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Hiro Sohma

Hiro Sohma Edition

Hiro Sohma-2001

Hiro Sohma-2019

Kanji 草摩 燈路
Rōmaji Sōma Hiro
Also known as Hii-kun (by Shigure)
Hiro-san (by Tohru)
Hiro-chan (by Kisa)
Description
Gender Male
Age 12-13
Height 153 cm / 5'1"
Weight 40 kg / 88.185 lbs
Hair Color Dark Brown (Manga & 2019 Anime)
Light Brown (2001 anime)
Eye Color Brown
Blood Type AB
Cursed Year Sheep
Actual Year Rabbit
Astrological Sign Leo
Professional Status
Occupation Student
Affiliation Unnamed Elementary School
Sohma Family
Relatives
Parents Unnamed Father
Satsuki Sohma (Mother)
Siblings Hinata Sohma (Younger Sister)
Debut
Manga Chapter 37
Anime Episode 21 (2001)
Episode 20 (2019)
Voice Actors
Japanese Yuriko Fuchizaki (2001)
Yō Taichi (2019)
English Aaron Dismuke (2001)
Luci Christian (2019)

Hiro Sohma (草摩 燈路, Sōma Hiro, "Hiro Soma"[1]) is one of recurring characters of the Fruits Basket series. He is the son of Satsuki Sohma and the older brother of Hinata Sohma by twelve years.

He is the Goat of the Chinese Zodiac. He is the youngest of the Cursed Sohmas, being 12 years old at the beginning of the series and in his last year of elementary school. He tends to criticize people and seems older than he really is, but frequently regrets what he says to others when he is made aware of how insensitive his remarks can be.

He is best friends with Kisa Sohma and loves her more than anything.

Appearance

Hiro has light-brown hair and brown eyes. He is tall for his age. He is almost never smiling unless sarcastic or mischievous. He is often shown wearing a dark green shirt and pants.

Personality

He is exceedingly good at making sarcastic comments and complaining, but will get very shy and timid once around Kisa. He dislikes Momiji Sohma's hyper and carefree disposition. He isn't very fond of Tohru Honda because Kisa is drawn to Tohru who takes away their alone time. He is also very loving towards Kisa and gets very overprotective of her from time to time. He also gets jealous whenever someone is closer to Kisa then he is. Hiro also has a crush on Kisa, but he doesn't know how to express it. He told Akito that he loved Kisa, which resulted horribly in Kisa's injuries. In the series, he had despised Tohru in the beginning. He wasn't trying to hurt her, only play with her in a way.

Story Overview

Pre-Fruits Basket

When Hiro was born and transformed into a sheep upon his mother's hugging him, she exclaimed "I love sheep!" and has always treated him as a normal boy, greeting him with affection and never minding his transformations. If anything, it only spurs her to hug him more. His father is also mentioned to love him.

Hiro's Confession

Hiro and Kisa have been best friends throughout elementary school, and the two would often spend time together. Eventually, Hiro developed feelings for Kisa, and he wanted to make sure the Head of the Sohma Family, Akito Sohma, knew. When he confessed to Akito that he was in love with Kisa, Akito became furious and proceeded to injure Kisa, which lead to her having to stay in the hospital for two weeks to recover.

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Hiro visits an injured Kisa in the hospital.

While visiting Kisa in the hospital, Hiro knew that his confession had led Akito to attack Kisa and could only blame himself on the incident. Since he didn't want Akito to hurt Kisa again or didn't want Kisa to get hurt in general, he began avoiding her ever since she entered middle school. When he found out she was being picked on by the other kids, he felt useless and was not able to do anything as it would be awkward for him to defend her suddenly after months of ignoring her.[2]

Witnessing Isuzu

Hiro accidentally witnessed Akito pushing Isuzu Sohma out of a window, which later causes Hiro some distress, because he found out about Hatsuharu Sohma and Isuzu dating. Hiro knew that Hatsuharu would never forgive Akito for that act if he told the older boy. Isuzu and Akito forced him not to tell Hatsuharu about the incident that Hiro had witnessed.

Fruits Basket

Before Summer Vacation

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Hiro and Tohru's first meeting.

He first meets Tohru Honda while she is on her way to work. He throws his shoe onto the ground and orders her to pick it up. When she does, he begins lecturing her about always obeying orders from other people and thinking for herself.[2]

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Hiro's "punishment" after being hugged by Tohru.

Hiro dislikes Tohru, the very first time they meet, mainly because she is all Kisa talks about. When Hiro takes Tohru's notebook (that has a picture of her mother in it) and Tohru follows him in an attempt to get it back, Kisa appears with Momiji and asks him to give it back. He throws it at her in a response, and Kisa tells him that she "doesn't understand why you're acting this way, but it makes me sad". Hiro replies by saying, "Onee-chan, Onee-chan. That's all I hear. All you talk about is that stupid girl!" It becomes apparent that Hiro was just jealous of how close Tohru was to Kisa.[2]

After some time, Hiro grows to like Tohru, but he tries not to show it.

