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Akira Sohma
Kanji 草摩 晶
Rōmaji Sōma Akira
Description
Gender Male
Hair Color Silver
Eye Color Grey
Professional Status
Occupation Head of the Sohma Family (Formerly)
Affiliation Sohma Family
Relatives
Spouse Ren Sohma (Wife)
Children Akito Sohma (Daughter)
Extended Family Shigure Sohma (Son-in-law)
Shiki Sohma (Grandson)
Debut
Manga Chapter 98 (Flashback)
Anime Season 3, Episode 1 (Flashback)
Season 3, Episode 7 (Debut)
Voice Actors
Japanese Akira Ishida
English Chad Cline

Akira Sohma (草摩 晶, Sōma Akira, "Akira Soma") was the former head of the Sohma family. He was father to Akito Sohma and husband to Ren Sohma. Akira was the one who told Akito that she was the chosen child, a child born to be loved.

Appearance

Akira had white short hair, grey eyes, and wore white traditional clothes.

Personality

Akira was described as a beautifully kind person. However, he was also very melancholy because those around him did not understand his loneliness and only treated him as the head of the Sohma family. Ren was the first person to recognize his loneliness and fear of dying alone, and as such, he fell in love with her.

Although he had an earnest love for Akito, it is hinted that his parenting may have, in fact, been misguided. By repeatedly telling Akito that she was God and thus destined to unconditional love, he would ultimately cause Akito to develop her incredibly warped view that every member of the zodiac had to love her, despite her whims and repeated acts of either physical and/or emotional abuse, along with her emotional immaturity in recognizing the reasons why her actions were wrong in the first place.

Therefore, it can be assumed that Akira may have spoiled Akito excessively and had not taught her the difference between right and wrong, despite his otherwise good intentions. Although this may have been somewhat justified, given Akito's short age at the time and his possible need to be a more doting parental figure due to Ren's more-than-evident hostility, his failure to properly discipline his daughter ultimately left him unable to be a proper parent for Akito.

History

Akira and Ren

According to Kureno, his doctors said that he didn't have long to live. Akira was otherwise a lonely man, very quiet and kind, but was barely able to interact with people due to his terrible health.

However, the maid, Ren, managed to reach for him and become his companion, and eventually they married. When Akito was conceived, Ren threatened to abort the child if Akira did not consent to raising her as a boy. Akira, afraid that Ren would keep her promise, agreed.

Akira asked Ren why she refused to hold their child

Akira loved Akito as much as possible, while Ren rarely looked at her. Akira once asked Ren why she refused to hold her daughter, to which Ren replied that she, herself, was more important than Akito.[1]

Akira's last moments with Akito

When Akira died of his illness, only Akito was present. He made an effort to comfort the little girl and tell her that she was special and beloved. However, his very last words were also a sad acknowledgment of how he and Ren could never truly reconcile. Ren came as soon as she could, but by that time, Akira had passed away. Ren shouted that she should have been there rather than Akito, whom she deemed a "worthless child". Both Ren's claims of the bond being fake and Akira's death may have caused Akito to become as twisted, controlling, and dependent as she is.[2]

Story Overview

Relationships

Ren Sohma

Akito Sohma

Trivia

  • Akira's Japanese voice actor, Akira Ishida, shares the same forename as him, only written in different kanji.

References

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Fruits Basket Characters
Main Characters
Tohru Honda  •  Kyo Sohma  •  Shigure Sohma  •  Yuki Sohma
Sohma Family
Zodiacs
Akito Sohma  •  Ayame Sohma  •  Hatsuharu Sohma  •  Hatori Sohma  •  Hiro Sohma  •  Isuzu Sohma  •  Kagura Sohma  •  Kazuma's Grandfather  •  Kisa Sohma  •  Kureno Sohma  •  Kyo Sohma  •  Momiji Sohma  •  Ritsu Sohma  •  Shigure Sohma  •  Yuki Sohma
Others
Akira Sohma  •  Ayame and Yuki's Mother  •  Hinata Sohma  •  Isuzu's Father  •  Isuzu's Mother  •  Kagura's Mother  •  Kana Sohma  •  Kazuma Sohma  •  Kisa's Mother  •  Kyo's Father  •  Kyo's Mother  •  Momo Sohma  •  Momiji's Mother  •  Momiji's Father  •  Okami Sohma  •  Ren Sohma  •  Satsuki Sohma  •  Tohru and Kyo's Son  •  Tohru and Kyo’s Daughter-in-law  •  Tohru and Kyo’s Granddaughter
Secondary Characters
Kaibara High School
Arisa Uotani  •  Chie  •  Hiroshi and Yusuke  •  Kakeru Manabe  •  Kimi Toudou  •  Machi Kuragi  •  Makoto Takei  •  Mai Gotou  •  Mai Iwata  •  Mayuko Shiraki  •  Mio Yamagishi  •  Minami Kinoshita  •  Motoko Minagawa  •  Naohito Sakuragi  •  Rika Aida  •  Saki Hanajima
Others
Akimoto  •  Delinquent Trio  •  God of The Chinese Zodiac  •  Cat of The Chinese Zodiac  •  Katsuya Honda  •  Kyoko Honda  •  Komaki Nakao  •  Kunimitsu Tomoda  •  Megumi Hanajima  •  Mine Kuramae  •  Mitsuru  •  + Minor Characters
Relatives
Arisa's Father  •  Kyoko's Father  •  Kyoko's Mother  •  Machi's Mother  •  Mayuko's Mother  •  Saki's Father  •  Saki's Grandmother  •  Saki's Mother  •  Tohru's Aunt  •  Tohru's Female Cousin  •  Tohru's Male Cousin  •  Tohru's Grandfather
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