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?


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.


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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