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Banana Fish: anime unveils trailer, opening theme, release date and additional cast

The official website of the animated television adaptation of the manga Banana Fish by Akimi Yoshida has revealed that the first episode of the anime will premiere on July 5 at midnight on Amazon Prime Video, debuting an hour later on Fuji TV's Noitamina block. The rest of episodes will be able to be seen in Amazon Prime Video after its broadcast via Fuji TV. Recall that its online broadcast will be an exclusive Amazon Prime Video both inside and outside of Japan.

The anime will have a duration of 24 episodes and will adapt the manga in its entirety, the only change being to transfer its history to the current New York, leaving aside the eighties setting of the original work.

The same website announces that the band Survive Said The Prophet will be in charge of the opening with the song "found & lost", which we can listen to in a new trailer.

The newly-announced cast includes:

Makoto Furukawa as Shorter Wong

Yoshimasa Hosoya as Frederick Arthur

Shinji Kawada as Shunichi Ibe

In addition, Jun Fukuyama will play Jusis and Toshiyuki Morikawa will play Blanca.

They are added to the cast previously announced:

Yūma Uchida as Ash Lynx

Kenji Nojima as Eiji Okumura

Unshō Ishizuka as Dino Golzine

Hiroaki Hirata as Max Lobo

Hiroko Utsumi (Free!) Will direct the anime under the MAPPA animation studio, being Hiroshi Seko (Ajin, Mob Psycho 100) who will be in charge of the scripts. Akemi Hayashi (Fruit Basket, Peacemaker) will be responsible for the character designs. Shinichi Osawa (Ninja Slayer From Animation) is the musical composer, while Akitsugu Hisagi (key animator in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG, Sakamichi no Apollon) is the project supervisor.

Other members of the team will be:

Direction of animation: Ayumi Yamada, Shinpei Kamada
Sound management: Yo Yamada
Color design: Chikako Kamata
Artistic direction: Toshiharu Mizutani
Direction of photography: Yusuke Tannawa
Edition: Hiroshi Okuda

The story of the original manga takes us to the New York of the 80s, where Ash Lynx is an attractive young man who has become a murderous murderer over time. As a child he ran away from home and ended up being adopted heir, right hand and sex toy of "Papa" Dino Golzine, the crime lord of the east coast of Corsica. Ash is now 17 years old and looks with disdain on the crime empire of his evil adoptive father and prefers to be freer with a small but loyal group of thugs in the streets. But "Papa" is not willing to let him go like that, especially when he has just discovered the secret that made Ash's older brother in Vietnam crazy.
Eiji Okamura is a young Japanese photographer who arrives in New York and befriends Ash Lynx at the worst possible moment, falling with him in the spiral of violence, pride, greed, lust and anger unleashed by the enigmatic code known as Banana Fish ...

The manga was published in the pages of the magazine Bessatsu Shojo Comic Shogakukan between 1985 and 1994, compiled in a total of 19 volumes and this is his first animated adaptation, although he has made the leap to the theater several times previously.