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Episode 173 – Fruits Basket Part One

We’re talking about the first half of Fruits Basket, Natsuki Takaya’s hit manga (and the first anime series) about the kindest girl you’ll ever meet.

Are you ready to cry? We’re talking about the first half of Fruits Basket, Natsuki Takaya’s hit manga (and the first anime series) about the kindest girl you’ll ever meet and a bunch of rowdy, cursed people who turn into the animals of the zodiac when hugged by a person of a different gender. As you might have guessed, this whole thing smacks of gender, but we’re also talking about radical compassion and the strength of feminine-coded traits.

Some Sources You Might Find Interesting:

2-D Boys, 3-D Desires: A Critical Fan’s Primer to Romance, Sexuality & Gender in Shoujo Manga, Anime & Otome Video Games by Katherine M. Randazzo

Girls Return Home: Portrayal of Femininity in Popular Japanese Girls’ Manga and Anime Texts during the 1990s in Hana yori Dango and Fruits Basket by Kukhee Choo

Japanese Anime Heroines as Role Models f or U.S. Youth: Wishful Identification, Parasocial Interaction, and Intercultural Entertainment Effects by Srividya Ramasubramanian  and Sarah Kornfield

“A Man Who Can Experience His Feelings”: Fruits Basket, toxic masculinity, and mental health by Katie Randazzo

Shojo Feminism, or How I Learned to Love Women (and myself) through Shojo Manga by Naoko Hoshi

Honda Tohru and the Strength of Nurturing by Caitlin Moore

The Always Smiling Girl: How Tohru critiques toxic positivity by Olivia “Livi” Burke

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