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2019 Fruits Basket Anime Casts Justin Cook As Hatsuharu Soma


Earlier today, the official Twitter account for the 2019 Fruits Basket anime announced the seventh member of the Fruits Basket English dub cast. The series will add the following:

  • Hatsuharu Soma: Justin Cook

Cook is reprising his role from the 2001 TV series.

Fruits Basket Character Visual - Hatsuharu Soma - English

Fruits Basket will hit Japanese TV in April.

Fruits Basket will air on Tokyo MX and other networks in Japan, wihle 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 Japanese voice cast includes:

  • Tohru Honda: Manaka Iwami
  • Yuki Soma: Nobunaga Shimazaki
  • Kyo Soma: Yuma Uchida
  • Shigure Soma: Yuichi Nakamura
  • Arisa Uotani: Atsumi Tanezaki
  • Saki Hanajima: Satomi Satō
  • Momiji: Megumi Han
  • Hatsuharu: Makoto Furukawa
  • Kagura: Rie Kugimiya
  • Hatori Soma: Kazuyuki Okitsu
  • Ayame Soma: Takahiro Sakurai
  • Akito Soma: Maaya Sakamoto

The confirmed English voice cast includes:

  • Tohru Honda: Laura Bailey
  • Yuki Soma: Eric Vale
  • Kyo Sohma: Jerry Jewell
  • Shigure Soma: John Burgmeier
  • Momiji Soma: Mikaela Krantz
  • Kagura Soma: Tia Ballard

Caitlin Glass will direct the adaptation. Bailey, Vale, Jewell, and Burgmeier are reprising their roles from the 2001 TV series.

Fruits Basket 2019 VisualFunimation 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 (FruitsBasket_en)

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