Title: Fruits Basket, Volume 3
Author: Natsuki Takaya
Paperback: 200 pages
Challenges: Manga Challenge
The third installment of Sensei Takaya’s delightful manga series that gives the reader a window into the life of the cursed Sohma family and how Tohru Honda, a sweet and naive young orphan they’ve taken in and with whom they’ve shared their secret that some in their family are possessed by the vengeful animal spirits of the Chinese zodiac, features the rebellious cat-posessed Kyo Sohma on the cover. Kyo is probably one of my favorite characters, he is certainly one of the funniest, and this book introduces another of my favorites: Hatsuharu, the bull.
The book begins with a school race, which the highly-competitive Kyo sees as an opportunity to beat his ultimate rival and cousin, Yuki Sohma, the rat. The pictures had Maggie and I laughing out loud in public places, trying to keep ourselves under control but often not able, class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=””>Kyo with his cat ears, fangs, eyes and tail with electric energy swirling around him as he focuses on thoroughly trouncing “That damn rat Yuki” in the race was hilarious. It’s during the race that Haru shows up and challenges Kyo to a fight, during which Black Haru comes out and makes sexual innuendos about what he’s going to do with Tohru.
Valentine’s Day happens in this book, as well, which brings Kagura back… much to Kyo’s displeasure. Hatori, the Sohma family doctor, is introduced and Momiji makes another appearance and invites Tohru, Yuki and Kyo to the Sohma family spa for White Day. Momiji, the rabbit, is another one of those funny, slightly naughty, characters who likes to look pretty. The trouble is, though, the dress-wearing, fingernail-polished, blonde is a BOY. Also, the interactions between Kyo and Momiji is reminiscent of the baby brother tag-a-long and annoyed older brother. Kyo often noogies, pinches and restrains the over-zealous Momiji, who cries and whines loudly to any who’ll listen that he’s being abused by Kyo.
The final page of the book still makes me laugh, and I’ll often repeat it back to Mags, who will break out in groaning laughter and rolling her eyes. Shigure shows Haru the little cosplay maid outfit he’s bought for Tohru as his White Day gift saying, “I can’t wait for her to call me Master wearing this.” To which Haru replies, “Just Make sure you don’t get arrested, okay?”
Title: Fruits Basket, volume 4
Author: Natsuki Takya
Paperback: 216 pages
Challenges: Manga Challenge
Fruits Basket, volume 4 begins with a new year at school and the addition of Haru and Momiji as first years at Yuki, Kyo and Tohru’s high school. Akito, the abusive, frightening, mercurial head of the Sohma family visits the school, specifically to see Tohru. He tries to come off as being kind, but it’s even scarier than when he’s his normal evil self.
Tohru is meets another Sohma in a shocking way when Yuki’s older brother, Ayame, crawls into her clothing in his snake form. Ayame’s visit is an attempt to get closer to his brother, but Yuki seems to dislike and resent him. Ayame’s visit also brings a reunion of the Madubachi Trio (The nickname of Shigure, Hatori and Ayame as a group in high school) and stories of their escapades when they were in school.
As a series, Fruits Basket is fun and light, with a bit of sexual humor and the occasional homosexual undertone. Ayame owns a dress shop that may be a “>cosplay store, and may or may not be in love with Hatori. Haru also makes a comment about Yuki being his first love. There is also violence, some amount of mysticism and Tohru’s ancestor worship with her mom’s picture… a Japanese thing, I know. But, all in all, the story, writing and artwork tickles my funny bone and Maggie loves reading it with me, which is one of the best thing about them :-)
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