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Fruits Basket

Alternative Titles

English: Fruits Basket
Synonyms: Furuba
Japanese: フルーツバスケット


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 5, 2001 to Dec 27, 2001
Premiered: Summer 2001
Broadcast: Thursdays at 18:00 (JST)
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #7542
Popularity: #113
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Tooru Honda is a 16-year-old orphaned girl who gets invited to live in the house of her classmate, the handsome boy Yuki Souma, and his cousins, 16-year-old Kyou and 27-year-old Shigure. However, these young men and parts of the rest of their family (both close and distant) hold a curse; if they are hugged by the opposite gender, they transform into animals of the Chinese zodiac. Everyday is an adventure for sweet Tooru, as she gets to know everyone in the large family better (especially Yuki and Kyou), in both common and bizarre situations. But, the Souma family curse is certainly no laughing matter... It also holds horrible cruelty and heartbreak.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Souma, Kyou
Souma, Kyou
Seki, Tomokazu
Seki, Tomokazu
Ikeda, Kyousuke
Ikeda, Kyousuke
Honda, Tooru
Honda, Tooru
Horie, Yui
Horie, Yui
Souma, Yuki
Souma, Yuki
Hisakawa, Aya
Hisakawa, Aya
Souma, Shigure
Souma, Shigure
Okiayu, Ryotaro
Okiayu, Ryotaro


Cook, Justin
Cook, Justin
Producer, ADR Director
Kobayashi, Noriko
Kobayashi, Noriko
Watson, Barry
Watson, Barry
Daichi, Akitarou
Daichi, Akitarou
Director, Sound Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(26/26)

# Episode Title Aired
1 The Strangest Day
Dai Ichi Wa... (第一話…)
Jul 5, 2001
2 The Souma Curse
Dai Ni Wa... (第二話…)
Jul 12, 2001
3 All Shapes and Sizes
Dai San Wa... (第三話…)
Jul 19, 2001
4 Here Comes Kagura!
Dai Yon Wa... (第四話…)
Jul 26, 2001
5 A Rice Ball in a Fruits Basket
Dai Go Wa... (第五話…)
Aug 2, 2001

Opening Theme

"For Fruits Basket (For フルーツバスケット)" by Ritsuko Okazaki

Ending Theme

#1: "Chiisana Inori (小さな祈り)" by Ritsuko Okazaki (eps 1-24, 26)
#2: "Serenade (セレナーデ) Pf Solo Ver." by Ritsuko Okazaki (ep 25)

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Jan 20, 2009
Story & Characters
At first glance Furuba is just another Shoujo manga with nothing different to it; the average, beautiful, kind girl getting all the pretty boys. Okay so it really is that, however there's a special touch to the way the series develops itself and how you watch each character grow and interact with each other as the story progresses.

The story starts with Tohru Honda, your as average-as-you-can-get japanese girl who has lost her mother in an accident and was living alone in a tent in the Sohma's property. Of course she wasn't aware of that until they told her, to her surpirse they read more
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Jul 21, 2015
Fruits Basket is not a good anime.

Reasons I do not like it:

First off, the characters are all Mary Sues. Tohru is inexplicably loved by all of the characters in the Fruits Basket universe. Yuki is also loved by almost every female (and some males) at his high school, even though he rejects them constantly. Kyo is hostile to everybody yet they love to be around him. Mary Sue characters are very annoying and hard to relate to. They are also unrealistic and insult the viewer. I also feel that it has too many characters to follow, too many to care about individually. It's almost read more
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Oct 14, 2015
What do you get when you combine the Chinese zodiac with a cute idea for an anime? Fruits Basket. And trust me; it’s not as good as you think.

Story: 3/10

Sure you got your cute animals and cute characters, but let’s look at the bigger picture here. Yes…the idea of how bloody slow….this….anime….is……. I was very close to dropping it if it wasn’t for the humour hidden in each episode. But what the heck is with the creators making such a big fuss about a part in the plot then brush it off as…nothing. NOTHING HAPPENS UNTIL THE END! Annoying? You got it. The pace read more
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Dec 13, 2014
[Disclaimer: I am Reviewing the English Dub. Also, there may be some spoilers along the way. You have been warned!!!]
“I don’t think anyone is born knowing the reason why they’re here it’s just something you have to find as you go along”- Honda Tohru (Fruits Basket)

At first glance, Fruits Basket may appear to be an anime catered specifically to girls, but when looked closely, it is obvious that it can be enjoyed by a much wider audience. Since Fruits Basket is a reverse-harem series with elements of fantasy thrown in, it is only natural to bracket it in the realm of Shoujo anime. However, that read more
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The characters in VK and Fruits Basket seem similar.

Both Tohru and Yuuki start out innocent to what's really going on around them, but as the storyline unfolds, both are determined to do whatever they can to help with the situation. (Both characters also have the same voice actor.)

Also, Kyo and Zero both have the anti-social, trying to be a tough guy and deal with my problems all by myself thing going on.  
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