Fruits Basket English Dub Brings Back Justin Cook as Hatsuharu
posted on by Karen Ressler
The official English Twitter account for the new television anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga announced on Thursday that Justin Cook is returning as Hatsuharu Soma for the anime's English dub. Cook played the role in the 2001 anime.
Other returning cast members include Laura Bailey as Tohru, Eric Vale as Yuki, Jerry Jewell as Kyo, and John Burgmeier as Shigure. Tia Ballard is joining the cast as Kagura and Mikaela Krantz joining the cast as Momiji. Caitlin Glass is directing the dub.
Funimation Entertainment 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.
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.
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: Fruits Basket English Twitter account
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