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|Also known as||A-chan (by Saki)|
Male (2001 Anime)
|Height||164 cm / 5'5"|
|Weight||43 kg / 94.8 lbs|
|Eye Color|| Purple (2019 Anime, Manga)|
Grey (2001 Anime)
|Occupation||Head of the Sohma Family|
|Parents|| Akira Sohma (Father) |
Ren Sohma (Mother)
|Spouse||Shigure Sohma (Husband)|
|Children||Shiki Sohma (Son)|
|Extended Family||Shigure's Parents (Parents-in-laws)|
|Anime|| Episode 8 (2001)|
Episode 7 (2019)
|Japanese|| Junko Minagawa (Drama CD)|
Murasaki Wakaba (2001)
Yuka Imai (Young, 2001)
Maaya Sakamoto (2019)
|English|| Chad Cline (2001)|
Aaron Dismuke (2001, Young)
Colleen Clinkenbeard (2019)
Trina Nishimura (2019, Young)
|“||It’s been long enough, hasn’t it…? Father, I don’t want to be “special” or a “God” anymore. Is it okay for me to be just myself…? Even if I start living my own life, I… ”I” will be miserable, and afraid, and unneeded… but still… farewell.||”|
Akito is the head of the Sohma family, and fulfills the role of a "God" of the Chinese Zodiac. Akito is depicted as short-tempered and abusive, and has physically and emotionally scarred many Sohmas. On the other side, Akito herself is a victim, as Ren forced her to live as a male because she was afraid Akito would replace her in Akira's heart. Akira, in an attempt to give Akito solace, unintentionally brainwashed her into thinking that she was "special" and would be loved by the Zodiacs no matter what she did.
Despite holding utter hatred towards Tohru Honda for "breaking apart her bonds with the Zodiacs", Akito comes to realize that by holding onto the bond, she has hurt herself as much as the others and lets it go with Tohru's efforts to break the curse. In the end, when Akito's antagonism ceases, the curse is broken, and she begins dressing and living as a woman, Shigure Sohma, whom she is in love with, moves in with her.
Akito is a tall, pale young woman with a very androgynous appearance. For the majority of the series, Akito is seen to have short, nape-length hair and long, messy bangs framing her face. To cover up her female body figure, Akito usually dresses in many layers or male clothing; sometimes normal or oversized. In the Sohma estate, she usually wears robes worn by men.
According to Shigure, if Akito had been raised as a woman, she would look exactly like her mother, Ren. Akito shares the same black hair-color and brown eye-color as her mother, as well as the feminine features, though Akito manages to hide them well.
By the end of the series, she grows her hair to shoulder-length and starts wearing traditional and normal feminine clothing, as a sign of her being finally able to live her life as a woman.
In a Fruits Basket Another cameo, it is implied that she ultimately settled on wearing dresses while cutting her hair short again.
Aside from her occasional bad temper tantrums, Akito was a nice, gentle, and sweet girl when she was young. Due to her father spoiling her, Akito grew believing that she was born to be loved by everyone and that everyone must do as she says. On the other hand, her mother's psychological and emotional abuse lead Akito to be desperate for displays of affection, and she would go around the household asking everyone if they loved her. After Akira's death and as a product of Ren's psychological abuse, however, Akito snapped and changed from a relatively sweet girl to a mentally and emotionally unstable person whose kindness warped into insanity and cruelty.
In the present time, even though Akito appears as a frail, level-headed, and composed woman shrouded in mystery at first glance, Akito has horribly abused many of the Zodiac members, most notably Yuki, to take out her anger over her father's death and her mother’s insistence that she is unneeded, worthless and that no one will ever truly love her. Whenever one of the Zodiac members directs their attention to anyone other than her, Akito is overcome with fear that she's going to be abandoned like her mother predicted she would. Akito resorts to physical and mental torture to make everyone too afraid of her to leave her. Akito also justifies her controlling and abusive treatment of the Zodiac members by claiming that a God can do whatever they please and no one can punish them for it.
