The final volume! Curses have been broken and the eternal banquet has finally come to a close. But there are still some loose ends to be wrapped up. How will the members of the Zodiac deal with their newfound freedom? Can forgiveness come in the wake of Akito’s past actions and a new surprising revelation?
Ok, let me start by telling you that it took me forever to figure out who was on the cover of this. I was like, who the heck is that? About halfway through the volume I realized it’s Tohru’s mother. I never pictures her with red hair.
The Zodiac have gathered together for the meeting and mouths drop when Akito comes out in a woman’s kimono and a flower in her hair. We get the real story of Shigure’s “goodbye” present. By the way, there’s a lovely drawing of Shigure and Akito at the beginning of the chapter. I just love it! They’re kind of beautiful together. The Sohma housekeepers are not fond of the change in Akito. I have decided this is because they’re all bitches. They play this lame “this is how it’s always been” card, as if that kind of crap actually makes up for their heartlessness.
People are moving on with their lives. Yuki’s going away to college. He’s going to live on his own in an apartment. But don’t worry! Machi has a key and she can come over anytime. Kyo tells Tohru that he wants to go out and see the world and he wants her to come with him. Of course, she accepts. We also get a little glimpse into what was going through Kyoko’s mind as she died. Kyo misinterpreted her last words. Like, Tohru promised, they weren’t said in hatred.
Everyone talks about Tohru and prepares to go see her and Kyo off. It’s obvious how much she has touched their lives. Yuki decides she needs to know, so he tells her how they all care for her. He thanks her for the difference she made in his life, as well as the rest of the Sohmas’ lives. Finally, we’re left with a precious look into Kyo and Tohru’s future. Such a good series!