Fruits Basket, Vol. 4

Fruits Basket, Vol. 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'...

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Title:Fruits Basket, Vol. 4
Author:Natsuki Takaya
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ISBN:1591826063
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:196 pages

Fruits Basket, Vol. 4 Reviews

  • Nikki Kelly
    Aug 29, 2007

    A really fun and cute series. The premise is really original and enjoyable. The characters are interesting and lovable. My only complaint is the story-line is a bit drug-out.

  • Sabrina
    Aug 29, 2008

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SERIES!!!It's about a poor girl (Tohru) Gets taken in by the Sohma family. which the Sohma family has vengeful Chinese zodiac animal posses they Sohma family. ( they can be there selfs it's not like the spirits are controlling them) but every time they are touched by the opposite gender they turn into the zodiac animals. Shigure, turns into a dog (again they have control of their selves not the spirits) Kyo turn into a cat and something else but he keeps that a secret, and

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SERIES!!!It's about a poor girl (Tohru) Gets taken in by the Sohma family. which the Sohma family has vengeful Chinese zodiac animal posses they Sohma family. ( they can be there selfs it's not like the spirits are controlling them) but every time they are touched by the opposite gender they turn into the zodiac animals. Shigure, turns into a dog (again they have control of their selves not the spirits) Kyo turn into a cat and something else but he keeps that a secret, and Yuki turns into a mouse.Plus Yuki and Kyo hate each other but they both secretly like the same girl (Tohru) And they both plan on telling her someday. What will happen if one of them tell her before the other?( this is a romance/comedy) (sounds like a soap Oprah right?)

    Book description-

    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 brothers' 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!

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    Fruits Basket (フルーツバスケット, Furūtsu Basuketto?), sometimes abbreviated Furuba (フルバ, Furuba?), is a Japanese manga series by Natsuki Takaya. It was serialized in the semi-monthly Japanese magazine Hana to Yume, published by Hakusensha, from 1999 to 2006. The series was also adapted into a 26-episode anime series, directed by Akitaro Daichi. The series tells the story of Tohru Honda, an orphan girl who, after meeting Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Sohma, learns that thirteen members of the Sohma family are possessed by the animals of the Chinese zodiac and are cursed to turn into their animal forms if they are embraced by anyone of the opposite gender.

    I do not have this book

  • Rain Misoa
    Jun 10, 2011

    This series keeps getting better and better! I'm not kidding! The story in this volume really got intense. I would definitely say that this is the saddest volume so far. You really feel for what the characters go through and you can bet you will shed a tear for these beautifully created characters. I know I was tearing up when I was finding out about the past of some of these characters... AND I RARELY EVER CRY FOR ANYTHING!!! My word... the things that happen... it's... just too heart-wrenching

    This series keeps getting better and better! I'm not kidding! The story in this volume really got intense. I would definitely say that this is the saddest volume so far. You really feel for what the characters go through and you can bet you will shed a tear for these beautifully created characters. I know I was tearing up when I was finding out about the past of some of these characters... AND I RARELY EVER CRY FOR ANYTHING!!! My word... the things that happen... it's... just too heart-wrenching for me to even think about let alone write about. Besides, I don't want to tell you what happened. That would be a spoiler, my friends, and I hate spoilers so... go read the manga so that way you'll know what I'm referring to.

    Okay, so I really don't need to tell you how awesome Takaya-sensei is. I've said it in my previous reviews so there's no point to repeat myself, right? WRONG!!! XD I'm going to continue to say how amazing she is! I cannot get enough of her. My love for her went up a billion because of this volume. From what she made Haru do, to introducing the snake (which I happen to be), and then... TALKING ABOUT CLOUD STRIFE! WAH!!! HOW FLIPPING AMAZING IS THAT!? DUDE, DUDE, IF YOU LOVE FINAL FANTASY, ESPECIALLY FINAL FANTASY VII, AND CLOUD THEN YOU'LL COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND MY FANGIRLINESS RIGHT NOW! XD If you don't then... what the hell are you doing here? XP I'm just kidding. But no, really, Takaya-sensei is just epic. She talks about video games all the time and you want to know what's the best part? I understand everything she says about them because of how big on video games I am! XD

    Well, uh, I guess I should go back to talking about the manga, ne? *Cough* So, as I've said, this volume was particularly sad. The characters went through so much that... I'm afraid to really talk about it because any little thing I say will just give it away. This is going to be another difficult review. Tohru is a constant support to everyone she comes in contact with, Yuki has a lot of things revealed about his past that makes you want to bash Akito for, Akito is an ass ('Nuff said), and Kyo... oh man, Kyo! Why do you play with my heart so? Wah! He's soooooooooooooo sweet! SO CLOSE! SO BLOODY CLOSE!!! Oh well... there's always the future. Nothing wrong with waiting. Yeah, he's awesome. I really think that he's quickly becoming my favorite character...

