Fruits Basket

Season 1 Episode 17

It's Because I've Been Loved That I've Become Stronger

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 25, 2001 on
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Episode Summary

Hatsuharu introduces a new Sohma to Tohru. It's a tiger cub named Kisa! But when Tohru reaches out to her, Kisa bites her! Can Tohru befriend this wild yet timid girl?

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  • grrr!

    yay we meet the tiger! and what a cute tiger she is!! i felt so bad for her, being picked on just cuz of the way she looks! what butt holes! of course torhu helped her as i knew she would. a sohma of the zodiac has a problem and torhu always manages to help. which isnt bad, its sweet which is why i rated a ten, but still i want some new stuff every now and then. like the one about momijis life was good, cuz in the end it wasnt all happily ever after like this one... not that this one was! oh i dont know what im saying it was great even if it was predictable. i hope we see kisa again though, just to see how much she changedmoreless
  • The debut of my favorite character in the show and of all time, Kisa Sohma (a.k.a. Satchan)!

    Pros: Satchan, Satchan, Satchan!

    Cons: "Sissy"?

    Oh, how I adore Satchan! I wish I had a little sister like her. Lucky Tohru. Gets to hug her. If I'd hug her, she'd turn into a tiger. Oh, right. The review. Sorry. Ahem.

    This is one of the few times in which we see a Zodiac member first appear in his/her animal form (one example would be Ayame (whose name is mispronounced in the dub)). And what a cute kitty - oops, I mean tiger Kisa is!

    Like most of the episodes of Furuba, this episode has its funny moments (Satchan biting people) and its emo moments (everything else). I can handle all the emo stuff; that's stuff is to be expected in an episode of "Furuba".

    The only thing that bugs me is that in the English dub is that Satchan refers Tohru as "sissy". In the original Japanese version, she calls Tohru "onee-chan", which is how one refers to big sisters or big-sister-like people. I know "sissy" is meant to be like a playful name of the word "sister", but we all know that when someone calls you a "sissy", then it's an insult.

    "Sissy" aside, this episode made me ever so happy that I was born in the year of the Tiger!

    How many times have I said Kisa's name?moreless
  • Introducing Kisa!

    While in the rain.Tohru and Yuki were waiting till the rain would stopped.When they found Haru running without an jacket and hiding something......which is an little tiger aka Kisa Sohma.An sohma member altough she has an problem that the students never gets along with her.Also her mother was reaching to an breaking point of forgetting her.The others must help Kisa,to speak again.Yeah and Kisa liked Tohru as an sister.
  • In this episode, a new Sohma is introduced! Kisa, year of the tiger! But the problem is she won't speak because of her life at school.

    I thought this episode was amazingly well written. Things that can actually happen and people don't realize what it can lead to. Kisa was ruined because those kids felt she was different. I loved what Yuki tells her and what he says at the very end of the episode. It's life changing! I also really liked how because he helped Kisa, he helped his own life in a really big way. He decided to go against his own fears and try change. This episode made me want to be a different person, no matter how strange that may really did.moreless
Kyle Hebert

Kyle Hebert


Guest Star

Laurie Steele

Laurie Steele

Homeroom Teacher

Guest Star

Kasey Buckley

Kasey Buckley

Additional Voices

Guest Star

Justin Cook

Justin Cook

Hatsuharu Sohma

Recurring Role

Kate Bristol

Kate Bristol

Kisa Sohma

Recurring Role

Cynthia Cranz

Cynthia Cranz

Kisa's Mother

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Hatsuharu: Yuki, I'm going to go back to Shigure's house with you after school. I have to deliver something.
      Yuki: What is it?
      Hatsuharu: A letter. From Kisa's homeroom teacher. It just came. We'll probably want to gag when we read it.

    • Tohru: Here we are and the winner is, for dinner tonight...stewed leeks.
      Kyo: What is this? You trying to kill me or something?
      Tohru: Huh? Uh no! Not at all. I'm sorry I didn't mean for this to happen it's just the way it worked out. I don't know, I...
      Kyo: Forget it, just go make it the best you can.
      Tohru: Oh, okay. I'll try.
      Shigure: Having a lovers' spat over such a silly little thing.
      Kyo: What? We are not!
      (Tohru and Kisa laugh)
      Shigure: I'm sorry. Did I say that out loud?

    • Haru: I guess that's just another part of the zodiac curse for those of us with different colored hair. I used to get made fun of a lot. Yuki: Yes, but whenever the other kids tried to pick on you, you would go black on them and chase them around the schoolyard. Haru: It's better than Kyo! He would actually beat them half to death.

    • Kyo: OK, forget I asked. So, where is she? (Kisa)
      Shigure: She's clinging to Tohru.

    • Hatsuharu: I was looking for her.
      (Shows Yuki and Tohru a Tiger cub)
      Tohru: What a cute little cat!
      Yuki: (Thinks) I knew she would say that.

    • Yuki: (thinking) I'm not sure why I've decided to do this. I'm not any stronger than I was, and nothing else has changed. But all the same, this time I'm not going to run away. It's okay to feel weak sometimes. It's okay to be afraid. The important thing is that we face our fears. That's...that's what makes us strong.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Apparently, several Sohmas have a history of being teased because of their unusual hair and eye color. Although in modern Japan, many young folks don't wear their natural hair color anymore.

    • Japanese writers/directors not included with the cast listing here:
      Storyboards: Harumi Tamane
      Director: Yoshito Hata