During Summer Vacation

When Momiji invites them to go to the summer home with them (with the invitations written on bunny stationery), Hiro complains about Momiji being so childish when Kisa told him that she wanted to go, so he accepted the invitation immediately and set off to the summer house.

Kisa and Hiro fought when Hiro rudely commented on Tohru being 'obsessed' with her mother. "She's all you ever talk about." Hiro instantly regretted it when he saw the look on Kisa's face and her saying: "Hiro, why are you always so mean to Onee-chan?" A few nights later, Hiro decides to go and apologize to Kisa, but when he opens Kisa's bedroom door, the door smashes right into Kisa's face! Kisa tells Hiro she was going to apologize to him for their fight, and then they realize they were both wrong. They both make up.

After Summer Vacation

During Sorta Cinderella, Hiro accompanies Kisa to the school. He expresses doubt at the success of the play, and was shown to be easily angered, as seen when three boys had their eyes on Kisa. He is also scared by Saki Hanajima's brother, who approaches him from behind unnoticed. When Sorta Cinderella is over, he says "Crud. What was that supposed to be?"

Hiro's Family

Hiro's family sharing a hug after his curse is broken.

Later, Hiro accidentally mentions Rin, and chastises himself for doing so, because he wasn't supposed to know about Rin dating Hatsuharu. However, Hatsuharu replies, "Wait. Don't tell me... you've got the hots for Rin", which makes Hiro angry.

Hiro eventually confesses to Haru that the real reason why Rin had been in the hospital for so long was that Akito pushed her out the window. He breaks down sobbing at that moment, and Haru gets very angry at Akito for what happened.

When Akito was about to stab her mother, she stopped when she noticed that Hiro's curse had been broken. Hiro noticed this as well, and picked up his sister and hugged her. Hiro's mother came into the room to see Hiro no longer changing into a sheep, and was overjoyed. However, Hiro interrupted her, saying that it was more bittersweet. Hiro's curse was the third to break.[3]

Fruits Basket Another

He was mentioned by Mutsuki Sohma, as he mentions that Hiro told him that Hinata might go to the Sohma summer place. [4]

The Ram of the Zodiac

Hiro is cursed by the spirit of the ram of the zodiac. As he isn't an adult or teenager yet, when he transforms, he is shown as a lamb.


Trivia

  • Hiro's name is derived from the seventh month, fumihirogetsuki or "month of publication", which is the month of the Goat of the traditional Japanese calendar.
  • Other than Akito Sohma, the person Hiro can't stand the most is Ayame Sohma.
  • It was revealed by Takaya-sensei that Hiro's personality was half-stemmed from his mother's ditzy and clumsy persona saying that one day he looked at her and thought "I have to be strong".
  • He is the youngest member of the zodiac; confirmed when it was stated that when Kisa started middle school, he doesn't start until the next year, therefore he is a year younger than her.
  • Hiro is possibly the only Zodiac member who grew up with normal, loving parents who were neither rejective or overprotective.
  • Aaron Dismuke, who was a child at the time, voiced Hiro which is very uncommon in the voice acting industry.

References

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Fruits Basket Characters
Main Characters
Tohru Honda  •  Kyo Sohma  •  Shigure Sohma  •  Yuki Sohma
Sohma Family
Zodiacs
Akito Sohma  •  Akira Sohma  •  Ayame Sohma  •  Hiro Sohma  •  Isuzu Sohma  •  Kazuma's Grandfather  •  Kagura Sohma  •  Kisa Sohma  •  Kureno Sohma  •  Kyo Sohma  •  Momiji Sohma  •  Hatsuharu Sohma  •  Hatori Sohma  •  Ritsu Sohma  •  Shigure Sohma  •  Yuki Sohma
Others
Ayame and Yuki's Mother  •  Momo Sohma  •  Momiji's Mother  •  Momiji's Father  •  Kana Sohma  •  Kazuma Sohma  •  Kisa's Mother  •  Kyo's Father  •  Kyo's Mother  •  Satsuki Sohma  •  Hinata Sohma  •  Ren Sohma  •  Okami Sohma
Secondary Characters
Kaibara High School
Arisa Uotani  •  Kakeru Manabe  •  Kimi Toudou  •  Machi Kuragi  •  Makoto Takei  •  Mai Gotou  •  Mayuko Shiraki  •  Mio Yamagishi  •  Minami Kinoshita  •  Motoko Minagawa  •  Naohito Sakuragi  •  Rika Aida  •  Saki Hanajima
Others
Katsuya Honda  •  Kyoko Honda  •  Komaki Nakao  •  Kunimitsu Tomoda  •  Megumi Hanajima  •  Mine Kuramae  •  Mitsuru  •  Tohru's Grandfather  •  + Minor Characters
Fruits Basket Another
Main Characters
Sawa Mitoma  •  Hajime Sohma  •  Mutsuki Sohma
Sohma Family
Chizuru Sohma  •  Hibika Sohma  •  Kinu Sohma  •  Mina Sohma  •  Riku Sohma  •  Shiki Sohma  •  Sora Sohma
Students
Amane  •  Chiaki Hasada  •  Michi Manabe  •  Mio Hasegawa  •  Rio Mosca  •  Ruriko Kageyama
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