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ISBN13: 9781591826033
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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:
A) Keep their secret and quietly go about your business.
B) Run away!
C) Other: explain.
D) Sell tickets and put the family on display.

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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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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Takaya, Natsuki
West, Tracey
Los Angeles
Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic Novels
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Manga - General
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7.44x4.93x.66 in. .42 lbs.
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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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