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Naohito Sakuragi
Kanji 桜木 直人
Rōmaji Sakuragi Naohito
Also known as Nao
Gender Male
Age 16-17
Hair Color Light Brown
Eye Color Brown
Professional Status
Occupation Student
Affiliation Kaibara Municipal High School
Parents Unnamed Parents
Siblings Unnamed Older Sisters
Manga Chapter 66
Anime Season 2, Episode 13
Voice Actors
Japanese Aoi Ichikawa
Jun Fukuyama (Drama CD)
English Micah Solusod

Naohito Sakuragi (桜木 直人, Sakuragi Naohito) is one of the minor characters of the Fruits Basket series. He is a first-year student at Kaibara Municipal High School who serves as one of the two student council secretaries during Yuki Sohma's presidency, the other being Kimi Toudou. He is very short-tempered, works hard at his student council duties, and absolutely refuses to call the council the "School Defense Force," as the vice-president Kakeru Manabe wants. When he meets Yuki, he claims he to be his "rival", since he has a secret crush on Motoko Minagawa; president of the Prince Yuki Fan Club.


Naohito - Full Body

Nao's appearance in the anime.

Naohito is a young man of average build with a noticeable shorter height, which he is extremely insecure about. He is never shown smiling and is often seen with a frown, which gives the impression that he is annoyed. He has nape-length, straight light brown hair with free-falling bangs and similarly brown eyes.


Naohito is depicted as a no-nonsense and short-tempered young man. An outspoken person with little to no patience for inconvenience and silliness, he frequently loses his temper or is often left dumbfounded and angered by Kakeru Manabe and Kimi Toudou's antics and slacking off in general. He is very used to rushing around to do things.

Although he comes off as level-headed, unfriendly, and rash, he can be easily embarrassed and has a sort of "tsundere" personality, and tends to run away from situations if it is too much for him to handle. Additionally, his crush and interactions with Motoko prove that he is a kind-hearted boy who puts the happiness of the people dear to him before his own.

Story Overview[]

Second Year Arc[]

Third Year Arc[]


Motoko Minagawa[]

Naohito has had a long-standing crush on Motoko, having been watching and admiring her from afar. In contrast to his hot-tempered personality, Naohito is genuine, bashful, and considerate in his interactions with Motoko. After she confessed her feelings for Yuki and got "rejected", Naohito, in turn, expressed about how he wished that she would keep smiling brightly and continue being happy since new meetings always follow farewells.


  • The name Naohito means "straight, direct" (直) (nao) and "person" (人) (hito).
  • Naohito's surname Sakuragi means "cherry blossom" (桜) (sakura) and "tree, wood" (木) (ki/gi).


  • Natsuki Takaya noted that she never drew Naohito smiling.
  • Kakeru and Kimi sometimes call him Chibi-suke (chibi meaning small, and -suke being a common masculine name-ending), which irritates him because he is sensitive about his short stature.[1]
  • Naohito has two older sisters and a middle-class upbringing.



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