Akito has more than skeletons hiding in the closet--the curse, dear reader, is not the only reason Kureno won't leave Akito. And who can make Arisa understand Kureno's devotion to Akito? Graduation is approaching, so everyone needs answers! It's all right inside this volume of the super-popular Fruits Basket, the winner of Best Manga at the inaugural American Anime Award Show!
What the what!? Okay, so they were not kidding around when volume 17 was heralded as the one in which secrets are revealed. As such, I will be talking about them. That means SPOILERS ABOUND, people.
I knew that Akito was actually a girl from forever ago, because an old roommate let it slip. But I knew nothing of Ren, Akito's mother (who is shaping up to be the real villain of the piece, yes? so that we can pity Akito and end up liking him/her?)
And what!? There were adult relationships all over the place! Kureno is not cursed (which deserves a big WHAT?? of its own, and how did it happen, and why doesn't he know?), but he stays with Akito (yeah, in that way) out of love and pity. But not love love. That's for Arisa, who he will not see because his loyalty lies with Akito. Is it weird that I find that kind of cute?
But that is not even the craziest of the crazy! Because then there's Shigure, who finally makes sense! He loves Akito??? And Akito loves him! But he slept with Akito's mother to get back at him/her because he/she is sleeping with Kureno!
This just became a soap opera, and I LOVE IT.
Will these crazy kids ever figure out how to break the curse and find love without that pesky "bond" being in the way? I'm guessing yes, but I will keep reading to find out for sure!
Five out of five shocking reveals.
Release Date: August 2007
Reading Level: Grade 7+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: Not currently part of Dunlap's collection.