Akito is an incredibly manipulative, selfish, immature, angry, and cruel young woman, who can be calm one moment and having a screaming tantrum the next. She rarely shows any sympathy and is extremely misogynistic despite being a woman herself, since she projects her own mother onto every woman she meets. As a result, she gets very jealous of women who "steal" the male Cursed Sohma's attention. Notable examples are Akito throwing Rin out of a window because she was dating Hatsuharu, forcibly cutting Rin's long hair because it reminded her of Ren before locking her up in the Cat's room, beating Kisa bloody because Hiro is in love with her, and guilt-tripping Kana for wanting to marry Hatori by practically blinding him in one eye. Despite this, Akito cannot fathom being to blame for anything.
When the curse keeps breaking, it is revealed that Akito actually is extremely insecure, lonely as well as emotionally and mentally broken. Whenever one of the Zodiac members leaves her, Akito can only beg for them to not leave her alone and ask why everyone keeps betraying her. Since she feels like the Sohma curse, her bonds with the Zodiacs, and their eternal banquet defines her entire existence, Akito cannot stand the mere prospect of being rejected and unloved by the people in the outside world, let alone live in an outside world full of strangers.
However, with Tohru being the very first person to try to befriend and empathize with Akito, help her with her issues, and accept the person truly Akito is, neither a God or someone raised to be a man, but a normal woman, Akito finally acknowledged her mistreatment of the Zodiac and her mistakes. Akito slowly returns to the kind person she was as a child, and aims to become a better person who can help others by taking Tohru's endless kindness and forgiveness as an example. Akito is even willing to reconcile with her mother, who rejects the truce. Akito, even though she knows no good she does will undo the damage she caused for the cursed Sohmas, decides to end the cycle of abuse and defy the family's expectations of her as the head of the Sohma family by giving the Zodiacs their freedom and destroying the Cat's room. She also learns to accept that not everyone will like her, but she mustn't think that will be the case with everyone. She is also shown to have become an overall happier woman who smiles more often.
In Fruits Basket Another, Akito has become much more self-conscious and regretful of her past mistakes, and has made up her mind that she will spend the rest of her life atoning for her sins in different ways; may it be distancing herself from the Sohmas at all times, not expecting any forgiveness, and feeling like she deserves any pain inflicted upon her. She mentions that she would bear them alone and that they were not her son's burden to bear. At the same time, Akito is mentioned to be close friends with Saki Hanajima and Mine Kuramae, meaning that she has formed new connections outside of the Sohma family. She is also shown to have become much calmer, gentler, and wiser, and is a very protective and loving mother whose heart began healing by becoming a parent, and she openly encourages her son's happiness and freedom and is willing to risk her own life for him.
Akito was born as the only child to the head of the Sohma family, Akira Sohma, and a maid in the main house, Ren Sohma. Upon discovering her child would be female, Ren demanded that Akito to be raised male out of fear that a female child would steal her place in Akira's heart. She threatened to abort the child unless her demands were met. After Akito's birth, in compliance with Ren's demands, she was presented as a male, with only the four eldest of the cursed Sohmas, Hatori Sohma, Shigure Sohma, Ayame Sohma, and Kureno Sohma, knowing her true gender due to a dream they had on the night she was conceived.
Despite Ren's poisoning her with hatred and insecurity, Akito was very close to her father. He would always share his words of wisdom with Akito, and convinced her that being born as the Zodiac of God meant that she was special, and she had to live up to the role. He also told her that no matter what, she would be loved by everyone as long she had the bonds that connected her to the cursed Sohmas.
Death of Akira
Sometime in Akito's childhood, Akira's illness took a turn for the worst. On his death-bed, Akira tried to comfort the young Akito via telling her not to be afraid, adding that he would always be with her, even if she couldn't physically see him. Akira went onto confess that he had wanted Ren to be the happiest over Akito, because Akito was a "special existence," and therefore she and Ren were special. Akito also got to hear Akira's absolute last words, in which he lamented that he and Ren never reconciled their differences.
