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|Also known as|| Stupid Cat (by Yuki)|
Carrots (by Arisa)
Kyon (by Arisa)
Kyon-kyon (by Hiroshi & Yusuke)
Kyonkichi (by Ayame)
Jari-gaki (by Kyoko)
|Age|| 16 (Beginning of the series)|
18 (End of the series)
|Height||171.3 cm / 5'7"|
|Weight||56 kg / 123.5 lbs|
|Eye Color|| Orange (Manga, 2019 Anime)|
Sienna (2001 Anime)
Martial Arts Teacher (Fruits Basket Another)
|Affiliation|| Kaibara Municipal High School|
|Parents|| Unnamed Father (Estranged)|
Kazuma Sohma (Adoptive Father)
|Spouse||Tohru Honda (Wife)|
|Children|| Hajime Sohma (Son)|
|Extended Family|| Unnamed Granddaughter|
Kyoko Honda (Mother-in-law)
Katsuya Honda (Father-in-law)
|Anime|| Episode 1 (2001)|
Episode 1 (2019)
|Japanese|| Tomokazu Seki (2001)|
Keisuke Konno (Young, 2001)
Kyōsuke Ikeda (Young, 2001)
Yuma Uchida (2019)
Asuna Tomari (Young, 2019)
|English|| Jerry Jewell|
Avery Rice Williams (Young, 2001)
Alison Viktorin (Young, 2019)
|“||I knew it. I knew it all along. Just as there’s rejection in this world, there are people who will reach out to you.||”|
Kyo Sohma (草摩 夾, Sōma Kyō, "Kyo Soma") is one of the deuteragonists of the Fruits Basket series. He is the adoptive son of Kazuma Sohma, whom he was taken in by after the death of his mother and the rejection from his biological father.
Kyo is cursed by the spirit of the Cat, an animal who would have been part of the Chinese Zodiac had the Rat not tricked him into missing the ceremony. An irregular member of the Zodiac, not only is Kyo discriminated against, disrespected, and has a future of confinement, he also has a true form which is a grotesque and foul-smelling monster— which he turns into when his Juzu bead bracelet is removed. He has blamed all of his misfortunes on his greatest enemy, the Rat, Yuki Sohma, and has dedicated his life to defeat him.
Charismatic and hot-blooded, if a bit socially awkward, Kyo moves into Shigure Sohma's house with Yuki and Tohru Honda at the beginning of the series. As the story progresses, Kyo falls in love with Tohru, and little by little, his heart heals by finding true love in her, and he can, in turn, help Tohru with her self-doubt. In the process, he finds the courage to live on despite his guilt, misgivings, and hardships.
Kyo is a teenage boy with a rather tall and muscular build, who is considered to be very handsome. He has nape-length, bright orange hair with cowlicks sticking out of his head and soft spikes, along with long bangs that hang over his matching orange eyes. His eyes are quite sharp and will occasionally become slit-like.
Kyo wears the standard Kaibara High uniform for males, which consists of a blue sweater (white during summertime) with a white color around the collar and edges, and a yellow shirt underneath (white in the anime). Unlike other students, Kyo wears his school uniform unbuttoned without a necktie, since he hates clothes that are tight around the neck. On other occasions, he mainly dresses in loose clothes and V-shirts. He also seems to like colors like red, orange, and yellow, and often wears clothes in such colors.
He wears a set of Juzu beads, or Buddhist prayer beads, on his left wrist that are red and white in color, all the way around and every other turn.
Kyo is a very short-tempered, stubborn, brash, and sharp-tongued person. He is also viewed as charismatic and wears his emotions on his sleeves, which causes people to gather around him, and it also allows Kyo to socialize with outsiders with ease. However, he rarely displays this ability, and rough actions and insensitive remarks are sometimes the only things that come out. Kyo is also quite violent and self-sacrificing, and will frequently end up shouting at people, even people he cares about. This behavior of his is a defensive mechanism to hide the pain he has suffered, and he also doesn't want to hurt people and is afraid of making people unhappy if they get close to him. He tries to keep people at arm's length and even resorts to hurting them so they leave him alone because almost everyone in his life has hurt and pitied him so much that he is tired of it. At one point, he even denied that Kazuma was his father because he didn't want Kazuma to get hurt.
