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- Cover: I never liked this image. When I first saw it, I assumed it was just “early volume syndrome”, but her eyes are big and kind of dead-looking. Also, what a lame logo.
- Pg. 5: Nice intro. I don’t remember Fruits Basket using honorifics…shows you how much I remember.
- Pg. 6-7: Seriously, ugly art. I know it’s still early, but we have “non-bishounen” Yuki and “no-neck” Tohru back-to-back.
- 8: Gosh golly gee, isn’t Tohru adorable? Let’s all hold hands and sing! Maybe I’m just too much of a negative Nancy for this series…
- 10: I actually think Shigure looks the best out of everyone.
- 13: Lol, Yuki wears his bag like an elemntary schooler.
- 15: Uo-chan. Darn, so close. Hana-chan’s BEEP is pretty funny.
- 16: Still not feeling Yuki’s handsomeness.
- 18: If I remember correctly, all the teachers get harassed by everyone. They must get so drunk after school.
- 25-26: This is how kids fall through the cracks of the system…
- 35-38: Seriously, Tohru is an early/old Disney Princess. She just needs to burst into song.
- 48: Kyo looks so different here…
- 50: Yuki looks like Yuki-chan instead of Yuki-kun here.
- 56: Mosaic dog…
- 82: If only more tsundere guys got a roundhouse kick…
- 102-104: I’m trying to keep an open mind, but I’m so bored…Too many life lessons already.
- 133-134: Ditto.
- 142: I didn’t remember her showing up so early.
- 149: More Kyo harassment. I approve.
- 156: At least Kagura doesn’t blow up at Tohru here. Nice change of pace from other fiancees in manga.
- 161: Is he always “Master” in this version? Or do they use “shishou” later?
- 189: Yeah, this household is going to work out real well…
So the volume ends with Tohru officially living in Shigure’s house. Honestly? I tried to be more open-minded, but it’s just too saccharine sweet for me. I really don’t feel her personality is really deep. She’s just basically a big ball of love.
As for the overall story, Yuki is pretty unique as the “nice guy” who is actually tough and a bit standoffish. But at best, I like the story, but it’s nothing I would declare “story of the year” so far, yet alone “best shojo ever” that many people declare. It’s still only volume one, but I’ve been more hooked by other series at this point. Of course, I’ve had series where I was bored early but became addicted later, but…sigh. I wonder if die-hard Fruits Basket fans were enchanted by the first volume or if it took a few before they became addicted.
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