Fruits Basket Vol. #15 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Release Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Translated by:Alethea and Athena Nibley
Adapted by:Lianne Sentar
What They Say
Yuki's finally has a moment of clarity concerning his past. Yuki was the least liked child in elementary school; as a result, he doesn't care to have any friends. Tohru changed his feelings about having friends, but not having a girlfriend. The stress of life and pressure from Akito has taken a toll on Yuki's life. Later, Kakeru and Yuki must think of a way to save Machi from rabid Yuki fans!
When Yuki is accidentally locked into a closet, the small, dark space triggers unpleasant memories. Yuki's abusive upbringing takes center stage as Takaya-sensei delves into his mother's lack of caring, Akito's violence, the indifference of the others around him�all the factors that nearly robbed Yuki of his will to live. It is emotionally overwhelming for Yuki to confront the past, but he finds relief in sharing his troubles with, not Tohru, but Kakeru. And in doing so, Yuki also comes to a realization of what his true feelings for Tohru are.
Then it's time for "2-D Sorta Cinderella!" Could the casting possibly have been any worse? And apparently the strain of being on stage is affecting the actors as certain performers find themselves making some startling declarations onstage!
Yuki fans will definitely want to pick up this volume of Furuba as the first three chapters are devoted to Yuki's angst-filled childhood and the events that caused him to be as withdrawn as he is. Akito's influence features prominently in these chapters of course. Takaya-sensei makes wonderful use of light and dark panels and lettering to convey the way that Akito eventually envelops Yuki into the depths of darkness.
Then to lighten things up, Takaya presents a farcical version of Cinderella (it seems like every high school manga has to have one of these plays...). It's very silly, but I did not find it particularly funny. It was simply the natural result of the crazy cast that Takaya threw together. What I did find surprising though was how many characters let slip very personal statements while in the spotlight. I don't find it particularly plausible, but it does provide a convenient indicator of where their true feelings lie.
Extras include the Fans Basket section and the cast of characters.
Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: B
Text/Translatin Rating: B
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: TOKYOPOP
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