see many people trying to hold out and hold on to those who have abused them, belittled them, or even tried to kill them (Akito mainly). It really makes Tohru's kindness really odd sometimes due to this PC culture we live in now... but that kindness is also exactly what people need.

Sorry for the ramble. Overall, this story is a classic and must read/watch for younger fans in the manga communities. I personally hope that the author decides to do a spin off focusing more on the curse than the family abuse, maybe an earlier generation of some zodiac members when the curse was stronger could be a fun place to explore. Who knows!
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Not as good as I remember it..  
by herosusan123
May 31st, 2021, 7:41pm
Rating: 6.0  / 10.0
Hmm.. I think childhood nostalgia is the only thing keeping me from disliking this. It wasn't horribly bad, but its definitely lacking a lot in the story and characters. Theres too many overlapping issues (mostly family related) with nothing really special or complex about them either. I did enjoy Yuki's story as it was the most elaborate and well developed. His trauma stemmed from abandonment, neglect, and prejudice from pretty much everyone in his life yet he was able to overcome that darkness independently with encouragement of Tohru. Other than that, it was just a lot of generic parenting issues that were breezed over. Also, the relationships in the story are very childish and developed too quickly. As a result, most of the relationships felt shallow and overdramatized. I felt especially dumbfounded with Arise and Kureno's story since they had absolutely no reason to be that infatuated with each other. Also.. the situation between Tohru, Yuki, and Kyo was resolved in such a sloppy way.
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There seemed to be so much more development and background content between Yuki and Tohru than with Kyo. From the moment they first met as children to all the times she encouraged him to find his true self, and then eventually the moment when he realizes he can't live without her. She was literally the first person to genuinely appreciate his existence in a time when everyone else treated him as an object. It was strange to abruptly change directions midway and turn that into familial love after all that was said and done. Plus they should have either created a better foundation for Tohru and Kyo's relationship or spent more time on developing it like they did with Yuki. It's just too convenient to stick in a touching story about how she wanted to be the year of the cat as a child and call it a day. Maybe they were trying to end it in a heartwarming way, but something about this outcome just didn't feel satisfying enough.
Ugh.. and I don't even want to get into the toxicity behind Shigure and Akito... All that build up for something so trivial. For such a unique story idea, it's a shame that it was executed so poorly.
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Unique  
by Shimma
November 27th, 2020, 7:50pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
My favourite shoujo of all time.
It despeicts the importance of love and to be loved, to show kindness an affections to those who surround us. It's about all types of love.
I've read it when I was fourteen, after watching the anime show. I went through so much reading it! At first, it was extremely funny, sweet and inocent. Then, we start knowing the story behind each character deeply, understading their actions and why they are like this; the character development was everything. Believe me, it is truly beautiful, but I needed some tissues back then.

My favourite back story was Tooru's, my sweet onigiri girl. She's a sweet, kind an innocent girl, that isn't annoying -to my taste-. I wasn't expecting it, and made me so sad; so did her mothers story.

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Her mother story was truly sad, so I was glad that her friends turn out fine -because it resemble their kind of relationship.


Ten years later, if I tried to read it again it probable wouldn't feel the same, but I remember it with happines.
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A tad overrated.  
by moonmystery
May 19th, 2020, 8:54pm
Rating: 2.0  / 10.0
This is a great starting series into early 2000's shoujo manga, but i think a lot of people look back at it with rose-colored lenses. The manga itself has its share of flaws that can make the series hard to complete. I couldn't get over how annoying I found many of the characters. They seemed too much like simple stereotypes and not actual, fleshed-out people.
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Heartwarming  
by delusionalyousay
August 27th, 2019, 5:41am
Rating: N/A
This manga has always been and always will be heartwarming. Yes there are some problematic aspects but it is a old manga, the central lessons we are taught brighten the heart. It deals with depression in a very real sense, sometimes those who smile the most are the most broken and the friendships that are developed win my heart.
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So good!!  
by Nebby524
April 14th, 2019, 4:34pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
This is definitely one of the best manga out there!! Great story, heart-wrenching backstories, series mixed with funny and nothing is black or white. This is the manga that got me started to love anime and manga.
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Are you kidding me?  
by mizukichi00
August 18th, 2018, 5:20pm
Rating: N/A
It's Fruits Basket. Why are you even wondering if you should read it? Just read it!

If you're a manga fan, this is one of the like, top-twenty you absolutely need to read, because that's how much of an impact Fruits Basket has had.

A lot of people are very confused at the super high ratings, and I have a very brief and honest explanation: because it's deceptively simple. The worth isn't in the premise or even the character themselves, although I like both. The meaning is behind the dialogue: the moments Tohru is able to reach into other characters' hearts to see what it is they're truly afraid of and in turn is able to cleanse and purify those anxieties. And this is the gem of the manga: Tohru's airy nature that everyone writes off as silly paired with her ability to truly view and understand the very core of someone's being. Natsuki Takaya has so many layers of depth to her interactions, and there is so much meaning a reader can distill from the things that are said.

