Streaming giant Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, that the company will distribute the Fruits Basket -prelude- anime film globally in selected theatres in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom from June.
The movie will be screened in both subtitle and dub formats in the United States and Canada on June 25, 28, and 29. The movie will also release in the United Kingdom, with the dubbed version only, on July 20.
Crunchyroll also revealed an English subtitled and dubbed version trailers for the Fruits Basket movie:
The film opened in 25 theatres in Japan on Feb 18, 2022, where the prequel story Fruits Basket -prelude- was released alongside a series digest and the sequel storyline.
The compilation film has grossed over 33 million yen (about US$287,000) in its first two days, selling more than 20,000 tickets. The film topped the mini-theater rankings for the weekend of February 19-20. In its first 18 days in theaters, the film grossed 130 million yen (about $1.12 million).
The film features the Kyōko to Katsuya no Monogatari (Kyoko and Katsuya’s Story), which focuses on Tohru‘s parents Kyoko and Katsuya‘s backstory, and was not adapted for the 2019-2021 series.
The film also includes additional scenes of Tohru’s life with Kyo after the television anime’s plot that was written exclusively for the film by original manga artist Natsuki Takaya.
Fruits Basket is a manga series written and illustrated by author Natsuki Takaya. It tells the story of Tohru Honda, an orphan girl who, after meeting Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Soma, learns about their Zodiac curse and tries to help them break it.
The manga was serialized in the semi-monthly Japanese shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume, published by Hakusensha, from 1998 to 2006.
The original manga was first adapted into a 26-episode anime television series in 2001, by Studio Deen and directed by Akitaro Daichi. A second anime television series adaptation, produced by TMS Entertainment and directed by Yoshihide Ibata, premiered from April 2019, with its first season airing from April to September 2019, its second season airing from April to September 2020, and its third and final season airing from April to June 2021.
The final season of Fruits Basket anime premiered in the Spring 2021 slot. It had a total of 13 episodes. The final season even managed to surpass Attack On Titan in rankings during its run.