List of Fruits Basket chapters

List of Fruits Basket chapters

This is a list of volumes and chapters of the shōjo manga series "Fruits Basket" by Natsuki Takaya. The 136 untitled chapters were originally serialized in Japan by Hakusensha in "Hana to Yume" from January 1999 to November 2006. These were collected in 23 tankōbon volumes, with the final volume published in Japan on March 19, 2007.cite news |title='Fruits Basket' Tally Over 18 Million |url= |publisher=ICv2 |date=2007-05-08 |accessdate=2007-12-12 ] Hakusensha also released the first three chapters in a dual Japanese-English edition in November 2003.cite web | url= | title=フルーツバスケット : 英語版 | language=Japanese | publisher=WorldCat Plus | accessdate=2008-03-04] The manga was partially adapted as a twenty-six episode anime television series by Studio DEEN that aired from July 5 to December 27, 2001.cite web | url= | title=Fruits Basket (TV) | publisher=Anime News Network | accessdate=2008-05-17 ]

The series is licensed in English in North America and United Kingdom by Tokyopop and in Singapore by Chuang Yi.cite web | url= | title=Fruits Basket | publisher=Tokyopop | accessdate=2008-02-19] cite web | url= | title=Available Issues for FRUITS BASKET | publisher=Chuang Yi | accessdate=2008-02-19] The Singapore edition is licensed for import to Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment.cite web | url= | title=Fruits Basket (Manga) Vol 23 (Final) | publisher=Madman Entertainment | accessdate=2008-02-19] As of July 2008, 20 volumes have been released in North America and all 23 in Singapore. These editions are listed in the table below. In addition, Tokyopop released a box set containing the first four volumes in October 2007,cite web | url= | title=Fruits Basket (manga) | publisher=Anime News Network | accessdate=2008-02-19] and started re-releasing earlier volumes in "Ultimate Editions" combining two sequential volumes in a single larger hardbound volume with new cover art. The first "Ultimate Edition" release met with mixed reviews, however, because it exactly reproduced the first two volumes without correcting changed page numbers or prior errors.cite news |title=Fruits Basket Ultimate Edition Vol. #01 of 4* |url= |author=Greg Hackmann | |date=2007-12-26 |accessdate=2007-12-27 ] As of June 2008, three "Ultimate Editions" have been released, covering the first six tankōbon volumes.

In Singapore, Chuang Yi also publishes a Simplified Chinese edition in addition to the English. In Europe, "Fruits Basket" is licensed in French by Delcourt, in Spanish by Norma Editorial, in Italian by Dynit, in German and Swedish by Carlsen Comics, in Dutch by Glénat, in Finnish by Sangatsu Manga, and in Polish by Japonica Polonica Fantastica. In Latin America, Editorial Vid licensed the series in Spanish in Mexico, and Editora JBC licensed it in Portuguese in Brazil. __TOC__-

List of volumes

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Language = Japanese
SecondLanguage = English (North America / Singapore)
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VolumeNumber = 1
OriginalRelDate = January 1999
LicensedRelDate = February 10, 2004 (NA) February 10, 2005 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-17161-4
LicensedISBN = 978-1-59182-603-3 (NA) ISBN 978-981-260-200-8 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 1–6
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Tohru Honda
Summary = Recently orphaned high school student Tohru Honda is living in the woods while her grandfather's house is being renovated when she is discovered by Yuki Sohma, a popular but distant boy in her class, who lives nearby. When a landslide buries her tent, Yuki and his older cousin Shigure Sohma, with whom he lives, ask her to stay with them in return for housekeeping instead of rent. As she settles into her room, cousin Kyo Sohma bursts in, spoiling for a fight with his rival, Yuki. In the confusion, Tohru accidentally catches hold of Kyo, Yuki, and Shigure, and the three turn into a cat, rat, and dog, respectively. They explain the curse of the Chinese zodiac, and warn her that the head of the family, Akito Sohma, would have her memories hypnotically erased if she reveals the secret. Tohru promises to keep it, but asks Yuki to remain her friend if she is made to forget him. Under Akito's orders, Kyo also moves in, with some initial awkwardness, and he transfers into Tohru and Yuki's class. When she learns where Kyo is living, Kagura Sohma, a cousin infatuated with him, visits. After some weeks, Tohru's grandfather's house is complete and she moves back in with him, but she misses the Sohmas and, as a dependent orphan, is made to feel awkward by her aunt and uncle, so when Yuki and Kyo come to fetch her "home," she willingly returns with them.
