Fruits Basket vol. 21 by Natsuki Takaya
Kyo finishes telling Tohru about his role in her mother's death and how the reason he disappeared for so long was that he felt so guilty about it. He explains that he overcame his guilt by blaming everything on Yuki, but he realizes he was only running away from his own feelings. But how will he react when Tohru says that she still loves him? (courtesy of Goodreads).
*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.
Oh the angst! This volumes begins with Kyo expounding on his feelings regarding Kyoko's death. He's convinced that Tohru's mother hates him and can't forgive himself. It is for that reason that he disappeared into the mountains with Shisou in the months before he met Tohru. There's some great pages with Tohru tearfully declaring that she doesn't care and that she still loves Kyo. Kyo, ever Mr. Tactful, ends the discussion with "I'm disillusioned," which makes Tohru think that he doesn't like her.
Then the soap opera gets deeper. Akito, soon after she stabbed Kureno in a rage, confronts Tohru. Tohru, not surprisingly bears few grudges and offers to be friends with Akito. Akito doesn't know what to say. Before she has the opportunity to respond, the ground opens up and Tohru falls off a cliff and is gravely injured. Now if that's not overly dramatic, I don't know what is.
We get a few minutes of relative normalcy at the end when Yuki goes on a date with Machi and confesses his love for her. I still think it's weird that Yuki thinks of Tohru as his mother, although I suppose I understand. Regardless, it's nice to see Yuki happy with someone. He always thought himself worthless and alone.
I wouldn't say this was my favorite volume. A lot happened, but it was silly bordering on ridiculous. Obviously, a book about people who transform into Zodiac animals is not realistic fiction, but sometimes you can push the drama too far.