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A Brief Synopsis

I'm keeping this short & spoiler free. To be spoiled galore, check out the episode and manga guides. ^_^

Fruits Basket (aka Furuba) is about an orphaned 16 year old named Honda Tohru. Since her mother's death, she had been living in the woods alone in a tiny, one-person tent. On her way to school one morning, she stumbles across a house in the woods. It turns out that one of the most popular guys at her school, Sohma Yuki, lives in this house with his cousin Shigure. Upon finding out that Tohru lived in a tent on their property, Shigure and Yuki suggested she stay with them instead.

Tohru soon learns that the Sohma family isn't your normal family. It turns out that some members of the Sohma family are cursed. These members turn into one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac when hugged by a member of the opposite sex. Tohru becomes more involved with the Sohmas and they entrust her with their lil secret. We soon learn that life isn't always easy with the Sohma family, but we see everyone endure all the challenges thrown their way.

This story contains the components of romance, drama, comedy, & action. So, if you're looking for a good shoujo anime/manga, I highly suggest this one. In 26 episodes, the anime only covers 6 volumes of the manga. Right now, there are 14 volumes of the manga out, so you can see that the anime covers the basis of the story, but there are so many unanswered questions which get answered in the manga.