Fruits Basket, Volume 4

Author: Natsuki Takaya

Series: Fruits Basket #4
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Buy
Haru and Momiji start classes at Tohru, Kyo, and Yuki’s school, which is sure to bring a whole lot of entertainment our way down the road.  While Tohru goes to say hello to the both of them at school, we get an encounter and introduction to the class president, who seems like a total nuisance and annoyance.  This chance encounter, along with Haru’s mixture of black and white hair, leads to a very awkward scene in which Haru attempts to prove that his hair color is all natural.  This scene is yet another example of how naive and ignorant Tohru is.
Then enter Yuki’s older brother, who makes for some more awkward situations when he transforms into his Zodiac animal and hitches a ride in Tohru’s clothes for warmth.  Once again, scenes to point towards Tohru’s naivety and ignorance.  But it also allows both Yuki and Kyo to show some jealously/protectiveness towards Tohru, so this whole plot line isn’t a complete bust.  As for my feelings towards Ayame, I’ve never really liked him – at least not in the beginning of the series – as he is rather shallow and annoying.
The final main plot point is the anniversary of Tohru’s mother’s passing.  She and her friends go to visit her mother’s grave, and we get some back story.  This volume definitely focuses heavily on the back stories.
My favorite scene?  It has to be while Tohru and Momiji are having their heart to heart.  Tohru hugs Momiji because she can tell how upset he is, and he transforms into his ultra cute little rabbit, and they both hug each other crying.  It is tres adorable.  The ending of the volume is pretty sweet too, with Kyo.

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