According to a recent announcement, US anime distributor Funimation is working on a new animated Fruits Basket series, with original creator Natsui Takaya attached as executive producer. The new series is slated for a 2019 debut via TV Tokyo. Funimation has licensed the series for streaming on the FunimationNow platform. As expected, they have also secured the home video rights.
Fruits Basket revolves around high school student Tohru Honda, who lives alone in a tent after she lost her mother. Tohru eventually ended up living with Yuki and Kyo Sohma, because her tent is on part of the distinguished Sohma family estate. Yuki soon finds out that the Sohma family is bound for centuries by a horrible curse.
For the uninitiated, the first Fruits Basket anime series debuted in TV Tokyo last 2001, consisting of 26 episodes. It was picked up for an English-language dub by Funimation, which subsequently released the series for both home video and digital streaming. The manga’s serialization has already ended, but is still very popular to this day.
“First of all, I’d like to offer my sincere congratulations to the staff for bringing us to this announcement day,” says series creator Takaya. “I may be the manga author, but at the same time, I’m only the manga author. So I think this announcement is a long-awaited recognition of the efforts of all of those directly involved in the anime’s production, and that’s a relief to me.”