Fruits Basket 14 by Natsuki Takaya: A+

From the back cover:
Isuzu loves snooping through Shigure’s life, especially when she’s totally convinced that he is hiding something. But when Tohru finds a passed-out Isuzu in the house, she tries to drag Isuzu to the hospital. Meanwhile, Yuki goes to the ASB student council room only to find it trashed again! But as the secrets of who vandalized the room come out of the closet, Yuki accidentally gets locked in one. Who will be the one to help him get out?

There are so many things to like about this volume. Tohru’s attempts to discover more about the curse and how to break it continue, and we learn more about how the curse came to be. There are also several chapters devoted to Rin (referred to as Isuzu above) and Haru which go a long way in explaining why Rin reacts to Tohru the way that she does. Along the way, Shigure gets to do a bit more than he has recently, and there’s a nice few pages where he and Hatori have a talk.

In the realm of character development, it’s Rin who is the first to notice that Tohru seems to be suffering herself. Tohru perpetually claims to the Sohmas that she isn’t troubled, and tries to hide her problems from them, but she doesn’t seem to be keeping it together very well.

Most of all, however, it’s Yuki who’s changing. I’m not sure how this happened, but I think Yuki really has become my favorite character. I feel a little silly stating that I actually feel heart-burstingly proud of him and how he is gradually “opening the lid.” Among all of the Fruits Basket storylines, it’s Yuki’s progress that really makes me want to sniffle.

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