The Fruits Basket -prelude- compilation movie will come out on Blu-ray this June 24 in Japan, and purchasers will get a little something extra: a brand-new manga from creator Natsuki Takaya.
The manga will be short — only eight pages — and Takaya created it specifically to go with the Blu-ray release. This sample page was unveiled:
The movie had its debut in Japanese theaters on February 18. In its first eighteen days out, it raked in 130 million yen (approximately $1.12 million). People lucky enough to see it in theaters during a brief window of time also received their own special new manga from Takaya. That exclusive manga was twice the length of this one, coming in at sixteen pages.
While it’s a compilation film, it also has new parts, including stuff on Tohru’s parents Kyoko and Katsuya.
The movie’s theme song is called “Niji to Kaito” (translated as “Rainbow and Kite”) and is performed by Ōhashi Trio.
The original manga is published in America by Yen Press. Yen Press gave this description of their volumes:
“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!”
Crunchyroll gave this description of the 2019-2021 anime adaptation:
“Tohru Honda thought her life was headed for misfortune when a family tragedy left her living in a tent. When her small home is discovered by the mysterious Soma clan, she suddenly finds herself living with Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Soma. But she quickly learns their family has a bizarre secret of their own: when hugged by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals of the Zodiac!”
Are you interested in seeing the Fruits Basket -prelude- compilation movie? What do you think about it getting a mini manga?
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin. She is also the author of its upcoming sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.