On Friday, the production team behind the stage adaptation of Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket manga announced exciting news. They unveiled plans for a second stage play titled “Fruits Basket 2nd Season,” set to grace the Tokyo stage from October 6-15. Alongside this announcement, they also introduced the talented main cast and treated fans to a captivating teaser video, heightening anticipation for the upcoming production.
The highly anticipated new stage play features a returning cast, along with some exciting additions:
Sho Ayanagi takes on the role of Akito Sohma, Iori Noguchi portrays Isuzu Sohma, Daiki Miyoshi embodies Kureno Sohma, Masatoshi Shin portrays Kakeru Manabe, and Marina Horiuchi steps into the shoes of Machi Kuragi.
The inaugural stage play, written by Nobuhiro Mōri and produced by executive producer Tarō Hasegawa, ran from March 4 to 13 at the prestigious Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall in Tokyo. On March 12, Avex Pictures streamed the play worldwide, while a version with English subtitles was made available on March 24.
The original play featured a talented cast including:
- Ayano-Christie Yoshida as the lovable Tohru Honda
- Naoya Kitagawa as the enigmatic Yuki Sohma
- Shōhei Hashimoto as the fiery Kyo Sohma
- Hiroki Nakada as the flamboyant Ayame Sohma
- Shōgo Tamura as the strong-willed Hatsuharu Sohma
- Ruito Koga as the adorable Momiji Sohma
- Yūna Sekine as the passionate Kagura Sohma
- Yūto Adachi as the eccentric Ritsu Sohma
- Chisato Minami as the loyal Arisa Uotani
- Yukari Nakamura as the mysterious Saki Hanajima
- Yuria Haga as the unforgettable Kyōko Honda
- Seiya Inagaki as the wise Kazuma Sohma
- Yū Imari as the composed Hatori Sohma
- and Yūya Asato as the charismatic Shigure Sohma
The manga that inspired this enchanting production originally ran in Hakusensha’s Hana to Yume magazine from 1998 to 2006. Tokyopop published the English version of the manga between 2004 and 2009, while Yen Press re-released the manga in 12 updated omnibus volumes starting in June 2016.
Furthermore, the beloved Fruits Basket franchise has seen tremendous success, including a 26-episode series in 2001 and a three-season reboot anime that aired from 2019 to 2021. Additionally, fans were treated to a compilation film titled Fruits Basket -prelude-, which premiered in Japan on February 18, further solidifying the series’ enduring popularity.
Source | Comic Natalie