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This year's 24th issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine announced a new anime adaptation of Natsuki Takaya's supernatural shoujo manga Fruits Basket on Tuesday, scheduled to air on TV Tokyo in 2019. The new anime will adapt the manga series in its entirety. Avex Entertainment also opened an official website for the series simultaneously, revealing new staff and cast, and a teaser visual (pictured).

The anime announcement was originally revealed through Hana to Yume's listing of the issue's cover on November 12. The magazine promptly removed the listing and issued a statement on its official Twitter the following day that reads, "Please wait for the official announcement regarding Fruits Basket's media adaptation on November 20."

Synopsis
Tooru Honda is an orphan with nowhere to go but a tent in the woods, until the Souma family takes her in. However, the Souma family is no ordinary family, and they hide a grave secret: when they are hugged by someone of the opposite gender, they turn into animals from the Chinese Zodiac!

Now, Tooru must help Kyou and Yuki Souma hide their curse from their classmates, as well as her friends Arisa Uotani and Megumi Hanajima. As she is drawn further into the mysterious world of the Soumas, she meets more of the family, forging friendships along the way.

But this curse has caused much suffering; it has broken many Soumas. Despite this, Tooru may just be able to heal their hearts and soothe their souls. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Staff
Director: Yoshihide Ibata (FLCL Progressive co-director)
Series Composition: Taku Kishimoto (Boku dake ga Inai Machi)
Character Design: Yuu Shindou (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.)
Executive Supervisor: Natsuki Takaya
Studio: TMS Entertainment

Cast
Tooru Honda: Manaka Iwami (Gamers!)
Yuki Souma: Nobunaga Shimazaki (Ore Monogatari!!)
Kyou Souma: Yuuma Uchida (Banana Fish)
Shigure Souma: Yuuichi Nakamura (Inu x Boku SS)

North American anime distributor Funimation also announced in a press release on Monday that it has licensed the new anime for both streaming and home video rights.

Fruits Basket was published in Hana to Yume magazine between 1998 and 2006 and compiled into 23 volumes. Hakusensha later reprinted the series in 12 omnibus volumes in 2015-2016. Takaya began serializing the Fruits Basket: Another sequel manga in Hana LaLa online web magazine in September 2015, which later moved to the Manga Park website last August. The manga is expected to end in the next chapter, with one-shots planned for subsequent release. The second volume went on sale last September, with the third and final volume scheduled for release at a later date. According to Hakusensha, Fruits Basket has sold a cumulative 30 million copies of its compiled volumes worldwide. The sequel manga currently has 340,000 copies of the first two volumes in circulation.

Studio Deen produced a 26-episode anime series in Summer 2001, adapting the first six volumes and the earlier chapters of the seventh volume. Funimation released the anime in North America on four DVD volumes in 2002-2003 and later on a Blu-ray volume last August.

Tokyopop originally published the manga in English from 2004-2009 and Ultimate Editions beginning 2007, combining two sequential volumes in a single hard-cover volume. Yen Press relicensed the series in 2015 and published it in 12 omnibus volumes between June 2016 and April 2017, matching Hakusensha's collector's editions.

Fruits Basket received the 25th Kodansha Manga Awards for shoujo manga and Best Manga award at the American Anime Awards in 2007. The anime series also won the 2001 Anime Grand Prix Award.

Official site: https://fruba.jp/
Official Twitter: @fruba_PR

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Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

"The new anime will adapt the manga series in its entirety. "

It's the current year
 
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Event on March 16, 2019
https://twitter.com/fruba_PR/status/1064535252201160704

I'm so used to Yuki's original version's voice that I'm not sure if I can get use to Shimazaki-san's version. Though I do think his voice style suits Yuki.
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YES! I'm really excited to see this. It'll be such a treat to re-watch and in full animated length adapting the manga series entirely; looking forward to it!
 
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oh my god full animated adaption of the manga
 
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soooooooo happy! I have to catch up
 
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A full adaptation might need a lot of episodes. Haven't read the manga, but it might need at least 75 episodes if this anime is going to be a remake.
 
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IM SO PUMPED
Fruits Basket was one of the first mangas I have ever read, and I love it. Super excited to see it be adapted again. CANT WAIT TO SEE MY BOY SHIGURE AGAIN
 
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I loved this since I was so young! Its one those first shoujo I've seen! I'm excited to see this getting adapted again, and this time, a full one from chapter one to last!



