aka Wacky Zodiac Love Party.
|Written By||Natsuki Takaya|
|Format||Anime (TV) , Manga|
|Made By||Studio Deen|
|# of Episodes||26 (TV) 23 vol (Manga)|
Sum it up in a Sentence:
A relentlessly optimistic young homeless girl is taken in by a reclusive family with a bizarre curse- when hugged by a member of the opposite sex, they turn into animals from the Chinese zodiac.
Tohru Honda works hard, and is a bright, likable young girl. But when she's left to take care of herself by her mother's tragic death, she ends up living in a tent in the woods. One day, mysterious pretty boy classmate Yuki Sohma invites her to live with him and his cousins Shigure and Kyo in one of his family's many homes. Soon she becomes entrusted with helping the Sohmas keep their family secret: every generation, thirteen of their family members are "possessed" by the spirits of the animals of the Chinese zodiac, causing them to transform when embraced by a member of the opposite sex. As Tohru meets more and more of the Sohmas, she also learns that their is a deranged patriarch exerting a dark influence and control over the family that seeks to get rid of her.
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