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Manga Review: Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition, Volume 2

Hey all, Dani here.

Manga Monday continues with my second post for the day. This is a series that I am really enjoying because it is so cute and heartwarming, and I can’t help but be swept away by it.

Oh, and I guess I should say that I’ve picked up some other manga to try, and I’m excited about getting my reviews together for them too. I honestly hope that you all are enjoying these Manga Monday review posts, because I’m really enjoying them as well. Don’t get me wrong, I love talking about novels, but it’s nice to talk about other forms of reading as well, and I feel like I don’t see as many people talking about manga and comics and graphic novels.

All right, let’s jump into the review.

Fruits Basket Vol2

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Pages: 384

Publisher: Yen Press

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

ISBN: 031636018X (ISBN13: 9780316360180)

Summary

When she was living in a tent pitched on the Sohma family’s land, Tohru Honda’s primary concerns were dirt and slugs. But now that she’s living with the Sohmas, magical powers and ancient curses are the order of the day! With Yuki and Kyo at each other’s throats like cats and… rats, life at the Sohmas’ is lively enough, but it all heats up as Hatsuharu joins the fray, spoiling for a fight! And even before the new school year can get underway, the mystery surrounding the family escalates when Akito, head of the Sohma clan, confronts Tohru without warning…

My Thoughts

Rating: 4 stars

Tohru is just so precious. Seriously, I can’t help but feel good when I read these volumes. Look, our leading lady has been through a lot of not so nice circumstances, and she has certainly struggled, but she somehow always finds a way to put a positive spin on things, which I think is rather impressive. She could easily be one of those people who complains about their lot in life, but instead she just continues to care for and about others and to try to see the bright side of her circumstances.

Then you add in Yuki and Kyo’s antics/rivalry/whatever you want to call it. They add a bit more action and excitement into the story. And it’s already obvious how much Tohru has had an influence on these Sohma boys, so I can’t imagine how much more that influence will change the boys (and the rest of the Sohma zodiac members) in the next ten volumes.

I know I’m late in getting into this series, but aside from seeing the volumes taking up pretty much a whole shelf at Barnes & Noble, I didn’t really know much about the series. But then they started talking about a new anime adaptation that would more faithfully follow the story now that it is complete, and I was kind of interested, especially since Laura Bailey voices Tohru, and she’s a voice actress I rather like. So I decided to try the show, but I wanted to try the manga first.

This is actually just a fun shojo read, and I’m really liking it, though I feel like a whole lot more is coming, especially with Akito meeting Tohru, and I don’t know–I get a weird vibe from Akito, both in the manga and in the anime. I want to know what is up with all of this. I want to learn more about the zodiac and magical powers and ancient curses. I suppose the only way I’m going to get answers is to finish reading the series.

Where to Get a Copy

You can pick up your own copy of this book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or from your local indie bookstore through IndieBound.

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