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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: TOKYOPOP
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 212
  • ISBN: 1-59532-406-2
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Fruits Basket Vol. #11

By Sakura Eries     July 10, 2006
Release Date: August 09, 2005

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

What They Say
Still at the Sohma family vacation house, Tohru and the gang are obliged to visit Akito everyday because Akito is at the other vacation house. However, day after day relationships get more complicated and forbidden love blossoms. But most importantly Tohru's resolve is hardened when Akito's true identity is revealed.

The Review
Now that Akito's crashed the Sohma cousins' summer getaway, it's all downhill from there. He monopolizes all of the Juunishi's time, with the notable exception of the Cat, effectively leaving Kyo and Tohru in the cold. On top of that, an ill-tempered horse shows up out of nowhere and tries to kick Tohru! But it's no ordinary horse. It's Rin, the Horse of the Zodiac. Unlike the other Juunishi, Rin is openly hostile towards Tohru from the moment they meet and tells her to stay out of the Sohma family's affairs before abruptly running off.

After meeting Rin, the only Juunishi left for Tohru to meet is the Rooster. She wonders if Akito is the Rooster but, in an unexpected late night confrontation, learns that he most definitely is NOT the Rooster. Kureno is the Rooster while Akito is on a level above and beyond that of the Zodiac animals. What Akito tells her of his intentions for Kyo and the Juunishi leaves Tohru shaken -- and determined to break the curse. And as her desire to free the Juunishi intensifies so does Kyo and Yuki's desire to protect her.

While this volume is entirely devoted to the conclusion of the summer trip, it is packed with flashbacks and significant moments between the main players. I've mentioned some spoilers in the summary, but there are still quite a few revelations, especially concerning Kyo, that I haven't given away that await the avid Furuba fan in this volume.

We have the usual Fansbasket and Zodiac profile extras and cover with colored inside flaps. The pages are cut too close (some sound effects on page 64 almost got completely cut off), but the production job is otherwise satisfactory. TOKYOPOP has labeled this title as a comedy/ romance. With Yuki's and Kyo's feelings for Tohru intensifying, it is aptly labeled a romance. However, Furuba seems to becoming more and more of a drama as we learn more about the curse.


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