I have written a recommendation for this series before but I recently reread the manga and it just made me want to talk about the series even more, and pre-note this is probably going to be filled with spoilers. Like I have mentioned this is not only my first anime and manga but it is also one of my all time favorites. It’s just such a sweet and powerful story that totally sucks me in every time. The journey of all character and their back stories especially, they are all just so strong and filled with so much depth.
All the zodiac members are shown to have a layer of darkness and struggle right away but then you start to learn just how hard the curse is for them and the more you learn the more important some things are. In my opinion, Yuki and Kyo’s rivalry, in particular, is really profound. Originally you just believe it to be a sort of nature thing, like the fact that they are the cat and the rat their spirits are always against each other but then as the story goes on you realize that isn’t entirely the reason. Kyo always felt isolated and hated for the fact that he was born the cat… What Kyo didn’t know, nor could he understand, is that even though Yuki seemed to be included and love the fact was that he felt just as isolated. … In both case’s envy plays a big role in their spite and their personalities are definitely factors in the form their individual rage and understanding comes in.
As for Akito’s story, I have all these mixed feelings, I mean you can’t help but pity her because of her past but at the same time, she did so many cruel things that are just so hard to excuse. In the end, it really did seems like all she wanted was to be loved and accepted but her fear of being left behind and alone trumped everything. It made her cruel and lash out and honestly just made her slightly delusion in the worst possible way. I partly want to believe it was because of circumstance and because of her mother and her position but at the same time I can’t help but blame her as a person as well.
Tohru’s story was especially profound in my opinion. I mean she starts off as seeming like this simple, innocent girl but then you realize how much more she really is and how deep her scars run. Just after the arc with her father’s storyline Tohru just became this whole new person to me and even if she is a fictional character I can’t help but admire her strength. I mean I always loved her character but just after learning about what she went through after her dad passed away and how much pain she was in but still being able to be this positive, smiling person, it just took her to this whole new level.