|Also known as|| Uo-chan (by Tohru and Kyoko)|
Ane-san (by the Delinquent Trio)
Yankee (by Kyo)
|Age|| 16 (Beginning of the series)|
18 (End of the series)
|Height||168 cm / 5'6|
|Weight||47 kg / 103.6 lb|
|Hair Color|| Blonde (Manga & 2019 anime)|
Light Blonde (2001 Anime)
|Eye Color|| Brown (Manga & 2019 anime)|
Grey (2001 Anime)
|Affiliation||Kaibara Municipal High School|
|Parents|| Unnamed Mother|
|Anime|| Episode 1 (2001)|
Episode 1 (2019)
|Japanese|| Yuka Imai (2001)|
Atsumi Tanezaki (2019)
|English|| Parisa Fakhri (2001)|
Elizabeth Maxwell (2019)
Arisa Uotani (魚谷 ありさ, Uotani Arisa) is one of the recurring characters of the Fruits Basket series. She is also known by her nickname Uo (魚).
She is one Tohru Honda's best friends and a former gang member who joined an all-girls gang called The Ladies in fifth grade. She idolized Kyoko Honda's reputation from her gang days, but when she personally met Kyoko and Tohru in middle school, she was shocked by Kyoko's change from a gang-leader into a doting mother. However, they became friends after Kyoko helped her escape from her gang. With her other best friend Saki Hanajima, Arisa swore on Kyoko's grave to look after Tohru, and in their "parental" protection of Tohru, noted by Kyo Sohma and Yuki Sohma, Arisa is depicted as the brash and direct father-figure.
When Arisa meets Kureno Sohma, she is instantly attracted to him. After their two meetings, he refuses to see her again because of his promise to stay with Akito Sohma. When Kureno leaves Akito, Arisa helps him move out from the Sohma compound, telling him that she has been waiting for him all this time. It is later revealed that she is preparing to move in with him.
Arisa has straight, shoulder-length blonde hair and blue eyes (brown in the manga). She is known for being quite tall. She wears long skirts, and 3/4 sleeves. Kyoko Honda gave Arisa her former Red Butterfly uniform, which she had worn when she was part of a gang.
Arisa is short-tempered and aggressive, traits she shares with Kyo which leads to them often fighting. She is surprisingly very emotional, Saki noting that she cries easily about things most people wouldn't--such as old men buying their food at convenience stores. She does not cry easily when her own life takes a turn for the worst. Kureno Sohma remarks that Arisa is very honest with her emotions--she cries when she's sad, laughs when she's happy, and yells when she's mad.
She isn't easily shamed, and casually says things the other characters become embarrassed at. Such as when Kyo yells at her for mentioning underwear when they were shopping for a swimsuit for Tohru. She has a somewhat rude manner of speaking. Arisa loves Tohru a lot, and acts as a more 'fatherlike figure' in Tohru's life, in contrast to Saki, who is more motherly. The only thing she truly hates is the Prince Yuki Fan Club, mainly because they hate Tohru.
Arisa's mother got a new boyfriend and left Arisa when she was very young, leaving Arisa in the care of her alcoholic father. Arisa joined a gang called 'The Ladies' in 5th grade, and according to Tohru Honda, she was always wearing long skirts and a mask. She claims she took too many drugs when she was younger, so medications have no effect on her. When Kyo asked her what she means by "different drugs", she immediately changed the topic.
Arisa had always looked up to Tohru's mother, Kyoko Honda, who had been known as the Red Butterfly. After finding out The Butterfly's daughter might go to her school, she went to school hoping she could meet Kyoko through her daughter. But when she met Tohru, she was going to punch her teeth out because she didn't believe such a 'spacey, plain girl' could be Kyoko's daughter.
When Arisa did meet Kyoko, who had become a loving 'housewife', her entire image of her came crashing down. Though Arisa vowed to stay away from the Hondas, she kept ending up at their house through a chain of coincidences. Before she knew it, she and Tohru were best friends, and Arisa even started going to school again so she could see more of Tohru. Arisa decided to leave her gang so that she "could become someone Tohru would be proud to call her friend".
In response to the declaration, she was beaten half to death by her gang. But during the beating Kyoko appeared and saved her. Kyoko explained that Arisa's senpai (in gangs, a higher-ranking member) came to Kyoko's house and told her Arisa's decision and that she [Kyoko] was impressed by Arisa's action. In Arisa's next year of middle-school, she and Tohru met Saki, and the trio were and are a team ever since.
Before Summer Vacation
Arisa and Saki's first appearance was when Minami was threatening Tohru, and demanding to know why she came to school with Yuki. Arisa appears behind Minami saying, "She said it was a coincidence. Stop fantasizing and get a life". When Minami makes a comment about how Arisa was trying to act tough, Saki threatens to use her electro-poison waves, which sends Minami running. Arisa then hugs Tohru, and tells Saki not to use her electro-poison waves, for they might hit Tohru.
During Summer Vacation
After Summer Vacation
At the end of the manga, Arisa and Kureno Sohma talked over the phone. She confessed to Kureno that she would follow wherever he goes. It is presumed that they get together.
The Three Musketeers Arc
She is seen accompanying Kyo and Tohru on their first date along with Saki.
- Her manga symbol is a fish, the meaning of the first kanji (魚) of her family name.
- Arisa is very tall and wants to be even taller, wishing to reach 180 cm (6 feet) in height.
- Because of her tall stature, Tohru thinks she should become a model.
- She speaks masculinely (see Gender differences in spoken Japanese).