As the Fruits Basket saga continues, the relationship between Tohru and Kyo becomes increasingly complicated, especially since most of the members of the Zodiac seem to look down on him. Tohru comes to the realization that if she wants to save Kyo, she'll have to create some sort of trigger to break his curse. But what, if anything, can cure Kyo? The answer is right inside this next volume of the super-popular Fruits Basket!
More romance! Yay! Kyo's feelings are evident to everyone (except maybe Tohru), which embarrasses him and delights me. He even asked her out on a date. These adorable kids slay me. And I love even more that they ended up going grocery shopping and peering into a pet shop window. True love doesn't need extravagant restaurants of over-the-top displays of love. The settled and lowkey nature of Tohru and Kyo's affection is what makes me love it so much.
I was really glad to see Shigure admit why they are all so horrible to Kyo, either explicitly or by disassociation (because really? they should have done something about the practice of putting a fellow Zodiac member in solitary confinement for their entire life a looong time ago). It makes sense that people at the bottom of the social pile, cursed and abandoned, would choose to take out their frustrations on someone who has it even worse than them. Poor Cat.
We also got some more information about Kakeru, Yuki's new BFF. I like him quite a lot, and I'm so glad they are friends. I'm reminded a bit of LOST, how these characters are all mysteriously inter-related through past events. And Yuki asked Machi out on a date. That is a little fast, considering it took him loads of volumes to realize his feelings for Tohru, but whatever. I'm also glad that although his feelings for Tohru are more maternal than romantic, he can't stand to be in house when Kyo and Tohru are especially flirty. Nice way to not drop a plot thread, Takaya.
Four out of five grown-up Momijis.
Release Date: March 2008
Reading Level: Grade 7+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: Not yet owned by Dunlap.