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Shigure Sohma

Shigure Sohma 2016 Cover

Shigure Sohma-2001

Shigure Sohma-2019

Kanji 草摩 紫呉
Rōmaji Sōma Shigure
Also known as Gure-san (by Ayame)
Gure-nii (by Rin)
Shi-chan (by Momiji)
Sensei (by Hatsuharu and Mitsuru)
Description
Gender Male
Age 26 (Beginning of the series)
28 (End of the series)
Height 178 cm / 5'10"
Weight 68.5 kg / 151 lbs
Hair Color Grey (Manga and 2019 Anime)
Black (2001 Anime)
Eye Color Grey (Manga and 2019 Anime)
Brown (2001 Anime)
Blood Type AB
Cursed Year Dog
Actual Year Rat
Astrological Sign Scorpio
Professional Status
Occupation Writer
Assistant of the Head of the Sohma Family
Affiliation Sohma Family
Relatives
Parents Unnamed Parents
Spouse Akito Sohma (Wife)
Children Shiki Sohma (Son)
Extended Family Akira Sohma (Father-in-law)
Ren Sohma (Mother-in-law)
Debut
Manga Chapter 1
Anime Episode 1 (2001)
Episode 1 (2019)
Voice Actors
Japanese Ryōtarō Okiayu (2001)
Yuichi Nakamura (2019)
Mari Hino (Young, 2019)
English John Burgmeier
Apphia Yu (Young)

Shigure Sohma (草摩 紫呉, Sōma Shigure, "Shigure Soma"[1]) is one of the main protagonist of the Fruits Basket series and the Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers Arc.

He is the Dog of the Chinese Zodiac and the eldest member of the Cursed Sohmas. He is best friends with Ayame Sohma and Hatori Sohma, and the three makes up the "Mabudachi Trio". He is also the owner of the house where he, Tohru Honda, Yuki Sohma, and Kyo Sohma live. He is a writer who publishes literary novels under his own name and trashy romances under pen names.

While Shigure is depicted as lazy and dirty-minded, he can be extremely sly and manipulative. Having been in love with Akito Sohma ever since she was born, Shigure has stated that he is willing to sacrifice anything or dirty his hands to get what he wants. His main motivation is to break the Sohma Curse so he can free Akito; the God, from the curse and the need to live as a man, so he can have her all to himself.

In Fruits Basket Another, he is married to Akito and the father of Shiki Sohma.

Appearance

Shigure has short black hair that has longer locks hanging around his face, and brown eyes, inheriting his appearance from his mother mainly. Shigure is fond of wearing traditional Japanese clothing, as he claims that it gives him the vibes to write.

Personality

In his initial appearance, Shigure seems like a perverted, laid-back character. As the story goes on, he begins to seem more sinister. However, he has a good heart deep down inside.

Shigure can be quite insightful and gives advice to Yuki, Kyo and Tohru if needed. On the surface he's playful, aloof, and mildly perverted; however, he can be quite cunning, manipulative, and deceptive. This dark side of himself is explained in part because of his loyalty to Akito and also because of his desire to see the curse broken. He’s willing to use and hurt others to achieve his goals, including Tohru. He admits to feeling guilty about using Tohru, as he has grown fond of her. He’s aware that his actions will anger his friends deeply but is willing to take the risk, or “lose a tooth” as he thinks the ends justify the means.

What he does, however, is not born out of malice or selfishness, rather he wants the Sohma family to finally achieve happiness. Since Shigure knows how complex the situation is he sometimes has to act cruelly to achieve his subversive plot.

The 2001 anime adaptation downplays this as his darker side is fundamentally absent, by contrast the 2019 adaptation is more faithful. 

Dark Shigure

Shigure showing the darker side of himself.

As a writer of both romance novels and academic books, Shigure loves to drive his editor, Mitchan, insane by not giving his editor the pages on time and constantly goes off topic when his editor questions him about his work being finished or not.

His most famous and well-celebrated pen name is Kiritani Noa (western order, Noa Kiritani), which he usually uses for his romance novels, such as 'Summer-Colored Sigh', which he showed to Saki Hanajima, Arisa Uotani and Kyo Sohma. They give very different reactions, Hanajima asks if a sequel will be coming out, while Uotani says it is unacceptable to write that 'smut' and Kyo comments that it's sick. Tohru thinks it's amazing that she knows an author.

Shigure's best friends are Hatori Sohma and Ayame Sohma. This trio have been friends since their childhood. Together their nickname is the Mabudachi Trio (the Three Musketeers in the English dubbed anime). While it is obvious how Ayame and Shigure get along well, it's less certain how Hatori, who is always exasperated with them, became their friend.

2001 Anime

S1E23-2001 (121)

Shigure calling/annoying Hatori.

In the anime, Shigure's personality is largely the same, but without his darker side. Since Akito is male in the anime, Shigure becomes much more cheery and lighthearted, truly caring for Tohru as if she were his own daughter, and not being afraid to twice stand against Akito to protect her.

Story Overview

Early Life

S1E10-2019 (170)

Shigure as child


S1E13-2019 (209)

Ayame, Hatori & Shigure in their high school year.

Plot

While at first, Shigure seems like just another filler character in the background, there for comedy relief and sage advice now and then, he is in fact what could be considered the "mastermind" behind the story. Shigure seems to hang above the crowd and observe the goings-on. While not taking an active role, he has a keen understanding of the personalities and actions of all the characters and manipulates them like chess pieces to reach his personal goal of breaking the Zodiac curse.

The Three Musketeers Arc

The Dog of the Zodiac

Shigure is cursed by the spirit of the dog of the zodiac. He shares some traits with 

Trivia

  • Shigure's name, like most members of the Zodiac, is a pun regarding his Zodiac animal; the dog. His name translates into shower of late autumn, whereas the dog's lunar month is October.
    • Shigure's name is derived from the tenth month of the Japanese lunar calendar, Shigurezuki, or "Autumn showers month". 
  • Shigure is the first Sohma to appear in both the anime and manga.
  • When Shigure first met Tohru, he was happy to hear that she was born in the year of the dog, because as he phrases it, "they are both 'dogs'".
  • Shigure habitually wears a kimono unless he has to leave home for business, which according to Takaya is his way of getting into "the spirit of things" as a writer.
  • Shigure repeatedly uses his favorite phrase "Qué será, será. Whatever will be, will be. What won't happen, won't".
  • His most successful pen name is Noa Kiritani, which he used for his erotic novel series, Summer-Colored Sigh. Following characters who have read this book include:
  • To prove farther he really is a pervert, he constantly sings his made-up song "High School Girls". The song made its first appearance when Uo and Hana came over to the Sohma's for the first time, also making a second appearance in the episode "Black or White". Here is the song as follows: High school girls! High school girls! One, two, three, high school girls! High school girls! High school girls! All for me, high school girls! It is unknown if the song has any more verses but those two.
    • This isn't considered to be canon as this song only appears in the 2001 anime.
  • Yuki has made a claim that acts like a pervert and Hatsuharu admit that it's amazing how he hasn't been arrested yet for his behavior around Tohru.

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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