In total, the Anime Series contains 26 episodes.
1. The Strangest Day
Tohru Honda, a high school girl, is introduced to Yuki Sohma and Shigure Sohma, as she passes by a house with little figurines of the Chinese Zodiac laid out on the front porch. Since her mother, Kyoko Honda, recently died in a car accident and her father, Katsuya Honda, died when she was young, she subsequently moved in with her grandfather, but she is instead living in a tent while his house is being remodeled. After Yuki and Shigure eventually are aware of this fact, they invite her to reside in their home working as a housekeeper in return. It is soon recognized that Kyo Sohma invades the dwelling to challenge Yuki. However, Tohru, in an attempt to stop the chaos, finds out that Kyo, Yuki, and Shigure strangely turned in a cat, a rat, and dog, respectively, after accidentally embracing each of them.
2. The Sohma Curse
Tohru discovers the Sohma family secret, to which the thirteen members of the Sohma family are possessed by the vengeful spirits of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac and that they transform if embraced by the opposite gender. After Yuki confronts Tohru concerning the family secret, he mentions that her memory of the family secret might be erased. Later on, Shigure tells everyone that he went to see Akito Sohma, the head of the Sohma family, who has entrusted Tohru with the Sohma secret. It is later revealed that Shigure registered Kyo for high school, forcing Kyo to live with the others.
3. All Shapes and Sizes
Yuki confronts Kyo about his anti-social behavior during his first day of school. Kyo replies that Yuki may want to come to this school away from Sohma house, but he wants to be accepted as a true member of the family. Tohru stops the two of them from fighting by accidentally hugging Kyo, who yells at Tohru in anger. Later on, Kyo meets Tohru in the forest on her way home to apologize for all the trouble he caused. The next day, Yuki picks her up from work and she accidentally makes him transform into a rat. As it starts to rain, Yuki reverts back to human form, and takes Tohru to his secret garden where they try their best to cover the vegetables. Yuki makes the confession that he is only kind so others will like him and not polite and charming as he appears. Tohru responds by saying that kindness comes and grows in all shapes and sizes.
4. Here Comes Kagura!
Kagura Sohma, the boar of the Zodiac, pays a visit, much to the chagrin of Kyo, after hearing he was living with Shigure. Tohru is surprised to discover that Kagura is actually older than them, despite her appearance. It is shown that Kagura is madly in love in Kyo, and she is displayed as having dissociative identity disorder. Kagura is clumsy and ill-mannered, causing ruckus in the household. At first Kagura is envious of Tohru, due to her living with Kyo, but she ends up befriending Tohru.
5. A Rice Ball in a Fruit's Basket
Tohru finally goes to live with her paternal grandfather, now that his house renovations are complete. However, this results to be a hassle for Tohru and a disappoint for the Sohma family. Tohru's paternal family, except for her grandfather, view her more as a burden than as a blessing to be a part of the household. Tohru's grandfather later urges her to go whether if she would be more content residing with the Sohma family rather than her paternal family. Yuki and Kyo arrive to retrieve her after she confesses that she is more satisfied living with the Sohma family. They all return to their house to meet up with Shigure, as Tohru is happy to continue her new life living with the Sohma family.
6. Invincible Friendship
Tohru invites her friends, Arisa Uotani and Saki Hanajima, to the Sohma household residence. Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure begin to worry, pondering if Arisa and Saki would discover the Sohma family secret. The three struggle as they try to be acquainted with Arisa and Saki. Later on, it proves to be difficult spending time playing card games with the girls, as the boys have numerous encounters making contact with the girls, thereby transforming themselves into their animal forms. Arisa and Saki, unaware of their transformations, become very suspicious, and Tohru feels increasingly nervous after each close call. Arisa and Saki soon realize that Tohru belongs in the Sohma household residence, after knowing how the Sohma family admires her.
7. A Plum on the Back
The high school is planning cultural festival, blueprinting a creative idea regarding rice balls. The class picks Yuki's hit-or-miss method over Kyo's all-or-nothing method. Tohru learns that Yuki and Kyo admire each other, comparing them to rice balls with pickled plums on their backs. During the cultural festival, Yuki was requested to wear a dress, much to his humiliation. Soon thereafter, Momiji Sohma and Hatori Sohma, the rabbit and dragon of the Chinese Zodiac, respectively, pay a visit. Tohru apprehends from Hatori that Yuki has asthma, though steadily becoming less severe. Momiji insists on hugging Tohru just to transform into a rabbit, causing complications for everyone. After Yuki warns Tohru to not find herself alone with Hatori, it is shown that Hatori privately enjoins her to sojourn at the Sohma main residence, to which Tohru becomes worried that her memories may be suppressed.