    ...but then I think of Haru and HE'S my favorite character again! Oh my God! I just cannot believe some of the shit he does when he's "Black!" God! He cracks me up and makes me fall in love with him all over again! XD Man, I wish I could make him mine... but I can't. So, that's that! XD The Mabudachi trio made an appearance! Shigure, Hatori, and newcomer, Ayame! These three together is crack waiting to happen. Especially Ayame! Really? Offering yourself? Dude, you know I love yaoi. I think you're just doing it to... *GASP* It makes sense now! The connection with the whole snake thing! Le gasp! I didn't think of it before but now... *Faints* ...I can't believe it... anyway! On with the review! I love Ayame. He tried so hard for Yuki... cute~ And you see the pain he goes through because of how he tries to be there for him. Oh, and Ayame, I love Hari, too! X3 I think the one with the saddest story in this volume is Momiji. I won't tell you what happens but... it's his story that breaks my heart the most... *Still wiping away tears*

    This volume was very hard to get through. Not because it was bad but because it was so depressing. Yes. I did say that it will start getting darker as time goes on but... I feel that it keeps everything balance so well. You can't just have light and fluffy all the time. Life isn't like that and that's what I love about Takaya-sensei's work. She keeps it realistic even if it does have a fantasy element to it. It's that realistic aspect that keeps me wanting to see what will happen to these beautiful characters. Well, that and the fact that all the guys are hot! *Is so not shallow* XD If you haven't guessed already, I really recommend you pick up this series. It's amazing and not reading it is like not taking a shower for five months, stupid and disgusting. So get to it!

  • Andrea
    Mar 09, 2013

    A nice addition to the series overall. Tohru finally meets Akito in person and the encounter doesn't really go as expected. Mainly because Yuki shows up about 20 seconds later and Akito turns on him and rips him a new one about not showing up for New Years. Yuki is terrified of Akito and the punishments Akito is capable and Tohru sees the fear in his eyes and manages him to get him away and lighten the mood. It saves him, but one day he's going to have to face he's demons head on and he'll need

    A nice addition to the series overall. Tohru finally meets Akito in person and the encounter doesn't really go as expected. Mainly because Yuki shows up about 20 seconds later and Akito turns on him and rips him a new one about not showing up for New Years. Yuki is terrified of Akito and the punishments Akito is capable and Tohru sees the fear in his eyes and manages him to get him away and lighten the mood. It saves him, but one day he's going to have to face he's demons head on and he'll need Tohru's support and perhaps someone else.

    We also meet Yuki's older brother Ayame, who is the incarnate of the Year of the Snake. He's an interesting dude, but slippery and hard to describe, kind of like a snake. Haha xP. Tohru provides some wisdom, but Ayame doesn't really use it in the best way so there's still a long way to go before the brotherly bond is "fixed" but I'd say it's a minuscule start.

    Lastly, we learn a painful truth about Momiji's family and it makes me want to cry for him because he is one of the happiest/energetic people in the story. I love him <3

    P.S. There's a really REALLY cute Kyo/Tohru moment at the very end and I love it, I AM MUSH!

  • Theresa ♫
    Jul 08, 2013

    (*BAWLS)

    Okay. Fruits Basket can make you cry really hard.

    Then it can make you laugh really hard.

    You know what gives people emotions like this?

    1. Being in love

    2. Heart-stopping cliffhangers to various books

    3. A dramatic scene in a super dramatic drama.

    All of these things can get you feeling super emotional, but FRUITS BASKET is also part of the list!

    So thinking about my review for volume 1, the hugging-turns-them-into-animals curse might seem romantic but NOH.

    it is a curse. INDEED, it is a curse.

    (*BAWLS)

    Okay. Fruits Basket can make you cry really hard.

    Then it can make you laugh really hard.

    You know what gives people emotions like this?

    1. Being in love

    2. Heart-stopping cliffhangers to various books

    3. A dramatic scene in a super dramatic drama.

    All of these things can get you feeling super emotional, but FRUITS BASKET is also part of the list!

    So thinking about my review for volume 1, the hugging-turns-them-into-animals curse might seem romantic but NOH.

    it is a curse. INDEED, it is a curse.

    People would think you're a freak. They'd think you're different. They wouldn't except you.

    And you think...

    THERE'S NO ONE IN THE WORLD THAT COULD ACCEPT SOMEONE FREAKISH LIKE THAT.

    But then they find someone. Someone who doesn't care if they're different. Who'd love them anyway, no matter what.

    But non-acceptance hurts, and you can find that in real life.

    Maybe it's the way you took or the way you speak, or what you do or what you're interested in. There are people in the world that will judge you.

    But when you meet someone who doesn't care about those things, THAT is who will matter in your life.

    Oh. And.

    When you're strong, you will be able to still be happy for others. Do what you usually do. Care for others and still get up on your feet and do what you need to do.

    No matter what pain you have.

    AND PAIN HURTS. Heartbreaks and people you love that pass away or that are hospitalized---when you get picked on or hurt by other people--it is HARD to be happy.

    But Tohru somehow is happy anyway, and THAT is what gets me thinking aaaaallll night loooooong.

    Read this one. :} 'Tis amazing.

