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Fruits Basket #01by Natsuki Takaya
Author Q & A
Technically NOT a review, but we thought you might enjoy this quickie interview with Fruits Basket manga editor, Jake Forbes:
Question 1: What does 'Fruits Basket' mean and why is it important to the story?
Answer: Fruits Basket is the name of a game from Tohru Honda's childhood which is symbolic for her character. It's a pretty touching scene from volume 1 and I don't want to spoil it ... I hope you don't mind!
Question 2: Is the story of the Rat and the Cat true?
Answer: According to the legend, the Rat tricked the Cat to take his place at the Zodiac banquet. (Poor cat-san!) You can imagine the cat was pretty upset when he found out. This bitter rivalry lives on in the possessed Sohma family members.
Question 3: Do the characters exhibit personality traits consistent with the zodiac animals they turn into?
Answer: Yup! See if you can guess who is who before Tohru finds out.
Question 4: Which of the zodiac animals are you? Do you feel that it best describes your personality? Please explain.
Answer: I'm a snake. Hiss! They're supposed to be beautiful, romantic and clever — who am I to argue? Like a snake, I also eat rodents whole — huh? That's not part of the zodiac traits? D'oh! I guess I'm just weird.
Question 5: How did Tohru get the 'onigiri' nickname? Do you feel it reflects her personality?
Answer: The onigiri is a metaphor for Tohru's character on several levels. And it's not because she's wrapped in seaweed and a convenient snack food. You'll find out in the manga!
Question 6: If you were Tohru and discovered the Sohma family secret, would you:
Answer: I'm tempted to go with D, but I wouldn't want to risk pissing of Akito. He's got a NASTY temper. B. Definitely B.
Question 7: What does the term 'Yankee' mean in Japanese?
Answer: Yankee is a term for a female gangster. They wear long skirts and die their hair. One of Tohru's best friends, Uo-chan, is a kind-hearted yankee. As Tohru isn't one to stand up to bullies, it's a good thing she has such an imposing friend watching her back.
Question 8: If you could be any character, who would you be?
Answer: Definitely Shigure. He's got a great attitude and he gets to stand back from the drama of the series and manipulate things from the sidelines. And he's a writer. Sitting at home in a kimono, tossing out a smutty novel or two to pay the bills while you work on your next masterpiece — that's the life!
Question 9: What is your favorite color? What is the capital of Assyria?
Answer: Red. No, BLUE! AAAaaaaaaghhhhhh!
Question 10: What is best in life?
Answer: Seeing the latest Lord of the Rings movie for the first time! But as that that won't happen again, I guess I'd have to say reading a good book in a comfy chair.
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