Fruits Basket is known internationally as one of the most beloved shoujo manga series, and helped propel the anime boom in North America in the late 90s/early 2000s. In Fall 2018, Funimation and Yen Press revealed an anime reboot that will cover the full story from the original manga.
The story’s main character is high school student Tohru Honda. She begins living alone in a tent after she loses her mother, who was her only remaining family member. However, it turns out that the land she pitches her tent on is part of the distinguished Sohma family estate! When Shigure Sohma sees the value of her housekeeping skills, Tohru ends up living with Yuki Sohma, who is essentially the prince of her school, and Kyo Sohma, who regards Yuki as the enemy. But there’s something Tohru doesn’t know yet: the Sohma family has been bound for centuries by a horrible curse… Fruits Basket pairs shojo manga’s signature romantic suspense with an unexpected and profound story.
This series is a brand new with an all-new cast and staff, and is set to premiere in Japan on April 5, 2019 on TV TOKYO and other stations. The main cast is a lineup of talented voice actors: Manaka Iwami as Tohru Honda, Nobunaga Shimazaki as Yuki Sohma, Yuma Uchida as Kyo Sohma, and Yuichi Nakamura as Shigure Sohma. The new staff includes Yoshihide Ibata as director, Taku Kishimoto as series writer, Masaru Shindo as character designer, and TMS Entertainment as the animation studio. That’s right: this all-new series will be produced by a team of the best talent in the anime industry.
Leading up to the premiere, Funimation has released a new English sub-titled trailer. You can watch it below.
🌸BRAND NEW TRAILER ALERT, prepare for all the feels!! 🌸Hear Momiji, Hatsuharu, Kagura, Akito and so many other new characters for the first time in this lovely, moving trailer!— Fruits Basket (@fruitsbasket_en) March 16, 2019
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