Banana Fish stage play was announced on March 19, 2021. This announcement came from the stage play’s recently launched website. The first installment, titled Banana Fish – The Stage Zenpen, will run from June 10 to 20 at Tokyo’s The Galaxy Theatre. Just two cast members were announced in the announcement: Kenta Mizue as Ash Lynx and Kurumu Okamiya as Eiji Okamura. On April 9, the play’s official website announced 7 more cast members.
|Max Lobo||Asahi Uchida|
|Shunichi Ibe||Masanori Tomita|
|Frederick Arthur||Yūki Saotome|
|Sin Su Rin||Taizo Shiina|
|Lee Yut Lung||Hiroki Sana|
|Dino Golzine||Shōichirō Akaboshi|
|Shorter Wong||Yūsaku Kawasaki|
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.