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VolumeNumber = 2
OriginalRelDate = June 1999
LicensedRelDate = April 13, 2004 (NA) February 10, 2005 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-17162-1
LicensedISBN = 978-1-59182-604-0 (NA) ISBN 978-981-260-303-6 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 7–12
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Yuki Sohma
Summary = When Tohru's friends, Arisa Uotani and Saki Hanajima, learn of her living arrangements, they inspect them by way of a sleep-over before grudgingly approving. During the night, Tohru tells her friends about how once she got lost as a child and was led home by a boy who gave her his cap, which she now treasures. At her job as an office janitor, Tohru meets a beautiful, enthusiastic, German-speaking boy who turns out to be Momiji Sohma, whose father owns the building. To promote their onigiri booth in the school cultural festival, the class convinces Yuki to wear a dress and, to his embarrassment, Momiji and Hatori Sohma, the family doctor, see him in it. When Momiji hugs Tohru, however, he transforms into the rabbit and the secret is nearly exposed, until Yuki distracts his classmates with his sex appeal. Hatori asks Tohru to visit him at the main Sohma estate, to her trepidation, as he is the Sohma who can suppress memories. He warns her that the Sohmas and their curse are dangerous to know: when Akito violently disapproved of Hatori's engagement to an outsider, Hatori ultimately had to suppress his fiancee's memory of their engagement. At New Years, under Hanajima's prompting, Yuki and Kyo refuse to attend the obligatory zodiac banquet because that would leave Tohru alone. When Hatori meets Tohru again, she coincidentally repeats something his former fiancee said and he decides that no matter how cold winter is, "someday the snow will melt" around her.
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VolumeNumber = 3
OriginalRelDate = September 1999
LicensedRelDate = June 8, 2004 (NA) February 10, 2005 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-17163-8
LicensedISBN = 978-1-59182-605-7 (NA) ISBN 978-981-260-304-3 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 13–18
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Kyo Sohma
Summary = As Yuki and Kyo race each other during a long-distance run for P.E., cousin Hatsuharu Sohma stops them to challenge Kyo to a fight. During the battle, Yuki has a bronchial attack, and Hatsuharu uses Tohru to transform into an ox to carry Yuki home. He tells Tohru that Yuki and Kyo have changed, in that they fight less viciously and Yuki now smiles. For Valentine's Day, Kagura forces Kyo to go on a date, which Shigure turns into a double-date with Yuki and Tohru, to Kyo's intense annoyance. Tohru tells Kyo that while she wishes he and Yuki got along, it is okay to hate his rival. When Shigure delivers Tohru's valentine chocolate to Hatori, he accuses Shigure of using Tohru as a pawn, without concern for whether she gets hurt. For White Day, Momiji gives Tohru a trip to the Sohma onsen, and to please her Yuki and Kyo go along. While there, Tohru meets the mother of Ritsu Sohma, another zodiac member. That night, Yuki gives Tohru a hair ribbon as his return gift.
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VolumeNumber = 4
OriginalRelDate = January 2000
LicensedRelDate = August 10, 2004 (NA) April 13, 2005 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-17164-5
LicensedISBN = 978-1-59182-606-4 (NA) ISBN 978-981-260-318-0 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 19–24
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Shigure Sohma
Summary = When Momiji and Hatsuharu start at Tohru's high school as first-year students, Akito attends the opening ceremony and introduces himself to Tohru, praising her. When he threatens Yuki with punishment for skipping the New Year's banquet, Tohru interrupts on the excuse that class is starting; Akito later calls her "ugly" but is pleased that Yuki is still afraid of him. When Yuki's older brother, Ayame Sohma, visits Shigure's house, he admits to Tohru he regrets completely ignoring his little brother when they were younger. Ayame tells stories of when he, Shigure, and Hatori were students at Tohru's school, and of his term as student council president. Tohru meets Momiji's mother and little sister, and learns the former voluntarily had her memory that Momiji is her son suppressed because she could not cope with the zodiac curse. On the first anniversary of the death of Tohru's mother, Kyoko Honda, Tohru, Hanajima, and Uotani visit her grave, accompanied by Yuki and Kyo. While there, Hanajima tells Kyo she can "sense" his regret, and when he later sees Tohru sleeping on the porch, he tells her he is sorry.
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VolumeNumber = 5
OriginalRelDate = April 2000
LicensedRelDate = October 12, 2004 (NA) May 25, 2005 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-17165-2
LicensedISBN = 978-1-59182-607-1 (NA) ISBN 978-981-260-412-5 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 25–30
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Kagura Sohma
Summary = For Golden Week, Shigure and Hatori take the household to a Sohma summer house in the mountains. Thinking Kyo and Yuki's preoccupation since visiting her mother's grave is somehow her fault, Tohru apologizes to them, just before they all fall off a path; in the ensuing bickering, she laughs to see them back to normal. Ayame visits the summer house, and offers to show Hatori the wedding photos of his former fiancee, but Hatori declines, saying he is past her. Back from vacation, Tohru and Yuki meet Hatsuharu holding a small tiger: Kisa Sohma, who had disappeared from home. Kisa stopped speaking shortly after entering middle school, because her classmates tease her for her orange hair (an effect of the curse). Yuki is upset, because he too once withdrew from the world, but Tohru tells Kisa's mother that Kisa did not tell her what was happening is because victims of bullying feel guilty, as she knows from experience. Because Tohru understands, Kisa stays with her for several days until she begins to speak again. Seeing Kisa face her fears and return to school, Yuki resolves to face his own fears of not being good enough and agrees to become the next student council president. Meanwhile, his fan club visits Hanajima in an attempt to find a weakness in someone who protects Tohru, whom they resent for being close to "Prince Yuki." When Tohru has to take a make-up test, she feels she has failed her mother until Kyo cheers her up.
