16 November 2013

Fruits Basket, Volume 18

Author: Natsuki Takaya
Series: Fruits Basket #18
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Verdict: Buy

The reverse of its predecessor, this volume starts off weak but grows stronger as the focus shifts.  The first portion of this volume focuses on Machi, Kimi, and the rest of the student council Yuki side band.  Again, I have always found these characters dull and rather trivial without giving much to the overall plot of the series.  As such, I never enjoy reading the parts that focus on them and find these parts to be page fillers.  As least in this volume, they focus on one to one relationships a bit between these filler characters and Yuki, and give Yuki a bit of a romantic inclination apart from the zany and crazy Yuki fan club.

Once we get through their nonsense, we get to the good stuff - i.e. focus on breaking the Sohma Zodiac curse.  We find out what's been going on with Rin and why she is in the state she is in.  And we build on the relationship between her and Haru, which I have to admit is pretty sweet.  We get a new addition to the Sohma clan, and Kiro becomes a little less of a whiny, obnoxious boy and starts growing into a teenager/adult.

The ending of this volume is the best though, as we finally shift our focus back onto breaking the curse to free the characters, and the attention is put on my favorite character, Kyo.  Hopefully things will finally pick back up into full swing in the next volume.

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