Fruits Basket Manga Read-Through: Collector’s Edition Volume Eleven

Let’s face it, growing up is hard. Becoming an adult comes with a lot of responsibilities, one of which is owning up to your own mistakes or realizing when your actions are negatively affecting other people. Fruits Basket has taken us on a wild journey from kooky supernatural comedy to a story of self discovery … More Fruits Basket Manga Read-Through: Collector’s Edition Volume Eleven

Fruits Basket Manga Read-Through: Collector’s Edition Volume Nine

The last couple volumes that we’ve read have all been about seeing the kinds of scars children can develop when they’re abandoned by their parents and how they can slowly begin to recover through the support of loving friends and found family. Volume nine continues this theme but in a different direction, showing the kind … More Fruits Basket Manga Read-Through: Collector’s Edition Volume Nine

Fruits Basket Manga Read-Through: Collector’s Edition Volume Eight

In the first volume, Fruits Basket presents itself as this semi-wacky comedy shoujo about a girl who discovers that the family she’s living with can all turn into animals, but as the story progresses we begin to see this for what it truly is: a mask, a facade if you will. Fruits Basket’s true story … More Fruits Basket Manga Read-Through: Collector’s Edition Volume Eight

Fruits Basket Manga Read-Through: Collector’s Edition Volume Seven

How do children relate to their parents? What do they look for, want, or need from a family? What happens when that dynamic breaks down, when children no longer have someone to look up to or a stable place to call home? I think in a way, Fruits Basket has been slowly exploring these questions … More Fruits Basket Manga Read-Through: Collector’s Edition Volume Seven

Fruits Basket Manga Read-Through: Collector’s Edition Volume Five

And we’re back with another look at Fruits Basket, this time volume five of the collector’s edition. I’ve been surprisingly having a lot of fun rereading this series and even more fun reviewing it. I’ve been loving taking these deep dives into each volume and pulling apart the different arcs of character growth and philosophical … More Fruits Basket Manga Read-Through: Collector’s Edition Volume Five

Fruits Basket Manga Read-Through: Collector’s Edition Volume Three

Welcome back to the next post in my read-through of Fruits Basket, where I’m finally going back and finishing this series after years of not getting the chance to complete it. The new anime will be premiering next week, and I’m hearing good things from the people who managed to see the first two episodes … More Fruits Basket Manga Read-Through: Collector’s Edition Volume Three

Fruits Basket Manga Read-Through: Collector’s Edition Volume Two

And I’m back with the continuation of my read-through of Fruits Basket as I try to remember if my childhood memories of this series are as good as I think they are. So far, we’ve read the first volume of the collector’s edition series from Yen Press which had chapters 1-12. Today, we’re continuing on … More Fruits Basket Manga Read-Through: Collector’s Edition Volume Two

Fruits Basket Manga Read-Through: Collector’s Edition Volume One

It’s been such a long time since I’ve thought about Fruits Basket. It was one of the first shoujo manga I ever read and I think I still have some of the original manga volumes. But manga was expensive for a middle-schooler in those days, rising to 10 dollars per volume in high school, so … More Fruits Basket Manga Read-Through: Collector’s Edition Volume One

Water Dragon’s Bride Manga Volume 1 First Impressions

A couple months ago I posted on Twitter asking for opinions on what manga I should buy if I could only buy one volume, and this manga, Water Dragon’s Bride, was one of the suggestions I got. I’ve been trying to branch out from some of the longer running series I’ve been reading, trying out … More Water Dragon’s Bride Manga Volume 1 First Impressions