If you used to dive into the pages of PULP magazine, or even Animerica Extra, you no doubt remember Akimi Yoshida's classic Banana Fish manga. The series ran from 1985 to 1994, and it's finally getting a TV anime adaptation as part of Yoshida's 40th anniversary commemoration project.
Even better, the one helming Banana Fish is none other than Free! director Hiroko Utsumi. Hiroshi Seko (Mob Psycho 100, Ajin, Inuyashiki) is on series composition, with Akemi Hayashi (Fruits Basket, Peacemaker) on character designs for the MAPPA production. The series is set to run as part of Fuji TV's noitaminA block in 2018.
Here's the announcement PV:
Banana Fish isn't currently in print, but it's a safe bet to say that's likely to change in the future. Here's a description of the premise from Viz's release:
New York City, 1985. A dying man leaves gay gang leader Ash Lynx a strange drug, the key to something called "Banana Fish". The mysterious potion will lead Ash to a disturbed Vietnam vet who remembers a massacre -- and into brutal battle with the mafia over control of the drug.
In other Akimi Yoshida news, a 40th anniversary book is set to launch in Japan on December 25.