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To commemorate the 40th anniversary of mangaka Akimi Yoshida's debut, it has been announced that her manga Banana Fish will get a TV anime broadcasting on Fuji TV's noitaminA timeslot in 2018.

Synopsis
Nature made Ash Lynx beautiful; nurture made him a cold ruthless killer. A runaway brought up as the adopted heir and sex toy of "Papa" Dino Golzine, Ash, now at the rebellious age of seventeen, forsakes the kingdom held out by the devil who raised him. But the hideous secret that drove Ash's older brother mad in Vietnam has suddenly fallen into Papa's insatiably ambitious hands—and it's exactly the wrong time for Eiji Okamura, a pure-hearted young photographer from Japan, to make Ash Lynx's acquaintance... (Source: Viz)

Staff
Director: Hiroko Utsumi (Free!)
Series Composition: Hiroshi Seko (Inuyashiki)
Character Design: Akemi Hayashi (Doukyuusei (Movie))
Studio: MAPPA

Banana Fish ran for 19 volumes in Betsucomi from May 1985 to April 1994. A radio drama adaptation for the manga was released via the NHK-FM show Seishun Adventure in Summer 1994 and Summer 1995. VIZ Media released the manga in English from January 1999 to April 2007. A compiled volume featuring side stories was released in December 1997. A 40th anniversary special book for the mangaka titled Mangaka Hon special Yoshida Akimi will be released this Christmas.

Announcement

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Official site: http://bananafish.tv/
Official Twitter: @bananafish_tv

Source: Comic Natalie

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Oct 22, 2017 8:21 AM

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Ooh, MAPPA adapting more older manga series. Nice.

I haven't read this before but definitely interested to now. Summer 2018 seems likely given their current lineup.
 
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Oct 22, 2017 8:30 AM

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Well at least Noitamina has a decent lineup for 2018, there doesn't seem to be any crap in it. I wonder if this will be two cours long since the manga seems to be long, we know more Kabaneri is coming, but that could be a movie or could get delayed.

Overall, good to see some older classic manga getting proper adaptations, this has a fairly solid staff.
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Oct 22, 2017 8:31 AM

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Well, I never saw that happening. The manga's 32 years old!

Guess you can never give up hope for any series...
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Oct 22, 2017 8:34 AM
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it kinda seems dark,,, i wonder if its really dark
 
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Oct 22, 2017 8:54 AM

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An old classic manga adaptation? Count me in.
 
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Oct 22, 2017 8:54 AM

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Mappa, Free! Director and Doukyuusei Character design. PTW IMMEDIATELY.
 
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Oct 22, 2017 8:54 AM

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Yaoi-Senpai said:
Mappa, Free! Director and Doukyuusei Character design. PTW IMMEDIATELY.
first time.i agree with ur hype


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Oct 22, 2017 8:57 AM

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I love this manga so much... T____T
Can't believe it's getting an anime after all these yearss
Thank you MAPPA!!
 
Oct 22, 2017 9:01 AM
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I've heard great things about this manga and I am excited!

Roy_Mustang93 said:
Looks really boring. Adapt stuff like Grand Blue or Kaguya instead of this old sausage-fest crap!


....you people here never get tired of these kind of comments, do you? :) For every Banana Fish, you have at least 2-3 anime aimed at males, so calm down, OK? :)
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Oct 22, 2017 9:07 AM

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HOLY MOLY WTF I NEVER THOUGHT THE DAY WOULD COME??? TIME TO SEE ASH IN ALL HIS GLORY!!

This manga can actually get pretty dark though, I'm really surprised it's going to get an adaptation!! It sounds like a BL with a dark setting, but it's story and character driven.

I'm conflicted between being estatic af and worried about it being butchered... but MAPPA does great with animation so tbh I think this will be amazing!!!!! (I doubt they'll adapt it all though...)

Nonetheless I hope this gives the manga more attention since it's really difficult to buy in English. If they republish it I can die happy... especially the side-stories you can't find online. (T▽T)
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Oct 22, 2017 9:10 AM
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Even though I haven't been a big fan of MAPPA's work this year, I'm excited to see how this goes. Hopefully they give this the "Ushio to Tora" treatment and maintain the original style of the manga.
 
