All you need to know
I watched this show for the first time when I was eight years old and I didn't remember it. Upon rediscovering it, I've found it to be so much deeper and more thought provoking then I would have been able to comprehend at that age. The story centers around a high school student named Tohru Honda. After her mothers death, she doesn't want to be a burden so she begins secretly living in a tent tin the woods. However she doesn't realize she has pitched her tent in woods owned by one of her classmates family.(the sohmas). When her classmate (Yuki), discovers where she is living. He and his older cousin(Shigure), invite her to live with them and become their housekeeper. When she moves in Yuki's cousin Kyo reappears after disappearing for four months. He decides he also wants to live in the house. At one point Tohru hugs them and to her surprise they transform into animals, They then explain to her that the Sohma family is cursed. Whenever one of them is under great stress or hugged by the member of the opposite sex, they transform into a member of the Chinese zodiac. Yuki transforms into a rat, Shigure is a dog, and Kyo is the cat. Yuki and Kyo both hate each other and get in fights regularly all throughout the series. Besides having an interesting plot, this show also addresses some serious topics in an entertaining way. They present topics such as the death of a loved one, anger management, social anxiety, depression, bullying, sexuality, love, suicide, mental health, kindness, self acceptance, and abuse. The truly unique thing about this show is that it can still touch on all of these usually sad issues and still be funny, appropriate, and interesting. It involves complex characters and at sometimes can be sad. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry. It is a truly heartwarming series, and a great way to teach older children important lessons. To answer those who question if it is really appropriate enough to show your child, there is limited language(only the words Damn, Bastard, and Hell), there are a few sexual innuendos(They went right over my head when I watched it as a kid). One character makes the occasional flirty comment and is looked down upon by all other characters for doing so. The same character shows interest in going to the high school to see all of the high school girls. Really none of it would be anything your child hasn't heard already. It does have a little bit of romance in it. No actual sex on screen, just innuendos. As for drugs, a few of the middle aged men can be pictured smoking throughout the series. And finally violence, there is quite a bit of it, but it is mostly cartoon violence and almost exclusively fistfights between Yuki and Kyo. Despite the mild violence and language this show is full of extremely positive role models and really great for any child(as long as they are mature enough) to see.