Author: Natsuki Takaya
Series: Fruits Basket #17
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
The first two thirds of this volume are solid in my book. We get some shocking revelations about Akito and Kureno, one of which I had forgotten since the last time I read the series. We get some background into why Akito is are crazy and evil as he is, and why Kureno decides to stay by his side even after the way Akito treats all the zodiac members. We also learn a little bit about Shigure.
The last one third of the volume or so is not as interesting. Shigure’s editor makes an appearance will are her loud, obnoxious crying/yelling/desperation. Both the Yuki fan club and the student council also crop up with the mention of graduation drawing near.
I have to be honest, the Tohru and Kyo relationship is one of the biggest reasons I read this story again and again (and even the Yuki and Tohru at the beginning), and it has been pretty scarce in recent volumes, so hopefully it will pick up soon. Especially since the supporting characters in this series, on a whole, are rather annoying.
I will say that the scene between Tohru, Arisa and Hanajima was awesome and definitely made this volume. With the Kyo/Tohru interactions lacking, the second best is the three musketeers together.