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Fruits Basket by Takaya Natsuki

You can read this review if you really want to, you really can. However, I warn you that what follows is from the dark days when I literally just started reviewing. If you want to read the longer, better version of this review, please go here. If you choose to proceed with the version you’re on right now, be warned: Nothing below the picture has been edited since 2010.

Kyo, Tohru and Yuki

Kyo, Tohru and Yuki

Honda Tohru (Japanese way-round) is a classically ditzy shoujo herioine, with a pure and sincere heart whom acts as the protagonist for “Fruits Basket”, the first manga I ever read.

Synopsis: Honda Tohru is living in a tent, after her mother dies in a car accident and her grandfather with whom she lived goes to live with relatives, whilst his house undergoing renovations. Fate throws her in the path of the mysterious, powerful and rich Sohma family – or at least those who live away from the main house. She discovers that when embraced by a member of the opposite sex, there are certain members of the Sohma family whom, transform into animals from the zodiac?!

This is a very engaging manga and, as soon as Natsuki-sensei gets into her stride, a beautiful one as well. This is complete, so there’s no excuse to not read it. It’s rare that there’s any form of media, never mind a manga, which encourages you to change your behaviour – and “Fruits Basket” can actually make you want to be a better person. Remarkable.

Stay tuned.

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