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I’m fairly certain my parents wanted to burn my Fruits Basket collection after they found me sobbing over it multiple times last summer.

Fruits Basket is a massively popular shoujo manga that was later adapted into a successful but unsatisfactory anime that left out many of the manga’s darker plotlines and themes.

Here’s what you need to know: One ordinary girl. Two guys – one a perfect dreamboat with self-esteem problems, one a martial artist full of anger and self-loathing. One messed up family. A curse that causes said family members to turn into Zodiac animals when hugged by the opposite sex.

This happens a lot.

I’ve wept over this series. I’ve empathized to the point of physical pain. I’ve preemptively mourned characters. At one point, my mom heard me screaming over Volume 21’s cliffhanger ending.

Until some other emotional giant comes to topple it, Fruits Basket will be my favorite series of all time. Its wacky premise and tone–so much worse in the anime–conceal a lot of emotional depth and heartache. I love the overarching redemption theme; broken people are fixed, hurting people are comforted. I would tear down buildings for Kyo Sohma, I am that invested in his happy ending. I would highly recommend the series to anyone who likes a good story.

But that’s not the point of today. My job is to make you cry.

I’ve just decided that I’m going to use Fruits Basket repeatedly. There are too many good moments to pass up. But today, one quote has been on my mind.

I came across this quote last summer while reading Volume 22, right before my senior year of college. I was experiencing major conflict in most of my close relationships, was sad pretty much all the time, and had no desire to finish school.

I graduate from college on Saturday. My friends and family will be in the audience. I’ll be surrounded by fellow Communication majors and musicians and writers with some science geeks thrown in. Instead of listening to the commencement speaker, I’ll be thinking about this quote:

It’s lonely to say goodbye. Very lonely. Partings are the beginnings of new meetings. Beginnings happen because there are endings…Meetings. Beginnings. It’s not too late…to believe in them after the fact.

Need cheering up?
Today’s mournful moment includes a bonus happy one!

This Disney blog I like put out a poll of the best Pixar yearbook quotes. “Up” is my favorite Pixar movie, so I was surprised that there were even better quotes from other Pixar films.

Go take it. It makes me really happy.

And so does this.


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