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:
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
Honda Tohru and the Strength of Nurturing by Caitlin Moore
The Always Smiling Girl: How Tohru critiques toxic positivity by Olivia “Livi” Burke
Check out the Lovelycraftians, an all-lady Call of Cthulhu actual-play podcast also featured on the Penwitch Studio network!