Fruits Basket Manga Volume 22

Fruits Basket Manga Volume 22

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Note: This contains volumes 21 and 22 of the original manga release.

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Fruits Basket Manga Volume 22Kyo goes to see his father to try to put things right there. He then returns to the hospital to learn from Hana and Uo that Tohru misunderstood his words to her as saying, “get lost.” As such, they aren’t going to allow Kyo to see Tohru until she gets better since the mere mention of his name seems to upset her. Hana encourages Uo to see Kureno who’s also at the hospital when they meet Akito. Hana figures out that Akito is a woman. Uo goes to see Kureno, who tells her that he has to disappear for Akito’s sake. Uo says she’ll follow him and she does when he finally leaves sometime in the future.

Kyo meets Akito who tells him to live his life as he wants. He visits his adopted father, the martial arts master Kazuma and discovers that Hana is also there.

Later at school, Hatori tells the others that Akito wants to meet with them all, including Kyo. In class, Kyo learns that Tohru is getting out of the hospital. Uo and Hana will allow him to take her home and even suggest a gift he could buy for her, teasing him all the while because Tohru thinks Kyo doesn’t want to be with her. Outside the hospital, Uo and Hana wait for Tohru and Kyo comes up. When Tohru comes out, she sees Kyo and runs away. He gives chase and as Tohru runs, she thinks of how she doesn’t want to be parted from Kyo and that she loves him. Kyo is having similar thoughts.

Kyo catches her and makes a lengthy apology, ending with his love confession. Tohru is happy with this and they kiss. Kyo wants to be held by Tohru even if it means turning into the cat. Tohru doesn’t care about the curse because she loves Kyo. They embrace but nothing happens and off someplace else, Akito says goodbye, remembering the conversation she had recently had with Tohru in the hospital. Tohru and Kyo realize the curse is broken, so Kyo removes his beads. At that moment, Aya, Ritsu, and all the other Zodiac realize they’ve been freed from the curse, save for Yuki.

Yuki has arranged to meet Machi because he wants to be with her romantically. After she arrives, the curse begins to lift from him and the Rat has a conversation with Yuki. telling him the complete story of the Zodiac and how they became cursed. With the Rat’s departure, the final Zodiac is free, so Yuki changes things a bit and embraces Machi. Machi asks for permission to address Yuki as “Yuki,” and he gladly gives it.

Kyo and Tohru go to Kazuma’s house to show him that Kyo is free from the curse as each of the Zodiac begin new lives free from the curse.

Thoughts/Review:

Fruits Basket Collectors Edition vol. 11It is nice getting to see so many of the characters (even if only briefly) from the manga again in Fruits Basket Manga Volume 22. However, as I’ve said before, Takaya-sensei’s current character designs make some of the characters hard to distinguish. In the early volumes, there was no trouble telling characters apart. They all had personality that came through the art. Now, the characters look generic — there’s no personality that really comes through. Machi and Tohru often look identical. Kagura and Kimi often look identical. It is really a shame too because that was one of the nice touches about Takaya-sensei’s style of drawing back then.

Regardless of these issues, I’m glad Uo and Hana had a much larger roll to play this volume. It felt right that Hana should figure out that Akito is a woman even if she attempts to appear as a man. I liked how they protected Tohru from the pain of seeing Kyo, yet when Tohru was ready to be released from the hospital, they were also ready to let her go by allowing Kyo to pursue her, even teasing him prior to the event. I like that Uo will be with the guy she likes (even if she doesn’t know him very well). I laugh at the thought of Hana spending time with Kazuma. *lol*

Of course, there’s a lot of sweetness in this volume from Kyo and Tohru confessing to each other, kissing, then embracing. Ditto for Yuki and Machi.

So all in all, an enjoyable read as things wind down to the final volume. It will be interesting to see how Takaya-sensei wraps things up.


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11 Responses to “Fruits Basket Manga Volume 22”

  1. Hugh Roe says:

    And the “true” story of the zodiac

  2. AstroNerdBoy says:

    You know, I’ve never read too much about the zodiac. I seem to remember the basic story from when I was a kid (the banquet part) but that’s it. I guess I need to read up on this, eh? ^_^

  3. Anonymous says:

    im sad to see the manga come to a end cause i love it so much but im glad to have one more to read hopfuly soon

  4. Hugh Roe says:

    The basic story of the Chinese Zodiac is as presented in the manga, “god” invited the animals, the rat fooled the cat as to the day of the feast.

    The version presented here truely shows the tragedy of the family….

  5. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, the character designs here change really drastically. If you compare it with her earlier volumes of Furuba the difference is just…
    To put it one way, someone in a forum I go to say the characters look like aliens -_-‘ Large eyes and weird shaped heads. But I think the change was mostly because of Takaya-sensei’s hand operation sometime around the drawing of the middle part of Furuba. It’s mentioned in one of the author talk panels, I believe…

  6. AstroNerdBoy says:

    The change may very well have been due to her surgery. I believe her current character designs are more simplistic, thus accounting for the lack of personality in the characters.

    Of course, all comic artists have character design changes over the years, both in Japan and here. Some for good (“Calvin & Hobbes,” “Dilbert,” “Negima!,”), some to the bad (“Bloom County,” “Fruits Basket”), and some good before going bad (“Peanuts,” “Ah! My Goddess”).

  7. AstroNerdBoy says:

    I almost forgot — thanks Hugh for the info! ^_^

  8. Anonymous says:

    Nice. So this one has Kureno on the cover…erm, or am I mistaken?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Meh…about my earlier post, I forgot that Kureno already appeared on Vol 14’s cover >_< so this guy is actually Tohru's otousan..er, that is Katsuya Honda...

  10. AstroNerdBoy says:

    Yeah, I think it has to be Tohru’s dad. That illustrates the problem with Takaya-sensei’s current character designs — it is very hard to tell characters apart any more. The color images at least have a few more tell-tell signs, such as hair color.

  11. >...Ongiri...< says:

    wow thats cool lolz >.< hmmmm i thought yuki will go wit tohru for the very last n kyo will have to go wit machi but kyo still loves tohru more ^^

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