Fruits Basket, Vol. 4

Fruits Basket, Vol. 4

When the infamous Akito makes an in-class appearance at the start of the school year, the Sohma family worries that his arrival will be an uncensored exercise of show-and-tell about Yuki's past. Meanwhile, when Ayame vows to rekindle his brother's lost friendship, he begins to realize that you can choose your friends but you can't choose your family - especially when they'...

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Title:Fruits Basket, Vol. 4
Author:Natsuki Takaya
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Fruits Basket, Vol. 4 Reviews

  • Rain Misoa

    This series keeps getting better and better! I'm not kidding! The story in this volume really got intense. I would definitely say that this is the saddest volume so far. You really feel for what the characters go through and you can bet you will shed a tear for these beautifully created characters. I know I was tearing up when I was finding out about the past of some of these characters... AND I RARELY EVER CRY FOR ANYTHING!!! My word... the things that happen... it's... just too heart-wrenching

    This series keeps getting better and better! I'm not kidding! The story in this volume really got intense. I would definitely say that this is the saddest volume so far. You really feel for what the characters go through and you can bet you will shed a tear for these beautifully created characters. I know I was tearing up when I was finding out about the past of some of these characters... AND I RARELY EVER CRY FOR ANYTHING!!! My word... the things that happen... it's... just too heart-wrenching for me to even think about let alone write about. Besides, I don't want to tell you what happened. That would be a spoiler, my friends, and I hate spoilers so... go read the manga so that way you'll know what I'm referring to.

    Okay, so I really don't need to tell you how awesome Takaya-sensei is. I've said it in my previous reviews so there's no point to repeat myself, right? WRONG!!! XD I'm going to continue to say how amazing she is! I cannot get enough of her. My love for her went up a billion because of this volume. From what she made Haru do, to introducing the snake (which I happen to be), and then... TALKING ABOUT CLOUD STRIFE! WAH!!! HOW FLIPPING AMAZING IS THAT!? DUDE, DUDE, IF YOU LOVE FINAL FANTASY, ESPECIALLY FINAL FANTASY VII, AND CLOUD THEN YOU'LL COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND MY FANGIRLINESS RIGHT NOW! XD If you don't then... what the hell are you doing here? XP I'm just kidding. But no, really, Takaya-sensei is just epic. She talks about video games all the time and you want to know what's the best part? I understand everything she says about them because of how big on video games I am! XD

    Well, uh, I guess I should go back to talking about the manga, ne? *Cough* So, as I've said, this volume was particularly sad. The characters went through so much that... I'm afraid to really talk about it because any little thing I say will just give it away. This is going to be another difficult review. Tohru is a constant support to everyone she comes in contact with, Yuki has a lot of things revealed about his past that makes you want to bash Akito for, Akito is an ass ('Nuff said), and Kyo... oh man, Kyo! Why do you play with my heart so? Wah! He's soooooooooooooo sweet! SO CLOSE! SO BLOODY CLOSE!!! Oh well... there's always the future. Nothing wrong with waiting. Yeah, he's awesome. I really think that he's quickly becoming my favorite character...

    ...but then I think of Haru and HE'S my favorite character again! Oh my God! I just cannot believe some of the shit he does when he's "Black!" God! He cracks me up and makes me fall in love with him all over again! XD Man, I wish I could make him mine... but I can't. So, that's that! XD The Mabudachi trio made an appearance! Shigure, Hatori, and newcomer, Ayame! These three together is crack waiting to happen. Especially Ayame! Really? Offering yourself? Dude, you know I love yaoi. I think you're just doing it to... *GASP* It makes sense now! The connection with the whole snake thing! Le gasp! I didn't think of it before but now... *Faints* ...I can't believe it... anyway! On with the review! I love Ayame. He tried so hard for Yuki... cute~ And you see the pain he goes through because of how he tries to be there for him. Oh, and Ayame, I love Hari, too! X3 I think the one with the saddest story in this volume is Momiji. I won't tell you what happens but... it's his story that breaks my heart the most... *Still wiping away tears*

    This volume was very hard to get through. Not because it was bad but because it was so depressing. Yes. I did say that it will start getting darker as time goes on but... I feel that it keeps everything balance so well. You can't just have light and fluffy all the time. Life isn't like that and that's what I love about Takaya-sensei's work. She keeps it realistic even if it does have a fantasy element to it. It's that realistic aspect that keeps me wanting to see what will happen to these beautiful characters. Well, that and the fact that all the guys are hot! *Is so not shallow* XD If you haven't guessed already, I really recommend you pick up this series. It's amazing and not reading it is like not taking a shower for five months, stupid and disgusting. So get to it!

