Villain Overview

To the members of the Zodiac... I am their... God. I am the one who controls them. I am master of their souls. Now you know.
~ Akito to Tohru.

Akito Sohma (in Japanese: 草摩 慊人, Sōma Akito) is the main antagonist in the manga and anime series Fruits Basket. Akito is the head of the Sohma clan and is shrouded in mystery. She is feared and respected by many members of the Sohma clan. She is the daughter of Ren Sohma and Akira Sohma.

She was voiced by Maaya Sakamoto (who also voices Ciel Phantomhive in Black Butler, Eto Yoshimura in Tokyo Ghoul, Quinella in Sword Art Online: Alicization, and Crona in Soul Eater) in Japanese and Colleen Clinkenbeard (who also voices Inner Moka Akashiya in Rosario+Vampire, Therestina Kihara Lifeline in A Certain Scientific Railgun, Otoya Takechi in Akuma no Riddle, Erza Knightwalker in Fairy Tail, Princess Snake in Dragon Ball Z, Angela Blanc in Black Butler, Zangya in Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound, Android 18 in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Margery Daw in Shakugan no Shana) in English.

Appearance

Akito has short black hair due to her mother's command on bringing her up as a male. She shares the same eyes and hair color as her mother. To cover up her female body figure, Akito usually dresses in many layers or male clothing or oversized male clothing. In the Sohma House, she usually wears robes meant for men. By the end of the series, she grows her hair to shoulder-length and starts to wear female clothes. According to Shigure, if Akito had been brought up as a female, she would have been a spitting image of Ren.

Personality

Akito is the god of the zodiac. Akito, for most of the story, is abusive and cruel to all The Chinese Zodiac, as she is the God. She rarely shows any sympathy and is extremely misogynistic, showing little to no trust or respect for other women. This is evident through her behaviour towards Kana, Tohru, Rin, and her mother, Ren. Early in the story, she appeared rather composed on the surface, but she is actually quite emotionally unstable. Additionally, she made a deal with Kyo Sohma, the cat. They said that if Kyo were to defeat his rival Yuki Sohma, the rat, by the time he graduated high school; he would not be forced to live in the isolated house like the cats before him. However, if he was never able to defeat Yuki, Kyo would be sent to the isolated house. Because of her meddling in the Sohma's lifestyle, she grew loathsome around Tohru Honda until near the end of the manga. However, Akito is actually extremely insecure. Ren's biting words and treatment towards her really had a strong impact on her mind when she was a child, and it can be seen that even as an adult, Akito is still intimidated by her words.

Akito has a definite mean streak, and has physically and emotionally scarred many members of the Sohma family, but Akito's rule in the Sohma clan is absolute, and none of Zodiac members oppose him. At a certain point in the Zodiac's life, Akito wishes to force them to live within the Sohma compound with him for the rest of their lives in a never-ending "banquet." He even describes himself as the "Master of their (the Zodiac) Souls."

Biography

Akito Sohma was born female, the child of head of the Sohma family, Akira Sohma, and a maid in the Main House, Ren Sohma. Upon discovering her child would be female, Ren demanded that Akito be raised male out of fear that a female child would steal her place in Akira's heart. She threatened to abort the child unless her demands were met. After Akito's birth, in compliance with Ren's demands, she was presented as a male, with only the four eldest of the cursed Sohmas, Hatori, Shigure Sohma, Ayame, and Kureno, knowing her true gender due to a dream they had on the night she was conceived. Sometime in Akito's childhood, Akira's illness took a turn for the worse. On his death-bed, he told the young Akito not to be afraid, adding that he would always be with her, even if she couldn't physically see him. Akira went onto confess that he had wanted Ren to be the happiest over Akito, because Akito was a "special existence," and therefore she and Ren were special. After he passed away, when Ren found out that no one had come to get her when Akira had been dying, she yelled at the young Akito that she was an unwanted existence, and that she had only been a little toy to amuse Akira; Ren also added that, because Akira was dead, no one had any more need of her.

Akito countered these statements, telling her hysterical mother that her father had loved her; but because of Akira's parting words, even Akito herself doubted that Akira had loved her the most, fearing that she had "lost" to "that woman" (Ren). One of the elderly maids, wanting to comfort Akito, proceeded to give her an empty box, claiming that Akira's spirit was inside it, and that she had wanted only Akito to receive such a special gift. (The same maid later claimed, in Chapter 117, that the box was of course empty, and only given to Akito to help her through such a stressful time, adding that Akito should have well known that her father's spirit wasn't really inside the box.) All of her life, Akito kept this box hidden away in her room, and she told Kureno in Chapter 117 that part of her didn't believe that anything was inside of the box, yet another part always hoped that maybe there was.

