The new anime adaptation of the Banana Fish manga from Akimi Yoshida kicked off on July 5th, 2018 to celebrate Yoshida’s 40th-anniversary debut of the work. The series is part of the noitaminA block on Fuji TV in July on Amazon Video worldwide where it’ll run for two-cour and the official site has now updated a preview of the twenty-third episode that arrives on December 13th, 2018. The show has set Hiroko Utsumi to direct based on the series composition by Hiroshi Seko. Akemi Hayashi is on board with the character designs and MAPPA will be animating it.
The Japanese cast includes Yūma Uchida as Ash Lynx, Kenji Nojima as Eiji Okumura, Unshō Ishizuka as Dino Golzine, Hiroaki Hirata as Max Lobo, Makoto Furukawa as Shorter Wong, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Frederick Arthur, Shinji Kawada as Shunichi Ibe, Jun Fukuyama as Jusis, and Toshiyuki Morikawa as Blanca.
The work, which was released by Viz Media in North America, began in 1985 and ran for nineteen volumes through 1994 in Betsucomi.
Plot Concept: 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…