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Nov 19, 2018 7:54 AM

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Ohhhhh! I need to re-watch Fruits Basket.. oh wait, full adaptation from chapter 1? What a good news!
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Nov 19, 2018 8:00 AM

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Good Lord!! Fruits Basket is one of my favourites Anime so I just can't wait to see this new adaptaion.
 
Nov 19, 2018 8:50 AM
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A full adaptation remake? But I haven't seen Fruits Basket yet. Well, that just went straight to the top on my priority list!
 
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A REAL bummer they changed all the big name VAs.

Not that the new ones are bad per se....but the old are some of the greatest names in the industry.
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Maybe this one won't be as shitty as the last...
 
Nov 19, 2018 8:59 AM

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Yay! Another classic anime getting a remake!
 
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And another anime to look forward to.
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All these old remakes... I'm still waiting on a Slam Dunk remake
 
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there is no way i can enjoy a reverse harem
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Fruits Basket isn't a reverse harem.
 
Nov 19, 2018 9:21 AM

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A full adaptation? I may watch this.
 
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I bet it'll be 24 episodes and rushed as fuck
 
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I can’t even process this right now because I’m so excited!!! :-D
 
Nov 19, 2018 10:26 AM

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AM I DREAMING

This is so exciting! And it will be a full adaptation, wow. I really like this trend of adapting old classics.
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tsubasalover said:
I'm so used to Yuki's original version's voice that I'm not sure if I can get use to Shimazaki-san's version. Though I do think his voice style suits Yuki.

I know what you mean. Uchida will likely do a good job of Kyou too, but part of me can't help but be sad Seki Tomokazu won't return. I mean, it makes sense. Their voices have aged in 17 years, and Sailor Moon's seiyuu reprisal was kind of painful... Still, it's hard knowing "old greats" act less and less these days :(

That aside, I'm unbelievably happy about this news! Fruits Basket was the first manga I ever finished, so it'll always be a little bit special for me~



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Statement of the mangaka about the new anime. Remember that she had problems with the old adaptation and the director with his choices, direction and overall. It reached a point where none of them wanted to work together again.

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?!” (lol)
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 (you can find more details about that in the afterword to the Collector's Edition, if you're curious), so my drawing was awfully shaky. Because of that, I wanted them to rebuild the art as well.
Other than that… Well, it was a mix. On some things I gave them detailed thoughts, and on others I gave them my blessing to do as they liked.
The production staff promptly accepted my requests and worked to meet them, and I'm truly grateful to them all. Thank you again.
They also readily gave me permission to visit the recording sessions sometimes, which makes me so happy. I don't actually do anything there; I'm just an observer. (Really, I don't do anything.)
It's a pure delight, getting to see the reels a little early like that.

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-11-19/funimation-reveals-cast-staff-streaming-for-new-2019-fruits-basket-tv-anime/.139680
 
Nov 19, 2018 11:07 AM
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Holy shit. Never thought this was going to happen. I hope it gets the full treatment. A rushed or compressed adaptation won't do this any justice. In either case, I'm really interested to see where this goes.
 
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Ahh i don't have a strong memory of fruits basket but i'm excited nonetheless as a big shoujo/josei fan. Kyo is bae
 
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wow this was rather surprising cool news. I remember watching the original many years back and so this certainly bring me nostalgia. The new stuff looks great tbh and its all upto depend on number of episodes they can produce (hopefully do not be same number of episode as original!).
 
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WHAT IN THE FREAKING HELL!!!!!!!!!!!


nice that fruits basket is finally returning back. Also it is gonna be adapting the entire manga!!!! This better be more than 35 episodes long.

One of my favorite anime of all time. Sad that original seiyuus will not return, but it leaves potential. Definitely adding this to 2019 watch!!
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Nov 19, 2018 11:31 AM
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Really great news! I haven't read the manga but i did watch the anime way back in the day and i'm looking forward to this!
 
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Ohhhhh! I need to re-watch Fruits Basket.. oh wait, full adaptation from chapter 1? What a good news!
2019 will be the best year of anime since 2013.

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Felt like Shoujo anime kinda died recently, but here is Japan reviving Shoujo with a remake of a prominent Shoujo manga. This is a big surprise.
 
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If this is a remake then I'll definitely watch this. I've been wanting to watch this series for a long time now but every time I tried to, I just ended up looking for another anime to watch. The old animation quality hasn't aged well, in my opinion and that's why I always skipped the 2001 version.

