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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: 206
  • ISBN: 1-59532-408-9
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Fruits Basket Vol. #13

By Sakura Eries     July 26, 2006
Release Date: October 11, 2005

Fruits Basket Vol.#13

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

What They Say
The time for Yuki's parent-teacher conference has finally arrived, and Yuki must learn how to make his own decisions. Also, Tohru sets off on a quest to find out if Kureno Sohma is the same person Arisa has been in love with all this time. Along the way she will discover the tragic relation of Momo and Momiji.

The Review
Yuki's been dreading his parent-teacher conference and with good reason. This meeting means having to confront his controlling mother -- and possibly losing all of the self-confidence he has gained since leaving the family compound. His anxieties unfortunately prove well-founded as his mother cuts him down the moment she arrives at his school. Her uncaring attitude nearly causes Yuki to shut down emotionally and regress to the child he was. However, things take an unexpected turn when big brother Ayame crashes the conference...

But family problems aren't the only ones Yuki has to face. His student council members are proving to be as dysfunctional as his own family with Kakeru turning out to be the most irritating of all. So irritating, in fact, that Yuki actually loses his temper with him! However, their interactions push Yuki towards change -- change that Yuki eventually decides isn't so bad after all.

Meanwhile, Tohru, determined to find out if Kureno Sohma is the same Kureno that Arisa has fallen for, decides to sneak into the Sohma compound! It's a tricky undertaking, especially for someone as clumsy as Tohru, but help shows up in the form of Momo, Momiji's sister. Their brief interaction reveals that Momo is actually much closer to the truth of the relationship between her and Momiji than anyone realizes. Saddened by the Sohma secrets that prevent Momo from knowing her brother and keep Arisa and Kureno apart, Tohru becomes disheartened and questions her ability to break the curse. For all her optimism, she does understand that not all wishes can come true.

Yuki and Momiji fans will enjoy this volume greatly. We learn what Momiji's dearest wish is and also have Yuki, his mom, and his brother interacting in the same room! I am surprised that Takaya is adding on a more characters (i.e., the student council members) though. The cast of characters in Fruits Basket is already huge. She seems to be setting Kakeru up as a "catalyst" of change for Yuki, but the interactions between Yuki and Kakeru don't seem that much different than Yuki's interactions with his brother.

The copy quality is a little grainy on a few pages in Chapter 76, and I wonder why Tokyopop didn't use a sharper image of Rin for the Year of the Horse profile. I'm also a bit perplexed that Kureno has not yet been included in the character glossary as he has already shown up several times by now...


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