Fruits Basket: Prelude anime film has earned over 33 million yen (~US$287 000) on the first two days of the showing. The movie started screening on February 18, 2022, in 25 Japanese theatres.
Fruits Basket: Prelude is a prequel movie to the Fruits Basket original series. The story revolves around Tohru’s parents, Katsuy (C.V. Yoshimasa Hosoya), and Kyoko (C.V. Miyuki Sawahiro). The film also contains an epilogue, which is set after the events of the main series. TMS Entertainment (Rent a Girlfriend) animated the show, while Yoshihide Ibata directed it.
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Fruits Basket had 2 anime adaptations. Studio Deen animated the first one in 2001 under director Akitaro Daichi, and it had a total of 26 episodes. However, it didn’t adapt the full story of the manga series. The second adaptation aired from 2019 to 2021 and had a total of 63 episodes (3 seasons). TMS Entertainment and director Ibata are also the ones who worked on the recent adaptation.
The series is based on Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket manga series. Hakusensha serialized the series from 1998 to 2006, and it has a total of 23 volumes. The same publisher also published a manga sequel with the title Fruits Basket Another, and a side story titled Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers Arc.
Yen Press is also publishing the Fruits Basket manga series in English:
After a family tragedy turns her life upside down, plucky high schooler Tohru Honda takes matters into her own hands and moves out…into a tent! Unfortunately for her, she pitches her new home on private land belonging to the mysterious Sohma clan, and it isn’t long before the owners discover her secret. But, as Tohru quickly finds out when the family offers to take her in, the Sohmas have a secret of their own–when touched by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals of the Chinese Zodiac!
A perennial favorite of fans and librarians alike, Natsuki Takaya’s beloved bestselling Fruits Basket series returns to print in gorgeous deluxe English-language omnibus editions with beautiful full-color illustrations that are not to be missed!Yen Press
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