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Manga 'Banana Fish' Receives TV Anime

by tsubasalover
Oct 22, 2017 8:20 AM | 72 Comments
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)

Director: Hiroko Utsumi (Free!)
Series Composition: Hiroshi Seko (Inuyashiki)
Character Designs: 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.


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Official Twitter: @bananafish_tv

Source: Comic Natalie

Banana Fish on MAL

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Never read the manga but the synopsis looked kind of interesting. I'll definitely be on the look out for how this goes. I think working with the original style of the manga like with Ushio no Tora would be best for something like this. Although that being said, I haven't been a fan of MAPPA's works lately so I am not sure if this will fare well.

Dec 10, 2017 10:48 AM by swordhermit

I honestly thought this was a counterpart to Banaya
This definitely looks interesting

Dec 9, 2017 7:33 PM by KnightA

Literally screamed when I saw that Banana Fish was getting an anime adaption.
The manga is soo underrated. Hopefully this garners a lot of attention!

Dec 9, 2017 7:05 PM by mikomu

I really love this manga. It deserves more recognition so I hope it gets a legit adaptation. It needs at least 26 episodes.

Dec 6, 2017 10:20 AM by kirAth-shiAue

I'm very excited for this!! I like the title lol.

Oct 25, 2017 7:28 PM by awal

This was one of the last manga I expected to ever get an anime adaptation, but serious AOTY potential if they don't try and cram the whole story into 12-13 episodes.

I'm worried about the director. This couldn't be more opposite of Kyoto Anime's usual stuff if it tried.

I loved the manga and what MAPPA is doing right now. It's refreshing to see a studio willing to try different things.

Oct 23, 2017 3:22 PM by PaladinAlchemist

Holy shit
Yaoi-Senpai said:
Mappa, Free! Director and Doukyuusei Character design. PTW IMMEDIATELY.
Instant PTW

Oct 23, 2017 12:52 PM by livexevil

Looks interesting. Might give the manga a go.

Oct 23, 2017 12:25 PM by Leo_10

sounds cool. it's been on my to read list for a really really long time, but i never got around to it

Oct 23, 2017 8:56 AM by SkyFullOfStars

wow, that is fantastic)

Oct 23, 2017 7:47 AM by JonesACraig

Synopsis sounds great,looking forward to it.

Oct 23, 2017 6:43 AM by FMmatron

DatRandomDude said:
RnDNEET021 said:
>Director of KyoAni shows

Shitty MOEBLOB confirmed

Flawless logic 11/10

>Human Nature... indeed... :p

Oct 23, 2017 3:40 AM by RnDNEET021

RnDNEET021 said:
>Director of KyoAni shows

Shitty MOEBLOB confirmed

Flawless logic 11/10

Oct 23, 2017 3:05 AM by DatRandomDude

I don't get why people post comments just to give dumb reasons as to why they're not interested. ._.

Never heard of this series before, but it's an older manga and definitely sounds interesting, so I'll check it out. I'm wondering how many episodes though 'cause the manga seems to have some length to it.

Oct 23, 2017 1:31 AM by MyEnglishIsGood

>Director of KyoAni shows

Shitty MOEBLOB confirmed

Oct 22, 2017 9:02 PM by RnDNEET021

worldeditor11 said:
Uhh, isn't the director work specifically for KyoAni production anime? Did she change studio or what?
She only directed Free. Afterwards leaving and becoming a freelancer. Her ties with kyoani is no more.

Would be interesting to see if she brings some visual traits from kyoani into her work at MAPPA

Oct 22, 2017 6:39 PM by moodie

Uhh, isn't the director work specifically for KyoAni production anime? Did she change studio or what?

Oct 22, 2017 6:30 PM by worldeditor11

now i want to watch anime again

Oct 22, 2017 6:01 PM by Ayelise

about time this got adapted and when i was thinking on reading the manga

Oct 22, 2017 4:06 PM by jeffu

Mushoku Tensei adaptation when?

Oct 22, 2017 3:53 PM by Detective1412

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