However, thanks to Tohru's influence, who reaches out to him with a patient and genuine understanding instead of force or pity, Kyo gradually grows into a calmer, gentler, and emotionally mature person. Little by little, his heart heals by finding true love in Tohru, and he can, in turn, help Tohru with her self-doubt. Underneath his tough personality, Kyo is very sensitive and vulnerable and cares a great deal about the people he loves. Evident by his interactions with Tohru, Kyo is a very emphasizing, affectionate, patient, supportive, and selfless person who openly encourages her happiness, even if he isn't a part of it. He has a soft side that he doesn't like people seeing, and gets embarrassed quickly. He is not very good at expressing his feelings, and therefore occasionally comes off as a tsundere. Kyo is also passionate and determined if he puts his mind to something, most notably martial arts, which he eventually makes his livelihood.
Kyo harbors a strong hatred towards Yuki Sohma, the Rat, in which he is seen to be a very competitive, tough, no-manners, and always-wanting-to-fight boy. His hatred towards Yuki is so deep that Kyo has always blamed him for all his problems, particularly him being excluded from the Zodiac, his mother's suicide and Kyo choosing not to save Kyoko Honda, because making Yuki his scapegoat made him feel better about himself and was a coping mechanism to keep from mentally falling apart. As a result, he feels undeserving of Tohru's love and excessively rejects her when she confesses to him. However, Kyo eventually come to realize how unfair and self-serving his way of thinking was, and properly apologizes to Tohru. He also reconciles with Yuki, even developing a budding friendship with him. Kyo decides to never repeat his past mistakes again and keep living on despite his regrets and guilt. He openly anticipates a bright future and wants to live like a normal person by challenging himself and getting involved with the world around him, something he had never done or wanted before. He also becomes kinder, more sensitive, affectionate, level-headed and laidback, smiles more often, and has much less of a temper, which Tohru describes the way the original Kyo was like, untainted by hatred.
Kyo had a very isolated childhood and was rarely let out from his house by his excessively overprotective mother, since she was afraid of Kyo's true form being seen. According to Kyo, she would always cover up her fear of his true form by displaying her motherly love, a love he did not appreciate. She would also check that his beads were intact dozens of times every day.
Due to his position as the Cat, Kyo was despised, pitied, and isolated from the other Sohmas, and served the purpose of being the scapegoat for the Zodiacs. On the days he was able to play outside at the Sohma grounds, he would always be alone. One day, Kagura Sohma found Kyo drawing an egg with a tree branch. Kagura, who had hated herself for also being Cursed by one of the Zodiac animals, found solace in Kyo, since she had it better than him and would never suffer as much as he would. From there on, Kagura became friends with Kyo out of pity, and Kyo, unbeknownst to Kagura's true feelings, happily accepted her friendship.
At some point, Kagura insisted that she wanted to wear Kyo's Juzu bead bracelet, and she eventually took it by force when Kyo rejected the idea. Unknown of what would happen, Kagura witnessed Kyo's true form and was horrified by it. Following this, Kyo and Kagura began avoiding one another and Kyo's mother grew increasingly protective of him.
Death of his mother
While Kyo was resented by the Sohma family, so was his mother, and her husband emotionally and verbally abused her for giving birth to Kyo, for loving him, and for apparently ruining his life. During these moments, she would seek comfort in Kyo. Eventually, the inability to confide in anyone, the abuse she received from her husband, and the shame of having Kyo as a son and the strain of protecting him, led to Kyo's mother committing suicide by jumping in front of a moving train. During her funeral, almost every member of the Sohma family blamed the five-year-old Kyo for his mother's death, including his father. Because of this, Kyo grew very vengeful and did not shed a single tear at his mother's funeral. He also blamed Yuki for the incident, and threatened that he would kill Yuki and then kill himself to make his father satisfied. Kazuma Sohma, who noticed the absurdity of this treatment and remembered how the last Cat, his grandfather, was treated by the family, took Kyo in. Having the first person to ever understand his struggles made Kyo break down in tears.
