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Fruits Basket (Manga)

Fruits Basket

Alternative Titles

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

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 23
Chapters: 136
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 18, 1998 to Nov 20, 2006
Authors: Takaya, Natsuki (Story & Art)
Serialization: Hana to Yume

Statistics

Score: 8.531 (scored by 39278 users)
Ranked: #1252
Popularity: #16
Members: 64,641
Favorites: 9,405
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2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.

Synopsis

Tooru Honda is a high school freshman who is having a serious bout of misfortune. Not only was she recently orphaned with the tragedy of her mother's death, but she also has no where to live and is currently residing in a tent! However, when her luck to seems to be at its worst, she meets the Souma family, and is invited to stay with them in exchange for taking care of the household chores.

But it isn't long before Tooru discovers the Soumas have a deep secret. The family is cursed by the spirits of the Chinese Zodiac, and some of the children born into the Souma family are possessed by these spirits. When possessed, they cannot be "huggled" by the opposite sex, or they transform into their respective Zodiac animal!

However, this doesn't faze Tooru, who promises to keep their secret. She continues living with them, and her grave humbleness and thankfulness never wanes. As a result, they come to be very important people in her life, and the Soumas begin to realize how very lucky they are to have her.

Background

Fruits Basket received the 2001 Kodansha Manga Award in the shoujo manga category and the "Best Manga" award at the 2007 American Anime Awards.

Fruits Basket was published in English by Tokyopop from February 10, 2004 to July 6, 2009. A box set with the complete series was released on September 29, 2010. All volumes were re-released in "Ultimate Editions" from October 9, 2007 to July 12, 2011, with two sequential volumes combined in a single hard-cover volume, including new cover art. Those releases met with mixed reviews, because they exactly reproduce the previously released volumes without correcting changed page numbers or prior errors.

Yen Press will republish the series in 12 volumes as omnibus Collector's Edition starting June 21, 2016.

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Characters

Souma, Kyou
Souma, Kyou
Main
Honda, Tooru
Honda, Tooru
Main
Souma, Yuki
Souma, Yuki
Main
Souma, Shigure
Souma, Shigure
Supporting
Souma, Hatsuharu
Souma, Hatsuharu
Supporting
Souma, Momiji
Souma, Momiji
Supporting
Souma, Ayame
Souma, Ayame
Supporting

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Suzuhana
Jul 9, 2009
I find that there are people who absolutely love (this seems to be the majority) Furuba or people who can't stand it.

I believe that it's hard not to like Furuba. At first I thought it was just going to be funny, because the first 7 or so volumes are full of hilarious scenes (mainly because whenever the Juunishi are hugged by the opposite sex, they change!). But once you get to volume 6 everything seems to start to gravitate in a different direction.

The story line, when it's revealed, is a little cliche in my opinion. Hence the rate of a 9. Don't get read more
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filthyfuckinweeb
Nov 6, 2014
People underestimate children and teenagers. When you're a kid, you're a blank slate that can be easily damaged. When you're a teenager, you tend to go through a lot of crap and as you get older, the baggage from when you were a teenager can carry over to your adult life. Yet there's this preconceived notion in our society that children/teenagers are stupid and that the problems that they go through when they're this young are trivial in comparison to the trials and tribulations they'll go through in their adult lives. Fruits Basket is a manga which tells the story of Tohru Honda and her read more
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MoMo-Da-Gr8
Aug 20, 2009
Story - 10/10
Tohru Honda is a high school freshman who is having a serious bout of misfortune. Not only was she recently orphaned with the tragedy of her mother's death, but she also has no where to live and is currently residing in a tent! However, when her luck to seems to be at its worse, she meets the Sohma family - and is invited to stay with them in exchange for taking care of the household chores.

But it isn't long before Tohru discovers the Sohmas have deep a secret. The family is cursed by the spirits of the Chinese Zodiac, and some of the read more
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asckj1
Apr 29, 2014
I'm being a bit more critical in rating this manga series. It's a really great manga though. So its definitely recommended for anyone who has seen the anime and who want to see a closure to the story.

Story [10/10]: The base of the story was wonderful and perfect to weave a long story including people associated with the zodiac. The main concept that keeps the story rolling is the fact that each person, who is possessed by an animal spirit associated with the chinese zodiac, suffers from emotional hardships because either their own parents won't accept them or society wouldn't. The one causing them to read more
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I always felt the main character (Haine) was like Tohru, optimistic, clumsy, lovable, loyal. She always appeared happy and warm to her friends but she was facing an internal conflict. With her opitimism she cheers the Student Council. She also was an average student, but worked hard at after school jobs, dense. In the story she helps a boy who also faces family problems (no spoilers) and she turned his unhappy, dark ways, and made him see the light and he protected her. In my opinion he wasn't really a part of the family, like Kyo who was not a part of the Soma family  read more 
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