Sunday, April 27, 2008

Fruits Basket Vol. 11 by Natsuki Takaya

Main Character: Tohru Honda
Location: Japan
Time period: Contemporary
Genre: YA Manga, Fantasy

Akito is the walking definition of emotional abuse. We've had hints before, but now we see him in full force. He has a "talk" with Kyo, telling him again that it's his fault his mother killed herself, that no one will ever love him, that he will soon be locked up for the rest of his life because he is such a monster.

As if this wasn't bad enough, Akito then comes to visit Tohru and tells her that she is a meddler and is not welcome. He reveals that he is not a member of the Zodiac, but its god--the one who, according to the old stories, created the Zodiac and chose the animals. He wants to control all the Sohma family members and keep them close. Just by her very presence, Tohru is showing them that there could be another life, and so he needs to get rid of her in order to keep control.

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