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4.0 out of 5 stars Moving in, 13 Feb 2007
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fruits Basket Volume 2: v. 2 (Paperback)
Tohru Honda's adventures really get going in the second volume of "Fruits Basket," where the upbeat teen moves into the Sohma household. Natsuki Takaya's storytelling is stronger and steadier in these chapters, since she's introduced the main characters and can now get going on the plot.

Tohru is moving into her newly furnished room, and her pals (wave-reading goth Saki and toughgrrl Hana) decide to stay over to make sure that the guys will take care of their cheerful friend. And when New Year's rolls around, Kyo and Yuki find themselves wondering what to do -- go to the main house with the other family, or stay with Tohru?

And at the school, the students are planning a cultural festival, and Tohru encounters two other Sohmas -- the chilly doctor Hatori, and the effusive half-German Momiji, who is instantly pals with Tohru. But Tohru learns of a different side to the zodiac members' lives, when she hears about Hatori's tragic past.

The first volume of "Fruits Basket" was all about introducing the characters and getting them into the same house. And in the second volume, Takaya gets to flesh out the cast with new characters and new storylines, and hints about the more sinister aspects of the Sohma family's curse, and the family head Akito.

The storylines in general are darker here, especially the harrowing flashbacks of Hatori's love affair with his ex-fiancee, and the bitterly chilly way that it fell apart. But Takaya also sprinkles it with happier moments, such as the naughty novels, the preparations for the cultural festival ("She brought an IRON PIPE to school!"), and poor Yuki having to wear a dress, much to the delight of his crazed fangirls.

There are also some new dimensions shown in Tohru here. Sure, she's always cheerful and pleasant, but Takaya hints that she is actually quite lonely now, despite the presence of her friends. But the zodiac members also get some development -- including Tohru's whole talk with Kyo about the "umeboshi" on people's backs.

The second volume of "Fruits Basket" is even better than the first, and introduces the mix of tragedy and comedy that Takaya is so good at. And it will only get better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brothers, mothers, and wannabe lovers, 17 Feb 2008
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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"Fruits Basket" is one of those manga that is just too adorable for words, though the plot sounds kind of lame -- the adventures of the ever-optimistic Tohru Honda, and her dealings with the cursed Sohma family.

And the second "Fruits Basket Ultimate Edition" -- which brings together the third and fourth volumes of the manga -- expands the zodiac Sohmas even further. And while the plot is still riddled with deliciously wild comedy and hints of romance, Natsuki Takaya starts weaving some darker threads into the story.

While on an endurance run, Tohru sees a white-haired man lying by the roadside, and rushes to help -- only to find that he's Hatsuharu Sohma, a punky teenager who's come to challenge Kyo. But then Yuki collapses from an asthma attack -- and Haru's cursed form is the only one that can get him home discreetly.

Things get even more awkward when Valentine's Day rolls around: Kyo finds himself being violently wooed by Kagura, and dragged on a double-date while Shigure pays a visit to Hatori. A month later, Momiji unveils a surprise for Tohru -- a trip to a hot spring resort, run by a very easily upset "concubine." It gives our heroes a chance to relax and recuperate.

But not for long -- as Momiji and Haru join Tohru's high school, she accidentally bumps into Akito, the head of the family, who proceeds to quietly threaten Yuki. And later on, Tohru ends up having a snake slither up her shirt -- only to find that it's Yuki's estranged older brother, the flamboyant, charmingly arrogant Ayame. He is now desperately trying to mend the rift -- and Tohru wants to help, of course.

When the anniversary of Tohru's mother's death rolls around, the Sohmas become involved in the lighthearted ritual at her graveside. But Hana hints at a dark connection between Tohru's mother and Kyo -- and Tohru finds out the saddening story about Momiji's own mother, and why she doesn't remember her own son.

The first "ultimate edition" laid the groundwork and started introducing our lovable Sohmas with their very embarrassing curses. And the second volume proceeds to introduce a few more -- some of them quite important and memorable -- and fleshes out the ones we've already been introduced to. And Takaya was clearly having fun with it.

In fact, most of the story is fun -- we get lots of slapstick, violent falls, leeks in the mouth, suicide threats from Shigure's miserable editor, and the occasional martial arts battle. The new characters add their own brands of comedy, whether it's Ayame curling up in bed with an outraged Kyo, or Haru demonstrating to the class president that... uh, the carpet matches the oddly-coloured drapes ("Did he show him?!" "He showed him!").

