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.
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)
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.
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