30 November 2013

Fruits Basket, Volume 23

Author: Natsuki Takaya
Series: Fruits Basket #23
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Buy

The series could have been two to seven volumes shorter, with a lot of filler material removed.  Almost the entire middle of this series, in fact, could be cut out.  The removal of the curse was very anticlimactic in hide sight, as it just sort of... happened.  The plot was a bit coincidental, including Kyo's relationship with Tohru's mother that was hidden expect towards the end of the series.  And well, a lot of the characters were annoying to the point where they were hard to read through.

But say what I will about the series, I do love the ending.  It proves that even though the series was developed about the Zodiac curse, this whole time it really has been about Tohru and her relationships with everyone.  I think Tohru gets a worthy send off from Takaya, and that the other characters do as well.  The series is wrapped up, but it also leaves it open ended to a point as well to allow the characters to continue to grow up and live on past the conclusion of the series.

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