After he passed away, when Ren found out that no one had come to get her when Akira had been dying, she yelled at the young Akito that she was an unwanted existence, and that she had only been a little toy to amuse Akira; Ren also added that, because Akira was dead, no one had any more need of her. Akito countered these statements, telling her hysterical mother that her father had loved her; but because of Akira's parting words, even Akito herself doubted that Akira had loved her the most, fearing that she had "lost" to Ren.
One of the elderly maids, wanting to comfort Akito, proceeded to give her an empty box, claiming that Akira's spirit was inside it, and that she had wanted only Akito to receive such a special gift. All of her life, Akito kept this box hidden away in her room; she told Kureno that part of her didn't believe that anything was inside of the box, yet another part always hoped that maybe there was.
After her father's early death, Akito became the head of the Sohma family (raised to appear and act as a male), in addition to her role as God of the Zodiac animals.
Kureno's Broken Curse
Various flashbacks reveal that Akito was very kind and gentle as a child. Then one day, Akito snapped due to Ren's abuse and painted her walls black, and tortured Yuki emotionally and psychologically from then on. It all went downhill from there.
After Yuki left the main house to live with Shigure, Ren commented that the cursed Sohmas were abandoning Akito, just as Ren always predicted they would. Akito denied this and claimed they would all come back to her because of their inseparable Zodiac bonds. She and Ren made a dare in which Akito was to allow the cursed Sohmas to form bonds with "outsiders" to test whether they would return to Akito's side. If they did not return, Akito would have to bow before Ren and then leave the Sohma family.
After Kyo was away for four months to "train" without any notice, he was severely reprimanded by Akito. However, Akito seeing how desperate Kyo was, made a bet with him. The bet was that if he could beat Yuki before graduating high school, he could become a full-fledged member of the Zodiac. If he wouldn't be able to, he needed to spend the rest of his life in the Cat's Room, to which Kyo accepted. 
First Year Arc
After making the bet with Kyo, Shigure approached Akito about allowing Tohru to stay in his home. Akito, confident that she would win against Ren, consented to this. Since Akito believed that the world was a cruel, bleak place in which unconditional love did not exist outside of the Zodiac bonds, she also believed that Tohru would eventually end up rejecting the cursed Sohmas, causing them to return brokenhearted to her side.
When Tohru leaves the Sohmas' main house after her first visit to there, Akito is seen gloomily staring out of a window at Tohru. Tohru spotted her and got frightened by the gloomy hated aura from Akito.
Second Year Arc
Akito is then next seen 'visiting' the school Tohru, Kyo, Yuki, Hatsuharu Sohma and Momiji Sohma are attending. Akito had intended to 'check' on Tohru to see how she was doing. However, due to sheer coincidence, Tohru spots Akito and, without knowing a thing, approaches Akito.
Upon introducing herself properly, Akito pretends to be pleased about Tohru, praising her on being cute and kind. Yuki comes to rescue Tohru, only to find himself being intimidated by Akito's menacing words about her horrific treatment to Yuki in the past. Tohru, however, manages to break off the contact between the two by pushing Akito aside. Akito was seen leaving the school, entering a car to be ferried back. In the car sat Shigure, where Akito speaks ill of Tohru, contradicting her "praises" earlier on.
Akito was manipulated into joining the Sohmas having a vacation at the summer house by Shigure. She brings along Kureno. She arrives at the summer house, uninvited and a bombshell to the Sohmas that were present. She instantly summons all the cursed Sohmas (except Kyo) to visit her, telling them that she "loves you all" and "misses you". She lets them go before the night ended. The next day, she met Yuki when he was taking a walk. She was seen talking to Yuki about something that shocked him and made him "run away". She later attempts to meet Tohru but she ended up 'giving up' as she felt 'sick and hot' and unable to comprehend Tohru playing with the "monster" (Kyo). She had a conversation with Kureno, even commenting that Kureno was "inferior" to her.
