Fruits Basket Revisited: Volume 4

Well it’s been about two weeks since I last posted about Fruits Basket. I am going to make it a goal for myself to be more regular about this. I would like to continue to add content to the manga section of GrimmGirl, so I feel like I need to really buckle down on this.

I realize I say this every time but you never know we could have some new readers. With that in mind, just a reminder while this post will contain zero spoilers for volume 4 it will contain spoilers for volumes 1-3. So if you have yet to read this series I urge you to start off with my first post Fruits Baskets Revisited: Volume 1.

The rest of us will continue to recap volume 3!

Fruits Basket Vol 4 Hatsuharu
He comes back in vol 4 😀

Okay, can I start out by saying how much do you all love Hatsuharu? I’m so glad that he was introduced to the series because I do feel like his character provides a lot of insight into both Yuki and the lives of the Sohma family members in general. You can see a running theme for the members cursed by the zodiac coming to light. None of them seem to have particularly happy backstories.

Another big highlight for volume 3 was Tohru’s trip to the family hot spring with Kyo, Yuki, and Momiji. It’s interesting to watch as Momiji continues to call in to question what Kyo’s feelings for Tohru are. Yuki is also beginning to show that he cares for Tohru. Now whether his feelings are romantic or not are about for debate at this point. While he does give her a ribbon for White Day I think even Yuki himself is still unsure of how he feels towards Toruh. I think we have to keep in mind that for Yuki Tohru is the first “normal” person to every accept him. This is a very big deal for him.

At then end of the volume we also learn that Hatsuharu and Momiji are actually just a year younger then Tohru, Kyo, and Yuki! When I first read it I placed Hatsuharu at their same age and Momiji as an elementary kid! So I’ll admit I was just as surprised as Tohru when she learned that Momiji (along with Hatsuharu) would be starting school with them once break was over.

With all of these revelations in mind we begin volume 4.

“When the infamous Akito makes an in-class appearance at the start of the school year, the Sohma family worries that his arrival will be an uncensored exercise of show-and-tell about Yuki’s past. Meanwhile, when Ayame vows to rekindle his brother’s lost friendship, he begins to realize that you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family- especially when they’re acting like animals.”

Fruits Basket Vol 4 Akito and Yuki
When every I think of Akito I think, “What a little shit.” Seriously, I mean that.

This is how the publishers describe this book and while seeing Akito was interesting it wasn’t the highlight of volume 4 for me. The interesting thing about Akito was being able to glimpse more into Yuki’s life. However it is just a glimpse. We are able to understand after this encounter though why Yuki is so tense about Akito and why he finds it hard to open up to people around him. His personality starts adding up through this encounter.

The introduction of Ayame’s character is also great, but it also wasn’t the highlight for me. Ayame adds so great humor to the story which was much needed after the introduction of Akito, but Yuki’s encounter with Akito was much more revealing into the inner workings of the Sohma family then Ayame’s introduction. Don’t get me wrong I love the fact that Ayame is introduced, I find his character a riot, it just isn’t the highlight of the volume for me.

To me the two must important things happen towards the end of the volume. It isn’t till the end that we are finally able to learn more about Momiji. I had been wondering about him since the beginning because even though he mentions his father it doesn’t seem like he actually has any sort of relationship with his parents. When he finally reveals his backstory to Tohru I found it be a very powerful revelation towards the hardships the members of the Sohma family cursed with the zodiac face. It also just endears Momiji to you.

Fruits Basket vol 4 Momiji
Momiji is much more mature than people give him credit for

The second thing was Tohru’s visit to her mother’s grave. When she goes Yuki and Kyo tag along and during the visit it does seem that Kyo is visible uncomfortable. Afterwards Kyo finds Tohru asleep at home and tells her that he’s sorry, but for what we don’t know. Yuki also comes across Tohru’s red hat. As you may recall this is the hat that belongs to the boy that Tohru considers her first love. He seems to recall this hat himself, so does this mean that he is the little boy that helped her find her way home?

 

What do you think of Fruits Basket so far? Comment below 🙂

The images used belong to Tokyo Pop and Natsuki Takaya

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