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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Tokyopop (26 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598160230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598160239
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 15 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tohru Honda is an orphaned teenager who comes to live with the Sohma family in exchange for housekeeping duties, but she soon comes to know the family secret.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Clarke on 20 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
The volume begins with Yuki's history in the Sohma family and how he came to the Main household. After hearing Kyo's side of the story and empathising so much with him, I was pleasantly surprised and yet saddened to hear the story from Yuki's point of view. It is a very emotive chapter and beautifully drawn (as always) by Takaya, and as in many previous chapters of the furuba story, I was brought to tears by it. With that plotline slowly being tied off (not completely yet though!), we get to see the class playof Cinderella get under way. Sheer brilliance, a really funny chapter, especially the mis-casting and the script, but as we have seen, even the funniest moments are often littered with emotional ties. ^^ Overall it is a really great volume, I was hooked throughout and loved it. Surprising that a volume with Akito (*boohiss*) on the front would be one of my best loved volumes!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Am on 28 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is SO SAD!! At the beginning its focused on Yuki's past. It show his first meeting with Kyo as a child and when his mother "sold" him to Akito. The story ,that many people have been wating, about when Tohru gets lost and is found by Yuki is told in full!!! He also admitts his true feeling for Tohru to Kakeru. After making you (most people i no) cry for the first few chapters Takaya san adds comedy to the end and shows the main cast and the school students preparing for their play of cinderella. There's a surprise in everyones roles.And you'll never belive who plays Cinderella herself!
And theres some really cute fan art at thu back!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Tragicomics 13 Dec. 2006
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The fifteenth volume of "Fruits Basket" is one where little happens, yet the repercussions are absolutely staggering. Natsuki Takaya follows up the shocking revelation by giving readers a story that is half tragedy and half comedy -- specificially, Yuki's past and the Cinderella debacle.

The first half of this volume takes place in flashback: Yuki is recounting to Kakeru his lonely, unhappy past. He was only a little child when his parents virtually sold him to Akito, a seemingly pleasant child who suddenly became verbally abusive and vicious toward Yuki.

The poor "rat" boy wanders through his childhood, desperately wanting a friend, but alone because he believes that everyone hates him -- even the outcast "cat" boy. But a chance meeting with a lost little girl changes his life, as he tries to guide her back to her loving mother -- and now Yuki must finally sort out his feelings toward Tohru.

Meanwhile, the school is preparing for a hideously miscast version of "Cinderella," with actors who can't or won't do their parts right, and Ayame arriving to do some rapid costuming. After some hasty rewrites, the curtain rises on "Sorta Cinderella," a neurotic retelling of the fairy tale -- complete with a goth Cinderella, a surly prince, and Uotani taking out her romantic frustration on the audience.

Takaya has always been brilliant at balancing tragedy and comedy in "Fruits Basket," and the fifteenth volume is a good example. She loads down the plot with the story of a boy who is still emotionally stunted by a complete lack of love growing up, and then plops down the most absurd version of "Cinderella" imaginable.

Not much actually happens here, except for the play. But it feels like a lot is happening, though the biggest present drama is Tohru desperately trying to play "mean" with little success -- really, what kind of wicked stepsister bursts into tears when she's being nasty? Takaya's knack for offbeat dialogue comes in handy during the much-rewritten play (when the fairy godmother offers Hana a single wish, she replies, "Burn the palace down"), and her art is wonderfully polished.

Even though little happens in this volume, Yuki receives a lot of character development, obviously, including the introduction of a new love interest for him. But Kyo also gets some development, as he realizes that Yuki's life hasn't been the charmed existance he thought.

The fifteenth volume of "Fruits Basket" illuminates one character's past, hints at a future for him -- and then Takaya lightens the whole thing up with a lump of pure comedy.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Yuki's Back Story 4 Jan. 2007
By Jen Ren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Finally poor Kyo gets to put his tragic back story on hold while we spend half of the manga learning about Yuki's back story. Again, this manga never stops making me teary eyed. I won't give anything away but be prepared to feel depressed for poor Yuki. On top of that we get comedy thrown in with the "Cinderella" production, or I guess I should say "Almost Cinderella" production. It may not appear to be that significant but something critical happens at the end of the manga for all those who are rooting for our favorite misunderstood bad boy kitty :) Loved this volume, but of course, I always do!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
the first half of the book is great... 30 Jan. 2007
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love hearing the sad, horific history of yuki. Throughout the whole series you hear little slips about his life, and finally in the first half of book 15 it finally all comes out. From his relationship with his family to the link between him and tohru's mysterious hat, you will cry, cringe, and scream in anger. After that, though, the book was a little disapointing, but still deserves a solid 4 stars. I can't wait for book 16 to come out in april!
Winds of Change 15 Dec. 2006
By Kellyannl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This volume lightens things up a bit as we witness the preparation and execution of the school play, complete with Saki's goth Cinderella, Aya and Mine arriving to tailor the costumes, Haru needling Kyo by tipping Kazuma off that he's playing Prince Charming, and Momiji gleefully capturing the whole debacle on glorious videocam. Amidst the humour we are set up for some future developments in some of the subplots, though, as Momiji figures out why Tohru wanted to see Kureno and continues his budding career in Akito defiance by taking it upon himself to try to play cupid for Arisa and Kureno; and an outburst from Hiro starts to clue Tohru in on what's going on between Haru and Rin.

Above all this is Yuki's volume, as he starts to come to grips with the pain of the child abuse he endured, wrestles with the question of whether he's really attracted to Tohru or simply profoundly grateful to her, gets a hint that Tohru might not be the only girl who understands him - and slowly makes a tentative attempt to try to call a truce with Kyo.

A volume in which nothing yet quite alot happens, it's a welcome breather - in spite of Yuki's heartbreaking history - from the rather painful last installments before Tohru and her friends continue dealing with the struggles facing them.
More of Yuki's backstory is revealed... and we get to see a hilarious class play 26 Oct. 2010
By Lesley Aeschliman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After reading through the first fourteen volumes of the Fruits Basket manga series, I was hooked enough that I had to keep on reading.

This volume starts out with Yuki sharing with Kakeru about his lonely and unhappy life; for the reader, this is shown through flashbacks. After getting through this serious section, it's followed up by Tohru's class putting on a play called "A Sorta Cinderella," with Kyo being cast as Prince Charming, as well as other odd casting choices. Hilarity ensues as the class performs the play for the school.

While the Yuki flahbacks were good, and gave us more backstory for him as a character, my favorite part of this manga was "A Sorta Cinderella." This is one of the sections of the later manga volumes that I wish could have somehow been animated for the anime, because the way this section is written, it would work perfectly for the animation medium. While this particular volume may not progress the plot much, it still is a good read. I would highly recommend it to any reader that enjoys the Fruits Basket manga series.

I wrote this review after checking out a copy of this manga volume through the King County Library System.
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