When I first saw this news on my Facebook news feed, I was seriously thinking; “OMG, OMG, OMG”. Asides from Sailor Moon, “Fruits Basket” was my other favorite Anime series. As lame as this sounds it made me all gooey inside thinking of all the romance and the cute Anime boys in it. What a classic! So you can imagine my reactions when I read it would be making a comeback with a series remake in 2019! You know I will be there waiting to check out this new series remake when it gets released.
Series creator Natsuki Takaya offered her comments on her excitement for this remake in a press release announcing Funimation’s licensing of the remake. Here it is (via Comicbook website):
When describing how she felt when originally approached about the project, she had a bit of hesitation “…to be perfectly frank, my reaction was, ‘What?!’ As for the reason why,…[it] goes back to when I reached my 20th year as a professional artist. To commemorate that anniversary, a team made a voice comic DVD of Fruits Basket’s final chapter…with that voice comic I thought I’d finally found closure, and brought down the curtain on that chapter of my life. My heart was full of all sorts of emotions.”
Emphasizing no negative feelings about the project, Takaya mainly felt hesitation about opening back up a series that she had closed. So making a few requests such as hiring an entirely new team, making art that doesn’t resemble her series because her style is (as Takaya puts it) “is old now, pure and simple, and also largely because I was in poor health back then, so [her] drawing was awfully shaky.”
Takaya mentions how much the staff allowed her input in the process, and even making decisions (and is even credited as the series’ Executive Supervisor). As for the final series, Takaya wishes them all the luck, while asking the staff are respectful to the original work, “I wish for them to maintain their respect for the previous work, while on top of that creating the kind of work that will newly touch as many people as possible. I’ll be a viewer just like the rest of you when the broadcast begins, and I’m looking forward to it.”
Scheduled for a release in 2019, the series will feature an all-new staff and cast. With executive supervision from series creator Natsuki Takaya, the new series will adapt the original manga more closely. Directed by Yoshihide Ibata for TMS Entertainment, the series will feature Taku Kishimoto as series writer, and Masaru Shindo as character designer as well.
I remember when I first watched it a year after it was released ( in 1999) as an impressionable 16 year old looking for love and living in the world of anime drawn handsome men of “Fruits Basket”…. can’t wait to watch the remake which will take me back to those impressionable teenage years!
To read the original article, please click on: ‘Fruits Basket’ Creator Comments on New Anime