Taken in by Kazuma Sohma
In contrast to his mother and biological father, Kyo was well taken care of by Kazuma and was shown the "outside world". At some point, Kyo began calling Kazuma "Shishou" since none of his students referred to him as much. Kazuma also began training Kyo in martial arts to teach him discipline, and to help Kyo become stronger in his life knowing it will be so difficult being cursed by the cat. The two bonded over their sessions together, and Kyo finally found something he was passionate about. Hatsuharu Sohma, who had begun training martial arts to relieve his anger, occasionally trained martial arts with Kyo in the Sohma dojo.
Kyo received a normal education, and went to the same school as the other Cursed Sohmas. However, he still hated his position as the Cat and blamed all of his misfortune on the Rat, Yuki Sohma. During one of the Sohma's annual banquet, Yuki heard about Kyo, who isn't part of the Zodiac and therefore cannot join in the banquet. When Yuki sneaked out to meet Kyo and attempted to befriend him, Kyo harshly shouted that he hated Yuki, that his very existence had brought misfortune to him, and that he would be better off dead.
At some point, Kyo received a hat as a present from Kazuma. When he was out walking with his father, his hat was blown away in the wind. When he went to find it, he saw that it was already in Yuki's hand. Yuki attempted to give it back, but Kyo refused to since he didn't want to touch anything Yuki had touched, and returned back to Kazuma's side.
Meeting Kyoko Honda
In the beginning when Kazuma took him in, Kyo often felt like he couldn't go straight home after school, and would therefore spend time in the neighborhood. One of these days, Kyo met Kyoko Honda, whose workplace was in the neighborhood. While Kyoko instantly took an interest in Kyo for having such an odd hair-color, Kyo was harsh and distant because he was not used to people wanting to interact with him. He also thought it was embarrassing that the two of them shared similar names. But Kyoko's persistence broke through, and the fact that Kyoko understood and emphasized with Kyo's situation with his parents, made Kyo think of her as a ray of hope and a person who could make Kyo forgive himself by simply existing.
After their first meeting, Kyo and Kyoko would regularly cross paths and talk about all kinds of things. Kyoko told Kyo about her past as a delinquent, how she met her future husband Katsuya, how she almost gave up when Katsuya died, and how she now was determined to keep living for her daughter Tohru's sake. As Kyoko continued talking fondly about Tohru, Kyo began wanting to see Tohru for himself as well. He went to check up on her one day when Kyoko was out for work, in which Kyo noticed that Tohru was lonely and sad. Kyo disliked this, and found himself regularly thinking about Kyoko and Tohru and wished that they could be happy forever. Kyo's wondering about them one day led him to Kyoko's house, where Kyoko had become hysterical since she had lost Tohru. Kyo promised Kyoko that he would bring Tohru back home safely. However, Kyo later got the news that Tohru already had been rescued by another boy who had a hat in his possessions. Kyo was enraged when he realized that Tohru's rescuer was Yuki, and feeling betrayed that Kyoko had apparently sided with Yuki, ran away. In spite of Kyo's insults towards her, Kyoko brushed this off and gleefully shouted that Kyo had to keep his promise to protect Tohru. After that, Kyo never saw or visited Kyoko again.
During Kyo's middle school years, he was described as a problem child. Since he was constantly bullied by other children for his natural orange hair color, he would beat them "half to death". This violent behavior of his was often brought to attention to the teachers. One day, Kazuma was called in due to being Kyo's guardian. However, the fact that Kazuma was made fun of because of Kyo's mistakes in school, similarly to how Kazuma received inappropriate comments for taking in Kyo when he was a child, made him declare that Kazuma was not his father. Even though he did wish that Kazuma was his real father, he didn't want to burden him and kept a distance between them.
During his first year in a local boys' high school, Kyo was taking a walk where he saw Kyoko again. He wondered if he should speak to her, but he suddenly saw a truck driving in Kyoko's direction. Kyo knew that Kyoko was in danger, but he couldn't act on his desire to help her because if he did drag her out from the way, he would "hug" her and transform. He couldn't bear the thought of transforming into a "monster" in front of so many people. Kyoko was eventually run over by the truck and laid there, dying, when she finally noticed Kyo, the boy she had met so many years ago. When he heard her mutter the words "I'll never forgive you", Kyo ran away as he was overcome with guilt, regret, and despair.
