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Fruits Basket is an anime produced by Studio Deen in Japan. It is based on the manga written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya. Fruits Basket follows the story of cheerful high school student Tohru Honda. Through her kind and loving attitude, Tohru attempts to befriend and help each member of the strange and beautiful Sohma family.

After loosing her mother in a terrible car accident, Tohru is orphaned. Rather than becoming a burden on her grandfather, she decides to work part-time after school and live on her own in a tent in the woods. The property on which she ends up living belongs to the Sohma family. Although the Sohma family does not usually accept strangers and outsiders, they are struck by Tohru's charming personality. They immediately insist that she lives in their spacious home in exchange for cleaning and cooking.

Soon after moving in with Yuki, Kyo and Shigure Sohma, Tohru discovers why the Sohma family is so secretive. Thirteen members of the family are tormented by a rather unusual curse. Whenever a cursed family member is hugged by a member of the opposite gender, they transform into one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. Tohru immediately promises to keep the Sohma family secret; however, unbeknownst to Tohru, the Sohma's curse has a much darker side.

The cursed members of the Sohma family are not free to pursue their own lives or even find happiness. Akito Sohma is the head of the Sohma family, and he is possessive of the cursed Sohmas. As a result, he manipulates and controls them to keep them close to him. However, there is even more darkness to the curse, involving Kyo and the 13th zodiac. Kyo is possessed by the cat spirit. The cat spirit was cruelly excluded from the Chinese zodiac and suffers more than any of the other zodiacs. Despite the unpleasant reality of the true curse, Tohru accepts the challenge to help heal the Sohma family, even if it means facing a monster.

TV Tokyo
2 Seasons, 41 Episodes
July 5, 2001
Anime, Drama
Cast: Yui Horie, Kotono Mitsuishi, Aya Hisakawa, Tomokazu Seki, Nazuka Kaori
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  • Kazuma leaves without a word to Kyo while Yuki and Kagura fight their own battles. Then, Shigure gathers everybody for dinner at his house.

  • Kazuma Soma's visit to the house is more than a casual visit, especially for Kyo. Will we finally find out Kyo's secret?

  • Tohru comes down with a cold, and the Somas help her while she recovers.

  • We learn more about Hanajima's past and how she meets Uotani and Tohru.

  • Members of Prince Yuki do some scheming and visit Hanajima's house.

  • Hatsuharu unexpectedly shows up with a new Soma who doesn't speak a word.

  • Uotani continues to tell about her past and how meeting Kyoko and Tohru impacted her.

  • Uotani plans a group gift for Tohru. Then, the Somas learn more about Uotani's past.

  • Tohru, Yuki, Kyo, Shigure, and Hatori go on a trip to the Soma vacation house near a lake.

  • Tohru learns more about Momiji Soma and visits her mother's grave with her friends.

  • With his bracelet gone, Kyo undergoes a hideous transformation, revealing the dark, misshapen beast that is the Zodiac Cat's true form. Having witnessed this change, Tohru is now forced to confront the very heart of the Sohma Curse. All hope rests with her, and if she fails, all may be lost.

  • Senior Motoko Minagawa, President of the Prince Yuki Fan Club, has a big problem: when Yuki begins his term as Student Council President, there may be a girl on the council with him! Now Motoko is ready to go to any lengths to discover the name of this girl and put stop to her evil, Yuki-tempting ways, no matter the cost!

  • The Spring midterms are now over, but instead of breathing a sigh of relief, Tohru finds that her worst nightmare has come true - she's failed a test! Now, Tohru has only one chance to make amends for her failing grade, and only a few days to study for the retest. And to make matters worse, she's come down with a cold!

  • The Prince Yuki Fan Club wants Yuki all to themselves, so they've hatched a new scheme: "Operation Destroy Tohru Honda!" But they can't get to Tohru while Hana is around, so Minami and the rest of the girls go to Hana's house to discover the secrets of her Electric Wave powers. The one thing they didn't count on - Hana's curse-casting brother Megumi!

  • At Shigure's urging, Tohru, Yuki, Kyo and Hatori pile in the car for a trip to the Sohma's lake house. But what should be a relaxing vacation turns out to be rather stormy when Tohru discovers that something's bothering Yuki and Kyo. And the boys' moods only worsen when an uninvited guest suddenly arrives - Ayame!

  • While tending to the garden with Yuki, Tohru has a rather creepy first-encounter with a new member of the Zodiac - Ayame Sohma, the snake! But the real surprise comes when Tohru discovers that Ayame is Yuki's older brother! Ayame has made a special trip to Shigure's house in order to close the gap that exists between him and Yuki, but in order to succeed, he may just need Tohru's help!

  • It's the first day of a new school year, and Tohru is excited that two more Sohma's are coming to high-school - Momiji and Hatsuharu! There's trouble in the halls when the Student Council President discovers that Momiji is wearing a girl's uniform, and even more when Black Haru appears! But the real problems begin when Tohru runs into an unexpected visitor in the hall. Akito has come to school!

  • It's Valentine's Day, a dangerous day for the Sohma boys, as girls from all over the school swarm to give them presents! Even Tohru's gotten some Valentine's chocolates for Yuki and Kyo (and Shigure, and Momiji, and Hatori, and Hatsuharu.). But as Tohru soon discovers, these little chocolates could lead to some big headaches down the road, especially when she hears what Momiji is giving her in return!

  • Winter Break is over and the third term has started at school, which can mean only one thing - it's time for the endurance run! Tohru, Yuki, and Kyo suit up for their annual physical fitness test, but when the starting pistol fires, they quickly find themselves running against more than just the clock. Yuki has a troublesome cold to deal with, and Kyo has a troublesome relative! "Black Haru" is on the scene!

  • The month of December is near its end, and Tohru and the Sohma boys are getting ready to greet the New Year. Tohru plans a grand holiday dinner, but in the midst of the preparations, she discovers she may only need a table for one. Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure will have to return to Sohma House for an exclusive Zodiac Banquet-which means Tohru may have to spend New Year's Eve alone.

  • It's once again time for the school's annual Cultural Festival, and Class 1-D's rice ball stand is a success - thanks in large part to Tohru's delicious home-made treats. But what should be a day of fun turns tense when the festival is visited by two unexpected guests - Momiji and Hatori Sohma! Akito has sent them to the school to do some checking-up on Yuki and the others. The only question is, why?

  • Tohru's friends Hana and Uo have always been a bit overprotective of her. So when Tohru confides in them that she's been living with the Sohmas, it's only natural they would want to check it out for themselves! It's an impromptu slumber party, and Shigure, Yuki, and Kyo will have to watch their step when the girls arrive - the slightest slip could reveal the family secret!

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