8. Don't Cry, For the Snow will Surely Melt
Tohru is amazed at the architecture of the Sohma main residence. Hatori calls for her in his room, where she is told more about the Sohma family secret. Later on, Momiji informs Tohru of the history of Hatori. It is revealed that he was involved with Kana Sohma, his love interest, and that his left eye was injured by Akito. However, due to the fact that Kana knew so much about the Sohma family secret, he was forced to erase her memories after knowing so much about the Sohma family secret. As it begins to snow, Hatori soon notices how strongly Tohru resembles Kana. As Tohru accidentally slips off the front porch of the room, Hatori embraces her to break her fall, however he turns into a seahorse, rather than a dragon, and is deemed dry. Once he reverts back, Shigure turns up with Momiji and hot drinks. On the way home, Tohru takes a glimpse at Akito but does not officially meet him.
9. A Solitary New Year
While Tohru, Yuki, and Kyo, along with Arisa and Saki, help spruce up the Sohma household residence for New Year's Day, Shigure is being harassed by his editor, Mitsuru, to receive the his finished manuscript. Later on after Mitsuru is given the manuscript and after Arisa and Saki helped clean the household residence, Tohru is told that the three would be spending their New Year's Day at a banquet held in the main residence. However, it is soon realized that Yuki and Kyo has their reasons not to go to the main residence. Shigure soon convinces the two to attend the banquet, but the three are stopped by Saki, who subtly convinces Yuki and Kyo to stay with Tohru, while Shigure goes to the main residence alone. Shigure informs Akito of Yuki and Kyo's absence. Meanwhile, Tohru, Yuki, and Kyo watch the sunrise together and make wishes for the new year.
10. Make It Clear If It's Black or White
Yuki comes down with a fever. Although Tohru tries to convince him to stay home, he responds to a challenge from Kyo to whoever will win the endurance run at school the following day. Tohru meets Hatsuharu, the ox of the Chinese Zodiac, during the endurance run. It is shown that Hatsuharu is displayed with dissociative identity disorder, as he intentionally trips Kyo during the challenge against Yuki. He has come to challenge Kyo, and the two go into hand-to-hand combat. However, as Tohru and Yuki watch the two fight, Yuki feverishly collapses. Hatsuharu clasps Tohru, to which he transforms into a cow, instead of an ox, and is to carry Yuki back to the household residence. Later on, Hatsuharu explains to Tohru why he used to hate the clever rat for insulting the foolish ox. However, he further explains how he later forgave himself for being envious against Yuki.
11. Everybody Loves Chocolate
On Valentine's Day, Tohru decides to buy chocolates for Sohma relatives that she had recently met to thank them for everything they've done for her. Meanwhile, Kyo has to deal with Kagura and refuses to eat her chocolate. After a month, the high school was the midterm exams. Shortly thereafter, Tohru decides to work overtime, but to unknown reasons. Later in the evening, Momiji comes by the household residence to invite Tohru to a trip to a hot springs resort for White Day, to which Yuki and Kyo would eventually tag along. Shigure gets a phone call from Tohru's grandfather saying that the fees for her class trip haven't been paid, and Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure then realized that she used her money earned in order to buy chocolates for everyone. Kyo becomes aggravated, knowing that she could have spent all the money for herself rather than for everyone else. Momiji tells a story of a foolish traveler who seemed too generous and was always tricked. He compares the traveler to Tohru, commenting on how she gives so that everyone can be happy even if she is not.
12. White Day
Tohru, Yuki, Kyo, and Momiji go to the Sohma hot springs resort. The group is startled by the hostess of the host springs resort, and she later apologizes repeatedly for her actions. Tohru eventually learns that she becomes lightheaded when in the hot springs bath, especially when Momiji helps her sing with him. The hostess later reveals to Tohru that her son is a member of the Chinese Zodiac. Later on Tohru plays ping-pong with Kyo, but she misses the ball served by him. As Yuki leaves the room, Tohru follows him, discovering that he admits he would have been ashamed to laugh in front of Kyo and Momiji. He then surprises her with a gift for White Day, two gold hair ribbons fit for a real princess. Afterwards, Tohru finds out that Momiji and Hatsuharu will be enrolled for high school the following semester, much to the surprise of Tohru.
