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The title of "Fruits Basket" seems to imply that there is some basket with fruits in it which is somehow relevant to the story. However, I imagine that a story about a literal basket of fruits would not be very interesting.

What is the significance of the title? Is it referencing a literal basket of fruits or is it symbolizing something else?

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The Fruits Basket is a game where a player is assigned to one fruit (any fruit as long as it is a fruit). Tohru was assigned by her friends to be the onigiri (rice ball, which obviously isn't a fruit), so she was left sitting alone because onigiri won't be called since onigiri isn't a fruit. It is also a metaphor on how Tohru can't belong to the Souma family as an onigiri won't belong to a Fruits Basket. Reference here.

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The fruits basket is metaphorical, not literal. It represents how Tohru feels like an outsider in her family, at school and with the Sohmas, in the same way that an onigiri doesn't belong in a fruits basket. In the manga, she is often represented as an onigiri.

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The fruits basket as a whole both anime and manga, I believe helps up understand what true kindness is. Happiness is kindness, no matter how alone you feel in this world... you never are. It shows us that if there is darkness everywhere, there is always a light at the end. To look and find it, even if your a plain onigri as tohru mention before there is always a plum behind you hidden. So my point in all this is, true kindness is true happiness. Atleast this is what I took away from both watching and reading this manga. It is a wonderful meaning to life and it's hardship.

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    This doesn't answer the question. the question is asking about the meaning of the words "Fruits Basket" for the title in relation to the series. reading your answer i seems as if you explaining the meaning of the series regardless of the title – Memor-X Dec 20 '17 at 2:58
  • Welcome to Anime & Manga. I'm afraid you misunderstood the question as "What is the meaning of the story of Fruit Basket" instead of "the phrase Fruit Basket". You still could edit your answer to fix it, otherwise this might be deleted since it doesn't answer the question. – Aki Tanaka Dec 20 '17 at 5:50

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