Fruits Basket, Vol. 14

by Natsuki Takaya | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 1595324097 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 1/14/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, January 14, 2017
I got this fair-condition manga at Annie's Book Stop in Nashua. I've enjoyed the series from Volume One, and have picked up other volumes as I encounter them. This one has the hapless and much-tried Kureno (the zodiac rooster - or, in his case, bird) on the cover. (I enjoyed the anime adaptation even though it doesn't include the entire manga - or poor Kureno!)

This volume focuses largely on the troubled relationship between zodiac-ox Haru and zodiac-horse Rin. Seems Rin broke up with Haru because of the violent reaction of Sohma family head Akito (who's batshit crazy, or so it seems), and now Rin's increasingly desperate to find a way to break the curse - but everyone she asks says there is no way. (Or is there? The apparently-goofy Shigure, zodiac-dog, mutters to serious doctor Hatori, zodiac-dragon, "Can't you hear it?" at a key moment...)

We learn more about Rin's troubled past - sad, though not the worst of the dysfunctional Sohma family relationships - and why she has torn herself away from Haru {sniffle}.

After the intensity of Rin's scenes, it's nice to get back to school, where Yuki and his friend the bouncy (and refreshingly non-Sohma) Kakeru bicker pleasantly about an upcoming school task. Turns out Kakeru's got some slightly awry family dynamics of his own, something that surprises Yuki, who's been caught up in his own problems all his life. Seems Tohru isn't the only non-Sohma who's bringing a breath of fresh air to the tormented zodiac-family.

Tohru herself is somewhat in the background in this volume, but at one point we see that she's not always the cheerful girl she appears to be: a nightmare about the loss of her mother reveals the still-painful wound. But when others see her, she's put on her bright smile again... perhaps she could learn to lean on others a wee bit?

While Kureno (zodiac-rooster) doesn't appear in the story proper, he's mentioned several times; among other things, Tohru's friend Uo-chan has fallen for him, but he's keeping her at arm's length. And at the end of the book there's an information page on the rooster and its traits, as applicable to Kureno.

[There's a TV Tropes page for the series, with lots of info - and spoilers, most masked but some not, so read with care!]

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Southwood Dr. (see notes) in Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (1/18/2017 UTC) at Southwood Dr. (see notes) in Nashua, New Hampshire USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

I left this book on a sofa in the lounge of the Courtyard Marriot hotel on Southwood Dr. at around 2:15; hope the finder enjoys it!

[See other recent releases in New Hampshire here.]

*** Released as part of the 2017 Asian Zodiac release challenge, for the zodiac-rooster/bird on the cover. ***

*** Released as part of the 2017 TV Series release challenge. ***

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