After this incident, Kyo grew majorly depressed, couldn't continue with his day-to-day living, and had given up on his life. Right before thinking that he would be better off dead, Kyo's thoughts once again shifted to Yuki, and he blamed his mistakes and misfortunes on Yuki. Kazuma, realizing how utterly broken Kyo was, took him to the mountains to recover, though it said that they went to the mountains to "train".
After coming back four months later, Kazuma informed Kyo that he would be away for a sabbatical training for a while, and that when he returned, they could live together again. Kyo was also severely reprimanded by Akito due to being away for such a long time. However, seeing how desperate Kyo was, Akito made a bet with him: 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. Kyo accepted the deal, but didn't particularly care about becoming a true member of the Zodiac. What drove Kyo was that he thought he finally could be happy, since he finally had a concrete reason for hating Yuki and making him his scapegoat, and made it his life goal to defeat him.
First Year Arc
Kyo's first appearance is when he jumps through the roof and challenges Yuki to a fight. Amidst the commotion, Tohru ends up accidentally embracing Kyo, Yuki and Shigure, who turns into a cat, a rat, and a dog respectively, much to her surprise. After explaining everything about the curse and settling down, Kyo was shocked to realize that the girl was actually Tohru Honda, the daughter of Kyoko. This pained him as Tohru's presence made him unable to forget his guilt for apparently letting Kyoko die.
The next couple of days, Shigure has an angry Kyo transferred to Tohru and Yuki's school after he apparently had been training for four months in the mountains instead of attending his previous school. Despite his initial anger of having to live under the same roof as Yuki and not accepting Tohru in the household, he becomes good friends with the latter, especially after she confessed that she has always liked the Cat in the Zodiac legend the most.
As time passed, Kyo reunited with Kagura Sohma who is obsessively in love with him, much to Kyo's fear and annoyance. She almost tells Tohru about his "true form", but Kyo shuts her mouth. When Tohru briefly returns back home to her grandfather's house, Kyo and Yuki go to her grandfather's house due to being bothered by her department, and listen in from the outside as Tohru reveals that she wants to spend more time with the Sohmas and live with them. Kyo and Yuki eventually arrive to take Tohru back to their home, and Kyo tells Tohru that it is alright to be selfish once in a while, causing Tohru to remember her mother giving her the exact same advice when she was young. Thus, Tohru joyfully moves back in with the Sohmas.
For the following months, Kyo takes a part of his school's cultural festival, and gets to know Tohru's friends Arisa Uotani and Saki Hanajima. During New Year's Eve, Kyo and Yuki unhesitantly planned to spend it at the Sohmas' family estate for the banquet as Tohru insists that they go with Shigure to celebrate while she stays in the house. However, on their way there, the Sohmas encounter Saki, where she points out that Tohru will truly feel alone as it would be the first time she will spend the New Year without her mother. This causes Kyo and Yuki to rush back home, mentioning that they "want to go home", whereupon Tohru is tearfully happy that they're back. Later, Tohru, Kyo, and Yuki climb up to the rooftop to watch the sunrise to start their new year together. Kyo swears that he will beat Yuki this year.
The year starts with Kyo competing against Yuki during an endurance run, though they are interrupted by Hatsuharu Sohma. Haru challenges Kyo to a duel, but once Yuki starts getting sick, Kyo decides to go back to school and plays poker with Saki, Shigure, and Hiroshi and Yusuke. A day before Valentine's Day, Kyo is invited to a double date with Kagura, Tohru, and Yuki. When Kyo refuses to get along with Yuki, Shigure pushes Kyo too far when he states that, even though he hates Yuki, Kyo is afraid of getting to know him, forcing Kyo to run away. Worrying about him, Tohru catches up to Kyo, encouraging him that he does not have to get along with Yuki if he does not want to. On Valentine's Day, Tohru and Yuki accompany Kyo and Kagura for their double date. After the end-of-term tests, Kyo, Yuki, Tohru, and Momiji visit the inn and spend the night there. Momiji later reveals that he and Hatsuharu will be joining her high school as first years, which annoys Kyo.
