These won’t be anything profound or particularly coherent, but I thought I’d at least check in, since I think there are at least a couple of people waiting to see what I think of Fruits Basket.
Last night I finished volume ten, and I’ve paused at this point
For now, however, I will just enjoy the starry-eyed sweetness of that last scene, and pause the story there, at least until later tonight.
For those who have wondered, I am really enjoying the story. There are characters I love, and characters I fear. Right now, I hate Akito with just about the same amount of fiery passion with which I love Tohru, Yuki, Kyo, and quite a few of the other characters. There’s so much I don’t know yet, but the story is well-paced, and I don’t feel impatient to find it out. I’m content to let things unfold as they may. I think the story is exceptionally well-paced in terms of how smoothly it has transitioned from something pretty light and fun into something much deeper and with many more dark corners to deal with. I’m impressed with Tohru as a character, because I think it is very difficult to present someone like her in a way that doesn’t seem cloying or overly Pollyanna-ish. The fact that she feels so genuine really shows off the skill of the writer. I really never had much interest in Fruits Basket until certain friends began recommending it so strongly, and now I’m embarrassed to have waited so long. It really is a charming, thoughtful, well-told story. I look forward to the next ten volumes!