13. A New School Term Starts!
Momiji and Hatsuharu begin their first year in high school. Kyo sees Momiji wearing a female uniform, much to his chagrin, and sees Hatsuharu wearing a male uniform, much to his relief. The student council president, Takei Makoto, arrives to rant on about Momiji's outfit as well as Hatsuharu's natural black and white hair, however Hatsuharu defends against Takei. Akito comes to the high school and introduces himself to Tohru. Yuki is terrified when he sees Akito with Tohru, assuming he threatened her, or did something else. Akito then confronts him about skipping the banquet held on New Year's Day. He threatens Yuki about his past, to when he was whipped constantly in an isolated room, which physically and mentally traumatizes Yuki. Tohru interrupts to push Akito away, however feeling awful for doing it, in order to excuse Yuki to go back to class with her. Akito takes his leave soon thereafter. Tohru, Yuki, Kyo, Momiji, Hatsuharu, Arisa, and Saki all plan an afternoon playing badminton, in an attempt to cheer Yuki up. Meanwhile, Hatori philosophically mentions to Shigure that if Yuki could be hurt by Akito, then he could also be healed by Tohru.
14. The Adult's Episode - Ayame's a Messed Up Snake!
Ayame Sohma, the snake of the Chinese Zodiac decides to pay a visit to the household residence, supposedly to see Yuki, being his older brother. Ayame turns out someone who is disliked by everyone except for Shigure and Hatori, as they were his childhood entourage. Ayame later tells Tohru that he has been separated from Yuki since he was born, making it difficult to bond with him. After hearing his story, Tohru devotes herself in assisting him. However, Ayame proves to be arduous for Yuki to cope with. Ayame begins to tells stories about how he was able to main his long hair as well as his active duty as the student council president when he was in high school. Hatsuharu soon contacts Hatori to take Ayame back to the Sohma main residence. It is revealed that Ayame only listens to Hatori because of his admiration for him.
15. There Are No Memories It's OK to Forget
Yuki, Kyo, Arisa, and Saki all come along with Tohru to visit the tombstone of Kyoko, Tohru's mother. Yuki wonders how Tohru can be content with her life after the deaths of both her mother and father. They soon have a picnic in front of the tombstone to commemorate the memories of Kyoko. Saki begins to worry about Tohru's life among the Sohma family. Later on, during work, Tohru meets with Momiji, who explain his parents' roles within the building she works at. She soon finds out that his mother is amnesic. Momiji explains to her that his mother rejected him for being a member of the Chinese Zodiac, and, as a result, requested for her memories of him to be eradicated. Tohru and Momiji then vow to keep their memories to be strong enough in the future to look back to what been remembered in the past.
16. If We're Three Then We Don't Need To Fear Jason
Tohru, Yuki, Kyo, Shigure, and Hatori voyage to the Sohma summer house for a vacation. Yuki and Kyo decide to take a stroll with Tohru into the nearby forest. Tohru becomes worried when Kyo and Yuki are silent for unknown reasons. This causes her to lose balance and fall. Yuki and Kyo try to grab a hold of her, as they end up transforming into a rat and a cat, respectively, to help break her fall. The two begin to bicker over nothing, and Tohru is relieved to see them act like their normal selves. They explain that they have started being comfortable around her as to not their guard down. Later on, Shigure contacts Ayame to join the rest of the group at the summer house, much to the despair of Yuki and Kyo. Yuki and Kyo then decide to walk toward the nearby lake. Meanwhile, Ayame tells Shigure and Hatori that Kana has been recently married to someone, reminding Hatori of his times with her. Ayame tries again to bond with Yuki once again, only to end up in failure. Tohru accidentally turns Ayame into a snake, and Yuki throws Ayame into the lake.
17. It's Because I've Been Loved That I've Become Stronger
During a downpour, Hatsuharu introduces Tohru and Yuki to Kisa Sohma, the tiger of the Chinese Zodiac. Kisa is mute due to being bullied as a child. Yuki begins to have sympathy over her after he learns that Kisa ran away from her home and stopped attending middle school. Kisa's mother later arrives, worried as to why she ran away from her home. Tohru responds by saying that Kisa might feel rejected by her mother if she knew about Kisa being bullied at her school. Kisa is agreed to stay at the household residence until further notice. During that time, Kisa seems to be clinging to Tohru, following her wherever Tohru went. Tohru and Yuki meet with Momiji and Hatsuhara after school, figuring out that Kisa was bullied at her school for her hair and eye color. After Hatsuharu receives a letter from Kisa's middle school, Yuki reads it to her. Yuki and Hatsuharu encourages her to speak and later to attend school again, after they explain that one must be accepted by others before one can be accepted by oneself.
