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New Fruits Basket Anime's English Dub Brings Back Jerry Jewell as Kyo

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Funimation to screen 1st 2 episodes in U.S. theaters in March before April debut

Funimation Entertainment announced on Monday that Jerry Jewell will star in the English dub for the new television anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga. Jewell is reprising his role as Kyo Sohma from the original anime adaptation.

Funimation also announced on Friday that it will screen the first two episodes of the anime in theaters in the United States in March, and tickets go on sale on February 22. The company will reveal the exact screening date later. The screenings will feature an "exclusive gift pack" and Japanese and English voice actor commentary.

Laura Bailey is also returning from the previous anime to voice protagonist Tohru Honda and Eric Vale is returning as Yuki. Caitlin Glass is directing the dub.

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

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 first television anime adaptation of the manga premiered in 2001.

Source: Funimation's Twitter account, Fruits Basket anime's English Twitter account via Anime Herald

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