Tohru Honda is a compassionate girl who is down on her luck. Her mother having recently died, she has been forced to camp out in the woods for shelter. However, things start to turn around once she is invited to live with class hunk Yuki Sohma and his family... but all is not as it seems! Yuki's family is burdened with a dark curse which causes them to turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac once hugged by a member of the opposite sex... and Honda may be the only one who can help them.
Thesupernatural transformations reminded me of the zodiac transfromations. The stroy lines are different but the romance theme of loving someone for who they are even if they hate themselves is there.
While the heroine for each show are quite different, the setting and cast of excentric personalities with supernatural afflictions are very reminiscent of each other. They also share an underlying story of healing from warped childhoods through love and friendship.
Kagome is a normal high school girl who falls into a well, transporting her back in time to the feudal era. Upon her arrival to this world, she mercifully unleashes Inuyasha, a half demon. As if this isn't enough, she also discovers that she is the bearer of the Shikon no Tama, a jewel of great spiritual power, a jewel which has just shattered into a million shards. Now, along with Miroku the priest, Sango the demon hunter, and Shippou the mischievious fox-demon, they must set out to find the Shikon shards and defeat the evils of the demon Naraku.
Both Inuyasha and Fruits Basket have a girl as a main character and are liked by more than one guy. The main characters also end up with the guy that does not usually show that they like her very outwardly.
Both anime are about a girl that finds out about a boy's secret, and that needs to keep it with her life. Both girls will love the boys with their lifes. And the boys all have issues in love showing affairs.
At least that's how I see it..the animes are two worlds apart, but with slight touching resemblemses.
Kotoko Aihara has always been in love with Naoki Irie; he’s tall, handsome, and rumored to be the most intelligent student in Japan – who wouldn’t be? Only one thing stands in the way of a relationship with Irie: Kotoko is ditzy and is at the bottom set of her school, and Irie-kun hates nothing more than ditzy, stupid girls. When disaster strikes and Kotoko is forced to move in with Irie-kun’s family, she suddenly sees her chance to bridge the gap. After all, even cool, super-intelligent guys must have a soft spot, right?
Both Itazura na Kiss and Fruits Basket start with a girl who has to move in with a guy because of extreme circumstances. The female lead in each is just a normal girl with a good heart. Both anime have a warm and fuzzy romantic style with lots of comedy.
While Fruits Basket is a more "no-kissing" anime, bot Itazura Na kiss and Fruits Basket give off a "light n happy" fuzzy-sort-of feeling while watching. Both of the main characters are sort of air headed, but both very lovable. Though Itazura Na kiss is more to the point. If you loved Fruits Basket and want an anime tha gives the same feeling (with a bit more happening!), then Itazura Na Kiss is the one!
Karin is a vampire, but as fate would have it she is a freak among her own kind; for Karin doesn’t drink the blood of her counterparts – she is cursed to be a blood maker, forcing her to inject her extra blood into her victims. What’s worse is that if she doesn’t find an outlet for the blood in time, it explodes in a massive nose bleed of impressive volume. In Karin's twisted day-going state, she finds it nearly impossible to find safe victims; so, nose bleeds are a major problem. When transfer student and new classmate Usui Kenta proves to have exactly the kind of emotions her vampire nature most enjoys, she finds herself in comedic dire straights!
Having a secret to hide from the world, both Fruits Basket and Karin explore the relationship behind one who finds out the truth. Throw in your general comedy and interesting families, and a decent storyline and you've got a match. Well worth watching.
Fruits Basket and Karin both deal with families and their magical secrets, and dealing with outsiders that stumble upon them. Both families also have access to magical memory removal, and so they touch on themes of memory as identity. Karin leans more in a shonen direction and deals with sexuality (metaphorically), while Fruits Basket is strongly shoujo and generally platonic about relationships.
Hino Kahoko is a sophomore at a high school which caters to both general students, and the musically elite. On the first day of class, Hino meets a fairy named Lili and is entrusted with a magical violin; this violin has the ability to express the music in someone’s heart, even if they do not possess the talent for playing the instrument. With the violin in her care, Hino must now compete in a musical competition, but the guilt of not having true musical talent consumes her. Lili’s dream is to bring happiness to people with music, but Hino isn’t sure she has what it takes to be the one to do it. Can Hino perservere, or will she abandon Lili’s dream?
Both of these animes feature a female character that changes the lives of male characters around her through her own example and personality. These animes are also about potential romance that will set your heart fluttering, but never quite resolve it.
In both anime theres a strong female character who isn't afraid to learn more about others and be friendly. They both have a somewhat bittersweet feeling that wretches your heart just a little but they also both contain those loving moments that shine.