After her father's early death, Akito became the head of the Sohma family (raised to appear and act as a male), in addition to her role as God of the Zodiac animals.

Akito is possessed of the Zodiac's God-Spirit, forcing all the cursed Sohmas have to obey her every word, no matter what. After Yuki left the Main House to live with Shigure, Akito's mother Ren commented that the cursed Sohmas were abandoning Akito, just as Ren always predicted they would. Akito denied this and claimed they would all come back to her because of their inseparable Zodiac bonds. She and Ren made a dare in which Akito was to allow the cursed Sohmas to form bonds with "outsiders" to test whether they would return to Akito's side. If they did not return, Akito would have to bow before Ren then leave the Sohma family.

It was soon after this bet was made that Shigure approached Akito about allowing Tohru stay with his home. Akito, confident that she would win against Ren, consented to this. Since Akito believed that the world was a cruel, bleak place in which unconditional love did not exist outside of the Zodiac bonds, she also believed that Tohru would eventually end up rejecting the cursed Sohmas, causing them to return brokenhearted to her side.

When Tohru leaves the Sohmas' main house after her first visit to there, Akito is seen gloomily staring out of a window at Tohru. Tohru spotted her and got frightened by the gloomy hated aura from Akito.

Akito is then next seen 'visiting' the school Tohru, Kyo, Yuki, Hatsuharu Sohma and Momiji Sohma are attending. Akito had intended to 'check' on Tohru to see how she was doing. However, due to sheer coincidence, Tohru spots Akito and, without knowing a thing, approaches Akito. Upon introducing herself properly, Akito pretends to be pleased about Tohru, praising her on being cute and kind. Yuki comes to rescue Tohru, only to find himself being intimidated by Akito's menacing words about her horrific treatment to Yuki in the past. Tohru manages to break off the contact between the two by pushing Akito aside. Akito was seen leaving the school, entering a car to be ferried back. In the car sat Shigure, where Akito tells Shigure that Tohru is all ugly and spoilt, contradicting her "praises" earlier on.

Akito was manipulated into joining the Sohmas having vacation at the summer house by Shigure. She brings along Kureno. She arrives at the summer house, uninvited and a bombshell to the Sohmas that were present. She instantly summons all the cursed Sohmas (except Kyo) to visit her, telling them that she "loves you all" and "misses you". She lets them go before the night ended. The next day, she met Yuki when he was taking a walk. She was seen talking to Yuki about something that shocked him and made him "run away". She later attempts to meet Tohru but she ended up 'giving up' as she felt 'sick and hot' and unable to comprehend Tohru playing with "monster (Kyo)". She had a conversation with Kureno, even commenting that Kureno was "inferior" to her.

Next, she summons Haru, purposely insulting him with the phrase "big, dumb ox" and saying she doesn't want Tohru to meet Kureno. Following Haru's summon came Kyo's. There it was revealed on Akito's true intention on Kyo and how she forced Kyo to understand his feelings for Tohru. It was also revealed that Kyo would be confined for the rest of his life if he does not beat Yuki in a fight, a bet met between Akito and him. Before being sent home because of Ren, she forcefully meets Tohru, successful the second time, where she tells Tohru to leave the cursed Sohmas alone, staying out of the curse, and revealing that she is the "master of all their souls" or God-like and scratches Tohru's face. Akito confirms that Kureno is the Bird/Rooster of the Zodiac and not her. She later is believed to have traveled home, as she had met Tohru to see her before leaving.

It is eventually revealed that Akito had always been lonely and afraid of change. The reason that she clung so desperately to the Juunishi bonds was that she feared that, without them, she would be all alone, and her existence meaningless, just as her mother had always claimed. This revelation occurred after both Momiji's and Hiro's curses broke. With the bonds falling apart, Akito—after having wrongfully stabbed Kureno in the back—ran away from the Sohma estate, wondering if everything really was all her fault, and why her world was collapsing so suddenly. Desperate and looking for someone to blame, Akito suddenly realizes that the Juunishi had been slowly but surely leaving ever since Tohru had appeared in their lives. Akito then walks to Shigure's home and finds Tohru alone outside. Akito comments that Tohru must be happy, because she had "won" and had, in the process, destroyed the only life she had known. Akito then threatens Tohru with a knife; but Tohru, realizing how both she and Akito had been trying to hold onto an "unchanging" reality (Akito clinging to the eternal bonds of the Zodiac; Tohru wanting her mother to always be first in her heart), told Akito that she understood how scary it is to be alone, and instead offered her hand in friendship. Before Akito could accept, the unstable cliff ground collapsed and Tohru fell, while Akito screamed for help. (In the first volume of the series, just after a landslide destroyed Tohru's tent, Shigure warned her that the ground around the area was unstable and due to collapse again one day.)

