Fruits Basket (hurutsubasuketsuto, Furutsu Basuketto), often known as Furuba or Fruba (huruba), is a Japanese manga series created by Natsuki Takaya. From 1999 until 2006, it was serialized in Hakusensha's semi-monthly Japanese magazine Hana to Yume. It is divided into 23 tankobon volumes in total. The story follows 14-year-old Fujioka Hiroko, who moves with her family to a new town where she meets many new friends and discovers that she is actually a fruit spirit named "Fruit Basket".
It has been praised for its characterization of teenagers and its message of friendship. The manga has been translated into several languages, including English, French, German, Indonesian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Thai.
In April 2004, an anime adaptation was produced. It was directed by Kenji Kodama and written by Takaya, with character designs by Keiko Ishikawa. The music was composed by Ryousuke Suzuki. The first season aired on TV Tokyo from October 4, 2004 to March 30, 2005. A second season titled Fruits Basket: Jujitsu no Kaze premiered on January 9, 2007. A third season titled Fruits Basket: Hikari to Yami began airing from July 7, 2008. A fourth season titled Fruits Basket: Hikari to Yami 2 will premiere this fall.
The Fruits Basket manga, sometimes known as Furuba, first appeared in the Shojo magazineHana No Yume in 1998. The manga was finished in 2006 and is now available on its own. There are 136 chapters in all, spanning across 23 volumes. A 24th volume was released in Japan in 2009. The English translation of the manga starts from where the original Japanese version leaves off.
Fruits Basket is a fantasy story with romance and drama elements about a young girl named Taro Linkle who lives with her adoptive father and has a sister-type relationship with her best friend Sasami Nagano. One day while out walking, she finds a basket of fruit that seems to be left by someone who had magical powers and she takes it home. When she goes back to pick more fruits later, she discovers that they have started to grow into trees! It turns out that the fruit she picks is actually the soul of a boy named Fukuya who had been cursed with immortality until he dies. Now his soul needs to be given life so it can't die ever again. The only way to do this is for Taro to collect all the lost souls of fruit that have been left by other people. Can you help her find them all?
Here are some terms that might not be familiar yet: shojo means "girls' comic" or "young women's magazine" and manga is Japanese comics terminology.
Fruits Basket (hurutsubasuketsuto, Furutsu Basuketto) is a rebooted anime adaptation of Natsuki Takaya's manga of the same name. Yoshihide Ibata directs the anime series, which is produced by TMS Entertainment. It first aired in Japan on TV Tokyo from April 3 to June 23, 2001 for 24 episodes. The English-language version was later released in North America by Viz Media.
Fruits Basket is set in an alternate universe where humanity has been divided up into five social classes: nobles, peasants, soldiers, priests and artists. Artisans are the lowest class of human but they are also the only ones allowed to use magic. Princess Kaguya is the daughter of the king of Artisans who lives with her teacher Mr. Okada. One day, while out walking, she meets Yuusuke Miyamoto, a young man from a wealthy family who becomes her friend. When Kaguya is kidnapped by the emperor's son Prince Zen-Zen, who plans to sacrifice her to revive a dead god, she is saved by Mr. Okada who uses his magic to transform himself into a fruit tree. With his help, Kaguya escapes from Prince Zen-Zen's castle and then goes looking for Yuusuke so they can go home together.
13 (3rd Season) Fruits Basket (hurutsubasuketsuto, Furutsu Basuketto) is a reboot anime adaptation of Natsuki Takaya's manga of the same name. The series was officially announced on November 19, 2018, and it premiered on TV Tokyo on April 6, 2019.
It is set in modern-day Japan, where teenager Mitsuo Iwaki loses his parents when a car crashes into him and his sister Haruichi when they were visiting their parents' old farm. Soon after this incident, he finds out that he has inherited his late father's business, "Iwaki Manufacturing", which makes fruit baskets.
In order to protect his sister, Mitsuo decides to stay away from home for several years so she won't have to work hard at the family business. But one day, Haruichi falls in love with Kenji, who owns a different basket making company called "Fujiya & Miyagi". When Mitsuo returns, he finds out that his sister married Kenji and now works at his company as a supervisor. However, he also learns that Fujiya & Miyagi is going to shut down because of Haruichi leaving them. This makes Mitsuo decide to go back to school to learn how to run the family business himself.
During his studies, Mitsuo meets some new friends who help him discover more about himself and his family history.