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Fruits BasketFruits Basket is a shōjo manga series created by Natsuki Takaya serialized in the semi-monthly Japanese Hana to Yume (Flowers and Dreams) magazine, which is published by Hakusensha. It won the 2001 Kodansha Manga Award for shōjo. Fruits Basket is also a 26-episode anime series, adapted from the manga by Akitaro Daichi (director). The word "Fruits" in the title is always plural.
The title is often shortened to Furuba or Fruba, a portmanteau of the two parts in the Japanese title, Furuutsu Basuketto.
StoryFruits Basket follows the life of high school student Tohru Honda, recently orphaned when her mother is killed in a car crash. Tohru lives with her grandfather, but when his family moves in, and remodelling is performed on the house, Tohru resorts to living in a tent, unwilling to impose on her friends, and holds down a job to support herself. Despite suffering many hardships, Tohru remains her cheerful and optimistic self.
One day, Tohru comes upon a house in the woods which is the home of Shigure Sohma and Yuki Sohma (an admired and worshipped, yet aloof, boy from her school) from the Sohma family. When the Sohmas discover that Tohru is, in fact, living in a tent in the woods, they are quite suprised. The entire area is Sohma property, and Tohru pleads to stay, offering to pay a rental fee for living on their land. Feeling sorry for her, and desperate to end their take-out eating habits and filthy living conditions, the Sohmas offer her their spare room in exchange for cooking and housework. When her tent is buried that night in a landslide, she has no option but to accept.
Tohru soon discovers the Sohma family's secret, and the reason why Yuki is so private and taciturn; thirteen members of the family are possessed by the 12 animal spirits of the Chinese Zodiac ("Jyūnishi" in Japanese) and the spirit of the cat. They transform into animals when hugged by the opposite gender, or when they are under great amounts of stress. When she promises to keep their secret, the Sohmas allow Tohru to keep her memories rather than hypnotically erasing them, a fate that has previously befallen everyone who had found out.
The story follows the lives of Tohru and the Sohma family, as they deal with each other and a society where neither quite fits in, as well as the feared Akito Sohma, head of the Sohma family.
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