To celebrate Akimi Yoshida’s 40th anniversary as a manga author, her classic work Banana Fish will get an anime adaptation.
Classic Shoujo Manga Banana Fish to Get Anime Adaptation
The anime project has now released its first details. The anime will be airing in Fuji TV’s famed Noitanima slot, and it is also scheduled to be available on Amazon Prime Video worldwide and in Japan.
We have a first key visual and a trailer which introduces us to the two handsome main characters!
Yuma Uchida has been announced to voice Ash Lynx, and Eiji Okumura will be voiced by Kenji Nojima. Max Lobo will be voiced by Hiroaki Hirata and Dino Golzine by Unsho Ishizuka. We also have comments from the main cast.
Comment from Yuma Uchida
‘I read the manga and was fascinated by the story. I am happy because I wanted to follow the life of Ash, but at the same time, I am nervous. I will properly cherish every word I say as Ash. Please watch Banana Fish!
Comment from Kenji Nojima
‘I feel the heavy responsibility of this series resting on my shoulders since it has been popular for such a long time and still is. I sometimes heard it being referred to as a legend. We will do our best to fulfil the expectations of the fans and emphasize the unique charm of the series by working with great care. Please support this series!’
Comment from Hiroaki Hirata
‘Banana Fish has been very popular ever since the manga started serialization and I am very honored to become a part of this new Noitanima series, and at the same time, I will work hard to fulfill the expectations of the fans. Look forward to it!’
Comment from Unsho Ishizuka
‘Just from the title, Banana Fish, we can guess that it is a great story. My character happens to be the boss of an Italian family called Golzine and is a big wall in the way of the main character. However, the highly interesting thing is that he is not just a regular obstacle for Ash, but he loves Ash. Instead of love, it’s hatred; instead of normal hatred, it is passionate hate. That is the Golzine that stands in his way. Instead of an anime, this feels more like a foreign movie with the tone it sets. The series works well for adults with its very sturdy build, so look forward to it! I am also a very stubborn old man.’
Summer 2018 | Anime Info Page
New York. Ash is a guy with outstanding appearance and fighting abilities. The young gang-leader hears the mysterious words ‘Banana Fish’ muttered from one of his men just as he dies. During that time, he also meets the Japanese boy Eiji Okumura, who came to New York as the assistant of a photographer. The two of them start to search for the truth behind the words ‘Banana Fish’…
Ash Lynx: Yuma Uchida
Eiji Okumura: Kenji Nojima
Max Lobo: Hiroaki Hirata
Dino Golzine: Unsho Ishizuka
Original Work: Akimi Yoshida
Director: Hiroko Utsumi
Series Composition: Hiroshi Seko
Character Design: Akemi Hayashi
Animation Production: MAPPA
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