Now with 80% less ’80s charm… but that’s okay!
Earlier today, the official Banana Fish anime website updated with a new teaser trailer. The 106-second promo offers a look at the show in action, as a dialogue by the major cast members sets the main story beats.
Banana Fish hits Fuji TV’s NoitaminA block on July 5 at 24:55 (4/6/2018 at 12:55AM). As a reminder, Amazon currently holds the exclusive digital rights to all NoitaminA titles for the foreseeable 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.
The confirmed voice cast includes:
- Ash Lynx: Yuma Uchida
- Eiji Okumura: Kenji Nojima
- Dino Golzine: Unshou Ishizuka
- Max Lobo: Hiroaki Hirata
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 numerous 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: Twitter (bananafish_tv)