Book Review – Fruits Basket vol 4 by Natsuki Takaya

Title: Fruits Basket vol 4

Author/Illustrator: Natsuki Takaya

Format: Paperback

Published: 2004


Today I bring you the 4th volume in the Fruits Basket Series. Yes I am aware that I skipped right over the third volume but I figured I would save you yet another review of it brings me warm fuzzies and is good. It was true of the third book and there wasn’t much to review on it save to point out that we are introduced to more of the Shoma family and it was cute and sweet.   So I thought I’d skip ahead till I got something worth talking about and that was the case with volume 4.


To me this volume is packed with a lot of great things and ‘new’ characters who have to be mentioned and remarked on. The story starts with the bone chilling idea that Akito the head of the Shoma family is coming to visit the school. This is a huge deal as Akito is not painted in the best light in any of the book. Akito seems to be rather harsh and cruel from the beginning and for him to be at the school says a lot and you can see right off how this effects and bothers Yuki. There wasn’t much that came from the story save to show Akito’s cruelty a bit more and to show how much he affect Yuki.


After that even the story progresses forward Tohru meets a new Shoma family member know as Ayame who is the Snake. Ayame is the older brother of Yuki and I will say he is probably one of my favorite characters. He is a rather amusing character who cares for his brother despite the fact that there is a rift between them. It is really sweet to see how Tohru is trying to bring them together and I love the animated stories that Aya tells. It was amusing in manga form and even more so in Anime in my opinion, though both are amazing. I love the dynamic that Aya brings to the story and the characters.


There are other great chapters in this book that I absolutely love such as learning more about Momiji. All a worth read and highly enjoyable.   I would most assuredly give this book a strong 4 out of 5 pages. I think Fruits Basket is a cute series and a great way to break into Manga in my opinion as the story is good, and there is a great balance of humor and sadness with a good fantasy element thrown in. Needless to say I am looking forward to the next book in the series which is already waiting for me in my bag!


Book Review – Fruits Basket vol 2 by Natsuki Takaya

Title: Fruits Basket vol 2

Author/Illustrator: Natsuki Takaya

Format: Paperback

Published: 2004


As I have delved into the story of Fruits Basket it has been an absolute delight.  When I’m not reading the books I struggle to find the gumption to pick up the next book and yet while I’m in the book reading it I’m filled with warm fuzzies.  It is like wrapping a blanket around you while sipping a cup of hot chocolate.  I enjoy the books they are cute and amuzing and help me to relive the joy I had when first watching the anime.  Usually I’m a stickler for book then movie but that opportunity wasn’t available to me in a lot of ways so I’m doing it in reverse and I know the books are different than the anime and things will happen differently at some point but thus far practically everything between the book and the anime is almost identical.


I look forward to seeing what else may come from the books as I read through and pick up the next book in the series that is actually sitting on my desk with a figurative label on it that shouts out ‘Read me!’ as do the other two books that are currently sitting in my bag.  Of course there will be a bit time between this review and the review for the next book as I have other books that I have read recently that deserve some attention.  But over all the book was good it tells a great story of how Yuki and Kyo are becoming close to Tohru and how she sees them for wonderful people that they fail to see themselves as.  Additionally more of the Sohma members who are cursed with the Zodiac are introduced such as Kagura Momiji and Hotari.  All of them unique and rather entertaining.  Truth be told I do look forward to meeting other characters that I have met before in the anime and the other members of the zodiac that did not make it into the Anime. Overall, I would rate the book as a 4 out 5 pages.

Book Review – Fruits Basket vol 1 by Natsuki Takaya

Title:  Fruits Basket vol 1

Author: Natsuki Takaya

Format:  Paper Back

Published:   2004

Written: 1999


Okay, so I have a friend who is big into Manga, we actually met because of our mutual enjoyment of Sailor Moon.  Every year for her birthday she chooses someone to watch the anime Fruits Basket with her.  About a year ago she chose me because I had never seen it.  It was an absolute joy and I enjoyed the entire series, it was absolutely adorable and heart warming over all with a few good heart wrenching moments and a certain level of humor.  Fruits basket it its own unique story with it’s own unique genre, the best I can say is that it is a bit of fantasy and I loved it to say the least.


Considering how much I enjoyed the anime I knew I wanted to read the manga one of these days.  I was warned that the manga is good but rather different in certain ways than the anime but I have to know and I am very curious.  So far I have not come across many differences this first book was a set up and it is equally cute and adorable as the anime and actually covers a lot of anime episodes in this one book.  But instead of comparing the two mediums the story is presented in I’ll actually give an overview of the book.


The book follows a young girl named Tohru who is living in a tent, having lost her mother and wishing not to impose on the kindness of others.  It is how she happens upon the house of Shigre Sohma and Yuki Sohma who through a series of events ends up inviting her to stay with them instead of in a tent in the dangerous wild.  After staying just one night Tohru learns that the Sohma family has a secret which is that there are members of the family who are cursed by vengeful spirts of the Zodia.  Shigre is a dog, Yuki is a rat and Kyo who is another member of the family who also will start living there is a cat and an outsider to the family as the cat is not part of the Zodiac.  (There is a whole legend as to why a cat is not part of the Zodiac that plays into this story.)


Over all, this first book was some set up as Tohru learns about the three people she is living with and getting to know them and be their friend and they all in getting to know a little about them selves in the process.  I know by giving a summary of the book here I may not be selling the story but it is really worth the time and the read and it really isn’t as dull as it sounds.  I would highly recommend this book and am thus giving it a 4 out of 5 page review.

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