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Fruits Basket, Volume 1

Fruits Basket, Volume 1

4.8 194
by Natsuki Takaya, Athena Nibley, Alethea Nibley, Jake Forbes, Kelly Sue Deconnick
Tohru Honda was an orphan, living with her grandfather, when one day fate kicked her out of the house and she was forced to take up residence in a tent in the forest. Little did she know that the land she was staying on belonged to the Sohma family, a clan of beautiful and mysterious people. After stumbling upon the teenage squatter, the Sohmas invite Tohru to stay in


Tohru Honda was an orphan, living with her grandfather, when one day fate kicked her out of the house and she was forced to take up residence in a tent in the forest. Little did she know that the land she was staying on belonged to the Sohma family, a clan of beautiful and mysterious people. After stumbling upon the teenage squatter, the Sohmas invite Tohru to stay in their house in exchange for cooking and cleaning. Everything's going well until she discovers the Sohma family's greatest secret: when hugged by members of the opposite sex, they each turn into their Chinese Zodiac animal!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Takaya's romantic comedy brims with teenage melodrama, corny humor and hijinks. In the vein of Ranma 1/2, the work's humor also derives from the transformation of humans into animals. It goes like this: Tohru Honda is unsinkable; when her mother dies and her grandfather denies her a place to live, the homeless high-schooler is determined to make it on her own by pitching a tent alone in the woods. En route to her tent one day, Tohru encounters Shigure, who informs her that the tent is pitched on his family property. He's appalled by her squalid living conditions and invites her to his estate. Tohru becomes part of the household on the condition that she helps guard their family secret: when hugged by members of the opposite sex, Shigure and his family transform into animals from the Chinese zodiac calendar. Tohru soon learns Shigure is the cousin of Yuki Sohma, a quiet, mysterious boy at her high school whom all the girls adore. (Yuki, incidentally, has spurned any female advances for fear of revealing his true form: a rat.) And it's not long before she finds out another cousin, Kyo, transforms into a cat. As an animal left off the zodiac, Kyo feels he's been wronged. As Tohru and Kyo become friends, they realize that as misfits they may have a chance at understanding each other. Similar to other romance manga, this tale's illustration style is cartoonish and whimsical. Each panel-packed page conveys a melodramatic event or upturn, giving the story a fast rhythm. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
When Tokyopop polled visitors to its website on what manga they would like to see translated into English, this charming series was the top choice by a wide margin. Nothing can dampen the optimistic spirit of orphaned high school girl Tohru Honda-not even being forced to live alone in a tent. One morning, she discovers a nearby house, where her popular classmate Yuki Sohma and his older cousin Shigure live by themselves. They invite her to stay with them as their (desperately needed) housekeeper, and she soon learns of the family curse: when the Sohmas are embraced by members of the opposite sex, they turn into animals of the Chinese zodiac. Tohru also meets Kyo, the 13th member of the cursed family, who turns into a cat, an animal ostracized by the zodiac members in an ancient legend. As Tohru brightens their lives, they give her something she thought she had lost: a family. The influence of Rumiko Takahashi's Ranma 1/2 is obvious-but Ranma is a shonen title, emphasizing action, while this is a shojo title, emphasizing relationships. Takaya's artwork is quite appealing, and this 11-volume series is highly recommended for teens and adults. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Publication date:
Fruits Basket Series , #1
Edition description:
Right-to-Left Format
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Fruits Basket, Volume 1 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 194 reviews.
Mrs_Vladescu73 More than 1 year ago
this manga will make you cry, make you laugh, and make you feel like your actully part of the story. these characters are so magical, and heartwarming, that you feel connected to them in many ways. its a really good manga, that everyone i know who reads it, relates to at least one of the characters. it explains everyones back story, and why they have such problems now, and how it makes them who they are. it is an excellent manga and i reccomend it to every reader of shojo-manga.
