Fruits Basket "Prelude" Movie poster

Fruits Basket “Prelude” Movie: Release Date, Cast & Crew Details!

Fruits Basket is one of the most renowned titles in the anime industry. The series is a huge hit & and has a still dwelling fever among fans. Seeing their favorite anime & manga finish with a good end is something every fan looks forward to, but they also wish that somehow they can get their adored series back to the screens again.

The great thing is that this wish of the fans will soon be fulfilled as Fruits Basket is returning to the screens. However, this time it will be in the form of a movie which is already in production. So, when will the Fruits Basket movie release? Keep on reading to know the answer to this along with the cast and technical team details.

Upcoming Movie & Side Story Special episode Compilation announcement!

On October 29, 2021, the official website of the Fruits BasketTV anime announced a new compilation film titled as “Prelude.” Its first key visual was also released. It was also announced that the movie titled Kyouko to Katsuya no Monogatari (The Story of Kyouko and Katsuya) is going to be part of the upcoming movie too.

Fruits Basket Prelude: Official PV 

The Kyouko to Katsuya no Monogatari side story anime will probably adapt chapters from volume 16 of the original manga, featuring Kyouko Honda and Katsuya Honda & their past life. 

In the trailer, fans can see that it adapts the 93 to 95 chapters of the manga, which features a flashback featuring Kyo. Kyouko is still in High school & Katsuya debut as a trainee teacher. Her personality is quite erratic & short-tempered. She never goes to school and is the gang leader of delinquents. She is always overlooked and abused by her parents, and she hates them too. But everything changes when Kyokou meets Katsuya.

Furthermore, the Fruits Basket Prelude Movie will also be a prequel & summary of all three seasons. The fans will be able to enjoy the entire story again with some new touches.

Staff & Cast

On December 2, the official website of the series released the character design, and the details about the cast have also been revealed. The leading voice actors of the Fruit Baskets Prelude movie are as follows:

  • Miyuki Sawashiro will voice Kyouko 
  • Yoshimasa Hosoya will voice Katsuya
  • Manaka Iwami will voice Tohru Honda
  • Nobunaga Shimazaki will voice Yuki Sohma
  • Yuma Uchida will voice Kyo Souma

On December 15, 2021, the first PV and 2nd Key visual of the movie was released. The staff from the previous installments will return. Original and general supervision will be overlooked by the author Natsuki Takaya herself. The complete technical cast is as below:

  • Directed by:- Yoshihide Ibata
  • Screenplay:- Taku Kishimoto
  • Character Design:- Yu Shindo
  • Costume design:- Minatsu
  • Art director:- Yoko Kamiyama
  • Color design:- Mika Sugawara
  • Cinematographer:- Cai Haku Choi
  • Editing:- Fumi Hida
  • Sound director:- Jin Aketagawa
  • Music:- Masaru Yokoyama
  • Music production:- TMS Music
  • Animation production:- TMS Entertainment
  • Production:- Fruits Basket production committee

Fruits Basket Prelude: Release Date

The creators of the movie have already put the fans at ease by revealing the release date along with the promotional video. Fruits Basket Prelude Movie will premiere in Japan on February 18, 2022.

Manga & Anime

The original Fruits Basket manga was written & illustrated by Natsuki Takaya & published by Hakusensha. It came out on 18th July 1998, and the series continued for eight years. It ended on 20 November 2006, after completing 23 volumes  & 126 chapters.

The series was really popular and got an anime adaptation by Studio Deen. It was directed by Akitaro Daichi & written by Higuchi Tachibana. It premiered on July 5, 2001. Unfortunately, the series ended with just one season and released only 26 episodes, and ended on December 27,  2001.

However, the series managed to acquire some sequel manga named Fruits Basket Another, written & illustrated by Natsuki Takaya, and published by Hakusensha on 4 September 2015 and still ongoing with three volumes completed. Another manga titled Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers Arc was serialized from 20 April 2019 to  5 August 2020.

The series is well received by the fans that it has already sold more than 20 million copies until now all over the world and grabbed many top awards and ranks.

Finally, after long wishes & requests of fans were heard and the series returned with a remake, and a complete anime adaptation was announced by Studio TMS/8PAN. The three seasons consisting of 63 episodes were directed by Yoshihide Ibata & written by Taku Kishimoto, released on 6 April 2019 that ran till 29 June 2021.

The series also managed to get impressive ratings of 9.06 by 124k members on its group and got the rank of #5. It is a really big achievement for the Shoujo series to be in the Top 5 as the industry is generally dominated by the Shonen series.

Season three ended the way every fan wanted, leaving many eyes wet with a good end for Tohru & Souma. She broke the Curse of Souma, & fans bid farewell to the beautiful story where they saw Tohru and Kyo getting married and blessed with three children. 

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