Seriously, this is one to keep an eye on.

earlier today, the official Banana Fish anime website updated with the show’s cast, as well as a key visual and trailer. We break the details down below.


The minute-long trailer features a brief glimpse of the show in action, hinting at the greater plot points within the title as an instrumental piece plays as background music.

Key Visual

The image features lead characters Ash Lynx and Eiji Okumura set in cutaway boxes. Both characters are set in vastly different settings, with Ash being in a dark alley, as Eiji stands in a well-lit building.


The series will star the following:

  • Ash Lynx: Yuma Uchida
  • Eiji Okumura: Kenji Nojima
  • Dino Golzine: Unshou Ishizuka
  • Max Lobo: Hiroaki Hirata

Visuals for the main cast were also revealed, which you can check out below:

Banana Fish will air in July 2018 on Fuji TV’s NoitaminA block. Just as a reminder, Amazon currently holds the exclusive digital rights to all NoitaminA titles for the forseeable future.

The title will be directed by Hiroko Utsumi (Free!) at MAPPA, with Akemi Hayashi (Fruits Basket, Peacemaker) providing character designs. Hiroshi Seko (Inuyashiki Last Hero, Ajin: Demi-Human) is in charge of series composition for the project.

Akimi Yoshida’s Banana Fish manga launchd in the pages of Shogakukan’s Bessatsu Shōjo Comic magazine in 1985. The series, which ran through 1994, spanned 19 volumes in Japan. Despite its long run and relative popularity, the series never received an anime adaptation. Rather, it inspired numeorus stage plays.

Viz Media held the rights to the Banana Fish manga, which they first distributed in their (now defunct) Pulp magazine. They describe the series as:

Vice City: New York in the 80s… Nature made Ash Lynx beautiful; nurture made him a cold ruthless killer. A child runaway brought up as the adopted heir, hatchet man, and sex toy of “Papa” Dino Golzine, the East Coast’s Corsican crime lord, Ash is now at the rebellious age of seventeen – forsaking the kingdom of power and riches held out by the devil who raised him, preferring a code he can live with among a small but loyal gang of street thugs. But his “Papa” can’t simply let him go – not when the hideous secret that drove Ash’s older brother mad in Vietnam has suddenly fallen into his insatiably ambitious hands.

Source: Comic Natalie