Fruits Basket, Vol. 1

Fruits Basket, Vol. 1

A family with an ancient curse...And the girl who will change their lives forever...Tohru Honda was an orphan with no place to go until the mysterious Sohma family offered her a place to call home. Now her ordinary high school life is turned upside down as she's introduced to the Sohma's world of magical curses and family secrets....

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Title:Fruits Basket, Vol. 1
Author:Natsuki Takaya
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Edition Language:English

Fruits Basket, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Demo

    Has anyone else noticed how the characters grew up over the path of the series? Namely Kyo, Yuki, and Momiji. They look almost completely different by the end of the series compared to how they did in the beginning. Especially Kyo (who looks alarmingly like Tohru's dad). I mean look at this:

    Kyo in the beginning:

    Kyo towards the end:

    Yuki in the beginning:

    (he kind of looks like a female alien)

    Yuki towards the end:

    Momiji in the beginning:

    (d'aaaawww)

    MOMIJI NOW OMG WHAT THE FUCK:

    Touru in the beginning

    Has anyone else noticed how the characters grew up over the path of the series? Namely Kyo, Yuki, and Momiji. They look almost completely different by the end of the series compared to how they did in the beginning. Especially Kyo (who looks alarmingly like Tohru's dad). I mean look at this:

    Kyo in the beginning:

    Kyo towards the end:

    Yuki in the beginning:

    (he kind of looks like a female alien)

    Yuki towards the end:

    Momiji in the beginning:

    (d'aaaawww)

    MOMIJI NOW OMG WHAT THE FUCK:

    Touru in the beginning:

    Touru towards the end:

    I really love the way the art developed. It was a combination of Natsuki's drawing skills getting better with time and the characters themselves changing as they got older. I love how Yuki evolved from an odd-jawline alien thing (yet still somehow attractive) into a

    attractive pretty boy. I like younger Kyo better but the newer isn't bad. I thought Tohru was pretty throughout the whole series, moreso at the end. And Momiji...

    ...

    Yes.

  • Kat (Lost in Neverland)

    I just have one thing to say;

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    Fruits Basket is probably my very favorite manga that I have read to date. Now, I wholeheartedly admit that the premise is weird and unlikely, but, hey, it's fantasy. Anyway, if you can get past the initial outlandishness, you discover a story full of heart and darkness. This is my fourth or fifth time through the series, and I just love it more every time.

    Having read through a few reviews on Goodreads, I know that this series, and the character of Tohru especially, gets a lot of flak for being

    Fruits Basket is probably my very favorite manga that I have read to date. Now, I wholeheartedly admit that the premise is weird and unlikely, but, hey, it's fantasy. Anyway, if you can get past the initial outlandishness, you discover a story full of heart and darkness. This is my fourth or fifth time through the series, and I just love it more every time.

    Having read through a few reviews on Goodreads, I know that this series, and the character of Tohru especially, gets a lot of flak for being too cutesy. It seems that some people did not buy Tohru's consistently positive attitude or her naivete. For me, it worked. Tohru has her painful past, and she does occasionally struggle to put forward that happy face. In fact, I think that she's an incredibly strong character, because she tries so hard and does her best to be happy no matter what life throws her way.

    Also criticized is the zodiac curse. Yes, it's crazy and not likely. Who cares? The least popular aspect seems to be the fact that one of the side effects of the curse is that hugging a member of the opposite sex will turn them into their animal. It sounds so arbitrary and like it was solely introduced for hijinks and humor. Actually, I think that there's more to it. This part of the curse is what really separates the Sohma's from other people. They are drawn more into the family and unable to mingle in society for fear of discovery. Their curse is being stuck together.

    What really makes me love this story so much though is the way that it grows and changes. In most series, there isn't too much of a marking of time, but in Fruits Basket, the characters change a lot in both personality and appearance. I love that you can literally see the characters growing up from children to adults. Additionally, I really appreciate the level of depth in pretty much all of the rather extensive set of main characters. Each one gets at least one chapter focusing on their own issues.

    If you don't believe me about the depth of the story, here's a quote, which pretty much perfectly sums up being young: "It's good to be young, without experience in how to live, struggling desperately as if you were going to drown, even though you could float if you just drew on your own strength." I just love that. Above and beyond the fantasy plot, this is really just a touching story of a lot of broken people coming together and trying to find the courage to believe in themselves and to really love.

    Not only that, but the art is gorgeous. It takes a couple of volumes for Takaya to get into the swing of things, but after that I occasionally find myself pausing and just staring at a particular frame to admire the beauty therein. Of course, manga art gets criticized a lot for being ridiculous, so if you don't like it, then you won't like the art here either, since it's got the standards (like big eyes versus narrow ones to indicate degrees of masculinity/femininity).

    Do not be fooled by the pretty shoujo artwork and cutesy opening chapters, though. Fruits Basket is very dark and tackled a lot of painful issues, such as parental abuse. However, it does so with heart and hope. This will always be one of my very favorite works of literature.

  • Raeleen Lemay

    2nd book read for BTAT2017 "read a book entirely outdoors"!

    This manga has an enjoyable enough storyline and characters, but the art style really doesn't work for me. I might read a couple more volumes to give it a chance, but I may just watch the anime instead.

  • Jenny

    This really was an adorable book! I hadn't read manga before this one, and I only picked this up based on some of my friends' reviews with no expectations. But it really didn't disappoint! I fell in love with the characters and the story from the beginning.

    -There's Tohru, who is very cute, but also awkward with a lot of things, and that resulted into some very hilarious moments. And if there are guys like Kyo and Yuki, I don't need anything else!

    -There's a secret of Sohma family, in which the

    This really was an adorable book! I hadn't read manga before this one, and I only picked this up based on some of my friends' reviews with no expectations. But it really didn't disappoint! I fell in love with the characters and the story from the beginning.

    -There's Tohru, who is very cute, but also awkward with a lot of things, and that resulted into some very hilarious moments. And if there are guys like Kyo and Yuki, I don't need anything else!

    -There's a secret of Sohma family, in which the members have a curse of turning into an animal of one of the animals of zodiac. Which was really interesting and funny at times. The graphics were just too cute!<3

    And for me, the plot was very refreshing and unique because I hadn't come across anything like this until now so I really enjoyed it.

    -If you still aren't convinced to read it, here's another reason: it has naked men too.

    I loved it and I am definitely continuing with the series. However, the only reason for giving it 3 stars is that I kind of struggled with this one, and I can't blame the book because it was me who wasn't familiar with the genre, so there's that.

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