Fruits Basket Vol. #09 -

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Mania Grade: B+

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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: TOKYOPOP
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 206
  • ISBN: 1-59532-404-6
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Fruits Basket Vol. #09

By Sakura Eries     May 24, 2006
Release Date: June 07, 2005

Fruits Basket Vol.#09

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

What They Say
Finally summer has arrived! While Tohru struggles through bipolar days of hope and anxiety, what will happen when Yuki comes face-to-face with the new member of the student council?! And... is Uo-chan crazy in love?! Who's that she's hanging out with?!

Plus, Hana-chan's past is finally disclosed in a bonus feature!

The Review
Our fruits basket just seems to be overflowing with new characters in this volume! First we have reserved Machi and overly carefree Kakeru . They're weird, they're wacky-- they're Yuki's new student council members! It looks as if Prince Yuki's tenure as the new student council president is off to a crazy start! Next, we have a klutzy, overly polite, handsome 26 year-old that wanders into Arisa's convenience store. His name is Kureno, and he makes such an impression on Arisa that when she happens to see him on the street soon afterwards, she goes running after him and accepts an invitation to lunch from him. Is Arisa going soft? Definitely not, but she is certainly interested in this mysterious older man! The focus then shifts from what potentially might be Arisa's future to Hanajima's past. In this flashback story, we learn about the challenges she faced growing up with her unique "powers," and how that led to her black wardrobe and eventual meeting with Arisa and Tohru. This is followed by a convergence of Kyo's past and future when his adoptive father has a confrontation with his biological father. So much going on, and so much to reflect upon as senior year looms upon them, but hey! Momiji reminds them that it's still summer vacation, and summer would not be complete without a summer trip!

There's not a lot of actual action in this volume, but it's heavy into character development/background material. Arisa and Hanajima fans will appreciate the amount of attention that goes to Tohru's best friends in this issue. Kyo fans will also with his biological father's debut appearance and a clearer understanding of the difficulties of the cat curse and Kyo's family life before Shishou. But even as aspects of the curse become clearer, Takaya-sensei draws you in with new questions. Who is Kureno, and what is his connection to Akito? And what is it that Rin is so desperately seeking? For those that have seen the anime, this is where the manga starts to go well beyond the material that was covered in the TV series.

Extras include a zodiac animal profile for the snake (although they mislabeled the list of celebrities as "Celebrity Dragons"), the Fans Basket section, and the omake manga "Rain Shelter of Terror".


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