I also read what the author thinks about this new anime adaptation and one of the things that she asked of the new staff is to not make the art style make it look like her art style from the manga because it looks old now. I completely agree with her and that's why I haven't been able to watch the 2001 version of Fruits Basket. This remake will definitely be easier to watch with that new and modern art style.

All in all, I'm quite excited. Plus, it's getting a full adaptation xD

 
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I can't believe this, it's true a full adaptation of fruits basket!!
And Manaka Iwami as Tohru what a nice 2019 this will be! I am so hyped waiting for the new year 😄
 
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THANK YOUR LOOOOOOORD
I've been dreaming of this since forever!
Never thought it would actually come true. I'm literally more hyped about this than a child on Christmas.
Even if its not perfect, at least it got a second chance, that's amazing!
If it is 1/10 as good as the manga, that's already great.

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....what...?

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Omg one of my childhood anime that got me hooked! So happy about this. The feels is goona be back
 
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More remake always welcome. "The entire story", we'll see.
 
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Oh my goodness! I was not expected this, so excited!
 
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All these old remakes... I'm still waiting on a Slam Dunk remake
You and me both. I’m still excited about this though. News like this gives me hope lol.
 
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"The new anime will adapt the manga series in its entirety."

Wow. That is ... a lot of ground to cover. As somebody else said, I'd be worried it will be 'rushed'.

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This was partly because my Furuba art is old now, pure and simple, and also largely because I was in poor health back then (you can find more details about that in the afterword to the Collector's Edition, if you're curious), so my drawing was awfully shaky.

I had seen her comments about that (I'm currently on vol 10 of the Collector's Edition), and it surprised me because I never noticed a problem.
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Is this real life? Defibitely going to watch, even though I'm not in the target audience anymore...! :D
 
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Is this real or a dream. A full adaptation? I'm crying.
I'm so happy and I still need AnY S2 to happen next.

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I really don't know how to feel about this. I mean i would love more fruits basket, but ........... I'm going to give a small apology here 'cause I am not a fan of the manga. I don't hate it or anything, I just prefer the anime interpretation. So I feel like it will follow the manga, kinda like fma brotherhood, and I don't mind that but there are little things that just wont settle right with me.

Probably the biggest example it the romance aspect. I felt that in the anime Yuki and Tooru had more chemistry, but I know that Kyo & Tooru are the official couple in the manga. I have nothing against Kyo, and if this new adaptation does follow the manga and they get together I will not be mad at all, but I will still prefer Yuki over him. I always hoped that if they continue on with the show they would pair Yuki & Tooru just to differentiate itself from the manga, and give the other side of the shippers their couple. But, again, if they don't I would not be mad (more like 'oh, so sad').

As you can see I'm really on the fence with this. I just don't know what to think about this. However, one thing I know for a fact is that I hope the animation and story are good. The smaller details will work themselves out in time. Let's cross our fingers and hope this will turn out good!
 
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caio_brb said:

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 (you can find more details about that in the afterword to the Collector's Edition, if you're curious), so my drawing was awfully shaky. Because of that, I wanted them to rebuild the art as well.

I understand her feelings, but still sad about redesign.
Love her drawing style of later volumes too.
But it seems to be very painful memories for Takaya-sensei.

Some fans was really horrible…
「描くのをやめてほしい」(I want you to stop drawing),「こんなひどいなら回復してほしくなかった」(If you drawing become so terrible (after recover), It would be better, if you didn't recover at all).【Some messages from fans, from the postscript in the FB Japanese Collector's Edition, Vol.5】
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Now I'm curious how long this will be. Hopefully, not a repeat of TG:re though.
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oh man this is one of the least expected news recently, i dont remember shit about fruits basket but im quite curious how it'll be in a new adaptation and to a full one at that

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>A manga from 1999 getting a remake that will cover the entire series
>in 2018
Nani?

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oh man this is one of the least expected news recently, i dont remember shit about fruits basket but im quite curious how it'll be in a new adaptation and to a full one at that

Same here
 
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I almost had a heart attack when i saw this, i screamed and called my mom over to tell her the news since she watched and enjoyed the original anime with me too!!! I can't believe that after almost 20 years Fruits Basket finally continues, and it will adapt the whole manga to boot!!!! Miracles do happen!!!! Never give up hope for an anime series to get a remake/continuation!!!! I'm hyped for when they will announce the Katekyo Hitman Reborn remake/continuation now too!!!! And Karneval oh my God, and and...!!!!! :D :D :D <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
 
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