Birthday: May 6 A kind hearted orphaned high school student who at the start of the story begins living in a tent. She is then found by Shigure and Yuki who offer to take her in in exchange for housekeeping. She loves to cook and describes herself as an excellent housekeeper. She also has an afterschool job as a janitor to pay her tuition fees to avoid being a burden on her grandfather. She is depicted as polite optimistic extremely kind and selfless several other characters including Kyo Rin and Hanajima tell her she needs to look out for her own interests and not shoulder everyone elses burdens. Tohru habitually speaks formally see Honorific speech in Japanese but not always correctly a habit she picked up from her father Katsuya after he died when she was three as a way of replacing him in her mothers eyes. Tohrus mother Kyoko raised her alone until she died in a car accident shortly after Tohru entered high school a few months before the start of the story. Tohru repeatedly calls Kyoko the most important person in her life and treasures her photograph when she falls in love with Kyo she feels guilty of being unfaithful to her mothers memory. In the first half of the series as Tohru learns about the zodiac curse and its effects on those she loves she becomes distressed and when she learns that the dangerous Akito is the god of the zodiac she resolves to break the curse. Only later does she admit that she wants to free Kyo most of all. Despite setbacks she stubbornly persists in her goal and eventually frees Kyo and her friends.