Finally--summer has arrived! While Tohru struggles through the bipolar days of hope and anxiety, what will happen when Yuki comes face-to-face with the new member of the student council? Meanwhile, who is that Uo-chan's hanging out with? Is she c-r-a-z-y in love? In a bonus feature, Hana-chan's past is finally disclosed! Come join the party in the 9th volume of the super-popular Fruits Basket, the world's most popular shojo manga!
I normally don't like it when stories stray from their main characters to develop the supporting cast. I watch for the stars, darnit! But....I kind of loved this volume, even though nearly half of it was devoted to Uo and Hana. How could I not be okay with an awkward love story that ends in a SURPRISE (okay, that happens twice this volume...so much of the good!), and also a backstory that explains Hana's strange behavior in such a heartbreaking way. Seriously. Her past? So sad. This whole created world is populated by broken characters trying to find love in their friends and self-made families. And that is how I like it!
It bears noting that Kyo and Tohru remain adorable. I was reading this before falling asleep last night, and there was a part that made me curl into myself and audibly squee. And it was such a little thing! That is what Takaya does so well--she knows that romance is not built on epic proclamations of love or over-the-top displays of affection. It's in the little stupid things that make your heart race and your imagination soar.
Excellent all around, especially since on paper, I would have said I might not have liked the plots. I don't usually like to be proved wrong, but this time I do!
Five out of five black lace gloves.
Release Date: June 2005
Reading Level: Grade 7+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: Not currently part of Dunlap's collection.