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If you were to ask for my feelings about Fruits Basket, I could only answer “it’s complicated”.  If I wanted to be truthful, anyway.  I’m long past the point where I can be either impartial or impassive about it – the tenterhooks are in too deep.  I won’t say I learned that much about anime or manga from it, but I learned a lot about the emotional spectrum of being an anime and manga fan from it.  And I don’t take that lightly – that person is a very fundamental part of who I am.  The fact that Furuba was so important in literally defining me as an individual makes it a series of significant existential import for me.

In that context, my feelings about the specifics of this finale seem almost beside the point.  It was everything Fruits Basket is – and isn’t.  The drama is ladled on thick as country gravy.  The comedy really doesn’t work most of the time.  It tries to cram in too many character stories in too little time (though given the anime’s truncated final season, that was probably unavoidable).  Yet it still hits – even when I’m annoyed I’m still feeling something.  And in truth, I think it’s not so much the way the series ended but the fact that it ended, period.  That in itself is a blockbuster event for me and many other fans, which one might reasonably have guessed would never come.

I guess I have to talk about the nuts and bolts, because they do matter.  An important moment is certainly Tohru collecting Kyou’s beads and returning them to him.  Important, because it’s an affirmation of the idea that the past must be embraced, even if it’s painful.  It got us where we are now, scars and all.  Perhaps the strongest dramatic moment of the finale is Rin declaring that she can never forgive Akito the way the others – including Haru and Momiji – seem to be.  No, Rin, you’re not crazy and you’re not wrong – you’re the one who’s talking sense.  The way Akito’s fate plays out is an injustice of karma in my opinion, and even if the others forgive they should never forget.

Speaking of Momiji, he kind of gets the shaft here in the end.  Which, if we’re honest, is pretty much par for the course.  Strictly as a narrative creation Momiji is the best thing in Fruits Basket for me, and his arc easily the most genuinely heartbreaking.  He loses the love of his life (well, so does Kagura but she’s an incredibly annoying distraction), but the salt in the wound is there’s no resolution for his family situation.  Momiji is the strongest, most compassionate, and most positive Sohma there is.  And it’s a damn good thing, because life (and Takara) treat him pretty horribly most of the time.

Much of what happens in the finale has the feel of a checklist, resolutions for second-tier characters and second-tier dramas because they’re expected – starting with Yuki and Machi and building from there.  But you knew Takara-sensei would give Yuki the last big speech of the series even where Tohru was concerned (at least it was a good one, even if the whole mother thing is kind of creepy).  I give Yuki credit for asking Kyou before doing so – it wasn’t necessary, but it was the closest thing he’s ever given to an acknowledgement to Kyou.  I would have liked to have seen an apology too for the way Yuki treated Kyou over the years, but it’s amply clear that the narrative position is that he has nothing to apologize for.

Kyou and Tohru leaving is genuinely sad, for the reason stated above – this past was something real and meaningful.  It was full of pain for all concerned (some more than others) but it gave them new bonds to replace the ones that were fated to be broken.  And as the flashback from Episode 11 showed us, bonds are not something to be taken lightly.  They’re a double-edged sword and always vulnerable to abuse, but still – they give us reassurance that we aren’t alone in the universe, and it’s hard to think of anything more valuable than that.

And thus, it ends.  Almost unbelievably, this twenty-year emotional roller-coaster is over (though there will be a Kyouko-Katsuya spinoff next year – as an OVA, movie, or series we don’t yet know).  Even knowing what was coming it’s all somehow much more real now that it’s played out on-screen.  I’m glad I stuck it out – and there are times it wasn’t easy – because the rewards Furuba offers when it’s at its best are truly exceptional.  As the old saying (from To Kill a Mockingbird) goes, “you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family” – and somehow that’s how Fruits Basket feels to me.  Like family, with all the conflicted emotions that implies.  And even given all the times its pissed me off and driven me crazy, I can’t let go of it.  It’s my past, and part of what got me where I am now – scars and all.


