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2019 Fruits Basket Anime Gets First Trailer, Character Visuals


It’s a story that seems familiar, yet somehow different…

Earlier today, Funimation started streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the 2019 Fruits Basket anime. The 45-second promo offers a brief glimpse of Tohru, Yuki, Shigure, and Kyo.

Funimation also revealed character visuals for the four characters, which feature their human and animal forms (where applicable). You can check these out below.

Fruits Basket will air on Tokyo MX and other networks in 2019. Funimation holds the rights to the series in North America. The publisher will stream the title on FunimationNow in North America, which will be followed by an eventual home video release.

Fruits Basket 2019 Visual
©NATSUKI TAKAYA. HAKUSENSHA/FRUITS BASKET PROJECT

Yoshihide Ibata (FLCL Progressive, Attack on Titan: Junior High) will direct the project at TMS Entertainment, with Masaru Shindo providing character designs. Taku Kishimoto (Bunny Drop, Magi: Adventure of Sinbad) is in charge of series composition for the title.

Fruits Basket author Natsuki Takaya will serve as executive supervisor on the project.

The confirmed voice cast includes:

  • Tohru Honda: Manaka Iwami
  • Yuki Sohma: Nobunaga Shimazaki
  • Kyo Sohma: Yuma Uchida
  • Shigure Sohma: Yuichi Nakamura

Funimation describes Fruits Basket as:

High school student Tohru Honda 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.

Still, there’s something Tohru doesn’t know yet: the Sohma family has been bound for centuries by a horrible curse…

It’s a new series with an all-new cast and staff!

Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket manga launched in Hana to Yume in July 1998. The series ran through November 2006, spanning 23 compiled volumes.

The title also spawned a 2001 anime adaptation. Akitaro Daichi (Jubei-chan, Now and Then, Here and There) directed the title at Studio DEEN, with Akemi Hayashi (Gunbuster 2: Diebuster, Peacemaker) providing character designs. The team of Aki Itami, Mamiko Ikeda, and Rika Nakase wrote the scripts.

Source: Twitter (Funimation)

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