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Fruits Basket Volume 9: v. 9 by Takaya, Natsuki (2005) Paperback Paperback
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I will 100% be buying the rest of the series <3
I was a bit upset when I found out there are only 6 ultimate editions of Fruits Basket because Tokyopop was no longer continuing the rest, but nonetheless I found them to be a great collection. Some people wouldn't like that because they want their collections all the exact same, but I definitely recommend this collection if you're able to get your hands on them. If not, the singles are perfectly fine too, as I have read that the translation errors are still unchanged on the ultimate versions. This fact doesn't bother me so much as it might bother other collectors.
Overall, I was quite happy with this and would definitely collect more if there were more in print. For others who want to read Fruits basket , I would recommend it but for the collectors who want everything to be exact then not so much.
Yuki-kun, as president of the Student Council, then has to deal with the strong personalities that make up the Student Council officer. Can he survive them, especially Vice President who has a Power Ranger complex?
Next, Tohru goes on mission to the Sohma Estate to meet with Kureno-san after coming to believe this is the man that Uo-chan has fallen in love with. Along the way, she has a chance encounter with Momo-chan, who reveals some very interesting things. Can Tohru meet with Kureno-san without Akito-san finding out?
Finally, the class trip is finally taken. Yuki-kun, Kyo-kun, Tohru, Uo-chan, and Hana-chan are grouped together which is sure to lead to fun.
In this volume, Takaya-sensei takes time to explore how Yuki came to be via his mother. This was an interesting story which showed how much Yuki had grown. Ditto Ayame. Yuki having to deal with the headaches of being Student Council President are weaker since the people that are the officers are mostly annoying.
Tohru isn't as happy-go-lucky in this volume as in previous ones. However, I was glad to see the Momo-story touched again, not to mention there's table-setting going on for Kureno-san's character.
With these stories being told, Takaya-sensei never forgets why we read the manga and thus doesn't lose focus on that. As such, she doesn't get bogged down in the story of Yuki and Ayame's mother. She doesn't get bogged down in the Momo/Momiji story. She continues to press forward, which helps a lot.
As usual, Alethea & Athena Nibley do fantastic, otaku-friendly work. Considering that this debuted in the top-50 of book sales, then rose to the 30's the next week, I guess that goes to show that Japanese honorifics and other otaku language being left in the translation can enhance the readers enjoyment of the title. It certainly does mine. I only wish TokyoPop had a translator note section in their manga.
Bottom line: more "Furuba" goodness from Takaya-sensei.