Oct 22, 2017 9:11 AM

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Mirorin said:


I'm conflicted between being estatic af and worried about it being butchered...


Same. It's one of my favorite manga and I'm afraid they will ruin it. But I'm still excited to watch it.
 
Oct 22, 2017 9:15 AM

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Interesting. This certainly makes me want to buckle down and read the manga before 2018 cause I've heard good things about it.
 
Oct 22, 2017 9:17 AM

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Holy shit I was literally going to read this manga today, but never mind! I'm super hyped for next year, it could possibly be the best year for sequels ever.
 
Oct 22, 2017 9:19 AM
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Banana Fish ?! LOL

anime name is stupid, but the synopsis look interesting
 
Oct 22, 2017 9:26 AM

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This totally made my day! One of my fav' manga.


I hope the manga will get more recognition on MAL now.
But the anime needs to have 26 episodes minimum, the story is too long and complex for being butchered into 12 episodes.
 
Oct 22, 2017 9:26 AM
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Hmm I'm looking into this.

Hopefully it can turn out good because the staff is promising as well as the synopsis.
 
Oct 22, 2017 9:31 AM
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uhh okay that's rather rare for something that old to get an anime nowadays

dunno about the name though

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Oct 22, 2017 9:32 AM
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MAPPA adapting this classic is this real life omg I can't.
BANANA FISH and バナナフィッシュ trending now. So. Much. Hype.
 
Oct 22, 2017 9:45 AM

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Wow. This was pretty unexpected. But great news!
 
Oct 22, 2017 9:57 AM
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Very high expectations on this one.

Free! director is a real pleasant surprise.
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Oct 22, 2017 10:08 AM

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These anime dudes have always had a quality knack for entitling their work with retarded-ass names.
 
Oct 22, 2017 10:11 AM

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Adapting more older manga is a great thing.
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Oct 22, 2017 10:13 AM

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Holy shit i'm dying i'm dying i'm dying i'm dying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhh my palms actually started sweating lmao.

I love Banana Fish so much, I hope it does the manga justice. :s I don't think it will tbh but it doesn't hurt to hope.
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for everyone wondering about the title, it's the name of a drug in the story.
 
Oct 22, 2017 10:24 AM

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Super excited for this. Banana Fish was amazing and was begging for an anime.


 
Oct 22, 2017 10:27 AM

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As for the title of Banana Fish, I believe it's a reference to the 1948 short story by Salinger.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Perfect_Day_for_Bananafish

Oh man, my hopes are really soaring for this adaptation...
The picture and PV, although bare, seems to follow the style for the manga. High hopes.... ahhh.
 
Oct 22, 2017 10:44 AM

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What_year_is_it.jpg

It will be interesting to see nevertheless, I wonder how they'll adapt the character design.
 
Oct 22, 2017 10:46 AM

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Will have to see the number of episodes and duration. I just don't see Banana Fish being good unless it's a full adaptation.
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Oct 22, 2017 10:59 AM

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A dark BL shoujo? Ohh this looks really interesting. Hope it's adapted well as it's a classic in Japan.

I've also noticed that it has the Doukyuusei character designer in it, which opens up some great possibilities about how it's going to look. I am very excited!!
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Oct 22, 2017 11:04 AM

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Full male cast + shoujo
I smell some bl

I'll pass
 
Oct 22, 2017 11:05 AM

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von12 said:
A dark BL shoujo?

tragedydesu said:
Full male cast + shoujo
I smell some bl

I'll pass

It's not a BL, there is no romance at all in that manga.
Although you can see subtexts here and there, since yup, it's full of guys.
 
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lady_freyja said:
von12 said:
A dark BL shoujo?

tragedydesu said:
Full male cast + shoujo
I smell some bl

I'll pass

It's not a BL, there is no romance at all in that manga.
Although you can see subtexts here and there, since yup, it's full of guys.


I know it's not obvious BL, but it has plenty of subtext from what I've seen. I love ambiguous relationships anyway.
 
Oct 22, 2017 11:10 AM

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Okay this is pretty awesome news, and this gives me a slight glimmer of hope that one day, we'll get a Mars adaption.
 
