Monday, January 31, 2011

Manga Mondays (35): Fruits Basket vol. 12 by Natsuki Takaya

Fruits Basket vol. 12 by Natsuki Takaya


With the beginning of the school year approaching, the gang returns from summer break--and what a vacation indeed! A new student council has been assembled, with two new secretaries: Naohito, who has declared himself Yuki's rival, and Kimi, who is known as a devil woman--and a thief of men's hearts. Later, when Tohru goes to see her grandfather, he brings up a part of Tohru's past that she had tried to shut away. And with parent-teacher conferences on the horizon, Mayuko gives Shigure some good advice. (courtesy of Amazon)


*My "reviews" of manga are a combination of a summary and a review. It's hard for me to really talk about a volume of manga without going in depth with the plot. So if you're really concerned about spoilers, beware.

Summer vacation is finally over. It's fun seeing the Tohru and the Sohma kids back at school. I'm glad to see Hana-chan and Uo-chan back in the story, although I would have liked to see more of them.

Each Fruits Basket volume goes into depth on one character's story. This time it's Kagura's turn. We know her as the girl who is obsessed with Kyo. As her character summary says, she is "determined to marry Kyo, even if it kills him." Now we see how their relationship developed. They were great buddies as kids - two misfits happy to be together. But when Kagura saw Kyo's true form one day, she couldn't take it and ran. Kagura's guilt at fleeing her friend somehow turned into a stalkerish kind of love. Kagura realizes this now and is ready to convey her feelins to Kyo and move on. I liked seeing an unsympathetic character be turned into someone with substance.

We also learn more about Rin, who will feature prominently in the next few books. I think Rin with her long, straight black hair is the prettiest of all the Sohmas. And like the other Sohmas, she is troubled. She recently broke up with Haru and is devastated. She expresses her grief by lashing out at Haru and Yuki. Even though she seems like a jerk, you can tell she is desperately sad.

There is a fun moment at the end of the volume with Shigure and Tohru. Shigure goes to Tohru's parent teacher conference in place of her bedridden grandfather. Unbeknownst to Tohru, her teacher is Hatori's ex-girlfriend. She may also be Shigure's ex-girlfriend too - that was a story line that confused me. There's a lot of flirting and sexual tension between them. A light ending to another heavy volume.


  1. This series drove me nuts. I know people love it. But the portrayal of the girl as being this idealistic, sacrificing person was just...I couldn't take it. The mangaka's works usually run in the same vein so, meh. I'll take Skip Beat over this any time. :)

  2. I love the anime of this, never tried reading the series though. Keep saying i will find a copy to read but never do. Will get round to it soon though i hope. :D

  3. Love your reviews of various manga. I'm on volume 10 of this, and absolutely love it. ;-)

  4. Just wanted to say I LOVE Fruits Basket!!!!!!! :D

  5. I love this series and I want to clear up your confusion with the storyline with the teacher, shigure and Hatori, the teacher dated Shigure but has had a crush on Hatori for a long time but they haven't dated.

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