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Fruits Basket


Alternative Titles

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

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 7.811 (scored by 140,708 users)
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Ranked: #8272
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #146
Members: 235,152
Favorites: 6,716
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Episodes: /26

Synopsis

After the accident in which she lost her mother, 16-year-old Tooru moves in with her grandfather, but due to his home being renovated, is unable to continue living with him. Claiming she will find someone to stay with but also fearing the criticism of her family and not wanting to burden any of her friends, Tooru resorts to secretly living on her own in a tent in the woods.

One night on her way back from work, she finds her tent buried underneath a landslide. Yuki Souma, the "prince" of her school, and his cousin Shigure Souma, a famous author, stumble across Tooru's situation and invite her to stay with them until her grandfather’s home renovations are complete.

Upon arriving at the Souma house, Tooru discovers their secret: if a Souma is hugged by someone of the opposite gender, they temporarily transform into one of the animals of the zodiac! However, this strange phenomenon is no laughing matter; rather, it is a terrible curse that holds a dark history. As she continues her journey, meeting more members of the zodiac family, will Tooru's kindhearted yet resilient nature be enough to prepare her for what lies behind the Souma household's doors?

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Characters & Voice Actors

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

Staff

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


Edit Opening Theme

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

Edit 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)



More reviewsReviews

ColdBeans
Jan 20, 2009
Story & Characters
10/10
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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Sii_Kei
Feb 19, 2009
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
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Sandgolem
Apr 16, 2007
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.

Animation

Is decently done, it read more
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YukiUzumaki
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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