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Classic Manga Banana Fish Gets Anime Series from Free! Director Hiroko Utsumi

Banana Fish Gets Anime

Banana Fish, the classic shojo manga from Akimi Yoshida, will be adapted into an anime series, it was reported today.

The series, set to air on Fuji TV’s Noitamina block in 2018, will be directed by Hiroko Utsumi (Free!).

Banana Fish ran in Bessatsu Shojo Comic from 1985 to 1994, and took place in the New York of the 1980s. Viz Media, who released the manga in the U.S., describes the first volume:

New York City, 1985. A dying man leaves gay gang leader Ash Lynx a strange drug, the key to something called “Banana Fish”. The mysterious potion will lead Ash to a disturbed Vietnam vet who remembers a massacre — and into brutal battle with the mafia over control of the drug.

Originally running in America in the pages of legendary magazine Pulp, Banana Fish was a girls’ manga “a red-blooded Japanese male adult could admit to reading without blushing,” wrote manga expert Frederick Schodt.

The anime series, which will mark Akimi Yoshida’s 40th year in the manga industry, will be produced at MAPPA.

Source: Comic Natalie

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.