Crunchyroll has announced plans to release the prequel feature Fruit Baskets -Prelude- in theaters in June and July. The prequel film to the award-winning 2019 anime series premieres outside of Japan for the first time fruit basket is a standalone story that will take fans back before Tohru came into contact with the Soma family. The magical clan has the power to transform into animals of the zodiac when embraced by the opposite sex.
The special event film hits select theaters in the US and Canada on June 25, 28 and 29 with English subtitles and dubbing. Tickets go on sale on Friday June 3rd. The film will also premiere dubbed in the UK on July 20th only, with ticket sales starting on June 24th.
Based on the award-winning shoujo manga fruit basketwritten and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya (phantom dream; twinkling stars; fruit basket Other) and published by Hakusensha from 1998 to 2006, Fruit Basket -Prelude- Directed by Yoshihide Ibata (fruit basket; Attack on Titan: Junior High). Studio animation is provided by TMS Entertainment and 8PAN, known together for producing 2019 fruit basket, Dr. STONE, Bakuon!!, and more.
Here’s the official synopsis of the film: “Before there was Tohru and Kyo – there was Katsuya and Kyoko. Discover the tumultuous beginning of Tohru’s mother’s dark past and the man who breathed new hope into her. Watch the development of their love story and the birth of the Honda family as this chapter completes the full adaptation of Fruits Basket’s heartwarming story.”
Voice cast includes:
Kyoko Honda – Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese voice) and Lydia Mackay (English voice)
Katsuya Honda – Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese voice) and J. Michael Tatum (English voice)
Tohru Honda – Manaka Iwami (Japanese voice) and Laura Bailey (English voice)
Kyo Soma – Yūma Uchida (Japanese voice) and Jerry Jewell (English voice)
Fruit basket – foreplay– Includes a screenplay by Taku Kishimoto (fruit basket; Haikyu!!; 91 days; Turned off), character design by Masaru Shindō (fruit basket; My teen romantic comedy SNAFU), artistic direction by Tamako Kamiyama and music composed by Masaru Yokoyama (fruit basket; Horimiya; Your lie in April). The film’s theme song, “Niji to Kite” (“Rainbow and Kite”), was performed by the Ohashi Trio.
the anime series 2019, fruit basket, is currently available to stream on Crunchyroll.
Watch the trailer with English subtitles:
And here’s the dubbed trailer: