Fruits Basket to Release New Manga Alongside Anime Movie

A new Fruits Basket manga epilogue will be given out to theater-goers who see the series' new movie.


As revealed on the series' official website, the new manga chapter will be written and drawn by Natsuki Takaya, the series' creator. The 16-page manga will be part of a 20-page booklet that will be given out for free to fans who see the Fruits Basket -Prelude- compilation movie. The manga will feature the same epilogue scenes that will be seen in the movie, which showcase more of Kyo and Tohru's relationship following the conclusion of the main series. A trailer for the animated version of these new scenes was released on Jan 18.

In addition to the new content set after the series, the movie will also feature the first animated adaptation of the backstory to Tohru's parents, Kyoko and Katsuya Honda. The prequel story will show how the couple met and fell in love. While there appears to be a fair bit of new content in the film, the compilation movie will mostly be a retelling of the events of the 2019 anime reboot. The cast and crew from that series will all reprise their roles for the movie. The movie will premiere in Japanese theaters on Feb. 18, and will also be given a simultaneous home video release on DVD and Blu-ray in the region on the same day. An international release for the movie has yet to be announced.

Fruits Basket was first published in 1998. The series tells the story of Tohru Honda, a recently orphaned but nonetheless cheerful girl who gets taken in by the mysterious Sohma family, which includes the most popular boy at her school, Yuki, and his relative, the brash martial artist Kyo. Tohru quickly discovers the Sohma family's bizarre secret: when they feel weak or are embraced by a member of a different gender, they transform into one of the animals from the Chinese Zodiac.

Takaya's manga was first adapted into a 26-episode anime series in 2001 by Studio DEEN. While this anime series was popular in its time, it featured numerous changes and cuts from the original source material, which has caused Takaya to publicly state her disapproval and disappointment with it. A rebooted anime series, this time handled by animation studio TMS, began airing in 2019. While this version still featured some differences from Takaya's original manga, the reboot aimed to be a more faithful adaptation and was generally well-received by both critics and viewers alike. The series is now available for streaming on Crunchyroll, Funimation and Hulu.

Source: Fruits Basket official website

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