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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.

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Manga

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Associated Names
Корзинка фруктов
フルバ
フルーツバスケット
سلة الفواكة
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. (3154d ago)
v.23 c.132-136 by Endless Youth and Co. (3211d ago)
v.23 c.136 (end) by Apt 6 (3295d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
23 Volumes (Complete)
8 Volumes (Aizōban) (Ongoing)

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
Fruits Basket by BooXx

Forum
11 topics, 328 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (2430 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.67 / 10.0
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9+
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Last Updated
April 26th 2016, 1:54pm PST


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Year
1998

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
TokyoPop (23 Volumes - Complete)
Yen Press (June 2016)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #598 increased(+98)
Monthly Pos #821 increased(+21)
3 Month Pos #869 decreased(-19)
6 Month Pos #861 decreased(-126)

List Stats
On 1443 reading lists
On 832 wish lists
On 6057 completed lists
On 354 unfinished lists
On 612 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Natsuki Takaya Launches Fruits Basket another Sequel Web Manga 288 days, 3 hours, 16 minutes ago
Yuki or Kyo? 368 days, 21 hours, 51 minutes ago
*Spoilers* What the HELL, Kyo? 874 days, 4 hours, 3 minutes ago
Is Fruits Basket really all THAT? 1064 days, 21 hours, 56 minutes ago
fav fruits basket moments 1692 days, 4 hours, 24 minutes ago

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Shojo otaku here I come!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by evinrud3005
July 9th, 2013, 9:09am
Loved it. This manga made me go through loads of emotions. The characters are not perfect, which I find sometimes annoying. The art wasn't great at the beginning but improves and makes the manga a better read.
I agree with a lot of comments, so i won't repeat everything execpt: READ IT, you're in for hours of good entertainment!!
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Don't be discouraged by the first few volumns   
Rating: N/A
by Sagiri_chan
June 29th, 2013, 7:40am
The first time I read this series, I gave up after the first few volumns. Frankly, they sucked. The art was really bad. The plot was just the members of the zodiac one after another coming to Tohru with their personal problems and having all of them solved by a few meaning lines and a big smile of her.

The second time I picked up this series, as I read past these volumns, everything turned out to be much better. The art was improved as the characters looked much cooler. The plot was intriguing with some dramatical twists. The characters figured out the solution to their problems on their own, though sometimes with Tohru's help. Despite having a huge cast of characters, the author managed to portray each one of them with depth. Furthermore, I really enjoyed the romances from multiple couples, which were actually quite slow but really sweet.

However, there are a few negative things I want to point out. First, although the art got better after a while, some characters looked so alike to the point of confusion sometimes. Second, the whole mother love of Yuki for the heroine was quite hard to swallow. How can someone realize that he loved a girl of his age and then acknowledge that as mother love? Finally, the series, in my point of view, was just too long. I know for that many characters, 23 volumns were need. It just that sometimes reading them was a little bit tiring.

... Last updated on November 29th, 2013, 7:51pm
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This manga screams SHOUJO   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by misukochan
April 7th, 2013, 8:41am
I've watched Furuba back when it was aired in my country then watched it again around 3rd or 4th yr. I really hated the ending because I'm a Kyo fan and the series was leaning more to the Yuki x Tohru couple. It's been on my wishlist for a very long time and now finally had the initiative to read it.

I think the plot is quite interesting and makes you wonder how did they end up with that curse (although in the end it was never said how did the Souma family end up with the curse). The characters are also interesting but some are just... meh. It's just that they're too good looking and you can't help but fall for their looks. But not only they're good looking but some characters JUST LOOK THE SAME and some just suddenly changed I had to wonder who the heck that is. And it just so happens everyone has personal issues, too personal and familial if you ask me. There is not a single person who never had a family issue. It's just that how they cope is different. Regarding Tohru, I read in the forums complaints about her and I must say, I do agree in some like how naive and somehow "saintly" she is but she's definitely not perfect fot she's really stubborn to boot and at times, she sticks her nose in others' business a lot.And even if someone like her exists, I don't think there are a lot who will treasure her, people would just use her for all they care. The character development for her is quite slow too. It takes too long for her to show her "selfish" side. Kyo, well, Kyo's Kyo.

To be edited and continued...
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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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Awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by fitifly
April 16th, 2012, 11:48pm
This is THE SHOUJO MANGA.

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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