YMMV / Fruits Basket

  • Die for Our Ship: Oh, Tohru, Kyo and Rin too...
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: How some people feel Akito's resolution was handled. Who needs therapy when forgiveness from somebody you hated was enough to undo your decades of psychological issues?
  • Gateway Series: The original Tokyopop US publication is generally considered to have sparked the Western shoujo manga boom of the early 2000s.
  • Informed Wrongness: Rin is the only one who couldn't forgive Akito for her actions, and even she feels guilt over it. Rin has every reason to despise Akito since she knocked her out of a two story window, an act known to kill the less lucky.
  • It Was His Sled: Considering how well-known the series is, especially with shoujo fans, most people enter it with the knowledge that Akito is a woman.
    • And now that it's over, there's also that Tohru ends up with Kyo.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Shigure. In the manga he spent a very very long time manipulating and screwing people around trying to ensure that at the end of it all, he ended up with Akito. And he really wasn't nice about it. At ALL.
  • Moe: In the anime at least, Tohru. In spades.
    • Kisa!
    • Tsundere/Yandere or not, Kagura is pretty cute herself. Tsundere and Yandere are Moe archetypes after all, so Kagura could be doubly Moe.
    • Hiro as well, at least in terms of looks.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Rin's parents disowning her, while she's in the hospital no less!
    • Though Ren is far from ever being liked, learning that she threatened abortion of her child if it was a girl unless her husband agreed to raise her as a boy, pushed her past the point of no return.
      • Many fans find it especially despicable of her that she talks of how she only ever would love Akira but then so casually slept with Shigure in order to hurt her daughter.
    • While Akito Kicking the Dog is just a day that ends in "Y" for him, he crossed it when he half-blinded Hattori and then guilt-tripped his girlfriend over the incident, forcing her to leave him.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Many revelations about the characters and curse, such as Akito being a woman, the curse having been breaking by itself for a while, and Kyo being there when Kyoko died makes re-reading the whole manga series that much more rich and layered, since these were all expertly foreshadowed from the beginning.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Despite their limited interaction, Momiji and Kagura are regularly paired together, mostly due to them being the only main characters that didn't get a love interest in the end.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Some fans find Tohru to be this, though usually more in the anime.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Who wasn't disappointed to learn that the one born in the Year of the Dragon transformed into a seahorse instead?
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Akito. While her childhood was understandably horrible, it's hard to feel sorry for her when she spent most of the series acting like a violent sociopath. She put Kisa and Rin in the hospital, Mind Raped Yuki, half-blinded Hatori and ruined his relationship with his fiance, planned on locking Kyo away for life once he turned into an adult, and tried to kill him and Tohru during a Villainous Breakdown.
  • Values Dissonance: Katsuya's conservative, proper family objects to his marrying Kyoko, not because she was a middle school-aged girl at the time (13-15) while he was very recently a student teacher at her school (in his early twenties), but because she had been a delinquent. Granted, they are his family rather than hers, and that last one could be a point of contention for anyone, but still... Americans tend to frown more on disparities between age and power dynamics (adult/minor, teacher/student, etc) than social standing as the Japanese.
  • The Woobie: Everyone. Let's count the ways:
    • For straight examples, you have Tohru, Momiji, Kisa...
    • Jerkass Woobie: Kyo is abrasive and rather inconsiderate, but considering how he was brought up, can you blame him for how he turned out?
      • Akito, of all people, turned to be the big placeholder for this.
    • Stoic Woobie: Hatori.

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