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?
As a baby, Yusura was abandoned under a cherry tree along with a mysterious blue staff known as Kongoumaru. Now, Yusura is fifteen-years-old and works as a 'Hikeshiya.' Using Kongoumaru, she can absorb people's sorrow and send it back those who caused it - for a price. With the help of cheerful Minekichi, a young samurai named Samon and a ninja named Kazenosuke, Yusura helps alleviate the sadness of the world; but what she really wants is to discover the identity of her real parents and find out the origin of Kongoumaru.
OK, so although the genres of these two are quite different (Appare being a historical/fantasy romp and Fruits a supernatural/school romance) both these titles are pretty funny and self depreciating! Also each heroine has that can-do-attitude and is surrounded by a group of hot but dim bishies. What more could a shoujo fan want?
Barajou no Kiss has less humor than Fruits Basket, but both are amusing reverse harem series with beautiful bishies and an interesting story. Fruits Basket is my favorite of the two, but fans of one may enjoy the other.
Yuiko loves animals, but given the overly-aggressive way she tries to show her love for them, they always run away. One day Yuiko meets a strange boy named Leo who seems to be more beast than human; his fierce eyes frighten everyone away, and he harbors a dark secret: when he's threatened or sees blood, Leo loses control and behaves like a wild animal. Can Yuiko tame this wild beast, or will he run just like all the other animals she loves?
The relationship between Kyo and Tohru remind me a bit of Yuiko and Leo. The characters are different, but both Leo and Kyo have a monstrous side that they are ashamed of, and the female lead wants to protect them. Also, Shagure and Leo's guardian act similarly in their humor. Both mangas have romance and comedy, so I just think that if you like one you will like the other.
Both have loveable and interesting characters with both a quite beautiful and captivating design. Starts off alittle more darker than Fruits basket but eventually melts your heart with the main character's charms. Has both comical and serious moments that leave you wanting more just as fruits basket does.
When Fumino Kaji’s parents died, she and her young brother, Teppei, were ferried from relative to relative. One day when they're finally fed up of being passed around, the pair decide to run away from home. Alone in the world, help arrives from the most unexpected source, Fumino's English teacher, Kazuma, who offers to take them in. Not believing that he means to commit to the idea, Fumino jokingly agrees to the idea but only if he will take her in as his wife and much to her surprise he agrees! Now the three live together with Fumino and Kazuma acting as man and wife in name only, but after falling for each other, the pair must try to act normally at school to ensure that no one discovers their secret.
Both stories are about a young girl who has lost both of her parents and ends up living with someone else, and the girl has to keep some things secret from others. Both have comedy and romance.