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VolumeNumber = 6
OriginalRelDate = August 2000
LicensedRelDate = December 14, 2004 (NA) May 25, 2005 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-17166-9
LicensedISBN = 978-1-59182-608-8 (NA) ISBN 978-981-260-413-2 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 31–36In volume 6 of the Tokyopop edition, the table of contents omits Chapter 35 and misnumbers Chapter 36 as Chapter 35.]
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Momiji Sohma
Summary = Kagura visits Kyo and asks him whether Tohru knows about his secret yet. Kazuma Sohma, who had raised Kyo since his mother was killed in an accident (rumored to be suicide over her cursed son), returns from his journeys. However, he refuses to take Kyo back because he believes living with Tohru has helped open Kyo up, which Kyo angrily denies. To force the issue, in front of Tohru, Kazuma takes off Kyo's bracelet that prevents his "true form" from appearing: a fearsome, foul-smelling monster. Kyo runs off, but Tohru follows him despite her fear and nausea—an act seen from the house by Kagura, Yuki, and Shigure. When Tohru finds Kyo, he violently pushes her away to avoid the pain of being rejected for his own self, but she refuses to leave her friend until he accepts that she accepts him, and eventually she returns to the house holding him in cat form. Yuki is troubled by these events, but will not tell Tohru what bothers him, and she worries about it until he tells her that one day he will be ready to explain everything. Later, Yuki visits Ayame's shop with Tohru and discovers that his older brother runs a high-end cosplay boutique.
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VolumeNumber = 7
OriginalRelDate = August 2001
LicensedRelDate = February 8, 2005 (NA) July 29, 2005 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-17167-6
LicensedISBN = 978-1-59532-402-3 (NA) ISBN 978-981-260-603-7 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 37–42
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Hatori Sohma
Summary = After Kisa sleeps over with Tohru, a jealous Hiro Sohma confronts Tohru and steals her mother's picture. With Momiji and Kyo's help, Tohru recovers it and Kisa makes Hiro apologize. Kisa realizes that Hiro, who had been growing more distant, does like her and is just awkward about his feelings. Hatori tells Shigure that when Hiro told Akito he likes Kisa, Akito beat Kisa badly, and Shigure says that one day Akito will pay for his mistakes. During a trip to a park with Kisa, Hiro admits to Tohru that he wants to grow up faster so he can protect Kisa, and Tohru tells him she admires anyone who knows they still need to mature. When Hanajima and Uotani realize Tohru still wears her middle-school swimsuit, they make Kyo and Yuki help shop and pay for a new one. While shopping, Uotani tells the boys how she met Tohru and Kyoko and became friends with them. When three younger gang-members confront Uotani, she blows them off, and in a flashback remembers how Kyoko helped her leave her gang and go straight. Yuki's fan club tries to find out who will be on the next year's student council with him, in order to protect him from any girls, but fail. Two students (whose faces are not shown) talk about the dangers working with Yuki in the coming year, given his rabid fans, and one expresses interest in Tohru.
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VolumeNumber = 8
OriginalRelDate = January 2002
LicensedRelDate = April 12, 2005 (NA) July 29, 2005 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-17168-3
LicensedISBN = 978-1-59532-403-0 (NA) ISBN 978-981-260-603-7 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 43–48
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Hatsuharu Sohma
Summary = At school, Hatsuharu wrecks a classroom. Afterwards, he tells Yuki he is down because he was dumped by a member of the zodiac, whom he does not name, while she was hospitalized by injuries. Tohru meets the beautiful but unstable Ritsu Sohma and tells him his mother (see volume 3) is not ashamed of him; when he expresses anxiety over his uselessness, Tohru says her mother told her some people have to find their reason for living in someone else. Hatsuharu tells Yuki that while he is still troubled, he has not given up on Rin. With parent-teacher conferences coming up, Tohru and friends think about their plans for the future—a touchy subject for the Sohmas, especially Kyo, because the curse limits them. Ayame offers to attend Yuki's conference in place of their parents, but Yuki says he no longer wants to run away from them. Tohru and the younger Sohmas celebrate the start of summer vacation by visiting a haunted house and make plans to stay at the Sohma beach house. Hiro visits Rin Sohma in the hospital, and she tells him she will not "give up" although Shigure is all she has left.
