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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: TOKYOPOP
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 1-59532-403-8
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Fruits Basket Vol. #08

By Sakura Eries     May 03, 2006
Release Date: April 12, 2005

Fruits Basket Vol.#08

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Natsuki Takaya
Translated by:Alethea and Athena Nibley
Adapted by:

What They Say
Summer is on its way, so of course Tohru and friends are excited about the upcoming vacation and field trip. But what's that sound? It's Hatsuharu going beserk in the classroom... again! Black Haru is full of more rage than usual, so what will happen when Yuki intervenes? And then there's Ritsu Sohma, whose mom Tohru met at the hot spring; what's wrong with this kimono-wearing beauty?!

The Review
Summer has arrived, and with it the introduction of two more Juunishi to the Fruits Basket cast. First we have Ritsu, the monkey of the Juunishi. Ritsu looks like a kimono-clad beauty, but this "she" is really a "he!" However, Ritsu is definitely his mother's child, having panic attacks at every little perceived transgression. And then there's Rin. We only catch a glimpse of her, but all is not right with her. Rin and Hatsuharu had been dating each other secretly, but she got hurt badly and abruptly dumps Hatsuharu shortly afterward, which causes him to go black and tear up a classroom in rage.

In fact, the curse is taking a toll upon all of the Sohma Juunishi. When the subject of parent-teacher conferences to discuss future career goals arises, thinking about the future turns Yuki and Kyo's thoughts towards gloom instead of hopeful anticipation.

Even with Ritsu's hilarious panic attacks and an extremely silly visit to a "haunted house," this volume is full of angst. As the story continues, the burden of the curse seems to grow heavier and heavier. Their futures are darkened by the shadow of Akito, and we wonder if they will be able to overcome the obstacles to their dreams. If you've followed the series this far, you'll find it difficult to stop because as we learn more about our heroes, more questions are raised.

Tokyopop continues with its regular extras for this title of the featured zodiac animal and Fans Basket sections. I have dropped the text/SFX rating a bit as I found a handful of basic grammatical errors in this volume including a misspelling of Hatsuharu's name.


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