There is little doubt that fans have always wanted to see what would happen to Tohru Honda and Kyo Soma after Fruits Basket concluded in the third season. So it's no surprise that the compilation film Fruits Basket Prelude and its special episodes has already earned over 33 million yen just two days after its theatrical release. The feat is made even more astounding considering that the movie was screened in a limited number of cinemas!
According to Mantan Web, Fruits Basket Prelude has brought in over 33 million yen (approximately US$287,000) in the first two days of its theatrical release on February 18, 2022. The omnibus feature sold 20,000 tickets which is an impressive feat considering that it is only screening in 25 theaters in Japan.
The compilation film actually recaps the 2019 anime series. The omnibus also includes a prequel episode titled Kyоko to Katsuya no Monogatari, which focuses on Tohru's parents. In addition to that, Natsuki Takaya penned the epilogue episode which follows Tohru and Kyo after the events in the show.
Takaya's Fruits Basket has been adapted in two different animes. The first one aired back in 2001 while the latter one was produced by TMS Entertainment and premiered in 2019. Takaya had requested a new cast and crew to work on the second anime which would last for three seasons.
Fruits Basket follows Tohru Honda who is left homeless by a family tragedy and is invited to live with the mysterious Soma clan which includes Yuki, Kyo and Shigure Soma. Soon, Tohru discovers the men's bizarre secret: when a member of the opposite sex hugs them, they turn into the animals of the Zodiac!
Fruits Basket: Prelude is now screening in theaters in Japan. The omnibus feature has also been released on Blu-ray on the same day.