Kisa Sohma

Kisa color

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Kisa Sohma-2019

Kanji 草摩 杞紗
Rōmaji Sōma Kisa
Also known as Sat-chan (by Shigure and Satsuki)
Kisa-san (by Tohru)
Gender Female
Age 13-14
Height 144.5 cm / 4'9"
Weight 34.02 kg / 75 lb
Hair Color Yellow (Manga & 2019 Anime)
Auburn (2001 anime)
Eye Color Amber (Manga & 2019 anime)
Dark Brown (2001 anime)
Blood Type A
Cursed Year Tiger
Actual Year Tiger
Professional Status
Occupation Student
Affiliation Sohma Family
Unnamed middle school
Parents Unnamed Mother
Unnamed Father
Manga Chapter 27
Anime Episode 17 (2001)
Episode 18 (2019)
Voice Actors
Japanese Kaori Nazuka (2001)
Reina Ueda (2019)
English Kate Bristol

Kisa Sohma (草摩 杞紗, Sōma Kisa; "Kisa Soma"[1]) is a recurring characters from the Fruits Basket series.

She is the Tiger of the Chinese Zodiac. When she is first introduced, Kisa had sealed her words away since she was harassed and ostracized by her classmates due to her naturally yellow hair and golden eyes, an effect of her curse. Tohru Honda, who understands Kisa's distress because she was once bullied herself, helps her to come out of her shell. Kisa then becomes very attached to Tohru, viewing her as an older sister.

Kisa is best friends with Hiro Sohma and is close to Hatsuharu Sohma, viewing him as an older-brother figure.


Kisa is a small, slender young girl with fair skin. She has nape-length, straight golden-yellow hair which she wears into a bob, with a scruffy fringe and two long strands of hair framing her face. She has large amber-colored eyes and is noted to be very cute. She is often depicted in her school uniform or dresses.


She is initially shy and reserved, but began opening up to others when Tohru Honda consoled her.

Story Overview

Early Life

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Hiro ignored Kisa.


When she started middle school, she was constantly teased for her hair and eye color. Eventually, everyone started pretending that she wasn't there. However, they managed to notice her every time she would say something and would laugh at her for everything and anything she said. Soon after her class started ignoring her, and Kisa sealed her ability to speak. Hatori Sohma said that her words were there, but she mentally shut them off.

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Haru found Kisa in tiger form.

She stopped talking to her family, then she stopped going to school, and then she ran away from home. Hatsuharu Sohma found her, and on the way back, he bumped into Tohru and Yuki, who were waiting out the rain.
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Kisa first meet Tohru

When Tohru saw Kisa, she said, "Aww, what a cute cat!".
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Kisa hug Tohru.

After Tohru eventually spoke Kisa's thoughts, she began to become very close to her. Yuki and Tohru helped her to talk again, and then, when Tohru was coming home from school, Kisa went toward her saying "onee-chan..." (big sister or sisterly figure).[2]

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Before Summer Vacation

Kisa would start to purposely cause her family problems, and one day she ran away. The whole family was searching for her, but Haru found her in a bush, in her tiger form. While taking her back to Shigure's house, he bumps into Yuki Sohma and Tohru, who are waiting for it to stop raining. Tohru mistakes Kisa for a kitten and tries to pet her. Kisa bites her in her return. Kisa is separated from Tohru, and they go back to Shigure's house to treat Tohru's bite. When Hatsuharu starts talking about Kisa, she bites him. Tohru goes after her. She finds her in a bush in their front yard, then Kisa bites Tohru again. With Tohru's hand still in her mouth, Kisa's mother comes. She starts to tell Kisa what she has been doing to her and that she was very hurt that Kisa would run away from her. Tohru (still being bitten) then starts to talk to her mother about what she thinks is in Kisa's mind.

She says "You know, it could be she just didn't know how to tell you. Maybe she was worried about what you would think. Or she was worried that, she'd disappoint you... Maybe she was afraid. And maybe, maybe she didn't want anyone to know. So she tried to hide it. She put on her bravest face, and she did her best to look strong in front of everyone. But still, she knew. She knew she wasn't strong. And the more she tried to hide it, the more ashamed she felt; the more she began to hate herself. And the more she began to be afraid that you would hate her too if you knew the truth. If you knew how scared she was to face the other kids. And maybe, that's the reason she couldn't say anything to you. Maybe that's why she ran away. Because the thing she was most afraid of, the thought that scared her the most was that her mother would reject her. That she would be hated by someone she loved".

Kisa then transforms back, and instead of biting Tohru, she holds her hand. She starts to cry, and Tohru puts her sweater around her. Kisa remains at Shigure's house, following Tohru "like a baby duck". During a call from Kisa's mother, Tohru discovers that Kisa is always in her mother's thoughts and that she loves her very much. Eventually, with Tohru's strength, she regains the ability to speak.

