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New Fruits Basket Anime Casts Miyuki Sawashiro, Reveals April 5 Debut (Updated)

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Sawashiro plays Tohru's mother Kyōko in new series

This year's seventh issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed a new cast member on Tuesday for the new television anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga. Miyuki Sawashiro joins the show's cast as Kyōko Honda, Tohru's mother.

Miyuki Sawashiro as Kyōko Honda

The issue also revealed that the anime will premiere on TV Tokyo on April 5 late at night at 1:23 a.m. (effectively April 6), before airing less than an hour later on both TV Osaka and TV Aichi.

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 previously announced new cast includes:

The anime's English dub cast includes: (* denotes a returning cast member)

Funimation will stream the anime on FunimationNow. Funimation has also licensed the home video rights. The company will screen the first two episodes of the anime in theaters in the United States on March 26 (English-dubbed) and March 27 (English-subtitled). The screenings will feature an "exclusive gift pack" and Japanese and English voice actor commentary.

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 Shindō (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.

The original manga inspired a television anime adaptation in 2001.

Update: Kyōko image added. Source: Comic Natalie

Update 2 Lydia Mackay is voicing Kyōko in the English dub. Thanks, Raebo101.

Source: Hana to Yume issue 7

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