|Name:||Fruits Basket (フルーツバスケット)|
|Date(s):||January 1999 – November 2006 (manga), 2001 (anime)|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
|External Links:||TV Tokyo site/JP|
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Fruits Basket is a popular shoujo manga and anime series. The series tells the story of Tohru Honda, an orphan girl who, after meeting Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Sohma, learns that thirteen members of the Sohma family are possessed by the animals of the Chinese zodiac (十二支 Jūnishi?) and are cursed to turn into their animal forms when they are weak or when they are embraced by anyone of the opposite sex that is not possessed by a zodiacal spirit. In the anime it is possible to transform through torso contact.
The Akito Controversy
Reactions to the end of the series
Some fans were angered by most of the Sohma family members ending up neatly paired up with women. This was considered to be a heteronormative way for the series to conclude, especially given the apparent male/male subtext sprinkled throughout the series. (ref?)
The anime left the end-game pairings open, hinting equally at both Kyo/Tohru and Tohru/Yuki. The manga did the same initially, but as the series went on it leaned more towards Kyo/Tohru, until it was apparent that they would be canon. Kyo was Tohru's first kiss, and Yuki eventually admitted he only saw Tohru as a replacement mother figure and quickly moved on to date Machi Kuragi.
Many Tohru/Yuki shippers were displeased with this method of sinking their ship, especially the ones who felt Kyo/Tohru was being pushed too heavily. To add salt to the wound, the epilogue showed an elderly Kyo and Tohru with a granddaughter, sinking the hopes of shippers who relied on "they could break up in the future" plot device to make their ships possible.
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