Kagura and Kazuma hotly discuss Tohru liking Kyo. With Kagura's forceful encouragement, will Tohru be able to muster up the courage to tell Kyo how she feels? Meanwhile, Ren is determined to get her hands on Akito's mystery box--even if it means killing for it!
It's kind of hilarious that all the Sohmas are just as invested (either positively or negatively) in Tohru and Kyo's relationship as I am. Get a life, guys! And me...
Ren and Akito are still creepy, but at least we now have Ren's backstory. I'm going to venture a guess that Fruits Basket is all about love, and how that emotion can either encourage or destroy a person. With Ren, it's destruction, of herself and all those around her. It is sad, but I still find it very hard to feel badly for her. She does awful things, and considers everyone else about twenty steps beneath her. And that's nothing on Akito, who considers him/herself God. That's more than twenty steps, yes?
But let's get on to this curse breaking thing. Momiji is free now too. What happened? Do you just have to...choose not to be bonded to Akito? Because that's pretty easy. Or is it random? I want explanations! But regardless, I really like that breaking the bond is not the answer to all the Sohma's problems. Momiji now feels left out and lonely, which makes total sense. Nothing is ever easy, and that includes freedom.
And we end with Kyo's horrific revelation. Like I wanted, his past with Tohru's mother Kyoko was explained. Then it gets so. much. worse. I'm amazed Tohru wasn't more put off. Her powers of forgiveness are fantastic, which, of course, is why all the Sohmas love her so much.
Things are really getting moving!
Five out of five empty boxes.
Release Date: July 2008
Reading Level: Grade 7+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: GRAPHIC TAK