Yuki Sohma went through a bit of the same thing. He said that to have confidence, you need to have other people say they like you. Then Kisa thinks of how Tohru always said, "I love you" to her, and soon after Kisa goes with Yuki to pick Tohru up from work, calling her "onee-chan" ("sissy" in the English anime dub) and hugging her.[2]

When Hiro meets Kisa for the first time in several years face-to-face, her first words to him are to return Tohru's notebook to her. They argue about Kisa idolizing Tohru, leaving Kisa at the brink of tears. Hiro decides to give in and return Tohru's notebook. When Kisa asks why he had not helped her when she was bullied, Hiro is lost for words but explains to her vaguely why he kept a distance from her (but he never mentions he was behind Akito beating her up). Eventually, Hiro tries to say the words "I love you" but he can not. Kisa, however, understands on the spot that he wanted to say that and forgives him.

Afterward, Hiro joins Kisa and Tohru to watch Mogeta at Shigure's house.[3]

During Summer Vacation

Kisa and Hiro have their first shown fight over a remark passed off from Hiro about Tohru's 'obsession' with her mother. In the end, Kisa feels some guilt for having sided with Tohru (when naturally, a person should side the person he/she loves, at least in her mind). She decides to apologize to Hiro and goes to Hiro's room, but Hiro accidentally hits her in the face with his door when he decides to apologize to her. They soon make up.

She is delighted when she finds out that Hiro's mother is pregnant.

After Summer Vacation

Sorta Cinderella

Kisa, Hiro, Momiji, and Haru go to see the play put on by Tohru, Yuki, Kyo, and their friends. In the entrance hall, Hiro notices a couple of boys staring at Kisa saying things like: "Check out the cutie!", "Is she foreign?", and "I wanna talk to her a little! Just a little won't hurt!" Hiro warns Kisa to be careful. She responds that she'll be careful not to bump into anyone in that big crowd. Hiro mutters, "It's not the crowd I'm worried about" while glaring at the boys. Haru notices, too, and picks up Kisa and carries her into the auditorium. After the play, Hiro comments, "Crud, what was that?" While Kisa goes on about what a great job Tohru did onstage, it becomes apparent that Momiji got the whole thing on tape, and he says they should put it on a DVD.

Tohru in the Hospital

Kisa and Hiro go out and are near the hospital when they see Kyo vomiting (from running). Kisa is very happy to be able to greet Kyo directly, rather than relying on Hiro to speak for her. Hiro does not like the sight of Kyo's vomit, but Kisa gives him her handkerchief to wipe his mouth. When Kyo sees Kisa and her actions, he remembers how Tohru had treated him before, taking care of him despite being a troublemaker and the odd one out of the Sohma Family.

When her curse broke, at last, she is with Hiro and his baby sister. They appear worried when she begins to cry.

When she and Hiro think about Tohru leaving with Kyo, Kisa goes into an overdrive of emotion. Hiro comforts her, telling her there is no point holding back her emotions and tears. As Kisa cries, she remembers all the memories she had with Tohru, right from the start when Tohru met her for the first time.

The Tiger of the Zodiac

Kisa is possessed by the spirit of the tiger. As she isn't an adult or teenager yet, when she transforms, she is shown as a tiger cub. She has honey brown-colored eyes and orange-colored hair due to sharing similar traits with her animal, the tiger. This has led to kids at school picking on her and eventually ignoring her (in the first anime, the silhouettes are shown mostly as girls), but eventually, she overcomes this and embraces the fact that she is cursed and is different from other girls but she learns to love herself.


  • According to the manga, Kisa was originally designed as in the running for being the first or second most beautiful character.
  • Kisa calls Tohru "onee-chan", which means "big sister" (she calls Tohru "Sissy" in the English dub).
  • Kisa can be a bit clueless at times, as during Somewhat Cinderella, when Hiro Sohma tells her to be careful, she says that she won't "bump into anyone", but he was really telling her that there were other boys who had their eyes on her. She didn't pick up these clues but is saved by Haru.
  • Kisa's hair color is similar to Kyo's, but in reality, this is one of the few things they have in common. Kyo was not happy with Kisa staying at Shigure's house, and angrily told her that it shouldn't be that hard to speak. This nearly drove Kisa to tears until Tohru intervened.
  • Kisa's name is derived from the second month, kisaragi or "changing clothes month", which is the month of the tiger of the traditional Japanese calendar.
  • Kisa feels it is a major accomplishment when she is able to greet Kyo directly instead of relying on Hiro to speak for her.
  • Kisa sometimes gets frustrated at Hiro because he mistreated Tohru. This leads to some arguments, but they are resolved and only add to the closeness of their relationship.
  • Kisa and Hiro together is like a tiger and a lamb.
  • Kisa considers the "Mabudachi Trio" her uncles, even though they are actually her older cousins, calling them Uncle Hatori, Uncle Shigure and Uncle Ayame. Additionally, since Kisa considers Shigure her uncle she could also see Akito as her aunt, though this is highly unlikely since she put Kisa in the hospital previously.
  • As she refers to the Mabudachi Trio as her uncles it is possible she also considers Ritsu and Kureno her uncles as they are in the same age group. If she considers them her uncles it is possible she considers their girlfriends Mitsuru and Arisa Uotani her "aunts".
  • Kisa is the youngest female member of the Zodiac.
  • Kisa has a stuffed tiger in her room, on the bed.
  • Kisa is a Russian word meaning "Kitty".
  • She likes parks.[3]



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Fruits Basket Characters
Main Characters
Tohru Honda  •  Kyo Sohma  •  Shigure Sohma  •  Yuki Sohma
Sohma Family
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
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
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