Author: Natsuki Takaya
Series: Fruits Basket #1
Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars
Oh, Tohru. I have probably read this series three of four times already, but it never seems to get old. Sure, some of the character traits can start to bug me a little, but it is hardly cause to put the book down.
Tohru is such a lovable spaz. Her friends are such lovable outcasts. Kagura is as bat crap crazy as they come, bipolar to the extreme when it comes to Kyo, but even she is likable once in a blue moon.
The first volume of the Fruits Basket series gets the ball rolling, throwing a lot of characters and plot points at you. While it suggests there is a family member for each zodiac sign, at least Takaya doesn't introduce them all in this first volume; that would have been too much (and taken away the fun in guessing!).
The first volume starts off strong, introducing the main Sohma characters - Kyo, Yuki and Shigure. Tohru is a little bit hard to believe sometimes - living in a tent by herself out in the back of the Sohma property because her extended family she is living with since her mother passed away is remodeling their house. And Kyo and Kagura can be quite extreme and hard to imagine sometimes... but then I remind myself this is a manga, after all.
I cannot wait for the next in the series to get here to read. This series definitely gets better and better and sucks you in deeper and deeper the further you get into it.