Fruits Basket

Season 1 Episode 1

The Strangest Day

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jul 05, 2001 on



  • Trivia

    • Shigure worked hard on the Zodiac stones, yet the stones are never seen again in the anime series and the manga doesn't mention them either.

  • Quotes

    • Shigure: If we eat out like this all the time, I'm going to have to buy a bigger robe.
      Yuki: Well then, why don't you do the cooking?
      Shigure: Why? Every time I make dinner you complain.
      Yuki: Pickled radish and curry is not dinner. It's disgusting.

    • Yuki: (about Tohru) It's amazing... She always seemed so cheerful at school. You'd never guess she's been suffering like this for so long... When I was young, there were many times I wanted to run away from Sohma House. I never did, I could always find some rationalization to stay. The fact of the matter is, I just wasn't strong enough, or I could've left. I could've lived in the woods by myself in a tent. I could've done what she did. (sigh)
      Shigure: You can call it amazing. But I don't think the word does it justice.
      Yuki: No. No, it doesn't.

    • Kyo: (to Yuki) That's right. You better get your tough talk out of the way while you can cause I'm about to wipe that stupid little smirk right off your face!
      Tohru: Wait, stop! Don't fight!
      (Tohru trips and lands on Kyo; a puff of pink smoke appears.)
      Shigure: Yuki, what were all those crashing sounds I just heard? Kyo's not here, is he?
      Tohru: I'm so sorry! Are you alright? I... (Kyo is revealed as a cat) I turned him into a cat! I'm so sorry! I don't know how it happened, but we're going to help you, okay?!
      Shigure: Uh, excuse me...
      Tohru: Hurry, we need to get him to a doctor right away!

    • (Tohru enters her tent.)
      Tohru: Hi mom. I'm home. But I can't sleep yet. I still have a paper to write. I'm just going to go down to the stream and wash up a little OK?
      (Tohru steps out of the tent, Yuki and Shigure stare at her from behind some bushes. Shigure bursts out laughing.)
      Yuki: Shigure, don't you think you're overdoing it?

    • Yuki: I know the place is dirty. And I realize the idea of living with two strange boys might seem a little awkward. But there is an extra room up stairs, you're welcome to stay there if you like.
      Tohru: No, no, no; Out of the question.
      Yuki: We're not that strange.
      Tohru: No, I didn't mean it like that.

    • Shigure: The woods aren't too safe. You've got wild animals, landslides, the occasional weirdo prowling around...

    • Shigure: Hmm... there was another landslide.
      Tohru: What?!
      Yuki: Was it close?
      Shigure: Close to the te- (sings cheerfully) I mean not at all!

    • The Prince Yuki Fan Club Official Cheer
      LA LA LA LOVE!
      LA LA LA LOVE!

    • (Funimation sub)
      (Tohru feels faint.)
      Yuki: She has a fever.
      Shigure: Let's see. (searching around) Ice, Ice.
      (Shigure slides a door open and sees a huge pile of garbage bags.)
      Tohru: It's the Sea of Corruption.
      Shigure: That's a good analogy.

    • (Kyoko explains the story of the Chinese Zodiac. Tohru cries.)
      Kyoko: Hey, why are you crying?
      Young Tohru: Because that… poor cat… he must be so lonely. I know! I won't be a Dog any more, I'll be a Cat too!

    • Shigure: You must be tired, it's a lot to happen in one day.
      Tohru: Mmhmm.. I lost my home again.
      Shigure: Are you alright?
      Tohru: Yes.. it's sad, but.. not as sad as other things.
      Shigure: Like what?
      Tohru: Like not telling mom "be safe" on the day she died. I said that every morning, "bye be safe." Except that day.. I didn't say it. I had a test so I stayed up studying almost the whole night. When it was time for mom to go to work, I didn't wake up, I couldn't tell her "be safe" and.. she never came home.

    • [English Sub]
      Shigure: You were born in the Year of the Dog. I knew there was something I liked about you, I mean, aside from your pretty fa- (face)
      (Yuki arrives, whacking Shigure with his bookbag.)
      Yuki: Please forgive my cousin, Miss Honda. He's a bit of a flirt but he's harmless. In general it's usually best to ignore him.
      (Tohru is stunned from seeing Prince Yuki and talks to herself excitedly. Meanwhile,)
      Shigure: Ow, what do you have in that bag? A dictionary?
      Yuki: Two of them.

  • Notes

    • Meredith Mauldin (Kagura, other voices) is credited as Meredith McCoy for the series.

    • Finally on TV
      On September 4, 2006, Funimation started broadcasting Fruits Basket on their anime block on Colours TV at 8:30pm. This marks the first time Fruits Basket has been shown on cable television in the US, although it was a local service.

    • DVD Volume 1 Easter Egg
      See goofy outtakes from the voice actors.
      In the Extras menu, highlight the Character Profile option.
      Then press: left, down, right, up, left, enter

      According to Laura, there's supposedly one where a box falls on a voice actor (Monica Rial?) and she swears ;)

    • Character names
      Tohru is a popular boy's name.
      Kyo translates to "today".
      Yuki translates to "snow".

    • Editor's Note: The Japanese main cast will be checkboxed in episode 11. All other episodes will feature the American voice actors in the cast list.

      The Japanese writer/director credits will be listed where possible. Some writers/directors are not in the directory yet ,so rather than create a bunch of Japanese empty person guides, some of them will be added here as Notes.

    • Throughout the series, there are some pictures called Eyecatches that are used to cut in between different scenes and for the commercial breakaways. Each of these are unique and some feature the characters as iconifications of themselves.

      Tohru, for example, is shown as being a rice ball.

      The Sohmas are shown as their animal counterparts.

      Uotani's nickname is Uo, which is Japanese for Fish.

      Hanajima's nickname is Hana, which Japanese for "flower". She's shown as a flower with an evil grin.

  • Allusions

    • The Zodiac stones that Shigure had set out to dry are considered an old custom among the Japanese.

    • Chinese Zodiac as Kyoko explains it
      Kyoko: A long, long time ago, God decided to invite all the animals to a banquet. He sent out word for all of them to come to his house the following evening and don't be late! When the mischievous rat heard the news, he decided to play a trick on his neighbor, the cat. He told the cat that the party was the day after tomorrow. The very next day, all the animals lined up for the celebration. And the rat led the way, riding all the way there on the back of the cow. Everyone had a wonderful time. Except for the cat that was fooled, who missed the whole thing.

      The order in which the animals arrive dictates their place in the zodiac. So the rat is first, and the pig is last. It can also be argued (which the series doesn't) that the Tiger is a cat. But the regular house cat (Chinese: mao, Japanese: Neko) isn't in the zodiac. In the Vietnamese version, the house cat does exist as a zodiac member; it replaces the rabbit.