Kazuma Sohma

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Kazuma Sohma

Kazuma Sohma-2019

Kazuma Sohma-2001

Kanji 草摩 籍真
Rōmaji Sōma Kazuma
Also known as Shishou
Grandpa Kazuma (by Hajime)
Gender Male
Age 40s
Hair Color Brown (2019 Anime, Manga)
Grey (2001 Anime)
Eye Color Brown (2019 Anime, Manga)
Greenish-gray (2001 Anime)
Year Pig
Professional Status
Occupation Matrial Arts Teacher
Affiliation Sohma Dojo
Sohma Family
Children Kyo Sohma (Adoptive Son)
Extended Family Unnamed Grandfather
Unnamed Grandmother
Tohru Honda (Daughter-in-law)
Hajime Sohma (Grandson)
Unnamed Grandson
Unnamed Granddaughter
Unnamed Great-Granddaughter
Unnamed Granddaughter-in-law
Manga Chapter 31
Anime Episode 24 (2001)
Episode 23 (2019)
Voice Actors
Japanese Norihiro Inoue (2001)
Miki Machii (2001; Young)
Toshiyuki Morikawa (2019)
Ayaka Nanase (2019; Young)
English Dameon Clarke
Heaven Tubbs (2001; Young)
Emily Fajardo (2019; Young)
Just as no matter how hard you try to keep it away, despair will attack you again and again. In the same manner, hope will return to you. Again and again.

—Kazuma Sohma

Kazuma Sohma (草摩 籍真, Sōma Kazuma, "Kazuma Soma"[1]) is a master of karate who runs a dojo near the Sohma main house, where he teaches several of the younger Sohmas, including Kyo, Kagura, Yuki, and Hatsuharu Sohma.

Although Kyo calls him "Shishou" (meaning "Master"), Kazuma states that he doesn't want to make his students address him by such. Instead, most of his students call him "Shihan", (meaning "Teacher"). His daily routine is taken care of by his assistant at the dojo, Kunimitsu Tomoda.

He is the adoptive father of Kyo who took him in after the death of his mother and after his biological father rejected him.



Unlike Kyo's biological father, Kazuma is very kind and loving to his pupil and adoptive son. Despite raising him as repentance for being cold for the previous cat (his grandfather), he has come to genuinely care about Kyo. He has displayed his wisdom and determination to Kyo and the rest of the Sohma family in the duration of the series. He was even willing to defy the rest of the family in order to keep Kyo from meeting the same lonely fate his grandfather faced and give him a happy life.


Relation with the Cat Spirit

S1E24-2019 (138)

Kazuma met his grandfather at Cat's Room.

When he was a child, during their only meeting, Kazuma was mean to his grandfather simply because his grandfather was cursed by the Cat. Once, when he was still a child, his grandfather offered him a candy but he rejected it, saying it is cursed.

Taking in Kyo

To make amends, after Kyo's mother died, he took in and raised Kyo, the current Cat, as his foster son, and has come to think of him as his own son.

Story Overview

Fruits Basket

Before Summer Vacation

Kazuma thinks well of Tohru Honda and hopes her love for Kyo is sincere, and not based on pity like his grandmother's was towards his grandfather; both to test Tohru's feelings and to show Kyo he can be accepted despite his curse, Kazuma forces Kyo to show Tohru his true form.

After Summer Vacation

After Rin is hospitalized the second time during the series, he takes her in to recuperate so that she does not have to live inside the family compound, which he has done before. Saki Hanajima is working at Kazuma's dojo as a chef.

Fruits Basket Another

Kazuma's grandson, Hajime Sohma, mentions that Kazuma is in perfect health and still runs his dojo as usual. It is implied that Kyo will take over Kazuma's dojo.[2]


  • In an author's note, Natsuki Takaya said that although she draws him young, his age is "almost 40."
  • Takaya also claimed he is "clumsy with his hands and has no sense of flavor," and he is depicted as being so bad at cooking, he does not know how to prepare tea.
  • According to Natsuki Takaya in Fan Book - Cat, Kazuma only sees Saki as Kyo's classmate, despite Saki appearing to have a crush on him.



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Fruits Basket Characters
Main Characters
Tohru Honda  •  Kyo Sohma  •  Shigure Sohma  •  Yuki Sohma
Sohma Family
Akito Sohma  •  Ayame Sohma  •  Hatsuharu Sohma  •  Hatori Sohma  •  Hiro Sohma  •  Isuzu Sohma  •  Kagura Sohma  •  Kisa Sohma  •  Kureno Sohma  •  Kyo Sohma  •  Momiji Sohma  •  Ritsu Sohma  •  Shigure Sohma  •  Yuki Sohma
Akira Sohma  •  Ayame and Yuki's Mother  •  Momo Sohma  •  Momiji's Mother  •  Momiji's Father  •  Kana Sohma  •  Kazuma Sohma  •  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  •  Mai Iwata  •  Mayuko Shiraki  •  Mio Yamagishi  •  Minami Kinoshita  •  Motoko Minagawa  •  Naohito Sakuragi  •  Rika Aida  •  Saki Hanajima
Katsuya Honda  •  Kyoko Honda  •  Komaki Nakao  •  Kunimitsu Tomoda  •  Megumi Hanajima  •  Mine Kuramae  •  Mitsuru  •  Saki's Mother  •  Saki's Father  •  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
Amane  •  Chiaki Hasada  •  Michi Manabe  •  Mio Hasegawa  •  Mito  •  Rio Mosca  •  Ruriko Kageyama
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