Old and new fans of Fruits Basket are excited for the new anime series which is slated to be released in 2019. The former voice actor of Kyo Sohma, Tomokazu Seki, expressed on Twitter that he approves of the new anime’s voice cast.
— 関智一 （チーフ・らぼったー） (@seki0908) November 19, 2018
Below is the translation of the tweet:
“A Furuba remake has been announced! I’m looking forward to the new Furuba! This title has continued to receive love over time. I felt its power then and I can feel it now! I put my all into this title back then, and I’m cheering for it now, waiting to see how it will be reborn!”
The new voice actor of Yuki Sohma, Nobunaga Shimazaki replied to his tweet saying: “Seki-san…! Thank you so much! I’ll give it my all!” Seki enthusiastically replied, “Yay! I’m looking forward to a cast that I can trust! Have fun playing [Yuki]!”
The reason for the new staff and voice cast for this new anime adaptation was during to the request of the Fruits Basket manga creator Natsuki Takaya. She told the producers, “Please rebuild the Furuba world from scratch, with new everything.”
The new anime adaptation will cover the full story of the entire manga series. TMS Entertainment (who are known for Haikyu!!, Silver Spoon, and Hanebad!) will be doing the animation and directed by Yoshihide Ibata (FLCL Progressive).
Manaka Iwami (Maquia in Mari Okada’s Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms) will be voicing the girl protagonist Tohru Honda, Nobunaga Shimazaki (Mugi in Scum’s Wish) as Yuki Sohma, Yuma Uchida (Ein Dalton in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) as Kyo Sohma, and Yuichi Nakamura (Gray Fullbuster in Fairy Tail) as Shigure Sohma.
Fruits Basket (also known as Furuba) is a popular fantasy and romance manga series created by Natsuki Takaya. The series was serialized in Hana to Yume magazine from 1998 until 2006 and was compiled into 23 volumes. Its massive popularity expanded into a 26-episode anime adaptation that originally aired from July to December 2001.
The series centres on Tohru Honda who forced to move out after her mother died in a car crash and her other family members were completely unsupportive. Nowhere to go, she decided to live independently and live in a tent. She then ends up living in the Sohma residence. This is where she finds out that her popular classmate Yuki, his cousin Shigure, and the Sohmas living in the household a secret that they turn into animals (based on their Chinese zodiac) when they are touched by the opposite sex.