Tohru Honda is 16 year old orphaned girl who gets invited to live in the house of her classmate, the handsome boy Sohma Yuki, and his cousins, 16 year old Kyo 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 Tohru, as she gets to know everyone in the large family better (especially Yuki and Kyo), in both common and bizarre situations. But, the Sohma Family curse is certainly no laughing matter... it also holds horrible cruelity and heartbreak.
Fables, myths and legends abound to every culture of the world. Some of the most ancient of them stem from a basic need to place some type of meaning on those events that are out of our control. The exact orgins of the Chinese Zodiac remain a mystery. The Fruits Basket's interpretation is God invited all the animals to a banquet for a ceremony but the mischievous rat lied to the cat and said that the banquet was on a different day thus the cat missing the banquet and being left out of the chinese zodiac. Upon the next day, all the animals except the cat went to the banquet with the rat riding on the ox's back. The Chinese animal signs are a 12-year cycle used for dating the years. According to Furuba
, the order in which the animals appeared at the banquet was the order in the 12-year cycle hence it was the rat first, then the ox and so on.
The Sohma is a family that has been under a curse for centuries. Thirteen family members are possessed by the animals of the chinese zodiac in which at the stage were the are vulunerable or hugged by the opposite sex, they will transform into those respective animals. One of the family members are also possessed by an animal (a cat) although this animal is not apart of the chinese zodiac. Not many people know of this secret and it is only the people who are in the "inside" of the family who know the secret, except for Tohru Honda who accidentally stumbled on this secret.
Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket (or “Furuba” as it is known to fans) began its life in the pages of Hana to Yume magazine, the shojo manga anthology from its Japanese publisher Hakusensha that is also home to Kare Kano and Angel Sancturary. Fruits Basket consists of 136 chapters published in many languages. 2001 was a big year for Furuba. The series became a huge fan-favorite in Japan, jumping to the top of manga sales. Takaya won one of the manga world’s highest recognitions, the prestigious Kodansha Manga Award.
In the summer of 2001, Hakusensha and TV Tokoyo teamed up to turn Fruits Basket into a 26 epsode anime series. Directed by Akitaro Daichi, the twenty-six episode Fruits Basket anime series was animated and produced by Studio DEEN. It premiered on TV Tokyo on July 5, 2001, with the final episode airing on December 27, 2001.
#1 - The Strangest Day
#2 - The Sohma Curse
#3 - All Shapes and Sizes
#4 - Here Comes Kagura!
#5 - A Rice Ball in a Fruits Basket
#6 - Invincible Friendship
#7 - A Plum on the Back
#8 - Don't Cry, For the Snow will Surely Melt
#9 - A Solitary New Year
#10 - Make It Clear If It's Black or White
#11 - Everybody Loves Chocolate
#12 - White Day
#13 - A New School Term Starts!
#14 - The Adult's Episode - Ayame's a Messed Up Snake!
#15 - There Are No Memories It's OK to Forget
#16 - If We've Three Then We Don't Need To Fear Jason
#17 - It's Because I've Been Loved That I've Become Stronger
#18 - The Strongest Tag - The Cursed Electric Wave Brother and Sister
#19 - The Source of Cheer Can Be Affected By Colds Too
#20 - Ayame's Secret Life
#21 - Sophist Boy Has Captured The Prince
#22 - Prince Yuki Fan Club
#23 - Is The Rumored Ri That Mother's Daughter?"
#24 - The Curse of the Cat
#25 - True Form
#26 - Let's Go Home