Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition, Vol. 1 | Book Review

‘After a family tragedy turns her life upside down, plucky high schooler Tohru Honda takes matters into her own hands and moves out…into a tent! Unfortunately for her, she pitches her new home on private land belonging to the mysterious Sohma clan, and it isn’t long before the owners discover her secret. But, as Tohru quickly finds out when the family offers to take her in, the Sohmas have a secret of their own–when embraced by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals of the Chinese Zodiac!’
When I was younger, I found a few copies of Fruits Basket in the public library but I never actually owned them myself. I read a few of the manga and absolutely loved them. As you can imagine, I was very heartbroken when they were removed from the library with no intention to get them back again. I was so excited when they bought out a collector’s edition!
So I guess the biggest question everyone will have is “How does this compare to the Tokyopop version”?

From what I know, the books are exactly the same except some minor changed. The translations have been changed to fit better and some things have been removed such as creator comments and coloured pictures.

The books explored heavy topics, complicated relationships and a way of coping with stress and trauma. As well as these things, the book explored great characters and a funny premise. This series is filled with so much emotion, humor, and life lessons all in one amazing story that constantly has you flipping pages to the very end.

Reading the series again (sort of), I was so happy that I fell in love with the characters all over again. Each character brings something new and different to the story but they all fit together so well.

I appreciate the love that was put into these new editions, and I can’t wait to pick up the rest. Tohru will forever be my favorite manga character for so many reasons.
I highly recommend this story to absolutely anyone who wants to read manga. It’s fun, silly, heartwarming and lovely!
Eleanor May

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1 Comment

  1. July 29, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    I remember reading these as a teenager, I still have the TokyoPop edition on my shelf – all 23 of them!
    Tohru was certainly one of the more relatable manga girls I’ve come across. And now I kinda wanna read them all again!
    Great post!

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