Next, she summons Haru, purposely insulting him with the phrase "big, dumb ox" and saying she doesn't want Tohru to meet Kureno. Following Haru's summon came Kyo's. There it was revealed on Akito's true intention on Kyo and how she forced Kyo to understand his feelings for Tohru. It was also revealed that Kyo would be confined for the rest of his life if he does not beat Yuki in a fight, a bet met between Akito and him.
Before being sent home because of Ren, she forcefully meets Tohru, successful the second time, where she tells Tohru to leave the cursed Sohmas alone, staying out of the curse, and revealing that she is the "master of all their souls" or God-like and scratches Tohru's face. Akito confirms that Kureno is the Bird/Rooster of the Zodiac and not her. She later is believed to have traveled home, as she had met Tohru to see her before leaving.
Third Year Arc
It is eventually revealed that Akito had always been lonely and afraid of change. The reason that she clung so desperately to the Juunishi bonds was that she feared that, without them, she would be all alone, and her existence meaningless, just as her mother had always claimed. This revelation occurred after both Momiji's and Hiro's curses broke, and also followed Momiji confronting Akito on such a fact. With the bonds falling apart, Akito—after having wrongfully stabbed Kureno in the back when he tried to calm her down—ran away from the Sohma estate, wondering if everything really was all her fault, and why her world was collapsing so suddenly. Desperate and looking for someone to blame, Akito suddenly realizes that the Juunishi had been slowly but surely leaving ever since Tohru had appeared in their lives...
Akito then walks to Shigure's home and finds Tohru alone outside. Unbeknownst to her, Tohru is not exactly in the best emotional state after her last talk with Kyo, where he explained to her how her mother died and the part he had on it, before she told him like she loved him and being refused by him over his guilt. Akito then comments that Tohru must be happy, because she had "won" and had, in the process, destroyed the only life she had known. Akito then threatens Tohru with a knife; but Tohru, realizing how both she and Akito had been trying to hold onto an "unchanging" reality (Akito clinging to the eternal bonds of the Zodiac; Tohru wanting her mother to always be first in her heart), told Akito that she understood how scary it is to be alone, and instead offered her hand in friendship, even introducing herself as if they had never met before. Akito extended her hand, seemingly to accept the offer, but right before she could the unstable cliff ground collapsed and Tohru fell (in the first volume of the series, just after a landslide destroyed Tohru's tent, Shigure warned her that the ground around the area was unstable and due to collapse again one day). At the sight of her newfound friend falling to what could be her death, rather than gloating or anything similar, Akito screamed to get help for Tohru, ultimately collapsing in tears in Shigure's arms.
When the hospitalized Tohru recovered at the hospital and was finally allowed visitors beyond her immediate family, Akito was surprisingly one of the first to visit (and even more surprisingly, according to Hatori and Shigure, she went alone and entirely on her own accord). Fearful that she would be rejected by Tohru and Kureno (both of whom she'd hurt, emotionally and physically), Akito was told a comforting story by Momiji, who also offered advice that made it possible for Akito to see Tohru and Kureno for who they really are: People whose kindness for others overrides their ability to be concerned about themselves. With that in mind, she finally went to see Tohru, who offered her hand (despite the fact her arm is injured) to Akito in friendship again, which she accepted with a small smile.
Akito also visited Kureno in the hospital, whom she had stabbed in the back; Kureno, however, didn't blame Akito for her actions, and forgave her when Akito cried and apologized to him repeatedly for smothering him all of the years she'd kept him close. From there on out, Akito decided to try to change rather than cling to being "God," and to the memory of her father and what he had wanted her to be.
Towards the end of the manga, after Kureno left to live in the country with Arisa Uotani, a close friend of Tohru's, and the curse was broken, Akito and Shigure finally confessed their true feelings for each other and reconciled. Akito begins living and dressing as a woman, and in her last meeting with all the formerly cursed Sohmas, she wore a furisode (female kimono), and donned a flower in her hair, something that shocked the younger Sohmas, who had just learned of Akito's true gender. Ritsu even was comically shocked over it.
