It was announced on Friday that Banana Fish manga is inspiring a two-part stage play. This announcement came from a newly opened website for the stage play. The first part is titled Banana Fish – The Stage Zenpen which will run in The Galaxy Theatre in Tokyo from June 10 – 20.
Aslan Jade Callenreese, known as Ash Lynx, was a runaway picked off the streets of New York City and raised by the infamous godfather of the mafia, Dino Golzine. Now 17 years old and the boss of his own gang, Ash begins investigating the mysterious “Banana Fish”—the same two words his older brother, Griffin, has muttered since his return from the Iraq War. However, his inquiries are hindered when Dino sends his men after Ash at an underground bar he uses as a hideout.
At the bar, Skip, Ash’s friend, introduces him to Shunichi Ibe and his assistant, Eiji Okumura, who are Japanese photographers reporting on American street gangs. However, their conversation is interrupted when Shorter Wong, one of Ash’s allies, calls to warn him about Dino. Soon, Dino’s men storm the bar, and in the ensuing chaos kidnap Skip and Eiji. Now, Ash must find a way to rescue them and continue his investigation into Banana Fish, but will his history with the mafia prevent him from succeeding? – MAL
Banana Fish Anime & Manga
The manga was written by Akimi Yoshida and it was serialized in Shogakukan’s Bessatsu Shōjo Comic from May 1985 – April 1994. The manga inspired a 24-episode TV anime which was aired from July 2018 to December 2018. The anime was directed by Hiroki Utsumi and animated by MAPPA. The anime is set-in modern-day New York, instead of 1980s as in the manga. Amazon Prime Video streamed the series with English subtitles.