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ISBN13: 9781591826033
ISBN10: 1591826039
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Publisher Comments:

Tohru Honda was an orphan, living with her grandfather, when one day fate kicked her out of the house and she was forced to take up residence in a tent in the forest. Little did she know that the land she was staying on belonged to the Sohma family, a clan of beautiful and mysterious people. After stumbling upon the teenage squatter, the Sohmas invite Tohru to stay in their house in exchange for cooking and cleaning. Everything's going well until she discovers the Sohma family's greatest secret: when hugged by members of the opposite sex, they each turn into their Chinese Zodiac animal!

Review:

"Takaya's romantic comedy brims with teenage melodrama, corny humor and hijinks. In the vein of Ranma 1/2, the work's humor also derives from the transformation of humans into animals. It goes like this: Tohru Honda is unsinkable; when her mother dies and her grandfather denies her a place to live, the homeless high-schooler is determined to make it on her own by pitching a tent alone in the woods. En route to her tent one day, Tohru encounters Shigure, who informs her that the tent is pitched on his family property. He's appalled by her squalid living conditions and invites her to his estate. Tohru becomes part of the household on the condition that she helps guard their family secret: when hugged by members of the opposite sex, Shigure and his family transform into animals from the Chinese zodiac calendar. Tohru soon learns Shigure is the cousin of Yuki Sohma, a quiet, mysterious boy at her high school whom all the girls adore. (Yuki, incidentally, has spurned any female advances for fear of revealing his true form: a rat.) And it's not long before she finds out another cousin, Kyo, transforms into a cat. As an animal left off the zodiac, Kyo feels he's been wronged. As Tohru and Kyo become friends, they realize that as misfits they may have a chance at understanding each other. Similar to other romance manga, this tale's illustration style is cartoonish and whimsical. Each panel-packed page conveys a melodramatic event or upturn, giving the story a fast rhythm. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Natsuki Takaya made her manga debut in 1992. She was born in Tokyo and her Blood Type is A.

Her previous series include:
Gen'eimusou - 5 vols - serialized in Hana to Yume
Tsubasa o motsu Mono (Men with Wings)

Series Description

The enigmatic Sohma family shares a great secret, its members are possessed by spirits of the Chinese Zodiac, and when they are hugged by members of the opposite sex, they transform into their Zodiac animal! Tohru Honda, an orphaned high school freshman, is given lodging in the Sohma household in exchange for taking care of household chores. The humble Tohru is quite grateful for the Sohma family's generosity, and the longer she stays with them, the more they realize what a blessing she is in their lives, as well.

Fruits Basket, the manga, is the basis for the smash-hit runaway anime show of the same name. It is most eagerly-awaited manga series - as voted on by thousands of fans visiting the TOKYOPOP website - in many, many years.

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CkSeagirl, January 20, 2012 (view all comments by CkSeagirl)
Good book good series
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janice_parker877, July 18, 2010 (view all comments by janice_parker877)
when i was younger i had a babysitter that was reading these books. i asked what they were and she told me. i went to the liberay the next day and found it. so i gave the book a try and i noticed after awhile that i kept reading it and when i was finished i found out that it wasn't real, that the book pulled me in it to think i was the girl, i noticed that the book showed that even though the book is not a real life, it was a life i could excape to. i could read the life that i would love to have, and i would think i was in it. but the only problem with the book was when it ended my fantasy ended.
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emmejo, September 17, 2009 (view all comments by emmejo)
Tohru Honda was an orphan living alone in the woods until the mysterious Sohma family takes her in. She shortly discovers that the family has a magical curse that causes them to turn into animals when they are hugged.

I tried reading this book about a year ago and couldn't like it. Same now. I know a lot of people really, really like it, but it reminds me of cotton candy. Sugary and even tasty, but just fluff. Nothing serious and lacking a plot.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781591826033
Author:
Takaya, Natsuki
Publisher:
TokyoPop
Author:
West, Tracey
Location:
Los Angeles
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Graphic Novels - Manga
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Manga - General
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Movie or Television Tie-In
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Transformers
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20040210
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 2 to 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
7.44x4.93x.66 in. .42 lbs.
Age Level:
from 7 to 10

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Product details 216 pages TokyoPop - English 9781591826033 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Takaya's romantic comedy brims with teenage melodrama, corny humor and hijinks. In the vein of Ranma 1/2, the work's humor also derives from the transformation of humans into animals. It goes like this: Tohru Honda is unsinkable; when her mother dies and her grandfather denies her a place to live, the homeless high-schooler is determined to make it on her own by pitching a tent alone in the woods. En route to her tent one day, Tohru encounters Shigure, who informs her that the tent is pitched on his family property. He's appalled by her squalid living conditions and invites her to his estate. Tohru becomes part of the household on the condition that she helps guard their family secret: when hugged by members of the opposite sex, Shigure and his family transform into animals from the Chinese zodiac calendar. Tohru soon learns Shigure is the cousin of Yuki Sohma, a quiet, mysterious boy at her high school whom all the girls adore. (Yuki, incidentally, has spurned any female advances for fear of revealing his true form: a rat.) And it's not long before she finds out another cousin, Kyo, transforms into a cat. As an animal left off the zodiac, Kyo feels he's been wronged. As Tohru and Kyo become friends, they realize that as misfits they may have a chance at understanding each other. Similar to other romance manga, this tale's illustration style is cartoonish and whimsical. Each panel-packed page conveys a melodramatic event or upturn, giving the story a fast rhythm. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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