These review lits will have three parts (1-5) (6-15) (16-23)
Fruits basket is an oddball of a manga for me. I Bought and own (still do) book one way back when I didn't have a good reads account. When I bought it exactly is unknown but I can safely say its been four years since continuing this series. The reason I decided on finishing is because Book one was a book I kept going back to over and over again just to look at the artwork. So I decided to finish it, I'm glad I did.
Fruits basket is a manga with a colorful cast of characters, a fun plot, and beautiful artwork. This manga can't be read like a “normal” manga but should be seen like a fairytale, in fact I think thats what this manga is like the little mermaid, or red riding hood, this is what the story plays out like. Fruits basket isn't perfect however While each character is unique as well as a different member of the chinese Zodiac (not a spoiler) some of the older characters are hard to tell apart, other times its just the character themselves are not very interesting the story lags because of them or it.
Within the span of five books we are introduced to six members (and one non member) of the chinese zodiac, Despite some commentary I find it creative how they did the dragon. This however is where I get the most confused on the series. The Shoma family to me is a confusing part of the manga, The me family means blood relation at least in this context I think thats what they mean too which brings up disturbing implications for some character's loving another.
That however is my only nitpick with the series, I currently have a few favorite character's am adoring the art style, and while vol 5 was lack-luster am loving the story and character's although the humor can be a bit dry at times.