New Fruits Basket Visual Appears in New York's Times Square

posted on by Kim Morrissy

The teaser visual for the 2019 Fruits Basket anime was displayed on an electronic billboard at New York's Times Square on Saturday.

The Fruits Basket official anime Twitter account posted a picture of the visual at Times Square along with the message (in English): "Fruits Basket's teaser visual in Times Square! Have you seen it? Well if not, here's the picture! The whole world is looking forward to the show in 2019!"

Natsuki Takaya, the artist of the original Fruits Basket manga and consultant for the new anime, quote-retweeted the anime account's tweet and wrote her own comment in English, saying, "Woooow……!!! I was moved……, I was so moved and so I cried. Thank you everyone for everything!"

According to Investopedia, it costs between $1.1 and $4 million a year to buy advertising space in Times Square. NYC: The Official Guide says that 50 million tourists visit the site each year, making it one of the busiest tourist attractions in the world.

The Fruits Basket anime will air in Japan on TV Tokyo in 2019, and Funimation will stream the anime on FunimationNow. The new anime will cover the entire manga's story and will have an entirely different cast and staff from the original TV anime adaptation that aired in 2001.

Takaya serialized the original Fruits Basket manga in Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine from 1998-2006. Tokyopop released the manga in English from 2004 to 2009, and Yen Press re-released the manga in 12 updated omnibus volumes beginning in June 2016. Yen Press describes the story:

After a family tragedy turns her life upside down, plucky high schooler Tohru Honda takes matters into her own hands and moves out...into a tent! Unfortunately for her, she pitches her new home on private land belonging to the mysterious Sohma clan, and it isn't long before the owners discover her secret. But, as Tohru quickly finds out when the family offers to take her in, the Sohmas have a secret of their own--when touched by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals of the Chinese Zodiac!

Source: Fruits Basket official anime Twitter account

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