If you’re anything like me, you’re anxiously awaiting the reboot of Fruits Basket which will be premiering in Japan on April 5th. If that’s the case, I have some great news for you! Earlier today the official website and official English Twitter account uploaded a brand new trailer, key visual, and theme song artists for the upcoming series.
Starting with the ninety-second trailer, let me tell you that this is the best look at the upcoming series that we’ve gotten up to this point. Featuring appearances by just about every main and supporting character, this trailer really does a great job of teasing the appetites of those who saw the original without giving anything major away for younger fans who didn’t see the original.
The first embed from Twitter contains the subtitled version of the trailer while the YouTube embed does not have subtitles.
🌸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
The opening and ending theme songs are going to be performed by Beverly and Vickeblanka respectively. Beverly is also known for performing the first Fairy Tail ending theme song while the Vickeblanka is known for performing the third opening theme for Black Clover.
Fruits Basket will air on TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, and TV Aichi starting April 5. 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.
A theatrical preview is planned for North America, with screening dates planned for March 26 (Dubbed) and 27 (Subtitled).
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
Kyoko Honda: Miyuki Sawashiro
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
Hatsuharu Soma: Justin Cook
Hatori Soma: Kent Williams
Akito Soma: Colleen Clinkenbeard
Arisa Uotani: Elizabeth Maxwell
Saki Hanajima: Jād Saxton
Kyoko: Lydia Mackay
Caitlin Glass will direct the adaptation. Bailey, Vale, Jewell, Burgmeier, Cook, and Williams are reprising their roles from the 2001 TV series.
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.