Crunchyroll to Release Fruits Basket -prelude- in Theaters This Summer [UPDATED]

Select screenings to release in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom


Update 6/30: Ticket sales are now live for the UK!


Crunchyroll is announcing today that Fruits Basket -prelude- is coming to theaters soon, as it marks the official conclusion of Tohru Honda's story. The special event film will be distributed by Crunchyroll, with select movie theaters in the United States and Canada airing the movie in both subtitle and dub formats on June 25, 28 and 29. The film will also release in the United Kingdom, with the dubbed version only, on July 20.


English subtitled trailer


English dub trailer


Key Art

Fruits Basket -prelude-


Based on the original Fruits Basket manga written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya,  Fruits Basket -prelude- is directed by Yoshihide Ibata (2019 Fruits Basket series director), screenplay by Taku Kishimoto (2019 Fruits Basket series composition), character design by Masaru Shindo (2019 Fruits Basket series character design), with animation production by TMS Entertainment and 8PAN. The movie's theme song "Niji to Kite" (Rainbow and Kite) is performed by Ohashi Trio.


The 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)


The prequel film is described as such:


Before there was Tohru and Kyo – there was Katsuya and Kyoko. Discover the turbulent beginning of Tohru’s mom’s dark past, and the man who breathed new hope into her. Watch the evolution of their love story and the birth of the Honda family, as this chapter completes the full adaptation of the heartwarming Fruits Basket story. 



Kyle Cardine is a Managing Editor for Crunchyroll. You can find his Twitter here.

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