FemeFatale27 More than 1 year ago
I Love this manga! it's sooo great!! at first a was a bit worried because I read the first reveiw of the book on here but I just love it! The storyline is original and the characters are amazing! and they don't reveil their whole personalilties when they first introduce the charcters like most manga. It's a funny and just totally addictive! I just finshed this one today and all ready I had to go online and buy it! A definite must read for manga lovers who love fantasy/romantic/comedy mangas:)
extreme-reader08 More than 1 year ago
Wow! You've gotta read this manga! It's a romantic love triangle of a young, high school girl named Tohru and the two, very handsome Yuki and Kyo Sohma. Tohru was actually living in a tent when, shortly, she finds herself living in the Sohma Family's own household with Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Sohma and finds out a terrible secret about them! They tell her she must keep the secret otherwise...she will need her memories suppressed! It's a very thrilling series with anger, joy, suspense, and forbidden loves and secrets! If you love manga as much as I do pick up a copy and read until your craving for more!(Not intended for children under the age of thirteen.)
aw123 More than 1 year ago
best manga i have ever read. i thought it was amazing. the idea was weird but amazing. the drawing bother me a little but still really good. i loved the book and the anime. i finished the anime in 2 days. 26 episodes. i recommend it for any one even if they don't like anime. every one i know loves fruits basket. like i said before amazing. it will make you giggle, it will make you cry. it is the best thing ever. i think you should highly read it. i love it. if you are thinking about buying it just buy it. don't think about it i know that if you read it you would love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read much manga, and I am proud to say that Fruits Basket was my first manga, and it was absolutely amazing from beginning to end. Because of fruits basket I was hooked on to manga and anime. I wish I could elaborate more on how great it is, but I would pale in comparison to the other top reviews. Rather I will say that Fruits Basket has mixture of humor, love, a little fantasy, intrigue, and so much more. Overall, Fruits basket is the best manga out there, and if you don't read it, you should, because you'll be missing out on something so unique and for lack of better word, amazing manga if you didn't.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Tohru lives with the Kyo, Yuki and Shigure. While there, she is told of a secret about their family, a curse that has to do with them turning into one of the animals of the zodiac. Tohru of course has to keep what she saw a secret, so you there are some awkward and funny moments, as she goes through her daily life while living with the Souma family. Like the manga so far.
RobotRabbit More than 1 year ago
When I was 12 I came across the Fruits Basket anime. Almost instantly, the characters and story of that anime leaped into my heart and became an instant favorite. It wasn't until 3-4 months ago, quite a few years later, that I re-watched the anime- I must admit I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it as much if it weren't so sentimental. I found it a bit lacking in story, characters, and almost juvenile (in a way). But, on a whim I decided to read the manga for the first time, and WOW. If you are like me and saw the anime first, I think you will find that this is MUCH more complete- because it is. Or, if you haven't seen the anime, and are just looking for a good manga, you have found it. This manga is every bit as stirring and beautiful as any anime- you will laugh, cry, and smile right along with all of these characters. The complete manga series doesn't leave any one character out, you will feel their emotions, experience their history, and see their deepest secrets; depending on who you are, however, this is a good or a bad thing. If you are head-over-heels in love with one or more of the characters, and don't want them to change at all, you may seem them differently. In most cases, I think you will grow to love them only more; all of them. Natsuki kept this manga interesting with her gorgeous art, and always beautiful, almost poetic, writing style. You will find much of the dialog quotable! To describe the anime, the ending is sweet. The manga is sweet as well, but not without it's harsh, bitter spots. It's much more real and emotional then the anime. If you're the type of person who thinks that endings should have no sense of sadness, this is not for you. If, however, you believe endings should be real, but sweet, this is an absolute must. To conclude, this is perhaps not for you if you don't like anything remotely sad or "slice-of-lifey." If you are not one of those people, however, I'm confidant this manga cannot be forgotten by anyone who reads it. There's truly nothing like it. I'd recommend this manga for people about 14 years to adulthood.
Olivia_West More than 1 year ago
Fruits Basket is one of those stories you can't put down, filled with characters who are, though imperfect, strikingly real. Narrator of the story, Tohru, is extremely empathetic, and her entirely different view of life is contagious. She has a strong will, and is her input on situations she's forced into somehow make the reader feel ready to face their own challenges. There's mysterious and oh-so-handsome pretty boy Yuki, the angry outcast Kyo, and of course, light-hearted Shigure, providing constant comic relief. As Tohru learns to survive in a harsh tragedy-filled world complete with primitive living conditions after-school jobs, yet always strives to stay optimistic, and, of course, discover the secrets behind the Sohma family and their mysterious, binding curse. Fruits Basket is a must-read that will keep you turning the pages.