Oct 22, 2017 11:21 AM

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A Banana Fish anime adaption, done by MAPPA? Plus the rest of the staff look real promising too. Am I dreaming? I have such high hopes, please adapt this well!
 
Oct 22, 2017 12:17 PM

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Hongu said:
Fujoshi stuff really isn't my thing so I'll pass. I've heard of this series for a while though, really surprised it's getting an anime.


It's ok if you give it a pass, but just having two male protagonists or a having gay character isn't instantly going to make this "fujoshi stuff". This manga explored gritty issues faced by real people in fairly realistic ways and is actually a compelling drama.
 
Oct 22, 2017 12:18 PM

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This sounds like a Urasawa manga but either way I'm gonna look forward to this a lot

(I heard that it's one of the best shoujo series ever)
 
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tragedydesu said:
Full male cast + shoujo
I smell some bl

I'll pass


Agree. A sausage party is a festival for some fujos. We'll probably get some art about it once it airs so nah.
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Oct 22, 2017 12:22 PM

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UTSUMI-SENSEI omg jesus now I'm excited
 
Oct 22, 2017 12:41 PM

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So, hum... a 20ish tomes completed manga series will get one of its segments adapted into a short TV series for a non-anime addicts broadcast slot?
Half of this news seems great, half of it sounds like a pretty bad omen.

Any reader here to tell me if there is a segment or another in the whole story that could be turned into a standalone story?


@lady_freyja Thank you, I was suspecting this much. To know that even a "digest" version isn't possible to make with this short slot makes the news even more disappointing.
I was stupid to be curious after I saw the announcement happily shared by Araizumi Rui on Twitter. -_-"
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Rei366 said:
Any reader here to tell me if there is a segment or another in the whole story that could be turned into a standalone story?

Not at all.

It's the full story, or nothing (or they stop the story in middle of nowhere).
They can cut some content focused on characterization or dramatization (like the jail-passage, or some flashback) here and there in order to gain some time.
But I don't see how you can turn this series into a 12/13 episode show, it needs to be more. I think 26 is somewhat manageable, maybe. 39 would be the ideal of course, but I doubt we'll get something like that.

Or, they'll do a massive rewriting.
 
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lady_freyja said:
von12 said:
A dark BL shoujo?

tragedydesu said:
Full male cast + shoujo
I smell some bl

I'll pass

It's not a BL, there is no romance at all in that manga.
Although you can see subtexts here and there, since yup, it's full of guys.


Eh (ending spoilers)


This said, the story is not BL and to dismiss everything that features homosexuality as "bait for fujo" is a bit sad, especially when the manga is a famous classic. The manga is probably more gritty and brutal than the average seinen manga.
 
Oct 22, 2017 1:16 PM

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As i saw the news i expected some retarted comments about fujoshi.
Never change MAL.

Anyway good news if it's a faithful adaptation, after Devilman the 2018 looks great.
 
Oct 22, 2017 1:18 PM

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oh shit this is one of my favorite manga and I never in a hundred years would have expected an anime. I wonder if they'll censor anything tho, there some dark shit in this manga.


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Oct 22, 2017 1:19 PM

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Weirdest fucking name for a serious series... But the synopsis sounds awesome... Lets all pray that this won't all go to shit
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Oct 22, 2017 1:38 PM

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Okay so the name and the synopsis are awesome, I'm so in.
 
Oct 22, 2017 1:41 PM

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FUCKING WHAT!? God bless older manga getting adaptions.

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Roy_Mustang93 said:
Looks really boring. Adapt stuff like Grand Blue or Kaguya instead of this old sausage-fest crap!

One has 19 volumes and one just has 38 chapters. Does Grand Blue really fit in with noitaminA anyway? I know they had a few odd titles but still.
 
Oct 22, 2017 2:54 PM

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Roy_Mustang93 said:
Looks really boring. Adapt stuff like Grand Blue or Kaguya instead of this old sausage-fest crap!


I hate to break it to you but Grand Blue will most likely never get an adaptation due to the excessive and under-age drinking. So stop trashing newly announced anime, because it isn’t the adaptation you wanted.

Also Banana Fish was literally one of the mostbreaking and influential mangas at the time within it’s genre.
 
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