In her very last apparition, Akito was with Shigure on a date. Shigure asks Akito if she wasn't going to see Tohru and Kyo off, to whic she replies that she won't. However, Akito explains that she can always visit Tohru anytime, either way. Though Akito tells Shigure he can go if he wants to, he responds by saying that she is a "crafty girl", and they lovingly continue on their date. Despite the initial complex relationship Akito had with Tohru, she reminisces on the memories she shares with her, which helped her to get where she is today.
After the curse was broken, Ayame went to pay his respect for Akito since he was visiting Shigure and Hatori. Ayame thinks that Akito will be envious of him for spending a few hours with her "future spouse", as in Shigure, and tells her that he will be bonded with her for life just like she will with Shigure. When he then suggested being partners-in-crimes with her, Akito, put off my Ayame's flamboyance, awkwardly rejected the idea by claiming she had work to do.
When Saki wanted to call Shigure, she reached out to Akito first and asked her if she could get her into contact with Shigure. Later, Shigure was briefly surprised by the fact that Saki had the direct head-line to Akito, the head of the Sohma family.
Eventually, Akito married Shigure, having one son named Shiki Sohma between them. The first few years after Shiki's birth, Akito learned games and bedtime stories for her son's sake, and she would also take him to different places so he could have fun and experience new things. Ever since she gave birth to Shiki, Akito experienced a different kind of joy and love, and thanks him for giving her the opportunity to experience many things for the first time in connection to becoming his mother.
Whenever all the Sohmas got together or there was a long holiday, Akito would always stay away and make sure to leave the main estate and go on a trip or stay at one of the Sohma's villas. But on every New Year's, it is mentioned that Akito spends time Tohru, which she looks forward to. On the other hand, she would make sure to drop Shiki off with everyone else so he could spend time with them and form his own circle of friends. Shiki mentions that Akito had made up her mind that she would never try to join the Sohma family circle, and that it was a way for her to atone for her sins. She wanted to bear her sins and punishment by herself, and was adamant about never letting Shiki bear her burdens.
Despite her efforts, Shiki was targeted by Ren and her maids, and they harassed him and constantly told him that he was a repulsive creature since Akito had given birth to him, that Akito would never be forgiven for her sins, and that she deserved nothing more than being treated like trash. Ren's hostility extended to Shiki to the point where she once attempted to kill him by stabbing him with a knife. However, Akito protected him and took the blow in his stead, scarring her face. After this incident, Akito made the decision to tell Shiki about her past self, her many mistakes and sins, and how she atoned for them. Shiki was very saddened to hear about this, but to him, she was still his kind and loving mother.
Throughout the years, Akito remained a hardworking head of the family and would often work very late. During this time, she would frequently be berated behind her back by Ren, her side of the family, and maids who barely knew her. Shiki notes that no matter if Akito got involved or if she stayed away, and no matter how she lived her life or how much she tried to make it right, the stigma around her never changed. Although Akito is fine with it, it greatly upset Shiki and he compares her situation to a "curse of nothing allowed to change". Because of this, Shiki began training to become the next family head after his mother to change the Sohma's ways and help his mother. While Shigure was over the moon, Akito was on the fence on it. Additionally, Shiki's pent-up anger and frustration regarding the situation with Akito even made him lash out and break a mirror once. And when Akito and Shigure received an apology from Shiki for destroying the mirror, they cheerfully suggested on leaving it broken, as they wanted to remember "the first time Shiki's feelings exploded".
Differences from the source material
- The most notable difference between the manga and the 2001 anime, is that Akito has always been female in the manga (as well in the 2019 anime), but was male in the 2001 anime. This is because the revelation about Akito's gender wasn't made clear until much later in the manga, when the 2001 anime had already finished airing.
- Akito both sounds and dresses like a man in the 2001 anime.
- He suffers from a frail body and it is mentioned that he does not have much time alive.
- Akito often expressed he fears of dying young.
- Akito falls sickly often and is constantly told by Hatori Sohma that he is to remain in her bed. Many see this particular incarnation of Akito as fearful and strong, but he is actually a scared figurehead that can't do anything but hurt and command others.
