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Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya is my all-time favorite manga series. It is an excellent example of a Shoujo series (comics marketed towards females) and it is rated T (age 13+.) Tohru Honda is a high school girl with a serious case of optimism. This is actually quite a good thing, as it gets her through all of the trials she encounters. Well, her extreme friendliness helps, too. After her mother dies and she is left on her own, Tohru encounters the mysterious Sohma family who have a strange connection with the Chinese zodiac. The Sohmas offer Tohru a place to stay in exchange for household chores (which they are terrible at, and she is really good at.) How exactly are their fates intertwined? Only time will tell, but there seems to be a romantic triangle developing already in book one.

The quality and style of art can vary from manga artist to manga artist. Natsuki Takaya’s art is just the kind that I love to see. It can go from being incredibly detailed in one panel to much simpler for fight scenes, and it still looks great. The storyline is already full of magic, mystery, and a bit of romance here in book one. I have read most of the series before, but having just re-read book 1, I’m thinking that I should go back and read the rest. In case you are interested, this very popular series has also been made into an anime. I’ve seen several episodes of that anime, and I really enjoyed it. One of these days, I’ll actually get around to buying the whole thing.

So, have you read Fruits Basket? Do you like it as much as I do?

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