    5 stahs.

  • Kate
    Aug 06, 2013

    Oh goodness! The plot thickens! Well sorta...

    In this volume of

    we get to see Haru and Momiji enter high school for the first time. It seems that the humor never fails as the first day becomes hectic and crazy for all the Zodiac members.

    At this time, we are now introduced to Akito and Ayame and of course that was very interesting. There is a fear brought in Yuki when he sees Akito and once again Tohru learns about another member of the Zodiac (Ayame).

    I think that this book hasn't r

    Oh goodness! The plot thickens! Well sorta...

    In this volume of

    we get to see Haru and Momiji enter high school for the first time. It seems that the humor never fails as the first day becomes hectic and crazy for all the Zodiac members.

    At this time, we are now introduced to Akito and Ayame and of course that was very interesting. There is a fear brought in Yuki when he sees Akito and once again Tohru learns about another member of the Zodiac (Ayame).

    I think that this book hasn't really progressed the plot all that much but I've realized that the reason for this is that it's a character driven story. And all the character's are very interesting and diverse! I absolutely loved all the comical memories that Ayame desired and it was interesting to see that he really hadn't changed all that much since he was a teen.

    I also found Momiji's past sad and the moment that he tells Tohru about this is very touching. There are various sad parts, but overall the tone is still very light and the pacing can be a bit slow at times.

    I think that the biggest factor that reels in fans for this series is the feelings you get from the characters while you're reading it. There are moments where someone might laugh or smile to themselves and there are other moments where someone's heart will ache and they may even cry. The emotion shown from the characters is well done and really brings the characters to life.

    I really love the character interaction in this series! Since each of the characters are so different, it's nice to see them all come together as friends (with the exception of Yuki and Kyo) and I really enjoy that a lot. And it also helps give a sense of realism to the series since they are not all that similar.

    I do have to admit (because it's true) that the series does seem like it tries too hard to be funny. I like the humor, but sometimes it can be a bit over the top and overdramatic. Honestly, I prefer the deep philosophical concepts a lot more than I do the humor. Not that humor's a bad thing, it's just that this series does so well on the drama alone and I think it should just be consistent in tone, that's all.

  • Ferdy
    Sep 08, 2013

    -A more entertaining read than volume 3.

    -Tohru, Shiguire, Momiji and Kyo were as likeable as ever. Yuki was more interesting in this one, his antagonistic relationship with his older brother gave him some much needed personality

    -Loved Uo and Hana, the way they both looked out for Tohru was sweet. There should be more female friendships like Uo/Hana/Tohru in fiction.

    -Yuki's brother Ayame was pretty funny. I enjoyed reading about Ayame, Hatori and Shiguire's friendship as teens.

    -Momiji's

    -A more entertaining read than volume 3.

    -Tohru, Shiguire, Momiji and Kyo were as likeable as ever. Yuki was more interesting in this one, his antagonistic relationship with his older brother gave him some much needed personality

    -Loved Uo and Hana, the way they both looked out for Tohru was sweet. There should be more female friendships like Uo/Hana/Tohru in fiction.

    -Yuki's brother Ayame was pretty funny. I enjoyed reading about Ayame, Hatori and Shiguire's friendship as teens.

    -Momiji's history was so sad. I can't believe he didn't have any bitterness toward his mum for rejecting him and erasing all memory of him. I don't why he still loves her and is nice to her, he should hate the cow.

    -I liked the glimpses of Tohru's mum, the mother-daughter bond between them was so lovely.

    -Loved that Kyo was becoming more and more protective of Tohru.

    -All in all, a fun and charming installment.

  • Mary ♥
    Dec 13, 2014

    5/5 stars

    Fruits Basket is the cutest romance with a very important mythological element you'll ever find! And that's because, when hugged or touched in a not so friendly way by the opposite gender, or when they are in extreme distress, the members of the Sohma family turn into animals! And specifically, the animals of the Chinese Horoscope.

    And this manga has also a very unique element. I won't spoil it and tell you what it is, though. Anyways, my point is that whatever happens, no matter if you'

    5/5 stars

    Fruits Basket is the cutest romance with a very important mythological element you'll ever find! And that's because, when hugged or touched in a not so friendly way by the opposite gender, or when they are in extreme distress, the members of the Sohma family turn into animals! And specifically, the animals of the Chinese Horoscope.

    And this manga has also a very unique element. I won't spoil it and tell you what it is, though. Anyways, my point is that whatever happens, no matter if you're a fan of manga or not, no matter if you'll like this or not, everybody will take something from this series. And this is one word. Hope. Hope for the future, that the pain will end and creativity beyond everything. And in our painful society, hope can be a very important tool

    Highly recommended, both the anime and the manga

    ~Mary

  • Victoria
    Sep 04, 2016

    Just like the other parts of this series, this issue was hilarious and adorable. The crazy antics between them all makes for great comedy. This one did have its sadder moments though especially with the backstory of Momiji and the way Yuki reacted to Akito's presence.

  • Cath
    Jan 07, 2017

    4/5 stars.