No matter what sort of a life you're living, I all but guarantee you'll be able to take something away from this one.
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Too many relationships  
by hkanz
April 6th, 2018, 11:49am
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
This manga has flashes of brilliance - I've read it multiple times and still get chills when Tohru first sees Akito. At other times it's just okay. The plot revolves around how the zodiac members form interpersonal relationships with others while connected with Akito, but I don't see the necessity of virtually every character ending up in an (often coincidential and contrived) romantic pairing. For instance the Ritsu pairing, Hatori pairing #2, Kyo's master pairing, even Yuki's eventual pairing - what value do these add? I couldn't tell whether the author was trying to make herself feel good, trying to make readers feel good, or implying that true fulfillment can only be achieved by finding love. But ultimately this is a manga about 'being saved' where the characters are basically helpless and unable to achieve any growth through personal strength or self-reflection.
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I don't understand the high ratings... is it nostalgia?  
by mimify
October 17th, 2016, 8:30am
Rating: 3.0  / 10.0
Okay, so I read this series and I'm confused by all the praise. Is it really that good? The main problems I have with the story are that:

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1) There are too many characters. This makes it difficult to have a deep understanding of the main characters (Tohru, Kyo, Akito, Shigure, Hatsuharu, Rin, Momiji, Yuki...). Although many character's backstories are showcased, this takes up a few chapters and then the characters don't really have a large role to play later on. So my impression is that more than half of the chapters are filler. They don't really push the plot forward. One really large gripe I have is the all the time spent on the student council. I don't understand the existence of these characters. They have elaborate backstories (some a bit too convenient aka Manabe's relationship with Tohru through his girlfriend...) but in the end, it doesn't even really matter?? Because it's like the characters exist just to exist but not to actually play any role in the actual story?? Also, because of the student council, Yuki's role in the story is largely just written out because suddenly all of his appearances are student council-related. It's like he realizes he loves Tohru but then nothing really happens on that point and then suddenly he's like, "Oh, I don't love her." That really irritated me because his character essentially died. And I could never really care about the other council members so reading about them was just annoying. Same with Tohru's friends. They didn't really need all that backstory, because it wasn't like after understanding them more their character developed. It's as if you understand their past and then their present self is all they will ever be. The story didn't change them. And Arisa's romance with Kureno really bothered me so much. There was really nothing between them, and suddenly she's so head over heels in love and he likes her too? Doesn't make sense. Felt really contrived. I could go on about the excessiveness of the characters....

2) Characters' actions don't make sense/are so nonsensical that I can't believe they can sympathize with each other. Okay, Akito is really a monster and I really couldn't sympathize with her at all. She was physically violent against everyone pretty much for all of their lives and was just so despicable that I really couldn't wish for her happiness or anything. It felt like there was no justice. I can't believe other people were in love with her in a romantic way. Like it just feels so wrong. And weird. And Hatsuharu and Rin were really young when they got together and got it on. It feels kind of wrong. Same with the strange relationships between Ren, Shigure, Akito, and Kureno. Like, it's abusive and feels gross. But the author glossed over this so I'm just left with an unpleasant feeling. And I also don't like the relationship between Arisa and Kureno. The age gap... and the shallowness of it... it's just unpleasant and unbelievable.

3) Characterization is weak. The characters don't really do anything. Like, Tohru said she was going to find a way to break the curse but she never really did anything. It was just revealed to her (or the reader) that things would happen... even though she made such a big deal about doing something. Other characters are also really passive. Like, the issue of Kyo being outcasted in the family but still eating with the other Soumas and talking with them is so unexplored. Like, the author mentions a few lines but it would have been better to show something instead of just say a few words and leave it. In the end, nothing really happened and the curse broke. But like, I felt that there wasn't even that much information given about the curse (why they were cursed, why it was breaking (the explanation provided just seemed shallow), etc) so I felt bored. Honestly, the characters also didn't speak to each other enough. Half the time I felt like they were just having flashbacks to the past that was so tragic and nothing really happened in the present. Like, you can't live in the past! Stuff has to happen in the storyline's present timeline, but seasons just came and went and nothing really substantial or plot-futhering happened. Because of this, I also couldn't really be convinced of Tohru's love for Kyo. Suddenly out of nowhere she is so in love with him. But they don't even really talk that much and of the things that they said to each other, nothing was really that special. I hate depending on "sentimentality" to build up a relationship. But it felt like Tohru just needed a love interest and somehow the author wanted to avoid a love triangle although she was building one up in the beginning so she just wrote off Yuki's character and suddenly Tohru was head over heels. Couldn't feel it. Same with Momiji suddenly developing feelings for Tohru. Like, I can see the hints but then the progress was like BAM IN YOUR FACE and I couldn't really "believe" in it. It just seemed like he needed a love interest so how about make him interested in Tohru? Not really interested in the concept of pairing everyone up with someone for the sake of pairing everyone up.

3) Plot is weak. And boring. Man, was it booooooooooring. I couldn't get into it at all! Was I reading the same thing as all of these other reviewers confused ? Nothing happens in the story! Everything is just flashbacks! And the characters go through such sudden personality changes - they are not consistent or believable! Basically you could take out the entire middle portion of the manga. I feel like ~70+ chapters are not necessary. I don't want to read about these tragic characters because they are tragic. Their tragicness is not believable or "sympathizeable" because they don't do anything to move the plot along. And the things that they do do just make them go around in circles.

4) Speech bubbles and narration were confusing. Half the time I couldn't figure out what the narration was trying to say (or who the narrator was). Speech bubbles were also not clear. And the characters have such a bad habit of only saying half of what is needed for everyone else to understand the situation... and then the chapter ends or it goes into a flashback. Like, everything is all over the place. Pieces of the story are explained too late, so by the time new revelations are made, I'm just bored with the whole thing. I don't need such a mysterious vibe the whole time! Especially not one with so many fillers interspersed throughout (they really throw me off!). The "mysteriousness" actually made it really hard for me to follow what was going on.

I did like that the characters physically grew and matured throughout the series. That was unique. And some characters had really amazing personalities and I looked forward to them getting screen time (Hiro, Kisa, Rin, Hatsuharu, Momiji). Too bad there was such a huge cast that it was hard to develop their characters and relationships with each other more.

... Last updated on October 17th, 2016, 8:33am
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