Character Kazuma Soma debuts in episode 23 on September 6
The official website for the new anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga revealed on Tuesday that Toshiyuki Morikawa will play Kazuma Soma. The character will debut in episode 23 of the anime on September 6.
The anime premiered in Japan on April 5, and the show's "Season 1" will have a total of 25 episodes. Funimation and Crunchyroll are streaming the anime as it airs. Funimation has also licensed the home video rights. Crunchyroll describes the anime's story:
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!
The new anime has an entirely new Japanese cast and staff, as per Takaya's request. The anime will cover the entire manga's story.
Yoshihide Ibata (Pikaia!!, FLCL Progressive) is directing the anime at TMS Entertainment. Taku Kishimoto (Silver Spoon, Haikyu!!, 91 Days, Hanebad!) is in charge of series composition. Masaru Shindō (Macross Delta, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) is drawing the character designs. Takaya herself is serving as executive supervisor.
Ai Ohtsuka is performeing the show's new opening theme song "Chime," and INTERSECTION is performing the new ending theme song "One Step Closer." Beverly performed the first opening theme song "Again," and Vickeblanka performed the first ending theme song "Lucky Ending."