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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: 208
  • ISBN: 1-59532-409-7
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Fruits Basket Vol. #14

By Sakura Eries     November 29, 2006
Release Date: August 01, 2006

Fruits Basket Vol.#14

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

What They Say
Convinced he's hiding something, Isuzu continues going to Shigure's house but this time, Isuzu feels sick and Tohru finds her passed out! Tohru tries to get Isuzu to the hospital however she refuses to go and ends up arguing with Tohru about breaking the curse. Meanwhile, Yuki goes to the ASB council room only to find it trashed again! But as the secrets of who trashed the room come out of the closet, Yuki accidentally gets locked in one. Who will be the one to help him come out?

The Review
Rin's got a sharp tongue, but despite her tough-as-nails exterior, she isn't nearly as strong or harsh as she makes herself out to be. When she searches Shigure's house in her quest to break the curse, she passes out from stress and illness. A series of dreams and flashbacks follow, revealing Rin's painful past, her doomed romance with Hatsuharu, and her desperate motivation for trying to break the curse.

Yuki is also struggling but with his role as class president. It does not help that one of his student council members has destructive tendencies. However, when he learns about the true relationship between Kakeru and Machi, Yuki realizes that he has more in common with his troublesome student council acquaintances than he originally thought.

Rin fans will want this volume as four out of the six chapters deal primarily with her. Rin's difficult past is shown as seen through her eyes, and as such, Takaya uses hazy, grainy, and distorted images for those panels and never gives a clear glimpse of Rin's estranged parents. However, the suffering Rin has endured has not hardened her; although she has no hopes for herself, she actually cares a great deal about the people around her. Her unfriendly behavior actually stems from love for Hatsuharu and an unwillingness to burden Tohru. Takaya tries to lighten things up with the nonsensical cast for the upcoming school play (with Kyo as Prince Charming and Hanajima as Cinderella). However, between the Rin chapters, painful memories for Tohru and Yuki, and Kakeru's explanation of the source of his and Machi's dysfunctionality, we have another mostly angst-ridden volume.

Extras include the Fans Basket section, profile on the year of the rooster, and the cast of characters. Oddly, although the featured character for this volume is Kureno (the rooster), he still has not been included in the cast of characters section.


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