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Funimation Reveals Cast and Staff for New Fruits Basket Anime

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It’s time to brush up on your Chinese zodiac knowledge because Fruits Basket is coming back! On November 19th, Funimation officially announced the return of the wildly popular anime. Based off of the hit manga series serialized by Natsuki Takaya in Hakusensha’s Hane to Yume magazine from 1998-2006, Fruits Basket received a television anime adaptation in 2001. The anime was well-received but short-lived, reaching only into the fifth volume of the series. Funimation’s newest announcement promises an all new television anime adaptation that will cover the entire manga’s story.

Funimation states that the new Fruits Basket remake will air in Japan on TV Tokyo in 2019. They will stream it on FunimationNow for the worldwide audience. The series promises an entirely fresh start to the series with an all new cast and crew. The new cast includes Manaka Iwami as Tohru Honda, Nobunaga Shimazaki as Yuki Sohma, Yumi Uchida as Kyo Sohma, and Yuichi Nakamura as Shigure Sohma. Yoshihide Ibata is directing the series at TMS Entertainment. In additon, Natsuki Takaya herself is serving as executive supervisor.

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One of the two new visuals released

The second new visual

With their announcement, Funimation also released a statement from Takaya that addressed her feelings and requests about the new series. Takaya says:

“I never once felt negatively about the project or thought that I didn’t want to do it, but still, my first thought was “What?!” So, I made several requests right off the bat. One of those was to do it with a completely new team. Completely new. Every single person. I told [the producers], if you want to open the curtain again, then please make it all new. Please rebuild the Furuba world from scratch, with new everything. Another request was to not make the art look too much like my art. This was partly because my Furuba art is old now, pure and simple, and also largely because I was in poor health back then […], so my drawing was awfully shaky.” ( You can read the full statement here.)

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Only time will tell how successful this remake will be for Funimation. One thing is for certain though, there has never been a better time to return to Tohru’s world then now. And who knows, perhaps you may run into a monkey or a seahorse where you least expect them.

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