Last year singer Ai Otsuka celebrated her 15th anniversary, and recently just finished a Japanese tour in support of her “Ai am BEST, too” compilation album. It has been announced that her song “Chime” was chosen as the theme song for the 2019 reboot of the Fruits Basket anime series.
The new Fruits Basket debuted on July 5th in Japan, and on the same day “Chime” was made available on various digital and streaming platforms.
Otsuka created the up-tempo “Chime” to represent the ringing sound of a new beginning for girls who, like the characters in the anime, want to change but can’t quite take the first step.
She performed live for the song live for the very first time at the Japan Expo 2019 held in Paris, France. Check out “Chime” below!
The remake of the Fruits Basket anime with new staff and cast began in April. Originally written by Natsuki Takaya, Fruits Basket is a “girls manga” which was serialized from 1998 to 2006 in the magazine Hana to Yume (Hakusensha), with more than 30 million copies of the series printed worldwide.
In 2001, it was animated for TV on TV Tokyo (26 episodes) and later adapted for a live stage production in 2009. Fruits Basket has gained overwhelming support over a wide audience, mainly female, and is still very popular 10 years since the last episode of serialization.