Monday, February 27, 2012

Manga Review: Fruits Basket, Volumes 7 and 8 by Natsuki Takaya

Manga Monday was turned into a meme by the awesome Alison Can Read!
*I warn you now there may be spoilers…It’s hard with manga.

Fruits Basket, Vol. 7 (Fruits Basket, #7)

Title: Fruits basket, Vol. 7
Author: Natsuki Takaya
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Tokyo Pop
Release Date: January 31, 2005
ISBN-10: 159532402X

Tohru and company have been having a lot more fun ever since Kisa came to visit. Now it's time for Tohru to meet another member of the Zodiac-the skillfully sarcastic grade-school student, Hiro! One way or another, this tyke will have to deal with his resentment of Tohru and his affection for Kisa. Where will he find the answers? In the fabulous 7th volume of the super-popular Fruits Basket, of course! (Goodreads)


In this volume we meet Hiro Sohma and to be honest I did not like his character at all. Hiro was a total brat! He ordered Tohru around like a servant and he is just a kid. Yes, his actions are somewhat explained but the give and take between he and Tohru just makes Tohru seem like even more of a door mat and it got very annoying.

The silver lining in volume 7 is getting to learn Arisa’s back story of how she came to be such good friends with Tohru and her mom. It was nice to see what Arisa was like back in her Yankee days, why she got into the gang in the first place, and how hard it was for Arisa to get out. I had always liked Arisa but after this volume I totally love her.

It's good. I had fun for the most part.

Fruits Basket, Vol. 8 (Fruits Basket, #8)

Title: Fruits basket, Vol. 8
Author: Natsuki Takaya
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Tokyopop
Release Date: April 12, 2005 
ISBN-10: 1595324038
ISBN-13: 978-1595324030

Summer is on its way, so of course Tohru and friends are excited about the upcoming vacation and field trip. But what's that sound? It's Hatsuharu going beserk in the classroom... again! Black Haru is full of more rage than usual, so what will happen when Yuki intervenes? And then there's Ritsu Sohma, whose mom Tohru met at the hot spring; what's wrong with this kimono-wearing beauty?! (Goodreads)


If you are a Haru fan then this is your volume! Haru has gone black and torn his class room apart and the gang is trying to find out why. Yuki finally gets to the bottom of what is eating at Haru and it of course involves Akito in some way. I love Haru’s character and getting to see any of him is fun:)

A new Sohma is introduced in this volume. Ritsu Sohma, who is well, a total spaz. Ritsu freaks out at the drop of the hat if he thinks that he has offended anyone. You would think that I would hate his character, but I didn’t. Yes, the continual apologizing got a little old but after I got to know Ritsu’s character and Why he has always been so stressed out…I liked Ritsu.

I am very excited to continue this series and hope to get a few more volumes soon. I have the feeling that Yuki and Kyo will be stepping up their game for Tohru soon.

Happy Reading,

Loved it! I want to know about everything this author writes.

Recommended For
Teen and up


  1. I really think I should pick up on this series. I like the art, it's just that it's so long that it tires me to think of getting started! *laughs* But everytime I read your reviews, I think I'm a bit more convinced.

    Thanks for sharing!


  2. Love Fruits Basket! You'll get to know Hiro much better. He just gets worse. And I love seeing Kyo and Yuki vie for Tohru.

  3. Great review! I have a collection of manga and have been recommended to read this series but never picked it up. Great review!:D

  4. Wow. Put Great review twice -__- #facepalm THAT'S IT! I NEED SLEEP!

  5. I've never read this series. Seen a couple of the Anime Episodes though and it was pretty good.

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