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|Fruits Basket - Vol 4 - Clearing Sky|
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
A classic anime at a great low price - don't miss this fan favorite shojo anime! To say that Tohru Honda?s life in the Sohma household has been difficult would be the understatement of the century. She has learned to adap... more »
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E. A Solinas | MD USA | 12/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Let's get this out of the way: the anime of Natsuki Takaya's "Fruits Basket" doesn't so much end as stop.
But that doesn't stop "Fruits Basket, Volume 4: The Clearing Sky" from being a truly, wrenchingly beautiful end to an adorable series. New zodiac members are introduced to Tohru and more madcap comedy ensues (courtesy of Ayame and the demented fanclub), but it reaches new heights in the final two episodes -- where Tohru's love and kindess are faced with new obstacles.
Yuki and Tohru make a weekend trip to Ayame's special clothing shop, and are promptly swept up into Hurricane Ayame, who is all too happy to regale Yuki with every detail of his oddball business. Can the brothers manage to bridge the gap that separates them -- and what exactly is "The Thing" that Ayame's girlfriend is dressing Tohru in?
And Tohru is confronted by a pair of new zodiac members. First she encounters Hiro, the antisocial "sheep" who resents her friendship with Kisa. Then she meets the beautiful, hyperapologetic daughter of the hot spring lady, Ritsu... only to discover that Ritsu is actually a very effeminate young man, who suffers from self-esteem so low that it dips below Atlantis.
And since Ritsu drives Kyo and Yuki crazy with his screaming apologies (and is teased constantly by Shigure), it's up to Tohru to help him regain some hope. Finally, the president of Yuki's fanclub is haunted by her impending graduation, only to find herself in conversation with the "prince" himself. Unfortunately, her jealousy wells up in front of him -- and she has to face the ugly truth about her own feelings.
But the story takes a truly dark turn when Kyo's beloved master Kazuma arrives at Shigure's house, and reveals a horrifying facet of Kyo's curse -- a ghastly transformation that horrifies anyone who sees it. And as she struggles to help Kyo, Tohru begins to learn the reason for Akito's anger and hatred.
"Fruits Basket, Volume 4: The Clearing Sky" doesn't end the series so much as hit pause -- the curse remains unbroken and the love triangle is still unresolved. As a sort of series climax, the writers even scripted in a harrowing encounter between Tohru and Akito, which gives the series the vague feeling of having been finished.
Before that end, we get "Fruits Basket's" signature mingling of heartwarming comedy and bittersweet drama. There are plenty of roiling emotions -- jealousy, loneliness, self-loathing -- but with the realization that there's always a glimmer of hope. The wrenching emotions reach a climax in the final two episodes, when the reasons for Kyo's loneliness are revealed, as well as Kagura's mad crush on him. Horror, romance and drama just soak every scene.
And we still get plenty of comedy, ranging from spoofs (Motoko's high-school drama) to hilarious sight gags (Ritsu rampaging with shrieks of "I'm sorry!"). Ayame provides most of the humor -- when he's not being sweet and vulnerable, he's rushing around in bridal drag and chitchatting about fashion with his girlfriend. Not to mention the "rice ball alien in a sailor suit!" that pops up randomly.
Tohru continues to be a shining beacon at the series' heart -- she's sweet, kind, accepting, and cannot help but try to be kind to anyone, even when Hiro steals her purse and insults her. On the flipside, Kyo's feelings of loneliness and misery are absolutely palpable near the end -- and considering what he turns into, it's not hard to see why.
In fact, all the characters we see are pretty lovable -- Yuki is quiet, cool and a lot tougher than he appears, while Ayame and his girlfriend are insane and quirky, Kisa and Ritsu are adorable, and Shigure is winningly sadistic. Even the deranged hot springs lady appears ("I'm SORRY! I'll do it again! I never should have put myself into the reel! What was I thinking?! I'm SORRY!" "I told him we shouldn't have asked her to come...").
The fourth and final volume of the beautiful, hilarious "Fruits Basket" series sadly wasn't able to finish the storyline -- but it's still a brilliant finale."