Second Year Arc
The second school year begins with Kyo reluctantly accompanying Tohru to meeting Haru and Momiji Sohma. After a few comical incidents, Momiji reveals to Kyo, Yuki, and Haru that Akito has arrived at the school, violently upsetting Kyo. At the end of the day, Kyo is forced to play badminton with Tohru, her friends, and the other Sohmas.
At the first anniversary of Kyoko's death, Kyo reluctantly accompanies Tohru, Yuki, Saki and Arisa to Kyoko's grave. Tohru is surprised to see how closed off and quiet Kyo seems to be. Saki later talks to Kyo and he is shocked when she tells him his thoughts are filled with regret and "chaos". As the sun sets and they return home, Kyo discovers a sleeping Tohru and quietly whispers that he is "sorry". Following this incident, Shigure brought Kyo, Yuki, Tohru and Hatori Sohma to the Sohmas' lakeside house for a short vacation, though Kyo and Yuki remain silent since visiting Kyoko's grave due to their respective emotional turmoils. Tohru is afraid it is because she is a burden, but they reassure Tohru that they were preoccupied and not at all angry at her, though when they started arguing, Tohru is happy that they are back to normal.
During summertime, Kazuma returns back home from his business and visits Kyo at Shigure's house. Overjoyed at his return, Kyo reminds Kazuma of his promise that he can return to the dojo. Kazuma however believes that it would be beneficial for Kyo to continue living at Shigure's house because of Tohru's positive influence. In the belief that Tohru will save his heart and stop Kyo from running away from his problems, Kazuma removes Kyo's bracelet from his wrist that night and exposes his true form in front of Tohru. Frightened of ultimately losing her, he runs away from the house and violently pushes her away when she catches up. But Tohru, although scared and initially repulsed, stays with him because she wants to understand him better and live alongside him. Kyo, who had never received such an acceptance from anyone before, hugs her and calls her by name for the first time. He vows to treasure Tohru from then on and be by her side, and Tohru carries him home in his cat form.
Kazuma leaves the house with Tohru seeing him off the next day, but Kyo manages to catch up to the pair, and apologizes for being a burden to Kazuma. Now knowing each others' feelings, Kyo and Kazuma firmly reconcile their relationship as Kyo vows to become stronger so he one day can call Kazuma his father.
After discussing the future with Tohru, visiting Kazuma's house with her, and spending time at a haunted house with Tohru, Yuki, Haru and Momiji, Kyo head to the Sohma beach house during the summer vacation along with Tohru and the other Sohmas. During the vacation, Kyo shows his observant nature regarding Tohru, and even when she tries to hide her worries behind a smile, Kyo is able to notice her change in behavior. He reaches out to her and urges her to speak out about what she truly wants. Akito also went to the beach, where she ordered all the Zodiacs, minus Kyo, to spend time with her, so she could isolate Tohru from everyone else. Kyo and Tohru, however, develop a deeper bond, as they spend fun time together and Kyo tells her the truth about his rosary. However, seeing how Kyo has the nerve to have fun with Tohru despite everything he has apparently done, Akito decides to bring Kyo to visit her. On his way there, Kyo bumps into Yuki and they get into an argument, but Yuki refuses to fight back because he knows about how Kyo has made him into his scapegoat and how he can't defeat him because of their predestined fates.
When Kyo arrives at Akito's place, she confronts him about the bet they made months ago, and how Kyo is already failing. She proceeds to torment him by blaming him for his mother's death and convincing him that he would be better off dead. Akito soon even turns the conversation about Tohru; she accuses Tohru of being a "monster" just like Kyo because she accepted his true form. Kyo is upset by Akito's words since Tohru's acknowledging her fear yet still choosing to stay by his side meant so much for him, and he didn't want her to get insulted because of him. Kyo thinks back on everything Tohru has done for him, and soon realizes, in tears and anguish, that he has fallen so deeply in love with her. However, Akito tells him that he is not qualified to love someone since he wouldn't be forgiven for all his mistakes. This struck a chord in Kyo; he thinks back to Kyoko saying the exact same thing to him and blames himself for apparently troubling Tohru. Akito is content by this resignation and makes her decision to lock up Kyo in the Cat's room once he graduates clear. After the confrontation, Kyo acknowledges that he is completely in love with Tohru, but because of his guilt regarding Kyoko and because of his eventual confinement, he has no wish to make Tohru his. He only vows to spend as much of his time "outside" as he can with her.