But Takaya starts exploring darker avenues -- some nasty secrets are being kept from our teenage heroes, and she drops some broad hints that Kyo is somehow connected to Kyoko Honda's death. And her strong, elegant artwork has become even more assured, especially in the more poignant moments -- such as Shigure's musings on the "dream of love."

And we get some new zodiac characters, including the charmingly cruel Akito. Haru is a great character -- a placid, serene boy who can slip into a violent, lecherous rage when he gets really mad. His "black" side provides plenty of entertainment. But the real scene-stealer is Ayame -- flamboyant, flirtatious, socially inept, an astounding liar, and very arrogant ("Now please, lust after me!"). He's utterly lovable, although you can see why Yuki can't stand him.

But Takaya doesn't neglect the other characters who have already been introduced -- Shigure confesses that he has some darker, selfish motives. And we find out that despite Momiji's perpetually chirpy personality, he has a tragic history of his own -- in a way, his story is even worse than Tohru's, and it's heartbreaking to imagine this sunny child being rejected so cruelly.

The second "Fruits Basket: Ultimate Edition" continues the comedic antics of our favorite cursed family, but some of the darker threads are beginning to show. A glorious little read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kawaii! What else can I say?, 18 Dec 2004
This review is from: Fruits Basket Volume 2: v. 2 (Paperback)
I loved this book, it's a great follow from the first one! In this vol. Hana and Uo (Tohru's best friends) come to the Sohma House for a sleepover! Tohru has to be very careful not to give a hint of the Sohma Family Secret (when they're hugged by a member of the opposite gender, they turn into the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac, oh and the Cat!)This is also an intro. book to two new members of the Zodiac: the HANDSOME, SILENT, and STERN Hatori, and the LOVABLE CUTIE-BOY Momiji! A great read and totally recommended!!!!!!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart warming story with guarunteed laughs and giggles!, 18 July 2007
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This review is from: Fruits Basket Volume 2: v. 2 (Paperback)
Fruits baskets is a wonderful story with an interesting plot and wonderful artwork, the awesome SD's and little notes dotted around mixed in with humorous dialogue is GARUNTEED to make you laugh. IT's really good!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fruits Basket rules, 13 July 2009
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This review is from: Fruits Basket Volume 2: v. 2 (Paperback)
Fruits Basket rulesFruits Basket: v. 1. its has some really unreal things in it, but there are somethings we can all relate to.
At the moment i have only read up to volume 17 and i want to read them all!
Fruits Basket is one of my faverate manga books. i also enjoy Rave MasterRave Master Volume 1: v. 1 but i have only got up to volume 20 Rave Master, Volume 20i didnt know there would be so many but they still instest me its not something i can get tried of!
Hay if you like romance and a laugh then Fruits Basket is for you also have a look at Love Hina Love Hina: v. 1.
if your more into action, a laugh then theres Rave Master. they all have a bit of fantacy in them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice and sweet manga, 24 April 2009
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This review is from: Fruits Basket Volume 2: v. 2 (Paperback)
I was presently surprised at how much I enjoyed the first book in the Fruits Basket series and this second volume continues to impress. This volume sees Tohru's friends Hana and Uo come to the Sohma house for a sleep over and to check that Tohru is being treated okay. This volume also introduces two new members of the Sohma household, the rather odd Momiji and the serious Hatori.

I am enjoying this series very much it is a nice sweet story that is both funny and toughing in places. There is also some suggestion that there is more to Tohru being allowed to stay in the Sohma house than meets the eye. I will definitely be continuing reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fruits Baskets Review, 22 Nov 2011
This review is from: Fruits Basket Volume 2: v. 2 (Paperback)
In good contintidon and i will enjoy reading it when I get the first copy. It arrived on time and a suggest it will be a good read :)
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fruits Basket Vol. 2, 21 April 2004
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This review is from: Fruits Basket Volume 2: v. 2 (Paperback)
A great follow up to the first manga (comic). This time, Yuki's on the cover! In this volume, there's a sleepover at the Sohma house with Uo-chan and Hana-chan and a Culture Festival at Tohru's school. Two more Sohmas are introduced and a tiny bit more of the family curse is revealed. Tohru gets to know Yuki and Kyo better and discovers a tragic love that suffered from the Sohma family curse.
The artwork is beautiful and the manga has more of the artist's thoughts included in the Blah Blah Blah and Fruits Basket Parts. The theatrical clips are quite random and hilarious.
If you've seen the anime or read the later volumes of the mangas, you can see that the plot has been well written because in these earlier volumes, there are many small and suggestive clips.
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