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VolumeNumber = 9
OriginalRelDate = June 19, 2002
LicensedRelDate = June 7, 2005 (NA) August 31, 2005 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-17169-0
LicensedISBN = 978-1-59532-404-7 (NA) ISBN 978-981-260-669-3 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 49–53
* Bonus Chapter: "Rain Shelter of Terror"
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Ayame Sohma
Summary = New president Yuki finds the student council room trashed, with a girl kneeling among the papers. She is Machi Kuragi, student council treasurer for the next year, and with her is the energetic new vice president, Kakeru Manabe, who wants to turn the student council into a super-sentai–style School Defense Force. When Yuki complains about them to Tohru, she says the next year will be a fun challenge for him. Uotani tells Tohru and Hanajima about a man she met (and liked) at her job in a convenience store. While on break Uotani meets the man again, and he takes her out to lunch and almost kisses her. As she later wonders whether she will see him again, the man is shown arriving at a house where Akito greets him as Kureno. A flashback shows Hanajima's difficult childhood with a psychic power she cannot control, one she believes she used to nearly kill a boy who tormented her. When she is forced to transfer to a new middle school, she meets Tohru and Uotani and learns to open up to others and trust that she will not hurt them, and so learns to control her abilities. Kyo's father insists that Kazuma help confine his monstrous son after he graduates, but Kazuma rebuffs him, saying the father resembles how Kyo was before he started growing past despair. While helping Tohru with her summer homework, Yuki asks about the cap she treasures (see volume 2). Rin, now out of the hospital, visits Shigure to ask a question. In a bonus story, while the friends wait at school for a rain shower to end, Hatsuharu tells a scary story he read in one of Shigure's books.
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VolumeNumber = 10
OriginalRelDate = October 18, 2002
LicensedRelDate = July 12, 2005 (NA) August 31, 2005 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-17170-6
LicensedISBN = 978-1-59532-405-4 (NA) ISBN 978-981-260-699-0 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 54–59
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Kisa Sohma
Summary = While Tohru and the younger Sohmas have fun at the Sohma beach house, Shigure provokes Akito into visiting them. After thinking about Tohru's cap and his childhood, when he was confined by Akito, Yuki tells Tohru there is something he needs to tell her but is not yet ready to. When Hiro is jealous of Tohru, Hatsuharu points out that his lashing out at her makes Kisa nervous, which only irritates Hiro more. Before going to the beach house, Shigure visits the bookshop where his ex-girlfriend, Mayuko Shiraki, helps out, and she remembers in flashback her best friend's former engagement to Hatori. Shigure asks Mayuko about her secret crush on Hatori and then manipulates Hatori into meeting her, during which meeting she admits she still likes him. Akito arrives at the beach and stays in a separate house, where he has all the zodiac animals but the cat attend him. Akito tells Yuki not to get foolish ideas, such as thinking he might escape, and in response Shigure tells Hatori that Yuki is no longer what Akito believes. When Yuki meets Tohru afterwards, he mentions again that his "lid is slowly opening," kisses her forehead, and admits to himself, but not to her, that he loves her.
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VolumeNumber = 11
OriginalRelDate = February 19, 2003
LicensedRelDate = August 9, 2005 (NA) November 7, 2005 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-17881-1
LicensedISBN = 978-1-59532-406-1 (NA) ISBN 978-981-260-746-1 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 60–65
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Hiro Sohma
Summary = Akito continues to keep the zodiac with him during the days. Hatori tells Kyo not to leave Tohru alone, and Yuki warns Kyo not to lose it if he meets Akito because Tohru might get hurt. The next day, Akito takes Kureno to see Tohru, saying she needs to learn she is no match for himself, but when he sees Kyo having fun on the beach with her, decides the cat needs to be given a lesson first. Later, Tohru finds a horse in the yard, whom Yuki introduces as Isuzu "Rin" Sohma. When Rin returns to human form, she threatens to kill Yuki if he tells anyone she is there. Now that Tohru has met eleven of the twelve zodiac animals, she wonders whether Akito is the remaining rooster. Akito summons Kyo and asks whether he is succeeding in their bet—to beat Yuki in a fight by the end of high school or be confined for the rest of his life—and taunts him with being a monster who drove his mother to suicide. Kyo realizes he is glad Tohru did not run away when she saw his true form because he loves her, but to protect her denies this to Akito. Later that night, after a call to return to the main Sohma estate, Akito goes to see Tohru before leaving. When Momiji tries to stop Akito from entering the beach house, Akito beats him until Tohru steps in to protect him. Akito tells her to stop interfering, and about Kyo's coming confinement, and that Kureno, not himself, is the rooster—for he is the god of the zodiac. Tohru, wanting to protect her friends, resolves to break the zodiac curse.