Alright, so it is revealed that Akito is actually a girl. She was forced to be a “man” because her mother, Ren, didn’t think it was right for a woman to rule the Sohmas. In volume 23, the final volume, all the zodiac animals come together for a “new” banquet, because guess what? ALL THE CURSES WERE BROKEN! Kureno (the rooster)’s curse has been broken for quite some time, so then the first after him was Momiji, and then later the rest of the curses were broken, with Kyo second to last, and Yuki’s curse was the last to break. At the “new” banquet, Akito tells them all that they are free to live how they please, and thats when she reveals she is a girl.
Everyone also pairs off. In volume 22, Kyo tells Tohru that he really knew her mother (Kyoko) and he tells how he saw her the day of her death, and he recognized her because he had met Kyoko when he was a kid. Thats when he saw the car coming towards her, and he knew he could grab her and save her, but if he did he would change into a cat. Instead, he watched her die, and Kyoko saw him right then, recognized him, and was thinking “Oh no! Tohru’s only in high school!” and so on, so she tried to say “If you don’t take care of her, I won’t forgive you” but all that came out was “I won’t forgive you” and Kyo thought she meant her death was his fault, so out of guilt, he went to hide away in the mountains. He wasn’t away to train, but for that reason. Tohru then tells Kyo she loves him, and he tells her 2 get real. Tohru gets really upset and later, falls off a cliff while trying to befriend Akito, and goes unconscious. Kyo finds her, and kisses her, though she is unconscious. Remember, this is all BEFORE volume 23, when Akito reveals she is a woman. Now later it shows Tohru getting out of the hospital, and Kyo apologizing and telling her he loves her too. Then they hug, and the curse breaks. In the meantime it shows Yuki and Machi, and they kiss.

Now in volume 23, AFTER the “new” banquet, it shows Kyo and Tohru’s first date, with Uo and Hana tagging along, and later Kyo asks Tohru to come with him to a far away place where there is a dojo. They’ll train there, until he can come back and inherit Kazuma’s dojo. Now for all the couples:
Tohru and Kyo                                                               
Yuki and Machi
Kureno and Uo
Shigure and Akito!
Ritsu and Mitsuru (shigure’s editor!)
Hiro and Kisa
Rin and Haru                                                                                                                              Momiji and Kagura dont go with any1. ):                                                                                          and it shows that Hana is now working for Kazuma as like a cook/house-keeper. but they’re not really a couple.

Later in volume 23, it shows Yuki going off to college (they all graduated) and he gave his new apartment key to Machi.

In the last chapter, is shows Tohru and Kyo as an elderly couple, and their granddaughter. They have came back to Shigure’s house, and they probably did years before where they had a son!!! (it shows a picture in a fill-in-the-blank-sketch) The woman shown is Tohru and Kyo’s daughter-in-law, and others say its Yuki and Machi’s daughter bcoz she resembles them a bit. Basically Tohru and Kyo’s son married Yuki and Machi’s daughter and the end:)

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Fruits Basket Season 3 returned this week for a very beautiful and incredibly moving finale. The heartwarming closure in all character arcs gave the show a 9.18/10 rating, making this #1 on MyAnimeList, surpassing big names like Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and Attack on Titan – at least for now. In all my 12 years of watching anime, I’ve never seen a shojo be #1, so this is huge! Below, we break out the ending of Fruits Basket Season 3:

Fruits Basket Season 3 Ending Explained: Who Ends Up Together and Where are Our Main Characters Now?

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Apart from the main pairings, aka Kyo and Tohru, and Yuki and Machi, many other relationships have been confirmed, but let’s talk about the mains first:

Kyo and Tohru go on a date that Tohru’s best friends, Uotani and Hanajima decide to join as “chaperones.” Throughout, they keep teasing Kyo, but when they get the chance, they tell Kyo that they approve of the relationship, and ask him to take care of Tohru. Notably, cats aren’t drawn to Kyo anymore, a marked difference from the time he was cursed. This gives him mixed feelings.

Yuki is able to move on and follow his own dreams. He decides to go to college far away. He and Machi will have a long-distance relationship. In a very cute gesture, he gives her the keys to his new house, so that she can visit him. In a cheesy but heartwarming confession, Yuki tells Tohru that she feels like a mother to him, and thanks her for all she did for him, telling her he will miss her but hopes they will meet soon.

