Fruits Basket: Prelude

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Synonyms: Kyouko to Katsuya no Monogatari, The Story of Kyoko and Katsuya
Japanese: フルーツバスケット -prelude-


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 18, 2022
Licensors: Crunchyroll
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 1 hr. 28 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.431 (scored by 3308833,088 users)
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Ranked: #1552
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Popularity: #2017
Members: 97,679
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Despite Kyouko Honda's tragic death, her vivid memory lives on, providing guidance through times of hardship to her close ones. However, Kyouko was not always the wise and radiant person that she is fondly remembered as in the present day.

Feeling deserted by her own family and rejected by society, a young Kyouko abandons stability for a life of delinquency, jeopardizing her education and future. Fortunately, her descent into despair is interrupted by a fateful encounter with her husband-to-be Katsuya, who has recently started his teaching internship at her school.

With a composure surprisingly unaffected by Kyouko's tantrums, Katsuya quickly wins her over through his gentleness and attention toward her—sincere gestures that she has never received before. As the two grow closer together, Kyouko opens her tormented heart to him and, along with it, a door to new horizons.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Fruits Basket: Prelude centers on the Kyouko to Katsuya no Monogatari prequel, which covers part of the manga's 16th volume not shown in the television series. The movie also features a short compilation of the three-season anime and new scenes written by the author set after the original story.

Mubichike cards with illustrations by Natsuki Takaya were made available on December 17, 2021. A Blu-ray version was commercialized exclusively at theaters screening the film, and limited edition items were distributed to the audience on a first-come, first-served basis. The gifts consisted of an original 16-page manga that established the setting for the new scenes as well as excerpts from the movie. Another Blu-ray was released on June 24, 2022, including a bonus eight-page manga booklet.

Only in the first two days after its premiere, Fruits Basket: Prelude grossed a total of 33 million yen. Moreover, supplementary theaters held additional screenings to accommodate the greater turnout of viewers.

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Herek, Samantha
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Ibata, Yoshihide


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Ending Theme

"Niji to Kaito (虹とカイト)" by Trio Oohashi (大橋トリオ)


Jun 24, 2023
I'm not sure if this was the perfect thing for me to watch right now or the worst choice I could have made. Suffice it to say that I've had a very troubling turn in my life that elements of this movie really resonated with, both by providing much needed catharsis and by rubbing the sore spot raw. I found myself blubbering pretty hard towards the end. Fruits Basket has always been very affecting and certain scenes from S2 and especially the Final Season have made me tear up before, but not like this. Part of why this hit me harder was just how well ...
Jul 7, 2022
Mixed Feelings
I have to deduct several points on behalf of whomever shoved 33 minutes of footage from the 3 seasons into a poorly edited and haphazard mess. I feel sorry for everyone who's been baited into buying a movie ticket for this, when in reality it's a decent OVA with a bunch of rehashed footage in the front to make the runtime movie length.

Given this is titled "Prelude" I find it very dangerous for people who decided to start this story here. There's massive spoilers to the main story without warning in the recap, and it entirely expects you to know so much context before seeing ...
Jun 28, 2022
TBH. It sucked.
Personally, I don't like pedophilia, age gap too big, stop normalizing and romanticizing it. She was 14 going on 15, and he was 22. Could've been more comfortable with maybe an 18 year old and a 22 year old but still the teacher-student love groom trop was weird and I don't fuck with it.
After 30 minutes of recap, the movie was maybe 40 minutes long and the same boring trope you see in like every romance. They rapid fired all of the scenes, could have added more intricacy and development into the plot. Very surface level character trope, with Kyoko being ...

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