After summer vacation, Kagura visits him, and Kyo takes the opportunity to tell her that he has something important to say to her. Kagura insists that she will only listen to what he has to say if he goes on a date with her.
On the day of their "date", Kagura discovers how much more level-headed, calm, and gentle Kyo had become. Kyo is meanwhile taken to the place went to the place where they first met and where Kagura first discovered his true form. Kagura ends up confessing about how pitying Kyo and finding solace in him, the Cat, made her feel better about herself. She also reveals that she found herself disgusting for being repulsed by Kyo's true form and wanted to forget all about the incident, which is why she convinced herself that she loved him in order to ease her own guilt. When she begins crying, Kyo tells her that she doesn't have to talk about things that makes her cry and that she has nothing to apologize for, since whatever the reason she played with him the first day they met, it made him very happy. At the same time, he makes it perfectly clear that he will never fall in love with her. Kagura breaks down in tears while repeatedly telling Kyo that she loves him; realizing that somewhere along the line, she had genuinely fallen in love with him. Kyo pulls Kagura into a hug to console her, and thanks her for everything.
Third Year Arc
When he was walking towards his house to confront his father, he met Akito. Akito told him that she had spoken to his father and he had agreed to destroy that cat's confinement room, giving him his freedom. He felt perplexed and stunned.
Yuki was talking to some of their classmates when they mentioned that Tohru was being discharged from the hospital. He was stunned as he was the only one who did not know of her discharge date. He ran off to the hospital, to meet Tohru standing outside of the main entrance. But Tohru cried and ran off. Kyo chased after her and apologized for what he had done to her earlier. She accepted his apology and they embraced, neglecting the fact that he will transform into a cat. However, that did not happen as at that moment, Akito broke the curse. Unable to believe it, Kyo ripped off his Juzu beads bracelet and did not change, confirming that the curse had indeed been broken.
Although his beads were scattered over, Tohru collected them because she wanted to protect Kyo of the present and Kyo of the future, as well as honor every single one who had to wear the Juzu Beads.
As Kyo and Tohru among others have graduated, the couple is moving out of Shigure’s house to prepare to go to another city, where Kyo will study at another dojo in preparation for inheriting Kazuma's, with Tohru's full support and the notion of following him wherever he goes. While Kyo and Tohru clean their rooms, they talk about their future together; but they also reminisce about the past and the memories they have created in Shigure's house over the past three years. Tohru is overwhelmed by emotions and begins crying, and Kyo comforts her and tells her with endings, come beginnings, too.
At the end of the day, Kyo casually greets Yuki and tells him that they've put aside food for him when he had decided to visit Shigure's house for the last time. Yuki asks him if he could speak to Tohru in private, and Kyo tells him that Tohru is in the living room. Before Yuki made his way there, he tells Kyo to stay level-headed and calls him a "stupid cat". This puts a smile on Kyo's face, and he, in turn, explains that he needs no looking after and calls Yuki "stupid rat". This makes Yuki smile as well.
Kyo and Tohru enter a committed relationship with one another, and Kyo is last seen walking hand in hand with Tohru in their old age, as their children and grandchildren talk about their love fondly. It is also shown that Tohru keeps the beads in their home even many years later, to serve as a reminder of his past, and Tohru narrates that happy things and sad things will be accepted as the two grow old together.
Kyo and Tohru have just begun dating and are getting ready to graduate high school. Shigure asks her if she's happy to spend every second with the man she loves, and she timidly but happily responds that she does. Kyo later separates them and tells Tohru that she can sue Shigure if he ever crosses the line. Shigure later gets Kyo to admit that he doesn't like others seeing Tohru's embarrassed and flustered face. Kyo comments "Huh, what if I don't? Don't look at her!", much to Shigure's amusement. He is later seen on a date with Tohru as her best friend Saki Hanajima and Arisa Uotani accompanies them.