It seems that he and Kyo get on much better now, even though they would probably never admit that, and, Kyo was ok with him talking to Tohru, suggesting that he feels confident in their relationship. I'm so glad to see them finally on good terms - though I'll miss hearing Yuki's "baka neko" every week!

As Tohru and Kyo prepare to move out, we learn about the fates of all the other main characters: Arisa is still in a long-distance relationship with Kureno. In a call, she asks him about his new place and tells him to be prepared to welcome her, as she is going to him soon. It seems like Hanajima has started dating Kazuma – though Fruits Basket: Another reveals that this won’t last.

We know that Hatsuharu and Rin are now together for good. Momiji, while still in love with Tohru, is now willing to move on and find his own partner, while Kagura seems to still care for Kyo but doesn’t plan to act on it. It seems like she’s now close friends with Ritsu, who's dating Shigure’s editor, Mitsuru, but panics when asked about when they are getting married.

Hatori is now free to date Mayuko and proposes that they go on a beach holiday together, which strikes her as completely out of character for him. Ayame is still with his coworker, Mine, and keeps being his flamboyant self, already planning gifts for the young couples, while Shigure and Akito are also together, presumably happy.

In the very last scene, Kyo and Tohru’s granddaughter is looking for them, and it’s revealed that they are now an old couple, still very much in love.

Fruits Basket Season 3 Ending Explained: Can Akito Be Forgiven?

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In the last episode of Fruits Basket, most of the main characters prepare to say goodbye to Tohru and Kyo who are leaving to stay with a friend of Kazuma’s and work in his dojo.

When Shigure asks, however, Akito says that she won’t go. The excuse she gives is that she can visit Tohru whenever she wants anyway, to which Shigure teasingly replies: “you are so selfish.”

It’s implied that after failing to properly apologize, and understanding that an apology will never be enough, Akito is ashamed to be around the other zodiac members. Kureno already chose to remove himself so that Akito won’t have to live with guilt for what she did to him. While it’s good that Akito got a second chance in life, given how much she suffered at the hands of her mother and how she was forced to pretend her whole life, she’s still far from a good person.

She abused most former zodiac members and, as the anime frequently reminded us throughout, some scars stay, and healing is a slow process, meaning that Akito is probably right in thinking that her family members are better off if she keeps a distance for now.

Most of them seem willing to at least move on with their lives if not outright forgive her, but for Rin, one of the most horribly abused, this is harder: she calls out Hatsuharu and Momiji for moving on simple as that, explaining that she still feels messed up and will probably keep feeling that way.

Rin is still insecure, fearing that Hatsuharu will tire of her feeling that way, but he’s willing to support her throughout, and it seems that everyone will move on now that the circle of violence has been broken.

I’m never sure how to feel about Akito’s arc, truth be told. She did get away too easily, but at least this was acknowledged by characters such as Momiji and Shigure himself, an equally selfish, possessive person, who is happy dating Akito because they are so similar in their obsessive love. On the other hand, the ending is so wholesome that it really makes you want to believe that Akito changed for the best and deserves her second chance; what do you think?

Fruits Basket Season 3 Ending Explained: What Now?

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While there won’t be a second cour of Fruits Basket Season 4, or even a Fruits Basket Season 4, we do have some good news: manga fans might have noticed that the chapters focusing on Kyoko and Katsyua, Tohru’s parents, were missing. It looks like this was intentional, for good reason.

A Fruits Basket spinoff has been announced, possibly for 2022, and it will be a prequel telling the story of Tohru's parents, so we still have something to wait for

In the meantime, you will excuse me. I’ll be looking for anime like Fruits Basket to help cure my anime hangover.


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The sheer satisfaction of seeing everyone in Fruits Basket hug each other in 2021

The final season of the 2019 Fruits Basket reboot hasn’t held back on the overpowering emotion that marked the first two. The anime’s closing episodes have interrogated the series’ main conflict: the Sohma family curse. It’s been full of sweeping moments, and the aftermath of the climax beats them all. Those events aren’t exactly unprecedented, but the way they play out resonates deeply — not just in the show, but also as a 2021 experience.

[Ed. note: This post contains end spoilers forthe 2019 Fruits Basket.]

