Ranked #750

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
Season: Summer 2001 to Fall 2001
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.841 (scored by 120,762 users)
Ranked: #7502
Popularity: #112
Members: 196,905
Favorites: 5,970
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.


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.


No background information has been added to this title. Help improve our database by adding background information here.

Related Anime

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)

Write a review | More reviewsReviews

Jan 20, 2009 5:26 PM
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
I found this review Helpful
Feb 19, 2009 8:54 AM
Fruits Basket is a show that might certainly sound interesting the moment you check the synopsis. People turning into the Chinese zodiac animals, dark and mysterious secrets surrounding them, cute, clueless main heroine – isn't that a great premise for a shoujo series? But only as long as it's executed accordingly.

I decided to watch Fruits Basket after seeing how high it is rated. I wouldn't normally watch a shoujo series, since I find most of them exaggerated and unrealistic – that's why, I expected Furuba to really change my opinion regarding them. Instead, I found Furuba to be exactly what I mostly disliked read more
I found this review Helpful
Apr 16, 2007 7:43 AM
Fruits Basket is a wonderful and moving story which I consider myself fortunate enough to have been shown by a very close friend. This anime is so amazing it touch upon the strings of my heart. I laughed, I cried, and I truely felt for each of the characters.

The anime is centered around a young girl by the name of Tohru Honda, an amazing high school girl who is kind and honest. At the start of the anime she is still struggling to survive after her mothers tragic death. She is taken into the house hold of the cursed family, the Sohma's.


Is decently done, it read more
I found this review Helpful
Jul 1, 2009 11:30 PM
Watched as a young teen: Loved it
Rewatch as an older teen: Hated it
(somewhat harsh review? please don't be offended)

Sure, when I first watched it I was caught up in the love story, and the humour of the series. I admit it, I was originally a fan! But recently I went back to rewatch what I had once found so brilliant, and I noticed something... I found it 'dreadful'.

It's a shoujo anime. Yes, it has a twist (or perhaps twists?), and a calming sort of mood to it, but almost everything is predictable, and there is certainly nothing appealing (to me) about most of the characters. read more
I found this review Helpful


Anime: Ouran Koukou Host Club
Both anime center around a lovable girl who is surrounded by a bunch of bishies (hot guys). Both also has a lot of sweet and comedic moments that will tug at your heartstring and make you laugh out loud. All in all, both are great anime with a list of characters that you can't possibly hate. 
reportRecommended by sorairo
Anime: Kamisama Hajimemashita
A Girl That Has Lost Everything (Family And Home) And Has No Friends From The Beginning. Later She Finds A New Home With Special Beings. And I Guess Both Are Heart Warming Stories. 
reportRecommended by Jesper_Rayne
Anime: Gakuen Alice
Both their stories are driven by their own unique concept of magic. 
reportRecommended by maoyasama
Anime: Kobato.
Both of the main characters are extremely optimistic people.
Both series contain some romance.
Both series are somewhat funny slice-of-life anime with drama sprinkled around.
Both have some fantasy elements with them. 
reportRecommended by Dynneekx
Anime: Vampire Knight
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.  
reportRecommended by asedfek
Anime: Ranma ½
Both animes have people in who are "cursed" into changing into other things (such as animals)... in Ranma 1/2 the cause is cold water in Fruits Basket the cause is being hugged by the opposite sex.  
reportRecommended by ChinaGirl

Recent News

Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Fruits Basket Season 2!? Is it possible?
andrew_victoria - Aug 15, 2011
17 replies by music_potato »»
Sep 4, 8:14 AM
Poll: Fruits Basket Episode 26 Discussion ( 1 2 )
Juliab - Jan 18, 2008
92 replies by future_dose »»
Aug 31, 8:35 AM

Recent Featured Articles

Common Cultural References in Anime: Golden and Silver Week Holidays

Common Cultural References in Anime: Golden and Silver Week Holidays

The annual string of holidays known as Golden Week, and its rarer little brother Silver Week, are a godsend for the overworked citizens of Japan and your favourite anime characters. These holidays are a common plot device for characters to take time off to do something, but what exactly for?
The History and Background of Vampire Knight

The History and Background of Vampire Knight

Want to get a little more info on Vampire Knight and its origin? Look no further!