When Tohru (who recovered at the hospital) was finally allowed visitors beyond her immediate family, Akito was surprisingly one of the first to visit (and even more surprisingly, according to Hatori and Shigure, she went alone and entirely on her own accord). Fearful that she would be rejected by Tohru and Kureno (both of whom she'd hurt, emotionally and physically), Akito was told a comforting story by Momiji, who also offered advice that made it possible for Akito to see Tohru and Kureno for who they really are: People whose kindness for others overrides their ability to be concerned about themselves. With that in mind, she finally went to see Tohru, who offered her hand (despite the fact her arm is injured) to Akito in friendship again, which she accepted with a small smile. Akito also visited Kureno in the hospital, whom she had stabbed in the back (chapter 118); Kureno, however, didn't blame Akito for her actions, and forgave her when Akito cried and apologized to him repeatedly for smothering him all of the years she'd kept him close. From there on out, Akito decided to try to change rather than cling to being "God," and to the memory of her father and what he had wanted her to be (chapter 132).

Towards the end of the manga, after Kureno left to live in the country with Arisa Uotani, a close friend of Tohru's, and the curse was broken, Akito and Shigure finally confessed their true feelings for each other and reconciled. Akito begins living and dressing as a woman, and in her last meeting with all the formerly cursed Sohmas, she wore a furisode (female kimono), and donned a flower in her hair, something that shocked the younger Sohmas, who had just learned of Akito's true gender.

In the manga finale, Akito was with Shigure. She had let her hair grow a little past her shoulders, and wore a dress.

2001 Anime

Main article: Akito Sohma (Fruits Basket 2001)

Quotes

Manga

If you think you can save Yuki and Kyo...you should be ashamed of that arrogance. ...I'll tell you something...about Kyo. Once he finishes high school...he's going to be locked away. Just like the previous cat. Forever. Until he dies. As for Yuki...he'll come back to the Sohma Compound. He'll be at my side. Everyone will. They'll live... and die here. All members of the Zodiac...will be together. Living in the same place, at the same pace... they will take nothing... nothing will be taken from them. Forever...their lives will never change. A future filled with happiness. A Banquet without end. ... Nothing will ever change. And you are not invited!
~ Akito to Tohru.
Tohru-san. In the end, all members of the Zodiacs... will come home to me. After all... we're inseparable. So stop...trying destroy our "happiness". Don't butt in. Stay quietly on the sidelines. ...Because otherwise... you will be punished.
~ Akito to Tohru.
Is it okay for me to have my own life now, father, now that I'm not "special" anymore?
~ Akito Sohma

Anime

You think I'll give him to someone like you?! We don't need you! You can’t even lift the curse! You're not wanted! It's your fault! It’s your fault if Hatori goes blind!
~ Akito to Kana.
Akito: Remember, you're a monster, Kyo. A freak. And because of your twisted nature, your mother is dead.


Kyo: You're wrong.
Akito: I'm not.
Kyo: Stop. It wasn't... my fault.
Akito: It most certainly was. You killed your own mother.
Kyo: Stop it. Let go! Don't touch me!
Akito: I don't take orders from you. Your poor, unfortunate mother. She gave birth to a monster in human skin. And she tried to raise it, to protect it. But in the end, she just couldn't bear the pain. And now, her son won't even mourn her death.

