Fruits Basket is a lovely tale of Tohru, a girl who has recently lost
her mother. She has no where to stay so sets up camp in a forest. The
forest belongs to the Sohma Family. When the Sohmas find out about
Tohru they invite her to live with them if she'll cook and clean. So
Tohru moves in with three male members of the Sohma Family. Little
does she know they possess an enormous secret. When a member of the
Sohma Family is hugged by the opposite sex they turn into animals of
the Chinese Zodiac.
This really is a touching manga. The characters are just so sweet
(well, most of them). There are quite a few heart-warming moments in
this series. The fact that Tohru is still so unbelievably cheerful
and smiley (sometimes a little too cheerful) even after all of the
troubles she has went through (loosing both parents and her home) is
Fruits Basket was created by Takaya Nasuki. There is an anime made of
it. Even though the manga is not being published in English the anime
has been (by FUNimation). I admit that I have not read the manga yet,
but I have seen all the anime episodes that are out so far.
Fruits Basket does have slight swearing and Shigure does say some
suggestive things. It would be okay for 12 and up. I think this
manga/anime is just beautiful and very heart-warming.
Tohru Honda- Tohru is the main character of this story. She has lost
both her parents, but still remains hopeful and perky. Though, she
can be a little too cheerful sometimes. Tohru wins over almost all of
the hearts of the people she meets. She helps out members of the
Sohma Family and seems to make a new friend in every episode (or
book). Tohru can be a little clueless sometimes.
Yuki Sohma- Yuki is considered the "prince" of his high
school. He's good looking, smart and available. ^ ^ Yuki is also very
quiet and doesn't really open up to people. Being popular at school
makes it hard on him. Girls are constantly trying to hug him, and the
is very... unfortunate. Yuki turns into a rat when he is hugged by
girls. Yuki has admiration for Miss Honda (as he calls her) and falls
in love with her. Yuki has suffered much in the past and has
Kyo Sohma- Kyo is short-tempered, loud and violent. He constantly
fights with Yuki, usually destroying the house. Even though he always
acts tough and doesn't seem to like Tohru he slowly falls in love
Shigure Sohma- Shigure lives with Tohru, Kyo and Yuki. He actually
owns the house that is often demolished by Yuki and Kyo. He is
usually happy and joking around. Shigure often comments on Yuki and
Kyo's feelings for Tohru. Even though he seems to "come on"
to Tohru he knows he's too old for her and doesn't love her in that way.