if you're familiar with the chinese zodiac, you may have heard of the zodiac curse. the spirits of the zodiac possesing a human soul, when the human is extremely fatigued or stressed or they are hugged by a member of the opposite sex they transform into the animal they are cursed by. you may recall the sohma family of japan, who was fell under this very curse, only to have it broken by a young girl. it's been years since the curse has reared its head, but now it has. the vengeful spirits have now embedded themselves in several popular musicians, and now they wait for someone to be so kind as to break their curse.
"Long ago, God told all the animals he was throwing a banquet tomorrow, and not to be late. The mischievous rat told his neighbor, the cat, that the banquet was the day after tommorrow. So, the next day, all the animals lined up for the banquet, and the rat rode there all the way on the ox's back. All the animals had fun, except for the cat, who was at home sleeping and dreaming for a banquet that would never come."
- the zodiac legend (fruits basket)