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Banana Fish Manga Gets 2-Part Stage Play

1st part runs in Tokyo from June 10-20

A website opened on Friday to announce that Akimi Yoshida‘s Banana Fish manga is inspiring a two-part stage play. The first part, titled Banana Fish: The Stage Zenpen, will run in Tokyo at The Galaxy Theatre from June 10-20.

Fumiya Matsuzaki is directing the plays, and Fumi Hatamasa is writing the script. Yasuhiro Itō is composing the music. The play stars Kenta Mizue as Ash Lynx and Kurumu Okamiya as Eiji Okamura.

Viz Media published the manga in English, 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…

The manga inspired a television anime series that premiered in July 2018. The anime aired for two cours (two quarters of a year) in length, with 24 episodes, and adapted the entire manga to the end, changing only the setting to the modern day. The anime takes place in modern day New York, instead of in the 1980s when the original manga took place. Amazon Prime Video streamed the series with English subtitles.

The manga previously inspired stage plays in 2005, 2009, and 2012.

The manga ran in Shogakukan‘s Bessatsu Shōjo Comic magazine from 1985 to 1994. Shogakukan published the manga in 19 volumes in Japan, and then reissued the manga in 11 volumes (plus a side-story volume). The series has more than 11 million copies in print.

Sources: Banana Fish The Stage stage play’s website, Comic Natalie

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