On Wednesday, the official website for two-part Banana Fish Stage Play revealed additional cast members and visual for the second part.
The first stage play was held at Tokyo at The Galaxy Theatre from June 10-20. The second stage play will be held at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel’s Stella Ball from January 20 to February 6, 2022.
The new cast members are:
1. Ray Fujita as Blanca
2. Masashi Taniguchi as Eduardo L. Fox
|Ash Lynx||Kenta Mizue|
|Eiji Okamura||Kurumu Okamiya|
|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|
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.
Banana Fish stage play follows the same story as the manga. Viz Media published the manga in English for North America and it describes the story:
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.
It’s exactly the wrong time for Eiji Okamura, a pure-hearted young photographer from Japan, to arrive in NYC and make Ash Lynx’s acquaintance… and fall with him into the bloody whirlpool of pride, greed, lust and wrath unleashed by the enigma code-named Banana Fish…