  • Mary ♥

    5/5 stars

    Fruits Basket is the cutest romance with a very important mythological element you'll ever find! And that's because, when hugged or touched in a not so friendly way by the opposite gender, or when they are in extreme distress, the members of the Sohma family turn into animals! And specifically, the animals of the Chinese Horoscope.

    And this manga has also a very unique element. I won't spoil it and tell you what it is, though. Anyways, my point is that whatever happens, no matter if you'

    5/5 stars

    Fruits Basket is the cutest romance with a very important mythological element you'll ever find! And that's because, when hugged or touched in a not so friendly way by the opposite gender, or when they are in extreme distress, the members of the Sohma family turn into animals! And specifically, the animals of the Chinese Horoscope.

    And this manga has also a very unique element. I won't spoil it and tell you what it is, though. Anyways, my point is that whatever happens, no matter if you're a fan of manga or not, no matter if you'll like this or not, everybody will take something from this series. And this is one word. Hope. Hope for the future, that the pain will end and creativity beyond everything. And in our painful society, hope can be a very important tool

    Highly recommended, both the anime and the manga

    ~Mary

  • Merb

    🐶 This volume is Shigure! 🐶

    Out of all the Fruits Basket volumes, volume 4 is one that always stuck with me closely over the years. We witness Tohru's first harrowing encounter with Akito, and reflect on the importance of good parenting on the one year anniversary of her mother's passing.

    The art in this volume was spot on with presenting the personalities and emotions of the characters. We went from Akito's hard, wretched stare that is hiding so much unknown emotion, to Momiji's sad and yet opti

    🐶 This volume is Shigure! 🐶

    Out of all the Fruits Basket volumes, volume 4 is one that always stuck with me closely over the years. We witness Tohru's first harrowing encounter with Akito, and reflect on the importance of good parenting on the one year anniversary of her mother's passing.

    The art in this volume was spot on with presenting the personalities and emotions of the characters. We went from Akito's hard, wretched stare that is hiding so much unknown emotion, to Momiji's sad and yet optimistic eyes as he reflects on his past. The past of Momiji is one I can never really get past. Natsuki Takaya is very talented at making people cry with her backstories! By placing Momiji's backstory beside the one year passing of Tohru's mother, we really are forced to reflect on how much of an impact parents have on their children, and how good or bad acts not only stay with them forever, but play a part in shaping who they become. I love little Momiji with all my heart, and his optimism in such a painful situation is something I will always remember and try to enact myself.

    🐷 Next volume is Kagura! 🐷

  • Victoria

    Just like the other parts of this series, this issue was hilarious and adorable. The crazy antics between them all makes for great comedy. This one did have its sadder moments though especially with the backstory of Momiji and the way Yuki reacted to Akito's presence.

  • Ferdy

    -A more entertaining read than volume 3.

    -Tohru, Shiguire, Momiji and Kyo were as likeable as ever. Yuki was more interesting in this one, his antagonistic relationship with his older brother gave him some much needed personality

    -Loved Uo and Hana, the way they both looked out for Tohru was sweet. There should be more female friendships like Uo/Hana/Tohru in fiction.

    -Yuki's brother Ayame was pretty funny. I enjoyed reading about Ayame, Hatori and Shiguire's friendship as teens.

    -Momiji's

    -A more entertaining read than volume 3.

    -Tohru, Shiguire, Momiji and Kyo were as likeable as ever. Yuki was more interesting in this one, his antagonistic relationship with his older brother gave him some much needed personality

    -Loved Uo and Hana, the way they both looked out for Tohru was sweet. There should be more female friendships like Uo/Hana/Tohru in fiction.

    -Yuki's brother Ayame was pretty funny. I enjoyed reading about Ayame, Hatori and Shiguire's friendship as teens.

    -Momiji's history was so sad. I can't believe he didn't have any bitterness toward his mum for rejecting him and erasing all memory of him. I don't why he still loves her and is nice to her, he should hate the cow.

    -I liked the glimpses of Tohru's mum, the mother-daughter bond between them was so lovely.

    -Loved that Kyo was becoming more and more protective of Tohru.

    -All in all, a fun and charming installment.

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