18. The Strongest Tag - The Cursed Electric Wave Brother and Sister
Motoko Minagawa, Minami Kinoshita, Mio Yamagishi, and Mai Gotou, the members of the Prince Yuki fan club, initiate a scheme to seemingly do an interview with Saki to better understand her psychic ability of sending and receive electric waves. It is later revealed that the fan club plans to seek revenge, finding out the weakness of Saki in order to approach Tohru. The fan club is invited to the Hanajima residence, as they led to her bedroom and are introduced to Megumi Hanajima, Saki's younger brother. Megumi tells the fan club about his ability to curse people after learning their names. Saki then figures out that the fan club is only concerned as to why Tohru is spending so much time with Yuki, startling the fan club. Megumi explains that love can be a source of both pleasure and pain and must not be forced upon others. He then seemingly curses them after calling out their names, to which they quickly depart. Saki narrates revealing her weakness being Tohru, as she is always protective of Tohru.
19. The Source of Cheer Can Be Affected By Colds Too
Due to depression and stress because of failing one test on the midterm exams, Tohru comes down with fever and bedridden. Even though Tohru is worried about making dinner or going to work, Kyo and Shigure tells her to get some rest until the fever lets up. Shigure calls Momiji to cover for Tohru at work, while Kyo decides to make leek soup to care for her. Shigure ridicules Kyo after he notices Kyo wearing a gas mask and goggles while cooking the leek soup, as. When Kyo gives the leek soup to Tohru, she later starts to cry, explaining to him that the failed test and the fever were the sources of her depression and stress. After Tohru goes to sleep, Yuki arrives, only to find out that Kyo used the leeks in Yuki's garden to make the leek soup. Momiji, Hatori, and Kisa visit the household residence to check up on Tohru. Yuki comes by to give her a study guide he constructed for her in preparation for the retest of the midterm exam, which she later takes and passes.
20. Ayame's Secret Life
After Ayame advertises about his fabric store, Tohru and Yuki decide to pay him a visit. Once there, they are surprised to apprehend that it is a fabric store for males, stocked with outfits typically for females. Mine Kuramae, Ayame's assistant explains to Yuki all the types of uniform she wears, putting him in a state of confusion. Mine later decides to apparel Tohru in a golden dress, so that Ayama can spend time bonding with Yuki. Yuki points out to Ayame that they are two different people, with opposite personalities. Yuki eventually would accept Ayame for who he is.
21. Sophist Boy Has Captured The Prince
While on her way to work, Tohru encounters Hiro Sohma, the sheep of the Chinese Zodiac. He is shown as a person who practices sophism, constantly hurling verbal insults. Hiro steals Tohru's notebook from her handbag, causing her to panic. Tohru, Kyo, Momiji, and Kisa all find him to confront his attitude. Returning her notebook, Hiro then admits his jealousy toward Tohru, because of how affectionate he is for Kisa. While Tohru and Kisa spend time with Hiro, Kyo becomes upset of the way Hiro is treating Tohru. It is later discovered that Hiro is fond of Kisa and wants to protect her, that after blaming himself for not defending her when she was bullied at school. Tohru takes them to a playground and they stop by a nearby vendor for ice cream. She cheers Hiro up by saying that he is courageous for always caring for Kisa.
22. Prince Yuki Fan Club
The Prince Yuki fan club is curious to know if there would be any females that will be appointed to the student council, since Yuki will be the student council president the following year. However, Takei denies them access to this information. They later pass by and catch a glimpse at Tohru conversing with Yuki, which, in turn, infuriates them. Mokoto must think about graduation from high school as well as her resignation from the fan club. Motoko enlists the assistance of Rika Aida in order to infiltrate the student council office. Once there, they run into Yuki. They end up talking about leeks, as it is apparently that Mokoto is showing signs of anxiety. Those signs of anxiety gradually change into signs of jealousy. After she runs away toward the school grounds, Yuki finds her and apologizes for what he did or said that could have hurt her feelings. Nonetheless, Mokoto now understands how connected Tohru and Yuki are together.
