This is the volume I’ve been waiting for and I didn’t think it would show up so soon. I’ve watched the anime so I already knew what was going to happen, but I was excited to get to it anyway. I imagine this will jump start the relationship between Kyo and Tohru. At least, I hope it will.
I was impressed with how this was handled. I think it’s so easy to make manga silly to the point that the serious parts don’t shine through. This one is nearly the opposite. There’s plenty of comic relief, but I prefer the chapters that are based in a serious story line rather than the silly ones (which usually include Ayame). I become much more interested in a serious story line, for some reason.
I’ve always loved Kyo. I think he provides a good bit of comic relief because he’s always so mad at everyone. It’s so nice to see another side of him, a darker and tortured side. He really needs Tohru in his life, and she doesn’t disappoint. She overlooks what everyone else couldn’t. She really sees Kyo for who he is on the inside and she loves him for it. I’m so happy that Tohru is such a strong female character. Yes, she’s adorable and girly, but she also has all the love in the world to give to others. She’s not stupid (like some girls in shoujo manga). I just really appreciate that about her.
The other chapters about Yuki weren’t as intense at all. It’s obvious that something is bothering him. He’s looked a little depressed since the whole Kyo thing. I’m hoping we’ll get to see a little more of his past, as well. Surely, Tohru will brighten up his day again soon. He and Tohru visit Ayame’s store, which proves to be the silly chapter of the volume. I guess we needed it after the intensity of Kyo’s past.