~ Akito to Kyo.
Akito: Honestly? The one who should've died was you. Think how much happier everyone would've been if you had. Especially your mother.
Kyo: I killed her. I-- No, please stop! Please just stop. Please. I can't.
~ Akito to Kyo
She's practically a saint. Or an angel. Or it could be... she's a monster. Come on, she's just a little too perfect and that kind of perfection seems wrong. In fact, one might even say it's monstrous Tonda Honda. Most people would run screaming after seeing you in that form, but she didn't even flinch.
~ Akito Sohma on Tohru.
Akito: Are you crying? You are. What's the matter, Kyo? Don't tell me. Could it be...that you're in love with Tohru Honda? Ha! Oh, that is too hilarious! A monster fell in love with another monster. Stop it. Why are you looking at me like that? None of this is my fault! You're the deluded one! That girl did this, the ugly, insolent outsider!
Kyo: Hold on! If you hate her so much, why let her live with us? Why would you allow her to stay in our lives at all? You're crazy. It doesn't make any sense. What are y--? It was some plan of yours. You used her. Why? I don't know. But-- You dragged her into this mess.
Akito: How very typical. You're always so quick to make me the villain, aren't you? Now, answer me. Do you love that girl? Well?
Kyo: Why do you--?
Akito: If you do, then you're an idiot! What right do you have to fall in love with anyone after you killed your own mother? You're a monster. An abomination guilty of unforgiving sin. Kyo. Come on. Think about it. Who's the real villain here? Who really dragged her into this? Who?
Kyo: It was me.
Akito: That's right. Through the girl's to blame, too.
Kyo: She's not! It was me! All me! I don't love her. No. You had it wrong. Of course I don't love her. Because I'm never going to fall in love. Not with anybody. Enough. I won't let anyone talked bad about her because of me. Not anymore.
Akito: Is that so? Well, all right then. I suppose I was jumping to conclusions. That's exactly right. There's no way you could love her. Nice to see you being sensible for once. You're never going to defeat Yuki anyway, so your confinement is certain. Now cheer up. Surely you can see it's for the best. It would be a shame to involve the girl more than you already have. Or Kazuma, or anyone else in your wreathed life. Everyone would be better off if you simply disappear. And don't worry. You may be locked away, but I'll still come to visit. I'll keep looking out for you like I always have. You won't feel lonely with me there.
Kyo: Yeah, right. I know you're just mocking me.
Akito: But I'm not. I love you so very much, Kyo. Can you see that? Now, try hard to be the good boy that I know you can be. Behave yourself for the little time you have left living on the outside.
~ Akito to Kyo.
"What's wrong?". That's rich. Why are you asking? To get to know me? To understand me? Is that it? Keep your false sympathy! It's a lie. All of it! You just wanna get the upper hand. To define me using your own twisted logic and paint me as a villain!
~ Akito to Momiji.
Akito: What was that? It sounded a lot like you were giving me an order. How rude. Awful, really. I can tell. You're not a very person.
Momiji: Akito.
Akito: But you see, Tohru Honda-- Miss Tohru Honda, I was kind enough to take the time to come visit. And no matter how disrespectful you might be to me, there's something I need to tell you. Something important. Stop thinking you're special. Scum. You seem to believe you saved Yuki and Kyo. And that may just be the most arrogant thing I ever heard. Little fool, you don't have the full story. Listen closely. Once high school is over, Kyo will locked away. Just like the previous Cat, he'll be imprisoned for life. As for Yuki and the others, they'll come back to the estate, where they belong. For good. All of the zodiac members will move through life together. Every step in tandem. Every breath shared. They will take nothing, and nothing will be taken from them. As it should be. Forever unchanging. A future of happiness, an Eternal Banquet. Enduring. That's what awaits them. And don't think for a second you're be invited.
~ Akito to Tohru.
Remember this. The zodiac members will come back to me in the end--every last one. They have to. We are inseparable. Time to back off. We don't need an outsider interfering with our happiness. So be a good little girl and mind your own business. If you don't...you'll be punished.
~ Akito to Tohru.
He doesn't need your pity--none of them do! We have a bond you could never understand. We're connected in a world you could never be a part of.
~ Akito to Ren.
If that's the case, then maybe you would like to tell me what is real. It isn't a parent's love! We all know that's not perfect. Plenty of people abandon their children, including members of the Soma family! Just like you! Ever think of that?! You can't say what's real or fake, what's pretense or worship. No one can define those things. No one! The bond that we share is sacred, you hear me? It's sacred! We will share an eternity together!
~ Akito to Ren.

Trivia

  • According to an interview with Natsuki Takaya, Akito was enrolled in "better" and "more expensive" schools than everyone else in the Zodiac, though she completed all of her schooling (including high school) by correspondence.
  • The only other Sohmas who knew about Akito's biological sex were the oldest four zodiac members: Kureno, Shigure, Hatori, and Ayame.

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