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New Fruits Basket Anime Reveals 3 More Cast Members, New Teaser Visual

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Rie Kugimiya, Megumi Han, Makoto Furukawa join cast for series premiering in April

Funimation revealed three more Japanese cast members and a second teaser visual for the new television anime adaptation for Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga on Friday.

The new cast members include:

Rie Kugimiya (Toradora's Taiga, Shakugan no Shana's Shana) as Kagura Sōma


Megumi Han (Hunter x Hunter's Gon, Little Witch Academia's Akko) as Momiji Sōma


Makoto Furukawa (One-Punch Man's Saitama, My Hero Academia's Seiji Shishikura) as Hatsuharu Sōma


Funimation stated it has opened an official English website for the anime with character designs for the new cast, but the website is not accessible as of this writing.

The new anime will have an entirely new cast and staff, as per Takaya's request. The new anime will cover the entire manga's story. The previously announced new cast includes:

Manaka Iwami (Tsukigakirei's Aira Miyamoto, Maquia's titular character, Tada Never Falls in Love's Teresa Wagner) as Tohru Honda


Nobunaga Shimazaki (Waiting in the Summer's Kaito, Date A Live's Shido Itsuka, Scum's Wish's Mugi) as Yuki Sohma


Yūma Uchida (Macross Delta's Hayate Immelmann, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans' Ein Dalton, Banana Fish's Ash Lynx) as Kyo Sohma


Yūichi Nakamura (Fairy Tail's Gray Fullbuster, The Irregular at Magic High School's Tatsuya Chiba, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind's Bruno Bucciarati) as Shigure Sohma


Atsumi Tanezaki (The Ancient Magus' Bride' Chise, Liz and the Blue Bird's Mizore) as Arisa Uotani


Satomi Satou (K-ON!'s Ritsu, Fairy Tail's Wendy) as Saki Hanajima


The anime will premiere in Japan on TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, and other stations in April, and Funimation will stream the anime on FunimationNow. Funimation has also licensed the home video rights.

Yoshihide Ibata (Pikaia!!, FLCL Progressive) is directing the anime at TMS Entertainment. Taku Kishimoto (Silver Spoon, Haikyu!!, 91 Days, Hanebad!) is in charge of series composition. Masaru Shindou (Macross Delta, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) is drawing the character designs. Takaya herself is serving as executive supervisor.

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!

The original manga inspired a television anime adaptation in 2001.

Takaya launched a sequel manga titled Fruits Basket another on the free "HanaLaLa online" website in September 2015, but it moved to Hakusensha's Manga Park website and app in August 2017 along with the other HanaLaLa online manga. Takaya ended the manga last December but also plans to draw one-shots for the manga afterward. The third volume will be the final volume.

The manga takes place after Tohru has graduated high school, and it features a girl named Sawa who has just entered high school.

Source: Funimation (Nicholas Friedman)


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