Friday, June 17, 2011

Fruits Basket Vol. 16 by Natsuki Takaya

Book Jacket

A new chapter is opened in the Sohma family's history--and the rumors are true!  Kyo has indeed met Kyoko in the past...and when he did, she told him the story of how she met Tohru's father, which he then tells to us: Tohru's birth...the truth about her mother and father...Yuki's declaration of independence...

Grab your best friend and get ready for the New Year's Eve ball--everything you've been waiting to know is right inside the next volume of the super-popular Fruits Basket, the world's #1 shojo manga!


If I know Tohru (and after 16 volumes, or 95 chapters, I think I do), she would totally want her deceased mother to have known the love of her life.  And as luck has it, Kyoko and Kyo crossed paths back in the day!  Cue wedding bells.   Please?

What I don't get is why Kyo met up with Kyoko.  I assume that will be revealed later.  Otherwise it's totally random and a little bit annoying.  But despite that, it makes total sense from a character development point of view.  Kyoko used to be an angry girl with serious self-esteem issues.  Sound like any boys we know?  Yes!  Kyo's similarity to Tohru's beloved mother also explains why she has always been so forgiving and understanding of him.

And Kyoko!  Your story is so sad!  I am a little squicked at the relationship between Kyoko and Katsuya.  Eight years difference doesn't bum me out, but the fact that they started flirting/dating when he was a teacher and she was in middle school??  I just try to block that part out so I can enjoy the romance.

Their love is epic.  And far too brief!  Baby Tohru is adorable, and watching Kyoko and Katsuya interact and grow together and bring out the best in each other was just completely awesome.  Amazing that I could become so invested in a relationship in just a couple chapters.  And then, of course, it ends badly.  What I want to know, though, is why Tohru never talks about her dad.  Sure, he died when she was little, but it seems like her silence means more than that. 

In other news, we have further developments with Yuki.  It is increasingly obvious that Machi is going to be his one true love.  He's even cracking jokes about leaving Kyo and Tohru alone!  Yay, Yuki!  I'm so glad this love triangle business is settling out with very little drama.  What a nice change of pace.

Four out of five sweet but aloof dads.

Release Date:  April 2007
Reading Level:  Grade 7+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: Not currently part of Dunlap's collection.

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