Funimation have announced the first cast member for the new adaptation of Fruits Basket - the original English voice of Tohru Honda, Laura Bailey herself, making her grand return to anime dubs. Funimation also released a quick interview with her, offering her thoughts.
- How does it feel to be returning to Fruits Basket?
Honestly, it doesn't feel real yet! We've talked about returning to these characters for so long that I began to believe it was never going to happen. But even this long after, Tohru is still one of the most memorable and beautiful characters I've voiced. Coming back to her feels a bit like returning home.
- What has changed for you over the years since Fruits Basket was first released?
Oh man, what hasn't? I moved away from home, got married
, and had a beautiful baby boy. But after an additional 15 years in this industry, I still love what I'm doing. I still can't believe I get to play make believe for a living.
- What is your zodiac animal and what would you want it to be?
I'm a Rooster! Though if I had to choose one to be, I'd probably go with the Dragon.
- Do you have a message for Fruits Basket fans?
Just a big thank you for all the love through these years! I was blown away with the amount of messages I received asking if I would return when this new show was announced. So thank you to those who were with us the first time around and hello to a brand new generation of rice balls. I can't wait to share Fruits Basket with all of you!
This news is hot off yesterday's announcement that Laura, along with Troy Baker and Michelle Ruff would all be returning for Catherine: Full Body, the enhanced version of the 2011 original.
Fruits Basket premieres in April 2019. Namco Bandai were not available for comment.