Fruits Basket: Adorable Anime With Sweet Romance and Heavy Drama
Intro and Summary
Tohru Honda is an orphan girl, left with no one to stay with while her grandfather is remodeling his house. So she stays alone in a tent. But the place she chooses to squat in happens to be the land of the Sohma family, and Yuki Sohma is her classmate. He's got a gaggle of girls who fawn over him, calling him a prince because he's so handsome. But he's aloof and known for spurning advances.
Yuki notices Tohru living alone in a tent, and he and his brothers decide to invite her to live with them as a live-in maid. His older brother Akito is wise, but his younger brother Kyo is a hothead. Tohru accidentally discovers that every Sohma turns into a certain animal of the Chinese zodiac when hugged by a member of the opposite sex. Family curse. Kyo is angry at his brother because, as the cat, he's the odd animal out, so he wants to challenge his brother to win his place in the zodiac. They duke out their serious case of sibling rivalry, and Tohru is caught in the middle. Later, a girl appears who is totally head-over-heels in love with Kyo and is also a Sohma, her Chinese zodiac animal is the boar. What will we see next? I've seen drawings of a lot of characters I haven't seen yet in the show. I can't wait to see their first appearances!
This show is about awkward family drama, and is also a reverse harem/love dodecahedron, and it centers on the power of Tohru's kindness. Tohru often acts as an arbiter between feuding members of the troubled Sohma family. Her sweetness helps solve conflicts and soothe tensions.
Manga by Natsuki Takaya
2 Vol. Sequel Manga
Fruits Basket is one of the sweetest, most endearing romantic anime I've ever seen. I'd definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a girlier, more sentimental anime. There are a variety of characters with interesting back stories, and there is very emotionally-gripping and suspenseful relationship and family drama. Sometimes bittersweet or melancholy in feel, Fruits Basket delivers the feels, so bring the tissues.