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Fruits Basket, Vol. 19 Paperback – March 18, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (March 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598168630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598168631
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Came as described, fairly crisp and new-looking, thank you!
Emily
There is definitely more a darker feel to the story by the end of this volume.
Lesley Aeschliman
My daughter loves the Fruits Basket series and have all books.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kellyannl on March 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
In spite of an amusing coda to the Yuki/Ayame story in which Yuki (gasp! shock!) voluntarily pays a visit to Ayame's apartment, this volume of Fruits Basket - in which Kyo's fate and Kyoko Honda's ghost loom large and one of the series most forshadowed and anticipated moments arrives - is rather somber in tone.

As it begins, we find Tohru reeling in guilt as she realizes that her beloved mother is no longer the most important person in her life. It's not an easy episode for Kakeru either, as he realizes that he can no longer put off telling Yuki about his uncomfortable connection to Tohru considering the likelihood that he'll be seeing more of her in light of her place in Yuki's life and the fact that Yuki and Machi are inching closer towards dating.

The part of the volume that will probably have the longest effect on the characters, however, is the middle. With Yuki having gracefully bowed out of the picture and Tohru having virtually confessed her feelings for Kyo as the last volume ended, it would seem that a difficult situation has been averted. But as readers who have followed the subtext of the series will have realized, Tohru has three princes - and it's now that prince number three becomes an issue.

As school begins again, the girls are gossiping about a mysterious drop-dead gorgeous boy with non-Japanese features who's caught their attention. When one girl confirms that he's a Sohma our suspicions are heightened, and when he heads for Tohru and her face lights up at the sight of him as they walk off hand in hand, we know it can only be one person.

Momiji Sohma has finally caught up with his other three cousins - and big time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
Recently Natsuki Takaya has dealt with the relationships of some of the supporting characters... and now it's back to the main trio.

And the nineteenth volume of "Fruits Basket" focuses on Tohru's growing feelings for Kyo, even as she struggles to free him from his curse -- and the scorn of the other zodiac members. Though there are some funny moments (mostly from the wonderfully wacky Ayame) growing romantic feelings and past regrets are littered all through these chapters.

Heartfelt talks take up a lot of space -- when Shigure tells Tohru about the approaching "last banquet" and the cat's place, she is left struggling with her torn feelings. Kyo has a chat with her kindly grandfather about Tohru, and remembers his own talk with her dead mother. And Shigure has a soul-baring talk with Hatori about the increasingly reclusive Akito, and just what he wants from her.

But the romantic tension growing between Kyo and Tohru are stifling Yuki, so he goes shopping out on the town, and eventually ends up visiting his brother. While the brothers talk, Yuki stirs up memories of the first time Ayame realized that his careless words could hurt people. But he isn't the only one -- amid the usual school council hijinks, Yuki finds out about a past conflict between Kakeru and Tohru...

In the grand scheme of things, not much actually happens in this volume -- it's mostly about the characters and their feelings.

Don't worry. It's not boring, especially since Takaya continues to weave in some darker threads about Kyo's bleak past and future, and his half-hidden regrets about Kyoko. And she lets readers have a look at how the characters are changing as they approach adulthood (Momiji has become the new "prince").
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Mcmurray on September 4, 2008
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i actually got addicted to this manga thru the anime, which i saw first. i completely love it. the books are even better. more depth. & the story just gets more & more suprising.
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After reading and enjoying the first eighteen volumes of the Fruits Basket manga series, I knew I had to continue reading the series.

In this volume, Tohru starts feeling guilty that her deceased mother is no longer the most important person in her life. School begins again, and Momiji has grown taller and more handsome. Momiji admits he's had a crush on Tohru. Meanwhile, the younger Zodiac members become anxious as Kyo's impending imprisonment (due to his being the cat member of the Zodiac curse) draws nearer. Momiji goes to Kyo to shock him into resisting this fate.

There is definitely more a darker feel to the story by the end of this volume. However, this darker feel coming into play is realistic, and this would be the right time for it to come in. As a reader, while you're rooting for the best for these characters, you know that the way the story is progressing, the "happy ending" you're hoping for will more than likely not happen. However, the story hooks you into wanting to continue on to find out just how everything is going to come together at the end. I would recommend this volume to anyone who has read and enjoyed the previous Fruits Baskets volumes.

I wrote this review after checking out a copy of this manga volume through the King County Library System.
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the story is amazing. if you are looking for a great story to teach you some life lessons in a fun and exciting way with lots of amazing characters then this series is for you!!! When i have kids i am making this a mandatory read. the author definitely knew what they were doing when they wrote it and it has helped me build my character in many different ways and situations.
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