At some point, Kyo married Tohru, having three children between them. Since Kyo is training to take over Kazuma's dojo, the family settled down in the countryside for the time being. However, it is mentioned that they will eventually return to the city one day.
During the times he worked as a martial arts teacher in the dojo in the countryside, the people visiting would occasionally remark that his oldest son, Hajime Sohma, had begun to look more and more like him as each day passed. Every time someone remarked about this, Hajime noticed that Kyo would have a nervous smile, presumably because of his past as the Cat.
Kyo is also seen in a memory flashback as silhouettes with Tohru, his youngest son, Yuki and Machi, while Hajime played with Yuki and Machi's son, Mutsuki Sohma, when they were children. When Hajime graduated from middle school, Kyo and Tohru made the decision to tell Hajime about the Zodiacs Curse and Kyo's past with the Cat's spirit. After hearing about his parent's past, Hajime decided to enroll at the same high school they attended, because he wanted to understand which environment they spent their time in to come where they are now. At un unspecified point, Hajime began wearing his father's Juzu bead bracelet. Since the curse is broken and since he isn't obligated to wear it, it is heavily implied that Hajime does this to show his respect to both his father and his past struggles as being the Cat.
Although Kyo does not appear in the sequel, he is mentioned by several people; Mutsuki mentions that he regularly sends embarrassing videos of Hajime to Kyo and Tohru. Hajime also mentions that Kyo is still being teased for believing that "Jason" was a bear living by the Sohma Cottage. It is implied that their household is quite hectic, as Hajime says that he never gets a chance to study when he returns home during breaks, and that his parents are quite nosy and make a big deal out of every little thing. It is perhaps for this reason that Hajime has never invited his parents to any school festival.
Differences from the source material
- Kyo's appearance differs between the manga and the anime adaptions:
- The 2001 anime depicts him with sienna eyes.
- In the 2001 anime, his school uniform is black instead of dark blue like in the manga and 2019 anime.
- His Zodiac form had purple eyes instead of orange.
- The 2001 anime didn't show Kyo apologizing to sleeping Tohru after visiting Kyoko's grave.
- This is actually a huge foreshadowing regarding how Kyo actually knew Kyoko and how he feels guilty for apparently letting her die.
- Kyo's role in the true form arc in the 2001 anime differs slightly from the manga and the 2019 anime:
- In the 2001 anime, Tohru needs convincing from her friends to chase after Kyo. In the original source, she does so unhesitantly despite her fears.
- In the 2001 anime, Yuki chases after Kyo as well and restrains him down, showing that Yuki had begun to care for him. This is absent during the original source, as Kyo and Yuki do not develop a budding friendship until the end of the series.
- In the 2001 anime, Kyo tells Tohru that she didn't have to love everything about himself (his true form), but in the original source material, Kyo tells Tohru that it would be fine if his mother didn't love all of him and was afraid of his true form.
- 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 is accepted by Akito and the 2001 series ends on a bright future day with Tohru, Yuki, and Kyo back at the residence where they live.
The Cat of the Zodiac
The Cat is not an animal included in the Chinese Zodiac, but legend has it that the Cat may have been included had the Rat not tricked it. As a result, he and Yuki (the current Rat) do not get along well, since Kyo blames Yuki for all his misfortune and mistreatment, and drove him to make a deal with Akito Sohma: that if he defeats Yuki in a fight before graduating high school, he would officially be accepted as part of the Zodiac; however, if he does not, Kyo would be confined inside the Cat's Room for the rest of his life.
Kyo shares some traits which mirror the Cat's traditional personality characteristics in the Zodiac Legend. He is often seen sitting on a roof because like a cat, he is drawn to high places. In connection to this, he can smoothly land on his feet, even from high places. This is seen when he jumped out of his school window from the second floor without any injuries. As Kazuma mentioned, Kyo likes to hide behind walls when he wishes to talk to someone urgently, and he seems to get frightened by loud noises too, becoming startled like a cat.
