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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: 214
  • ISBN: 1-59532-407-0
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Fruits Basket Vol. #12

By Sakura Eries     July 19, 2006
Release Date: September 12, 2005

Fruits Basket Vol.#12

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

What They Say
The gang is back from their summer vacation and as the new school term begins, a new student council has finally been assembled, with two new secretaries: Naohito, who has declared himself Yuki's rival, and Kimi who is known as a devil woman who steals men's hearts. Along with the new school term, it's also time for parent-teacher conferences to begin. At that time Tohru goes to see her grandfather, and he brings up a part of Tohru's past that she had tried to shut away.

The Review
Tohru returns from summer break with a new goal: to break the Juunishi curse. Unable to ask the Juunishi directly for specifics about the curse, she decides to approach Kyo's adopted father for information. However, no sooner has she begun on her endeavor than she gets problems on her own. Her grandfather throws out his back, and when she goes to visit him, he brings up memories that Tohru has been trying to shut away. Between worries over her grandfather's health, anxiety over the future, and sad reminders of the past, Tohru finds herself having to rely on her friends for encouragement.

Meanwhile, Yuki is facing challenges of his own -- namely his student council members. In addition to reticent Machi and annoying Kakeru, there are the council secretaries, Kimi Toudou, infamous for stealing men's hearts, and Naohito Sakuragi, a self-declared rival of Yuki's.

As for Kyo, he is finally able to make Kagura come to terms with the fact that he will never be able to return her feelings. However, she is only able to let him go after confessing the guilt that she feels towards him over their childhood.

Lots of drama in this volume. Takaya does sneak in some comic moments here and there, but it's more dark than light. For example, Shigure and Mayuko-sensei's war of the words was pretty funny. However, knowing who Shigure and Mayuko are and what has transpired between them gives the humor a harsh quality.

Takaya is really showing Tohru's baggage and weaknesses now. That, I think, makes Tohru more appealing and easier to relate to than if she really were as completely carefree and optimistic as she initially appears. How this will all pan out, though, remains to be seen.


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