- Akito's frail body is apparently caused by bearing the core of the curse.
- This gives the implication that Akito in the 2001 anime isn't "God", and that it can't naturally be broken in time like in the original manga.
- Akito's first meeting with Tohru differs between the manga, 2001 anime, and 2019 anime.
- In the manga and 2001 anime, Tohru officially meets "him" by the window of the Sohma estate. In the 2019 anime, Tohru sees Akito in the car alongside Kureno Sohma.
- In comparison to the manga and 2019 anime, who showed that Akito had verbally, emotionally, and psychologically abused Yuki, the 2001 anime also shows that Akito whipped Yuki constantly in an isolated room.
- Akito's role in the true form arc differs as well. She does not appear at all during the manga and 2019 anime, but Akito in the 2001 anime appears before Tohru after she discovered Kyo's true form, and he taunts her about the knowledge of the Sohma family secret. Akito soon leaves when Shigure locates the two.
- Since the 2001 anime didn't cover the entire manga and since the manga was still ongoing while it still aired, there are notable differences in the ending:
- Tohru asks permission to speak with Akito, and Yuki, Shigure, and Hatori to accompany Tohru to the Sohma's main residence to see Akito. After an initially meek exchange, Akito seizes her by her hair in a rage after Tohru is unable to say why she came, but Yuki and Shigure restrain him from hurting her further. However, she begins to feel sympathetic, explaining that he still has a life to live. Releasing her hair from his hand, Akito eventually realizes that Tohru accepts the Sohma family curse.
The God of the Zodiac
- Main article: Sohma Curse
Akito is possessed of the Zodiac's God Spirit, who is the master of the souls of the Zodiacs and controls them. Because of this, the Zodiacs and the Cat are incapable of betraying or opposing her, no matter how terribly she treats them. In her presence, their own emotions fade and their bodies cringe in submission; they have no hope of escape, since their hearts ultimately yearn for her. The intense emotional connection Akito shares with the Zodiacs, which can transcend spoken words, or direct interaction, between any of them, is the reason the bond exists, and why it also a curse. Some examples of how Akito's role as the "God" has affected the Zodiacs;
- When Akito was first conceived, Shigure, Hatori, Ayame, and Kureno all had a dream about her and woke up crying and ran immediately to Akito's mother, Ren, reaching out for her womb, knowing that their God was in there.
- Yuki and Hatori are not able to blame Akito, despite how much trauma and pain she has inflicted on them, Yuki in particular.
- As strong, tough and independent as Rin is, she will fear for Akito when she gets serious.
When the curse starts breaking apart, Akito is terrified and desperately tries to cling to the bonds. Despite that, she is able to move on with the help of Tohru, and decides to let go of the bonds and live as herself, not God. When the curse breaks for all the Zodiacs, Akito loses her control over them, and she decides to give them their freedom.
- According to the official Fruits Basket Character Book:
- Akito is "the worst" when it comes down to clothes, she just wears kimonos all the time. When she has to wear Western clothing, she prefers plain garments.
- Dressing up disgusts Akito, because she hates to have skin showing.
- Her mother Ren's existence is one explanation for Akito's fierce hatred of women, and for why Akito is disgusted by Rin's long, black hair.
- According to an interview with Natsuki Takaya, Akito was enrolled in "better" and "more expensive" schools than everyone else in the Zodiac, though she completed all of her schooling (including high school) by correspondence.
- When asked in an interview, Takaya said she had always planned on Akito being a female.
- According to an author's note, Takaya designed Akito and Ren to resemble each other.
- In a bonus chapter, Takaya revealed that Akito most likely would have ended up with Tohru had she been male.
- According to Takaya, Akito regularly holds small tea parties with Saki Hanajima and Mine Kuramae, which could also explain why their sons are so close as they are.
- Akito also likes the foreign cuisine made by Saki's husband.
- Aktio was never taught hand games and bedtimes stories, but was taught about it by Tohru when she became a mother.