FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will stream a new television anime adaptation for Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket manga. FUNimation stated the anime will air in Japan on TV Tokyo in 2019, and the company will stream the anime on FunimationNow. FUNimation also confirmed it has licensed the home video rights. The company also confirmed the new anime will cover the entire manga’s story.
The new anime will have an entirely new cast and staff.
Yoshihide Ibata is directing the anime at TMS Entertainment. Taku Kishimoto is in charge of series composition. Masaru Shindou is drawing the character designs. Takaya herself is serving as executive supervisor.
The new cast includes:
- Manaka Iwami is Tohru Honda
- Nobunaga Shimazaki is Yuki Sohma
- Yūma Uchida is Kyo Sohma
- Yūichi Nakamura is Shigure Sohma
FUNimation also released a full comment from Takaya, and this is an excerpt from her statement:
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.