"Banana Fish" Manga Adapted for the Stage

Akimi Yoshida's crime shoujo manga staged in Tokyo starting in late October

New York set Banana Fish is a crime and drug filled manga that author of the seminal Manga!Manga! Frederik L. Schodt described as "one of the few girls' manga a red-blooded Japanese male adult could admit to reading without blushing."  North American publisher Viz ran it in their mature anthology Pulp before later serializing the series in Animerica Extra.

From their description of the series:


Nature made Ash Lynx beautiful; nurture made him a cold ruthless killer. A runaway brought up as the adopted heir and sex toy of "Papa" Dino Golzine, Ash, now at the rebellious age of seventeen, forsakes the kingdom held out by the devil who raised him. But the hideous secret that drove Ash's older brother mad in Vietnam has suddenly fallen into Papa's insatiably ambitious hands--and it's exactly the wrong time for Eiji Okamura, a pure-hearted young photographer from Japan, to make Ash Lynx's acquaintance...

Epic in scope, and one of the best-selling shojo titles of all time in Japan, Akimi Yoshida put an electric shock into the genre and gained a huge crossover audience through Banana Fish's stripped-down, non-stop style.

Akimi Yoshida's 1985-1994 series is now being brought to the Tokyo stage. Performances at Rikkoukai Hall will run October 24 to November 4th. Satoshi Furukawa directs based on a screenplay by Shintaro Sugano, with EXILE troupe's Yosuke Isomura as Ash Lynx and Toshi Takeuchi as Eiji Okamura.

Other cast includes Hiroya Kunisada (SHINSENGUMI LIEN), Atsushi Kimura, Yusuke Kashiwagi, Ippei Hisa, Kazuaki Oda (Studio Life), Yu Chidai (EMBLEM), Nobuyuki Kase/Hiroshi Kitade, Hayato Nakazato, Ryoji Ando, Omiya No Matsu, Kenjirou Murata, Toshihiko Tanaka, Kakeru Ibuki, Naoto Kuratomi (EMBLEM), Yasuyuki Iwasaki, Yuki Iida, Fumiyoshi Goto, Naoyoshi Minagawa, Yuta Kumagai, Tomoyuki Kiriyama, Daiki Suzuki, Kento Igarashi, Hiromasa Ito, Kazuya Hirose, Yurei Yanagi/Yuma Ishigaki/Isamu Ichikawa

via Comic Natalie

Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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