The anime is a reboot of the 2001 show, based on the manga series of the same name. Plucky orphan Tohru Honda becomes entangled with the mysterious Sohma family and discovers their dark secret: Certain individuals in the family are cursed to turn into animals of the Zodiac when hugged by a member of the opposite sex.

Image: TMS/8PAN/Funimation

When the curse is broken, naturally one of the first things many of the Zodiac members do is hug someone. Those aren’t just little hugs — the embraces symbolize more than just gaining access to intimacy. The Sohma family curse goes deeper than the transformations. While under its influence, the Zodiac members are also under the influence of domineering family head Akito, the “God” of the Zodiac. And whatever Akito says goes. This isn’t the curse’s most immediately obvious quirk, it’s a revelation Tohru discovers over the course of the show. In the last season, she learns more about why Akito abuses that power.

Despite what the majority of the family members believe, Akito is a woman, but because the role of “Zodiac God” has been traditionally male, she’s been forced to assume the identity of a man for her entire life. She’s also been told that the only thing special about her are the Zodiac bonds and her role within them, and that without them, no one would care for her. She is deeply lonely, as much a victim of this curse as the Zodiac animals are, though that doesn’t necessarily excuse the manipulative way she wields her power over them.

She wants to be the primary factor in all their lives, which gives the magical turning-into-animals curse a more symbolic edge. It isn’t just a physical quirk, it’s a metaphor for the way the Sohmas can never become emotionally close to others, as long as Akito has an overwhelming hold over them. The few who have managed to splitfrom the curse on their own were able to love something or someone more than they feared Akito’s hold over them. The other characters with romantic arcs who haven’t been able to remove the curse do still value their respective partners — it’s just that it’s damn hard to cut yourself off from an abusive cycle when it’s all you’ve ever known.

Akito is the one who chooses to break the cycle that has trapped the Sohma family for generations. After meeting Tohru, who does not turn her away and instead shows her more kindness than anyone has before, Akito realizes just how damaging the family’s bonds have become. That doesn’t excuse her shitty actions — like pushing one of the Zodiac members out of a window for daring to date someone — but it does mark the first active step for her to repent. The curse shatters for all the remaining members at the same time, and they’re left confused by the complex feelings that flood them.

And their first instinct is to hug.

Image: TMS/8PAN/Funimation

Their relationship with Akito has been toxic and traumatic, but also all they’ve ever known as their primary source of connection, and they lose it suddenly and completely. After they parse through the complicated emotions, many of them immediately just hug the person in their lives that they could not before.

Granted, we don’t see Kyo, the Cat of the Zodiac, turn to Tohru after the curse falls apart, as he’d already decided to throw caution to the wind and embrace her, even before the curse ended. But still, he chose her. For the others, the deliberate decision to embrace their loved ones in the wake of the aftermath is more evident. Dressmaker Ayame immediately embraces his devoted seamstress Mine, saying he can finally love her fully. The Rat of the Zodiac, mild-mannered Yuki, hugs his crush and fellow student-council member Machi. Even broody Hatsuharu and stubborn Rin — who don’t turn into animals when they embrace, since they’re both Zodiac members — choose each other for that first post-curse hug, after Hatsuharu remarks that the curse breaking is lonelier than he expected.

So many of these characters spent almost 60 episodes being unable to hold each other, which makes this moment incredibly satisfying. The action of hugging is specifically hard-hitting, because unlike kissing, it isn’t primarily known as a romantic gesture. The Fruits Basket characters haven’t just been isolated from prospective significant others, but from friends and family members as well. Now that the curse is broken, they’re finally able to express their emotional ties to all sorts of people outside the family — and all those relationships are important, not just the romantic ones.

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And while it’s become cliché to respond to every single piece about media as a commentary on the global pandemic, this climax is still a pretty poignant reflection about the world we live in. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, watching people in movies and TV shows wander through crowds and embrace each other was surreal. But keeping up with Fruits Basket — where hugging literally just could not happen — became a strange fictionalization on reality. The curse is broken now, and the characters can finally, at long last, take each other into their arms — just as vaccinations have allowed some of us to finally hang onto our own loved ones in person.

