Shojo on the Beat – Series of the Week

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the lives lost in the Kyoto Animation tragedy. I’m sickened and heartbroken and the world seems broken more and more everyday. If there are Gods out there I hope they’ll grant the victims and their families and friends the peace and healing to get through this.

I’ve always been a voracious reader so I guess it comes to no surprise that my room is/was stocked with books. My best memories are going to the thrift stores with my mother and finding piles of Fear Street for 10 cents and buying them up to devour them and lovingly and painstakingly stack them in order on my bookcase. I guess it would also come to nobody’s surprise that in exchange for chores I had one request, one book a week. In me and sisters’ cases that meant one manga a week.

Since we were young we loved anime and manga. We would watch Sailor Moon with our mom before school and our parents even enrolled me and my sister Paige in the fanclub. Of course when we got older it just grew and the manifestion of weeb daughters running the house took over.

It is completely their own fault.

That being said let’s give it up for the series of the week

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

My complete obsession with this manga has no bounds. I have not read it in so long and a re-read is definitely in order and no, I have not seen the anime but I have heard they remade it and I do need to watch that!


Fruits Basket tells the story of Tohru Honda, an orphan girl who, after meeting Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Soma, learns that twelve members of the Soma 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, stressed, or when they are embraced by anyone of the opposite sex that is not possessed by a zodiacal spirit. As the series progresses, Tohru learns of the hardships and pain faced by the afflicted Somas, and through her own generous and loving nature, helps heal their emotional wounds. As she learns more about Yuki, Kyo, and the rest of the mysterious Soma family, Tohru also learns more about herself and how much others care for her.

I won’t get into all the characters because there are so many but my absolute fave is Ayame and yes, he is the year of the snake just like me. He is also a flamboyant idiot just like me.

This series is hilarious, heartbreaking, and leaves a strong impression on you. I read this in high school so I’m not sure how it will be on my re-read but the memories it left on me still hold up on me to this day and that’s always a fantastic feeling.

please click the pic to add fruits basket to your next manga/series read!!

2 thoughts on “Shojo on the Beat – Series of the Week

  1. Truly sad what happened at the Kyoto Animation studio. I cannot imagine how their friends and family feel, but I wish them the best in these hard times.😔

    I haven’t read Fruits Basket but I remember you would not shut up about it, ahaha. Maybe one day I’ll read it.


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