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VolumeNumber = 12
OriginalRelDate = June 19, 2003
LicensedRelDate = December 13, 2005 (NA) November 23, 2005 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-17882-8
LicensedISBN = 978-1-59532-407-8 (NA) ISBN 978-981-260-768-3 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 66–71
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Ritsu Sohma
Summary = After summer break, Yuki meets the rest of his student council: secretaries Kimi Toudou and Naohito Sakuragi. Tohru visits Kazuma and asks if he knows how to break the curse. Kazuma explains that because of their "bond of blood," it is hard for any of the zodiac to resist Akito, and admits he does not know how to break it. After Rin sees Tohru leave, Kazuma tells her Tohru asked him the same question she had. When Kyo tries to talk to Kagura, she insists they go on a date before she will listen. She takes him to the place where she first saw his true form and admits that she has clung to him because, compared to the cat, she has it easy—that her love is based on pity. Kyo tells her he cannot love her back and she gives up on him, though she still loves him. Because Hatsuharu is still down about Rin, Yuki tries to talk her, but she tells him to mind his own business. Hatsuharu overhears this and tells Rin that without her, he does not mind if he dies, and they kiss. Hatsuharu thinks shes unable to recover on her own, rin runs away. When Tohru's grandfather throws out his back, Shigure takes his place for Tohru's parent-teacher conference; not knowing that he once dated her teacher, Mayuko, Tohru is startled by the atmosphere when they meet. Tohru tells Mayuko she plans to get a job after high school. After the conference, Shigure tells Mayuko to see Hatori. At his conference, Kyo is unable to give any plans for the future, because he does not know what will happen when he graduates.
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VolumeNumber = 13
OriginalRelDate = November 19, 2003
LicensedRelDate = April 11, 2006 (NA) December 7, 2005 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-17883-5
LicensedISBN = 978-1-59532-408-5 (NA) ISBN 978-981-260-789-8 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 72–77
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Isuzu "Rin" Sohma
Summary = When Yuki meets his mother at his parent-teacher conference, he remembers how his parents "gave" him to Akito to advance their position among the Sohmas. His mother's attempt to dictate his future is broken up by Ayame's flamboyant arrival, which gives Yuki the strength to tell her he will decide his own path. When Kakeru probes Yuki about his relationship with Tohru, Yuki reacts as if Kakeru were his mother and they argue, but when they apologize afterward Yuki decides that being around Kakeru may not be bad for him. When Tohru learns that the man Uotani pines after is named Kureno, she wonders if it is Kureno Sohma and visits the Sohma estate to find out. She meets Momiji's little sister, who shows Tohru the secret way inside she has been using to listen to Momiji's violin playing without knowing he is her brother. Momiji tells Tohru where Kureno lives, apart from the rest of the zodiac, but she gets lost and meets a person whose voice soulnds like Akito's. Kureno rescues her from discovery but tells Tohru he has no intention of seeing Uotani again. That evening, Tohru is disheartened and Kyo comforts her. During the class trip to Kyoto, a girl confesses to Kyo that she likes him but he rejects her, and Tohru wonders if she will one day be pushed away as well. Hanajima tells Tohru she thinks the two of them have met Kakeru before. When Kakeru again asks Yuki about Tohru, Yuki asks about his interest and warns Kakeru not to hurt her. When they return to school, Yuki gives Machi a red maple leaf as a souvenir.
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VolumeNumber = 14
OriginalRelDate = April 19, 2004
LicensedRelDate = August 8, 2006 (NA) February 15, 2006 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-17884-2
LicensedISBN = 978-1-59532-409-2 (NA) ISBN 978-981-260-887-1 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 78–83
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Kureno Sohma
Summary = Rin recalls what she asked Shigure in volume 9: how to break the zodiac curse. He denied knowing, but she returns to ask again and collapses in the living room, where Tohru finds her. In a flashback, Rin remembers how her parents tried to pretend to be a happy family till the strain of living with the curse broke them, and Rin had to move out. She became friend, and later lover, of Hatsuharu despite not wanting to depend on his support. When Akito found out, she took the blame for seducing him and in punishment, Akito pushed her out a window, after which she broke up with Hatsuharu to protect him. Rin comes to in the present in a bed, being watched over by Tohru. Rin tells Tohru she hates kind people because they get taken advantage of by people like her. Tohru realizes Rin is also trying to break the curse and refuses to stop her own efforts, despite Rin's despair. When Machi trashes the student council room again, and Kakeru asks Yuki to overlook it. Kakeru tells Yuki that Machi is his younger half-sister, and until recently their two mothers fought over who is the family heir, a battle that still affects Machi. Tohru visits Rin in the hospital and they exchange what they know about the curse; when Rin asks what is most important to Tohru, she cannot answer. That night, Tohru dreams of the last time she saw her mother. For the upcoming class production of "Cinderella" for the school culture festival, Yuki's fan club has Tohru cast as the wicked stepsister to make her look bad. When Yuki is accidentally locked in a storage closet, he has a panic attack, and memories of Akito make him realize that he sees Tohru as a mother-figure.
