How to Cosplay As Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket

Tohru Honda is the main character in popular the manga and anime series, Fruits Basket. Her altruistic nature, big heart, and cheerful demeanor earn her a special place in the story.

Steps

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    You should smile excessively, even when you're upset. The only exceptions are when you are: Freaked out, apologizing, spaced out, worrying about someone being sick, or crying.
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    Act really innocent, vulnerable, and sweet.Tohru has always been innocent in mind, so dirty thoughts especially are NOT allowed
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    Wear little makeup, if any. Tohru barely wears any at all. But a little light eye shadow and some light eyeliner is good,and concealer if you need it. Pink lip gloss is sweet, and a little mascara- just don't use too much.
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    When someone gets mad about something you did, or if you did something wrong, be really apologetic. Bowing continually is optional, but get really freaked out, wave your arms, and such. Just try to be as upset as possible with yourself
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    Be very grateful for everything everyone does for you, and don't hesitate to show it. Even if someone says thank you, insist it was nothing.
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    Be humble, and when someone gives you a compliment, try to blush and insist against whatever it is that they're complimenting you about.
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    Never swear, yell or get mad at anyone. Try to hold you anger, Tohru always sees the good in people, so if you get angry try to look at things from a different angle. if anything it'll keep your mind busy so you won't be getting angry
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    Optionally, you can try to be really emotional. If someone yells at you, or treats you badly, start crying...but just a little. if you need to keep a secret, insist you will do so.
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    Be a little more literal. Simple jokes you'll understand, but things such as sarcasm and rhetorical questions, they're straight out the window.
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    Clean stuff. A lot. Vacuum, dust, pick up, cook, do laundry, etc. Maybe you could even get a part-time job cleaning!
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    Take care of people, try to calm them down when they're upset, really listen to their problems, and try to help them out. Be honest and don't gossip at all.
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    Whenever you're doing something, always try your best. Never give up, that always been Tohru's motto, even at school she's devastated if she fails an exam.
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    Next, miniskirts aside, Tohru is the picture of modesty. She wears no revealing clothing, and wears miniskirts neatly, not showing anything. This means no form-fitting clothes (nothing particularly tight), no cleavage or belly showing, and definitely nothing see-through.
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    If you have a school uniform, wear it. Tohru wears 'seifuku' (the Japanese school uniform) almost all the time.
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    Wear cute graphic tees, hoodies, jeans, baby doll tops and sundresses. Pair these with pastel coloured ballet flats to add to the overall "sweet" look.
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    During the winter months, wear turtleneck sweaters with light colored denim pants or a knee-length skirt like Tohru wears.
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    Wear a loafer-like, ballet flat shoe most of the time. When you aren't wearing these, wear the plainest sandal you can find or slippers.
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    Usually wear either knee-socks or crew-cut socks folded down. When you wear a dress, or a knee length skirt, wear hose or tights, but when you wear a skirt you have to wear socks!
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    In the winter, wear a cutesy big-print scarf wrapped around your neck.
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    Tie lots of ribbons in your hair. Not all the time, but about 3-4 days a week.
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    Get the personality. No swearing or cursing or anything like that. Flirting is allowed, but don't go over the top.
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    Wear pastels. We're talking pink, lilac, baby blue, etc. Tohru wears pastel aprons, hair accessories, and has a pastel schoolbag.
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    For your hair, it would be best if you had bangs. If you're younger, ask your parents to either get it cut at a salon, or for someone to cut it for you at home. It's your decision whether you want to dye your hair brown. If you aren't sure if you'd like your hair that color, buy or ask your parents for temporary hair dye which will only change your hair color for a few days to a week. If you decide you like the color, then you can consider a longer term change.
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    Wear your hair down sometimes, or put it back in two low braids or two low pony tails.

Tips

  • Be Nice!
  • Act like you're innocent. Develop this kind of attitude.
  • Try to work into your new look gradually. Going from a sporty tomboy to a beribboned, apologetic spaced out girl might attract more attention than you want. Try hair ribbons one day, a miniskirt here and there, a giggle every now and then, etc.
  • Get the personality. No swearing or cursing or anything like that. Flirting is allowed, but don't go over the top.
  • You don’t have to follow all of these directions to the letter. If these directions seem too hard, only do what you’re comfortable with. Be mindful that if you act airheaded and very emotional, people will most likely think that you actually are airheaded and very emotional.
  • Have good hygiene. Remember to always be clean: run a comb through your hair, keep your nails dirt-free and neat, brush your teeth and bathe/shower. When spraying perfume, be sure to use just enough, but not too much. Excessive use of perfume isn't attractive and does not improve your hygiene, despite popular belief. Being clean is important; being grubby isn't sweet and definitely isn't ladylike. Never have greasy hair. It is gross and very trashy.

Warnings

  • Try not to freak people out. Usually people aren't used to so much happiness!
  • Don't wave your hands too much when you are apologizing because you may come off as a freak.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair ribbons
  • Love in your heart
  • Determination
  • (op.) Hair dye
  • Bangs
  • Cooking/Cleaning skills
  • A smile everyday

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