23. Is The Rumored Ri That Mother's Daughter?
On her way to the household residence, Tohru bumps into Ritsu Sohma, the monkey of the Chinese Zodiac. Ritsu is known for being a cross-dresser, very apologetic, and deeply depressed. As the two appear at the household residence, Ritsu gives some presents to Shigure. Ritsu decides to leave before he causes any trouble for Tohru and the others. However, Tohru wanted to serve him some tea before his departure. Unfortunately, after Tohru accidentally breaks one of the tea glasses, this sends Ritsu into a panic attack, thinking it was his fault. Tohru tries to stop him from stepping in the broken glass, but she turns him into a monkey, getting cut in the process. Ritsu goes to the roof of the house to commit suicide, but after Tohru convinces him not to, he nearly falls off the roof, twisting his ankle in the furtherance. Ritsu asks to stay at the household residence for three days, with Hatori looking over him. While walking back from school, Tohru runs into Ritsu again, who plans to bring a bag of jelly buns for Shigure. Tohru and Ritsu sit on a park bench to talk about his cross-dressing, his apologizing, and his depressing. Tohru comforts him by saying that everyone has a reason to live, a reason that everyone must search for.
24. The Curse of the Cat
On a rainy afternoon, Tohru learns that Kyo becomes irritable when it downpours. Tohru, Yuki, and Kyo walk to the household residence, only to be greeted by Kagura. Shigure sends Kagura off with Kyo to do some shopping, to avoid the house from being wrecked by her affectionate outbursts. At the store, Kyo questions Kagura ask to why she cares so much about him. Meanwhile, Tohru and Yuki go to visit the garden to see what can be harvested. Later in the evening, the four of them make their way back to the household residence. Shortly thereafter, Kazuma Sohma, the master arts instructor, arrives at the household residence. He talks to Kyo privately about his stay with Yuki and Shigure, to which Kyo responds negatively. Having seen Kyo smiling freely with Tohru, he tells Shigure discreetly that he is going to remove Kyo's bead bracelet from his wrist. During a deluged nightfall, Kazuma talks with Kyo, contemplating if he has accepted the Sohma family curse. Kazuma pulls of the bead bracelet from Kyo's wrist. When Tohru tries to approach Kyo, he yells at her not to look at him.
25. True Form
As his bead bracelet is removed from his wrist, Kyo evolves into a monstrous creature right in front of Tohru, causing him to evade her. Tohru follows after him, but she unknowing trips behind a tree and begins to vomit. Akito appears, as he taunts her about the knowledge of the Sohma family secret. Akito soon leaves when Shigure locates the two. He apologizes for her finding out the truth about Kyo, but regardless she continues to search for Kyo. Kagura talks with Yuki, saying that only Tohru can help Kyo, which, in turn, convinces Yuki to find Tohru, due to his affection for her. It is revealed that Kazuma took Kyo in as his adoptive son, because his grandfather suffered the same cursed during his time. Arisa and Saki head to Kyoko's tombstone once again, after Saki senses negative electric waves coming from Tohru. As they see Tohru there, Saki forbids Arisa from consoling her. She then orders Tohru to continue searching for Kyo.
26. Let's Go Home
Kyo is reminded of when his mother would check his bead bracelet often, due to her fear in his evolved form. Tohru finally ascertain Kyo by a lake, however he lashes out at her but is saved by Yuki, who restrains him. Tohru grasps his arm and tells him that she is frightened by his evolved form, but still wants to be together with him. Kyo calms down and changes back to his human form as the rain stops and the sun rises. He explains his mother always claimed to love him but was terrified of his evolved form. As they hug, Kyo changes into a cat. Tohru carries him home in her arms, with Yuki following, and are greeted by Shigure and Kazuma are relieved. Soon thereafter, Kazuma says his farewells to Kyo, as he takes his leave. Later on, after Tohru asks Shigure permission to speak with Akito, he talks to her privately, mentioning that Akito bears the core of the curse, not having very long to live. Yuki, Shigure, and Hatori accompany Tohru to the Sohma main residence to see Akito. Almost suddenly, Akito grabs her hair but has Yuki and Shigure restraining him, after Tohru is unable to say why she came. However, she begins to feel sympathetic, explaining that he still has a life to live. Releasing her hair from his hand, Akito eventually realizes that Tohru accepts the Sohma family curse.