Oak-chan More than 1 year ago
I have not yet completed the series, (sadly I still have 8 books to go) but I do know that Fruits Basket is P-H-E-N-O-M-I-N-A-L!! My best friend recommended this series to me, regrettably, before I read this series or ever got into anime/manga, I hated this series. I felt it was tearing a rift between me and my best friend. But that was just my selfishness, but when I began reading this series I was hooked and could not stop. I absolutely LOVE the characters, especially Yuki. The "prince" is just far too gorgeous and perfect to hate. Haha, but nethertheless, ALL the characters are just AMAZING! Kyo was hard to warm up to but once you fell in love with the ginger (haha we have something in common!) there was no going back. Although I do admit, the beginning was rather confusing to me. But after rereading it a few times I got it. I guess after hearing so much from my friend I just got confused (I thought Shigure was the love interest. My bad...) I adore how the Sohmas took Tohru in and she changed their lives for the better. I find it funny how in volume 1 Kyo yells "What the hell is wrong with you? I can't even stand to look at you!" and now what? He's telling himself he loves her with all his heart and even cries. Ahh love is a beautiful thing when put in manga. I recommend to anyone who loves comedy, drama, romance, friendship and the chinese zodiac! The series was fun yet had a terribly dark background, was funny but yet had serious touches. I really couldn't expect what happened next. (Such as Hanajima liking Kazuma. Or Uotani falling for a certain Sohma!) Fellow Manga/Anime fan for life, ~Oak-chan
Colette8 More than 1 year ago
I'm not a big manga person. I tried them out a bit in high school, and this one was passed around quite a bit. Everyone really liked it, so I tried it. SO amazing. Hilairious, but serious. Fun, yet dark. Complicated, yet simple. As the series goes on till the final 23rd book, it gets even MORE complcated and interesting. More characters, more plot twists that REALLY surprise you...I've read a lot of books, and this series ties with Harry Potter as my favorite series. Not kidding. Even if just want a book that you can laugh and have fun reading, be distracted for a bit from the real world in....this is the series for you. I will warn you that its sounds a bit silly and dorky in the first couple pages, but once the Sohma family, with all their secrets, comes into the picture...that most CERTAINLY doesn't last. :) Try it out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only read the first book and I have to get them all! This book is great! I like Fruit Basket ALOT better than Twilight. (I stopped reading Twilight, it was SO boring) I am waiting to buy the next couple Fruit Basket books!
WolfgirlTC More than 1 year ago
i think that it's really cool that tohru could think like the way she does. i think that her friends are extremly cool too, espeaily arisa because she is she reminds me of my best friend elise who sometimes act like her. hanajima is preety cool too! i hope the series never ends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this series is great! this book kicks off one of the greatest manga's ever created! The characters are amazing and the humor and drama keeps on comin as the series goes on. This series really makes me laugh sometimes almost cries! The idea of getting a hug from the opposite sex and turning into a zodiac animal is so original and fun! By the way...I LOVE YUKI!!! <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loads of fun. Great visuals.
fruitsbasketfreak More than 1 year ago
This is the best manga ever you have to get it buy it you have to buy it if you don`t then rawrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this series! i'm on book 5. its soooo good! I highly recomend t!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fruits basket is very good my friend reccomended it to me and it is very good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
These books are awesome!!! The situations are hilarious and the characters are all really well developed! I read it more times then i can count! ^_^
Guest More than 1 year ago
Totally addictive!! I've gone to the library to get this book and I had it overdue for more that 2 weeks! It's also funny! I laughed my head off in the library while reading it! You just gotta buy the book, and if you don't your missing out on a wild ride filled with a whole bunch a laughter!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book a lot and im sure that anyone else who reads it will feel the same way. It is heartwarming, sad, and funny all at the same time. I bought this book a while ago and never got to reading in...now i realized just what i missed out on...I think this is a wonderful book and I sugguest that people read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best i have read so far, and i think it's really great!!! i love Kyo mainly because he's a cat. but this is still one of the best mangas i know of. this would be a great first time read if you're getting interested in manga.
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I love this series! My friends recommended it to me. At first I thought it would be bad given the title, but after I read the first chapter I was in love with the book. Also, you'll probably find a character you relate to ( I think i relate to the main character). The book also came faster then expected. Also, if you're not a big fan of manga, you'll actually probably like this one (one of my friends doesn't like manga, but she loves this series). I extremely recommend this book.
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