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Fruits Basket: Prelude movie gets new official trailer, release date and more

A younger Kyoko with Honda Katsuya in Fruits Basket: Prelude (Image via TMS Entertainment)
A younger Kyoko with Honda Katsuya in Fruits Basket: Prelude (Image via TMS Entertainment)
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Fruits Basket is getting a new movie in 2022 and fans are excited. The 2019 anime adaptation of the manga stole people’s hearts, with its third and final season airing in 2021. Now, adding finishing touches to this beloved series, TMS Entertainment is bringing fans a prequel movie focusing on the love story of Honda Tohru’s parents, Kyoko and Katsuya. The initial teaser for the movie was released on December 15, 2021.

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Warning: Spoilers for the Fruits Basket anime ahead.


Fruits Basket: Prelude official trailer and plot

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The official trailer for Fruits Basket: Prelude features Kyoko narrating the story of how she met Katsuya for the first time. A lonely teenage delinquent with no healthy coping mechanism, Kyoko’s directionless rage finally found escape in Katsuya, who was a teacher at her school.

The age difference between the two characters is slightly controversial, but that does little to stifle the story itself. The trailer suggests that the movie will likely also cover the event of Katsuya’s death and how that affected Kyoko and Tohru’s lives.

It has also been confirmed that more original content by mangaka Takaya Natsuki will appear in the movie, describing Tohru and Kyo’s lives after the timeline of the third season of the Fruits Basket anime. The trailer also included recaps of Kyo’s guilt over Kyoko’s death, and the movie might give viewers a more in-depth exploration of both Kyo and Tohru letting go of the past.


Confirmed cast

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The voice of Honda Kyoko is being reprised by Sawashiro Miyuki, who is currently also voicing the demon Daki in Demon Slayer Entertainment District arc. Sawashiro has also voiced iconic characters such as Kurapika in Hunter x Hunter, Bishamon in Noragami and Raiden Shogun in Genshin Impact.

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Honda Katsuya is being voiced by Hosoya Yoshimasa, who is famous for his extensive filmography, among which notable roles include Reiner Braun in Attack on Titan, Kunikida Doppo in Bungou Stray Dogs, and Azumane Asahi in Haikyuu!!

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Soma Kyo will once more be voiced by Uchida Yuuma, the voice for Fushiguro Megumi in Jujutsu Kaisen, Ash Lynx in Banana Fish and Kawaki in Boruto, while Iwami Manaka will be reappearing as Honda Tohru.

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Release Date and where to watch

The prequel movie is slated to premiere in Japan on February 18, 2022. While all three seasons of the 2019 Fruits Basket anime are available for streaming on both Crunchyroll and Funimation, there has been no official confirmation regarding the movie’s worldwide release or availability on streaming platforms.


About the Fruits Basket series

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The story revolves around Honda Tohru after she stumbles upon a house nestled in the hilly forest and its inhabitants, who happen to be members of the Soma family. Beginning with her mysterious and popular classmate Soma Yuki, Tohru slowly gets acquainted with the other Soma cousins.

Along with them comes their family curse, where they are all born with the twelve Chinese zodiac animal spirits, and bound to their clan head, Soma Akito. As Tohru grows closer to the Somas, and her feelings for Kyo grow as well, she is determined to break the curse that shackles them all.


Edited by Mason J. Schneider
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