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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


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


Score: 8.551 (scored by 36321 users)
Ranked: #1132
Popularity: #13
Members: 58,933
Favorites: 8,681
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.

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comedy drama romance shoujo


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 worse, 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 deep a 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 phase 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.

Related Manga

Other: Meisaku 4-koma Hakurankai
Adaptation: Fruits Basket


Honda, Tooru
Sohma, Yuki
Sohma, Kyou
Hanajima, Saki
Hanajima, Megumi
Honda, Katsuya

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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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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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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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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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reportRecommended by dara-chan
Regular girl becomes homeless, gets taken and and involved with all sorts of supernatural things. Both are sweet, interesting stories with interesting characters  
reportRecommended by as3
the main characters are very similar. they both are orphans and they both are invited into a family. they are both cheerful and kind.
the plots are sort of similar.
there is romance 
reportRecommended by TeARsFade
The circumstances and characters and their relationships to each other have a similar feel to it. 
reportRecommended by kujika
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 
reportRecommended by missind33
Whilst being two completely different storylines....they both share alot of common elements and plot lines.....If you like one, you will definately like the other...most recommended! 
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