30 November 2013

Fruits Basket, Volume 22

Author: Natsuki Takaya
Series: Fruits Basket #22
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Verdict: Buy

Tohru is still in the hospital, and the best friends are refusing to allow Kyo to see her.  They challenge him with a "Isn't there something you should be doing?" and he realizes that, in fact, there is.  So he sets off to do just that.

I will say, for a series that originally revolved around the Zodiac animals, we haven't actually seen any of them take their animal form in quite a while now.  And even more, Tohru and Rin seemed so determined to find a way to break the curse for their own reasons, and yet try as they might they couldn't find a way.  This part of the plot, believe it or not, made the most sense to me.  After all, this curse has been around for generations upon generations.  If it were that easy to break, wouldn't someone have already figured out by now?  And then, to just have the curse start breaking randomly without explanations for some of the characters... I'm sorry, but that seems like a cop out to me.  Way too easy with little satisfaction in the explanation.

Ignore the curse breaking (which is kind of hard at this point though), I did like this volume.  Yuki gets another moment to shine, and Tohru and Kyo finally get to have the heart to heart they have been scrambling around for a while now.  I don't like Akito full 180 transformation in such a short about of time, as it seems like just a VAST change from how he/she was introduced in the beginning.  But whatever.  Plot-smot.  I did like the back story/legend of how the Zodiac curse came to be though.

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