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VolumeNumber = 15
OriginalRelDate = September 17, 2004
LicensedRelDate = December 12, 2006 (NA) March 15, 2006 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-17885-9
LicensedISBN = 978-1-59816-023-9 (NA) ISBN 978-981-420-415-6 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 84–89
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Akito Sohma
Summary = While recovering from his panic attack, Yuki tells Kakeru about his relationship with Tohru. In a flashback, Yuki remembers his childhood under Akito's control, believing he was despised by the rest of the zodiac. When Yuki sought out Kyo, as the similarly despised cat, Kyo scorned him as the rat that tricked the original cat. In the depth of his despair, he ran away; while outside, he helped a lost girl, Tohru, return home (giving her the treasured cap as he did so), which gave him proof that he was not as useless as Akito claimed. In the present, Yuki admits to Kakeru that what he wants from Tohru is the unconditional, nurturing love of "a mother," not the love of a woman, and yet despite this he is jealous of the growing attraction of Tohru and Kyo. Meanwhile, during rehearsals for "Cinderella", their class realizes that their leads are miscast, with Kyo incapable of being charming as a prince, nor Tohru wicked as a stepsister, nor Hanajima a downtrodden Cinderella. The play is rewritten as "Sorta Cinderella" and the performance is successful, despite personal, out-of-character outbursts by Tohru, Kyo, and Uotani. At Tohru's request, Momiji makes a copy of the play's video for Kureno, so that he can see Uotani's outcry that he come see her.
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VolumeNumber = 16
OriginalRelDate = January 19, 2005
LicensedRelDate = April 10, 2007 (NA) May 17, 2006 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-17886-6
LicensedISBN = 978-1-59816-024-6 (NA) ISBN 978-981-420-422-4 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 90–95
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Arisa Uotani
Summary = Conflicted over his growing feelings for Tohru because of the approaching deadline for his confinement, Kyo also feels guilty for not telling her he knew her mother. In a long flashback, he remembers when he was boy, Kyoko told him about her past as a gang member, her meeting Katsuya Honda as a student teacher at her middle school, and falling in love with and marrying him; how she gave birth to their daughter, whom Katsuya loved; how he died of pneumonia on a business trip, and in her grief she nearly killed herself before remembering that her toddler daughter needed her; and how she concluded that we all need to be needed. The flashback turns into a dream in which the bloody bodies of Kyoko and his mother argue over Kyo's fate, and when he wakes in the present, he resolves to keep Tohru at a distance. At the New Years zodiac banquet, when Akito tells Yuki he forgives his past transgressions, Yuki first tells Akito he forgives him, the retracts that as it implies blame. Akito strikes Yuki with a bottle before storming off.
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VolumeNumber = 17
OriginalRelDate = May 19, 2005
LicensedRelDate = August 7, 2007 (NA) June 21, 2006 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-17887-3
LicensedISBN = 978-1-59816-799-3 (NA) ISBN 978-981-420-473-6 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 96–101
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Saki Hanajima
Summary = Kureno watches the video of "Sorta Cinderella" and calls Tohru. She is not home but Shigure agrees to arrange a meeting, then asks Kureno if he has been released from the curse. When Tohru meets Kureno, she realizes that birds fly away from him, and he admits that he has not been the rooster since his mid-teens, though he does not know why the curse left him. Kureno again declines to see Uotani, even though he wants to, because when Akito was distressed at his curse's lifting, he promised "that sad little girl" he would never leave. He reveals what only the four oldest zodiac members know: that Akito was born female but raised male on the orders of his mother, Ren Sohma. Hanajima senses Tohru's distress at these revelations and takes her home overnight, where Tohru tells Uotani only that Kureno is promised to another woman. Tohru recovers but remains confused, not knowing whom she can talk to about what she knows, and when she asks Kyo about hypothetically breaking the curse, he derides it as a vain hope. While having a business dinner with his editor, Shigure sees Akito but does not greet him. The rest of Shigure and Kureno's telephone conversation is shown in flashback, in which they mutually reproach each other over Akito. When Shigure visits Akito later that night, Shigure repeats his long-ago promise to never leave Akito, and admits he once had sex with Ren in retaliation for Akito's sleeping with Kureno, and the argument ends with them sleeping together.