Sometimes a hug is just a physical action. Sometimes it’s an expression of affection. Sometimes a hug is a deeply symbolic expression of finally being able to allow someone into your life and love them back. Sometimes a hug is a reunion, a physical manifestation of what it feels like to come home after being lonely for so long. Whatever a hug is in 2021, Fruits Basket really nailed it.

All three seasons of Fruits Basket (2019) are available to stream on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

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Fruits Basket's Ending Has One Big Weakness: Heteronormativity

The otherwise satisfying conclusion to Fruits Basket has one major flaw: almost everything ends in the most heteronormative way possible.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Fruits Basket: The Final Season Episode 13, "See You Again Soon," now streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

The ending of Fruits Basket is a heartwarming happily-ever-after: everyone's doing better after the curse has broken, most of the Sohmas find romantic partners and Tohru and Kyo grow old and have grandchildren together. For the most part, it's extremely satisfying, but there is one big flaw in the anime and manga's conclusions: almost everything ends in the most heteronormative way possible.

Fruits Basket has plenty of bisexual and/or gender non-conforming characters, but with only a couple of arguable exceptions, all of these characters end up in straight-passing relationships and/or start conforming to the traditional roles of their assigned gender at birth.

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To be clear, this is not about judging or invalidating the many bisexual people who do end up in straight-passing relationships. This is simply pointing out the trend that, while many Fruits Basket characters have expressed explicit or implicit attraction to people of multiple genders, every single canon endgame pairing in the show is between a man and a woman. Hatsuharu's first love was Yuki, but he ends up with Rin. Any potential chemistry between Yuki and Kakeru was ultimately abandoned once the Yuki/Machi romance started developing. Even Hana, who had no explicit romantic subplots and was very easy to read as sapphic, is ultimately paired up with a man according to the Fruits Basket Another sequel manga.

That all these explicit or implicit homoromantic subplots came and went while the characters were in high school lines up with general trends in anime and manga to treat high school as a time where teenagers are free to experiment before ultimately ending up in heteronormative relationships. The one major exception to this trend is Ayame. While he also ends up with a woman, he still proudly expresses his attraction to all genders as an adult, making him feel more like genuine bi representation rather than treating bisexuality as a phase. Ayame is also the only one of Fruit Basket's four significant gender non-conforming characters to keep his androgynous presentation consistent throughout the series.

The other potential bright spot for queer inclusivity in the series finale is when Momiji notes that he's looking for a "significant other" without specifying any gender. While Fruits Basket Another confirms that Momiji ultimately married a woman, at least as far as the anime is concerned, this line opens up the possibility that Momiji might still be willing to explore his sexuality after high school and not as a "phase." Momiji's gender presentation has become more masculine since his growth spurt, but this was built up naturally (his plan was always to crossdress as a kid and wear men's clothes as an adult), and his expression of masculinity still makes plenty of room for softness and cuteness.

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As for the other two formerly gender non-conforming Sohmas, it's a positive thing that Akito is finally able to express her femininity after being forced into a masculine presentation by her family for so long. Ritsu's ending, however, is what pushes Fruits Basket too far towards cis-hetero gender-normativity. One of Ritsu's big defining traits was that crossdressing was one of the few things that calmed his extreme anxiety. Ritsu cutting his hair and giving all of his womens' kimonos to Kagura in the finale might have been meant to say he doesn't need this coping strategy anymore, but Ritsu's arc is so poorly developed over his minimal screentime that this doesn't come across strongly. In combination with the other stories, it plays as the most problematic example of Fruits Basket treating gender conformity as akin to growth.

In a way, the very premise of Fruits Basket is going to prize heteronormative relationships above all others: the curse prevented the afflicted from hugging the opposite sex, so inevitably opposite-sex attractions were going to be the biggest source of drama. However, there still could have been plenty of drama to be found with a more explicitly queer Sohma storyline. Momiji's issues with his mother and sister, for instance, made for some of the most affecting drama in the series without being tied to romance at all, so there's no reason we couldn't have had a Sohma with a committed same-sex partner struggling with similar curse-related issues. It's important to remember that the Fruits Basket manga is ultimately a product of its time, and the recently-concluded anime faithfully adapted the source material without really modernizing it.

All episodes of Fruits Basket are now available to stream subtitled on Crunchyroll and dubbed on Funimation.

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