Kyo dislikes water, hence hating to swim or go to a beach (shown when the Sohmas went for their summer vacation). Due to this, his mood changes drastically during rain, becoming restless, tired, moody, and more than easily agitated but at the same time no mood to argue or fight. He prefers to wear a loose-fitting t-shirt or jacket because he doesn't like tight clothing (especially around the neck, since cats hate collars). He has been shown drinking milk quite often as well.
Being cursed by the spirit of the cat, Kyo has orange hair and eyes. This trait of his is genetic, and can be passed down to his children. His eyes become silt-like when his cat spirit stirs in him, for example when he gets angry at Yuki, the Rat (or his 'natural' enemy).
While the Sohmas think Kyo's other form represents the Cat's anger, in truth the Cat was never resentful. When the "God" cast the curse to reincarnate all 13 of the Zodiac members, the Cat did not want to be re-born again, as it had a good life. Thus the other thirteen shunned him; their scorn is what created the ugly of the Cat. This is why Kyo is the only of the Cursed Sohmas to have a "true form", and has to wear his Juzu bead bracelet at all times, which was made from human blood and bones, in order to not transform into his so-called "true form". His true form is a grotesque, foul-smelling, orange-colored monster (dark green in 2001 anime with purple eyes) with orange eyes, and sharp claws and teeth. In this form, he gains superhuman agility, speed, and strength, enough to cause a stone cliff to collapse from a single punch. Because of being the most cursed, it is mentioned that the Cat is a scapegoat and its only purpose was to make the other Zodiac members feel better, since none of the cursed zodiacs would have to suffer as much as the Cat would.
When Kyo's curse breaks, he is subconsciously aware of it and rips his Juzu Beads off to confirm it. He also hugs Tohru, and when he does not transform into his true form or regular cat form, he confirms that his curse is indeed broken. Kyo's curse was the overall fourth to break.
Creation and conception
According to Natsuki Takaya, when she was developing the series, Kyo was one of the first three characters she developed and was "based on a real person who really transformed into a cat and had to wear a bracelet or would turn into a monster...without any hesitation." She has also stated she deliberately gave Yuki and Kyo different tastes in clothing to distinguish them. Kyo was made as a person with anger issues to give the story a little comedy. Takaya also described the character of Kyo as a powerful force that pulled the story of Fruits Basket along.
- According to the Fruits Basket Character Book:
- Kyo and Yuki are the only cursed Sohmas whose names aren't part of the poetic names for the months of the year.
- Instead, the kanji used for Kyo's name (夾) means "to squeeze/wedge in between," representing his wish to find a place inside the Zodiac circle.
- Kyo looks the best in V-neck shirts.
- He likes rough clothes that are easy to move around in and don't need looking after.
- He absolutely hates clothes that are tight around the neck.
- He never wears any accessories except for his beads, which he only wears because he is required to.
- He doesn't like wearing things that feel oppressive; he even hates wearing socks or shoes.
- He really liked the pants he was wearing when he first appeared, but since they are all torn up now, he can't wear them anymore.
- Kyo is not very picky about food, but he absolutely hates leeks, green onions, and miso. He hates the smell of leeks and the taste of onions, and while he can tolerate miso soup, he can't stand miso dengaku.
- Because Kazuma is so appallingly bad at cooking, Kyo became good at it to survive. He also has a knack for forming onigiri.
- Kyo and Yuki are the only cursed Sohmas whose names aren't part of the poetic names for the months of the year.
- It is revealed by Natsuki Takaya that he dislikes Chinese Chive.
- Kyo is actually quite air-headed. When he was complaining about having to transfer to the same school as Yuki at the beginning of the series, and Yuki told him he could have just failed his tests on purpose, Kyo was left dumbfounded.
- Because he was isolated when he was young, he is very ignorant about the world. He had never heard about Jason (which he stills get teased about by his children's friends), and didn't know what DVDs were.
- In the anime, Kyo is occasionally seen with a fang sticking out from his mouth (a popular trope in anime for "tsundere" characters). Additionally, cat ears sometimes sprout out from his hair.
- Kyo develops a habit of lightly tapping Tohru's head with his fist, showing that he cares about her in his own way.
- The only known characters that know about his true form are his mother, Kagura, Akito, Shigure, Kazuma, Tohru, and Yuki.