Graphic novel list
VolumeNumber = 18
OriginalRelDate = September 16, 2005
LicensedRelDate = November 23, 2007 (NA) July 26, 2006 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-17888-0
LicensedISBN = 978-1-59816-862-4 (NA) ISBN 978-981-269-049-4 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 102–107
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Kazuma Sohma
Summary = Yuki realizes Machi cannot stand orderliness, because of the pressure to be perfect when her mother was competing with Kakeru's. At the next student council meeting, he breaks a piece in a new box of chalk, so that she does not have to wreck it. On her graduation day, the president of Yuki's fan club confesses her feelings to him and wishes him happiness. Tohru decides to talk to Rin about Kureno and the curse, but cannot find her—nor can anyone else. Hiro apologizes to Kisa for admitting to Akito he liked her, leading to Akito beating her, and tells Hatsuharu he witnessed Akito throwing Rin out a window, the first time she was hospitalized. Hatsuharu realizes Rin broke up with him to protect him. During this conversation, Kureno is shown finding Rin confined in the cat's prison. Hatsuharu angrily confronts Akito, who first denies any knowledge then, when Kureno tells them Rin has been freed, denies it was wrong because she, as a zodiac animal, had defied him. Dreaming in the hospital, Rin remembers Ren Sohma promising to tell her how to break the curse if she stole a black box from Akito, but Akito caught Rin in the act and imprisoned her. Rin then dreams of getting back together with Hatsuharu, and wakes to him finding her on the sidewalk outside the hospital. Rin moves into Kazuma's house to recuperate. Shigure visits her and tells her Ren was lying about knowing how to break the curse, but it does not matter as it will eventually break, now that the zodiac animals are for once all alive together. Tohru overhears this and demands to know how soon, because it has to be before next spring, finally admitting the one she most wants to save is Kyo.
Graphic novel list
VolumeNumber = 19
OriginalRelDate = January 19, 2006
LicensedRelDate = March 18, 2008 (NA) August 16, 2006 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-17889-7
LicensedISBN = 978-1-59816-863-1 (NA) ISBN 978-981-269-145-3 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 108–113
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Kakeru Manabe
Summary = Shigure tells Tohru the cat exists to give the rest of the zodiac a scapegoat they can feel is worse than they are, which distresses her. Tohru feels guilty for letting Kyo replace her mother as the most important person in her heart. On the second anniversary of Kyoko's death, Kyo visits her grave alone and meets Tohru's grandfather, who tells him Tohru speaks formally because her father did. When Kyo asks Tohru, she admits she started doing it to replace her dead father in her mother's eyes. Unable to stand being around Kyo and Tohru being awkward with each other, Yuki leaves the house and ends up visiting Ayame's shop with Kakeru and Machi, where Ayame forcibly costumes Machi. The other younger zodiac members also notice Tohru and Kyo's attraction, and Momiji warns Kyo that if he does not act on it, others (such as himself) might steal her. Yuki gives Machi an apology gift for Ayame's behavior at the shop, and tells her they should get together during summer vacation. Kakeru invites Yuki over for dinner, to introduce him to his girlfriend, the daughter of the man who died when his car struck and killed Kyoko. Kakeru apologizes to Tohru for his past hostility to her, shortly after the accident, and she thanks him for helping Yuki become more cheerful.
Graphic novel list
VolumeNumber = 20
OriginalRelDate = May 19, 2006
LicensedRelDate = July 1, 2008 (NA) October 11, 2006 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-18400-3
LicensedISBN = 978-1-4278-0009-1 (NA) ISBN 978-981-269-237-5 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 114–119
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Machi Kuragi
Summary = When Tohru admits that claiming she wants to free all the Sohmas is "deception" because she cares most about Kyo, Kagura says she should tell Kyo this, but when they are alone she lacks the courage to. Ren tells Shigure the box she asked Rin to steal belonged to Akira, and a flashback shows how as a young maid she fell in love with the Sohma family head. Ren was shocked Akira gave the unborn god of the zodiac more attention than herself, then bitterly disappointed to give birth to a girl instead of a proper male heir; in response she denied the zodiac bond has real power and demanded Akito be raised as a boy. In the present, Shigure tells Ren that she, as the only one obsessed with Akira, should have the box. In a dream, Akito remembers Akira's promise the zodiac would always be with him and wakes knowing Momiji's curse has broken. Momiji has mixed feelings because he is free but also now alone. As Akito tells Kureno he tried to mold Yuki to prove their bond's strength, Ren demands Akira's box at knife-point, but when she opens it, it is empty. Akito picks up the dropped knife to attack her but stops; at that moment, Hiro's curse breaks. He too has mixed feelings, and his mother tells him farewells are always lonely. Kureno tells Akito he needs to leave because Akito has been overprotected. Akito blames Kureno for this and stabs him. Meanwhile, Tohru works up the courage to talk to Kyo, and he accuses her of loving him even though he is "hateful." Kyo tells her he was present when her mother died, and could have saved Kyoko except it would have triggered his transformation, and blames himself for "killing" her like his own mother.
