Tohru Honda might just be the unluckiest girl around. After a series of unfortunate events Tohru has no place to call home - that is, until the wealthy yet cursed Sohma family offer to take her in, in exchange for performing the household chores. However, soon Tohru discovers that there's much more to the Sohma family than meets the eye. Though shocked and surprised, Tohru promises to keep their secrets; but will the Sohma family approve of an outsider knowing who they really are?
These two manga's have got a similar art style (probably due to the fact they are from the same author). The main characters in each of have very similar personality traits and are in similar circumstances. These main female leads also are both surrounded by a strong male cast, of which similarities can be seen as similar between the two manga's, e.g. why they are in the household they live in, romance to a mysterious man and others.
If you like this Fruits Basket, you will definatly enjoy Hoshi wa Utau. The art is the same (seeing as its the same person) but I didnt have any problems keeping the stories seperate. Sometimes, authors tend to have overlapping storeis or characters across their mangas, so I was a little concerned when I first started.
I love Fruits Basket. Its my all-time, non-replaceable favorite manga. Its well written, well drawn, and inspirational (to me at leat).
Both mangas have characters you fall in love with, plots that keep you interested, and themes-upon themes-upon themes.
Sawako Kuronuma is just like any other high school girl who wants to make friends and be useful. The only problem is she bears a worrying resemblance to Sadako from 'The Ring!' Because of her reputation, people are not only terrified of her, but small dogs even bark in fear at her presence; in fact, the only person in school who will talk to her is the lively class hottie, Kazehaya. As the pair spends more time together, Kazehaya slowly begins to bring Sawako out of her shell and soon their feelings for each other develop further. Though with her crippling insecurities, lack of social skills, and a series of cruel rumors and misunderstandings, it seems that Sawako's dream of a normal life won’t be quite so easy to obtain.
In both of theses series, there is a very sweet and innocent female protaganist who really brings a refreshing look on relationships and what it means to kind. This innocent kindness really sucks the reader into the character, which creates a very addictive story.
The lifestyles both heroines lead in Kimi ni Todoke and Fruits Basket are similar. They are trying to find a way to successfully fit in with the people around them. For Tohru (Fruits Basket), she already has the winning personality and can easily make friends but she has to put that to good use to help the people around her. Sadako (Kimi ni Todoke) desperatly wants to make friends with the people around her but everyone things she is scary, she goes out of her way to try and help everyone to gain their friendship. Both girls are naive and beyond nice.
The protagonists in Aishiteruze Baby and Fruits Basket both have the happy go lucky feeling about them bringing sunshine wherever they happen to be.Although the message in Fruits Basket takes a little more serious note and Aisiteruze Baby plays on a realistic sense of occurrence, both series deal with the hero trying to protect what matters to him.
Misaki Suzuhara is a young girl who traveled to Tokyo to live with a relative, but ended up becoming involved in the greatest game of all time: Angelic Layer! In this fast-paced competition, players customize dolls and fight them in arenas of all sizes, hoping to gain experience and perhaps win the greatest tournament of them all! With new friends to meet and new enemies to defeat, the best time of Misaki's life seems to be just beginning. Join Misaki as she struggles to be the best, even in the face of overwhelming odds.
Both Fruits Basket and Angelic Layer are geared towards a younger type of audience, however, there are some deep emotional connections and issues that the characters have to deal with in both. Each of the series takes on a more mature approach to a kids perspective on life and how they are able to grow from experiences they have had to deal with. Both of the main heroines have a very kind and nurturing personality always surrounded by lots of other people and trying to take care of everyone else.