March 7, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition, Vol. 8 by Natsuki Takaya
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*Published December 20, 2016*
I think what my favorite thing about this volume is, is that we learn about Tohru’s parents, Katsuya and Kyoko. We learn how much Tohru is influenced by her parents, even if they are no longer here.
Yuki’s childhood was a long period of solitary darkness. Years later, he met Tohru, but what does he want from her? Yuki reveals to Kakeru what he can tell no one else. Meanwhile, Tohru’s class is going to put on a play for the school festival, but miscasting makes it rough going for rehearsal. Will there be chaos on stage when the curtain finally rises?!
Later, Kyo recalls meeting Tohru’s mother as a child and talking to her about her experiences. Persevering through a rough adolescence, one that lacked any love from her parents, she one day encountered teacher-in-training Katsuya Honda… At long last, the moving story of Katsuya and Kyoko is revealed!! Then, it’s business as usual for Tohru and the others, but something is eating at Kyo?!
It’s been almost a running motif that Tohru or her family has had some sort of run in with the Sohma family in some way as they were all growing up. I’m honestly not sure if it was this volume or a previous volume but we learn about Yuki and he helped her find her way home. I do know that in this volume, we learn that Kyo was also looking for Tohru because he came to know Kyoko, Tohru’s mother, and couldn’t stand to see her sad.
We also finally learn the story of how Katsuya and Kyoko meet and become a family. It’s both a wonderful story and a sad story. But I think what I enjoy most about this particular volume is that we get a little bit deeper. We see how interconnected the Hondas and the Sohmas truly are, even if they didn’t know it at first. We also see how much Tohru is truly loved, not only by her parents, but by her friends now as well. I love seeing Tohru grow and start to assert herself a bit more, and asking for more of what she wants as well.
How do you like seeing characters grow in a manga series? Do you like it when they grow, or do you feel they stay static? Comment below and let me know!