Graphic novel list
VolumeNumber = 21
OriginalRelDate = September 19, 2006
LicensedRelDate = November 11, 2008 (NA) May 2, 2007 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-18401-0
LicensedISBN = 978-142-780-682-6 (NA) 978-981-269-538-3 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 120–125
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Ren Sohma
Summary = Kyo tells Tohru that her mother's last words were "I won't forgive you," and asks how Tohru could forgive him if he cannot forgive himself. Tohru rejects the either/or choice along with her mother's supposed judgment, saying she loves him. He runs away, and as Tohru follows she meets Akito, still carrying the knife. Akito tells Tohru she must feel triumphant that she has won, and cuts her on the arm. Tohru, thinking that she still loves Kyo despite his rejection, tells Akito he must be lonely amid all his fears. She offers a fresh start, introducing herself and asking if they can be friends. Before Akito can take her hand, the cliff she stands on crumbles and she falls. Shigure and Yuki respond to Akito's cry for help. Kyo returns and learns of Tohru's accident, and runs to where she lies unconscious. She wakes long enough to tell him she is okay before falling unconscious, and he kisses her. That evening, Yuki confronts Kyo for not going to the hospital with Tohru. Kyo says it was better that Yuki was there, as he cannot protect her himself. As they fight, they each admit they envy and admire the other for different reasons, an argument Yuki wins by saying Kyo is the only one who can make Tohru happy. Hanajima and Uotani, however, are not as forgiving and ban Kyo from visiting her until he proves he is sorry. At the hospital, Momiji tells Akito that to make up for his deeds, he needs to cherish Kureno and Tohru, after which Akito visits Tohru. Yuki, feeling lonely and needing to reach out, buys Machi a gift—a figurine of an anime character she especially likes. They admit they are glad they found each other and hold hands.
Graphic novel list
VolumeNumber = 22
OriginalRelDate = January 19, 2007
LicensedRelDate = July 31, 2007 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-18402-7
LicensedISBN = 978-981-269-898-8 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 126–131
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Katsuya Honda
Summary = Kyo visits his father and admits guilt in the death of his mother, but refuses to be confined. Meanwhile, Akito orders the cat's prison destroyed, despite his ancestor's wishes. Kyo and Akito both think about needing to move on from their fathers. As Hiro tells Kisa he is free of the curse, they meet Kyo throwing up afterwards in the street. When Akito tells Hanajima and Uotani about stabbing Kureno, Hanajima "senses" that Akito is female—that Akito is the "other woman" that Kureno had promised to stay with. Hanajima, Uotani, and Yuki continue to ban Kyo from visiting Tohru in the hospital because she is still hurt by his rejection. Kureno tells Uotani he is leaving Akito, and she tells him she will go where he does and later helps him move out. When Tohru is discharged, she sees Kyo and runs away. At the same time that Kyo chases Tohru, Yuki calls Machi and ask to meet. When Kyo catches up with Tohru, he apologizes and tells her he loves her. They embrace, but Kyo does not transform—his curse is broken. As Akito feels Kyo's curse break, he remembers in flashback visiting Tohru in the hospital, and tells his father's memory he is stepping forward despite fear, before saying goodbye. All the remaining zodiac animals are shown realizing the curse is gone, and each one cries "like the day I was first born in the world." Yuki is with Machi when his curse lifts, and in his grief embraces her. The story of the zodiac's origin is retold, this time showing the god as a lonely and selfish being, who befriends the cat first of the animals.
Graphic novel list
VolumeNumber = 23
OriginalRelDate = March 19, 2007
LicensedRelDate = February 1, 2008 (SG)
OriginalISBN = 978-4-592-18403-4
LicensedISBN = 978-981-269-900-8 (SG)
ChapterList =
* Chapters 132–136
VolumeExtras = Cover character:
* Kyoko Honda
Summary = At a last meeting of the zodiac, Akito comes dressed in a woman's kimono, a gift from Shigure. Akito apologizes and tells them she will now live as a woman and remain head of the family, but they are free to go where they will; as she speaks, she remembers her recent argument with Shigure about their relationship and realizes she loves him. Rin tells Tohru she cannot forgive Akito and wonders how others seem to move on so easily, and Tohru recognizes the Sohmas all need time to heal. Yuki makes plans to apply to a distant university. To give Kyo a hard time, Hanajima and Uotani tag along when he and Tohru go on their first real date. When Kyo and Tohru later visit her mother's grave alone, he tells Tohru he wants to train at a different dojo than Kazuma's, in another city, and Tohru agrees to go with him. A flashback shows Kyoko's dying thoughts, as she regrets leaving Tohru alone, and that Kyoko's last words to Kyo were cut off before she could say "if you do not protect Tohru." At graduation, as everyone prepares to depart and Shigure moves in with Akito, Yuki thanks Tohru for helping "raise him" to become human. In the final pages, Tohru and Kyo's granddaughter searches for them but is told by her mother they are taking a walk together.

See also

* List of "Fruits Basket" episodes


;General manga information


External links

* [ Hakusensha's "Fruits Basket" site] jp icon
* [ Tokyopop's "Fruits Basket" site]
* [ Chuang Yi's English "Fruits Basket" site]

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