About Fruits Basket
Fruits Basket (also called Furuba) is a manga by Natsuki Takaya. The first volume of the manga was issued in January 1999. The manga series, which is still ongoing (it is published by Hakusensha Publishing's "Hana to Yume" magazine), has now reached its 17th volume (in France, the manga is published by Editions Delcourt).
Tohru Honda is a very sweet and humble high school student, who recently lost her mother in a tragic car accident. Although she is now forced to live alone in a tent in the woods, she has remained a very optimistic and positive person. What she doesn’t know, though, is that the forest in which she now lives belongs to the powerful and wealthy Soma family. One night, Shigure and Yuki Soma eventually stumble upon her, and offer for her to live together with them, in exchange for taking care of household chores. So Tohru ends up moving with Shigure and Yuki, totally unsuspecting that the Soma family is, in fact, hiding a very dark secret.
In Japan, Fruits Basket is the most popular series published in Hana to Yume magazine, and is rated amongst the three best shojos. Tohru being the perfect Japanese girl stereotype, she is very popular among Japanese fangirls. The animated series also was a huge success, and was awarded best anime in 2001. In the rest of the world, Fruits Basket is published in six different languages besides Japanese (French, English, Italian, German, Chinese, Korean + an English/Japanese bilingual edition). In French-speaking countries, the manga is ranked among the best 10 selling manga (it is Editions Delcourt’s biggest manga success).
Even though it was classified as a shojo, Fruits Basket may appeal to boys and girls, thanks to its complex plot, its deep characterisation and its special atmosphere. This manga is suited for a very wide public, as it deals with various everyday life themes, such as relationships with other people, teenagers coming on the verge of adulthood, conflicts with parents, tolerance… However this manga will not please readers who enjoy bloody fights. Fruits Basket is more of a subtle, humorous manga with a nice characterisation and a good plot.