Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fruits Basket Vol. 22 by Natsuki Takaya

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Kyo finally makes the decision to stop running from his fears and confront his birth father.  But how will he react to his father's pressure to accept an unwanted truth?  Meanwhile, the curse continues to loosen its hold  on the members of the Zodiac, but as Akito's control over the Sohma family slips away, will the last vestiges of her sanity and reason slip away, too?  With Kureno injured and Tohru in peril, Akito has come to a crossroads...


The penultimate volume!  Kyo's dad is a jerk, but it's all for the best, because Kyo comes to term with his past.  I really like that Takaya lets her characters find catharsis, but not necessarily happiness.  That's life.

And I kind of love how Uo and Hana-jima put Kyo through such a hard time.  The last few volumes have been heavy on the drama, so it was nice to have a little interlude of hilarity, and a return to manga drawing comedy when Tohru runs away screaming.  Funny how what used to annoy me is now making chuckle.  I like to think I'm developing a Japanese sense of humor.

You know it's the end when we get the story of the Zodiac's genesis.  I liked that it wasn't quite the same--the Cat is ostracized not for missing the banquet, but for saying the pain of mortality is better than immortality.  As a new fan of Doctor Who, those sorts of philosophical questions are fascinating to me. 

Five out of five curses broken.

Release Date:  March 2009
Reading Level: Grade 7+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection:  Not yet a part of Dunlap's collection.

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