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Product Details

  • Series: Fruits Basket (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (April 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591826047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591826040
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 4.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Story by NATSUKI TAKAYA.

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It's very well drawn.
Eternalstormy
After reading it, some things in the show just make more sense.
Erin
Of course I already read volume 1 but this 2....wow!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Erin on September 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
I don't read manga. I don't buy manga. I have always thought that those who get interested in manga are over the top otaku's who love their anime way too much. However, I watched the show and ABSOLUTELY LOVED every minute of it and I could not get enough of it!

I decided to pick up the manga after I read some online forums that talked about how much the show left out. After reading it, some things in the show just make more sense. I feel like I understand the whole story a little bit better, and understand the characters better. I really enjoyed everything about this manga and I plan to buy the rest of them!

So, if you're wondering about whether you'd enjoy it, whether you should buy it... I would say that you should just do it! If you loved the show, you'll love these (especially because it helps to fill in a lot of the blanks!) If you haven't seen the show and are interested in reading this anyway, I say go for it, it can't hurt ^_^ Even if you haven't seen the show, I think you'll still love it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 11, 2007
Format: 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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Belinda on April 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
Fruits Basket is one of the best manga I've read in years, hands down, and volume two is just as good as the first one. It is a little darker (perfectly balanced, though) and you get to dig deeper into some of the characters. You learn more about the Sohma family and about the curse, too. You won't regret adding this to your bookshelf!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
Fruits Basket happens to be one of my FAVORITE animes, and ironically, it's completely insane. It will DEFINITELY remind you of Ranma 1/2.
Tohru Honda is a very pleasant and independent High-school girl. When her mom dies, and her grandfather cannot give her a home, she decides that everyone would be happy is she lived by herself...in a tent. On her way to school, she meets Shigure, who just happens to be "Prince" Yuki's cousin, the school heart-throb. She also meets another relative of Yuki's; Kyo, a foul tempered red-head. But what is *really* strange about the three? They have a curse, that when hugged by the opposite sex, they turn into their animal of the zodiac. Tohru is given the chance to live their if she keeps their weird secret. So...everything will be alright? Maybe if this weren't an anime.
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