Banana Fish is a Japanese manga series. The genre of the series is crime, thriller, and action. The story revolves around Ash Lynx, a gang leader in New York, and Eiji Okumura, a Japanese photographer’s assistant. The series shows us the homosexuality and love between the boys. It is written and illustrated by Akimi Yoshida. Manga series is published by Shogakukan. An anime television series is also made in twenty-four episodes. It is written by Hiroshi Seko and directed by Hiroko Utsumi. It aired on the Noitamina channel and Amazon Prime Video internationally.
Banana Fish Season 2 Release Date
The story of Banana Fish is divided into six volumes consisting of a total of nineteen episodes. The series originally ran from December 15, 1986, to September 26, 1994. Volume one consists of one episode, Volume two consists of five episodes, Volume three consists of five episodes, Volume four consists of three episodes, Volume five consists of four episodes, and Volume six consists of two episodes. The television series was aired from July 5, 2018, to December 20, 2018.
Till now, no news about its season two has been announced. The makers of the series have not claimed its second season as the series has already been depicted in twenty-four episodes. But if there will be its next season, most probably it will release by the next year.
Banana Fish Season 1 Story Plot
The crime thriller story revolves around Ash Lynx, whose older brother, Griffin Callenreese, who was serving in the US army suddenly got madness and became mentally handicapped. He fired on his own squad. A young soldier however managed to survive utters his last words, “Banana Fish”.
Twelve years later, Ash is now a young big man and takes care of his brother. He is the gang leader of a group of street children in New York. He became a sex slave at a young age. Finally, his life has taken a twist when he encounters a dying man who gives him a vial of an unknown substance and an address in California. The man utters his last words, “banana fish”.
He makes friends with Max Lobo, Eiji Okumura, and Shunichi Ibe. During a fight with Papa, Ash’s brother is killed. With the murder of his brother, Ash started his investigation with his friends to know the truth about his murder. They all reached the address in California and with this, many mysteries opened. They soon find out what is the “Banana Fish”. They got to know that it is a drug that brainwashes the user and affects his health with many side effects.
Ash soon finds about the dealings and money of Golzine. He is now against of Papa, who rose him. The Golzine makes his friends the target as they got to know that Ash is in between their paths. The Golzines had to leave the United States and go to France. In the end, Ash is dead with Eiji’s letter to him.
Banana Fish Season 2 Cast
Yūma Uchida, in the character of Ash Lynx, is the main character of the show, who ran away from home after being named Aslan Jade Callenderreese at the age of seven. He became a sex slave by Corsican mobster “Papa” Dino Golzine. He then investigate “banana Fish” after his older brother was killed. Kenji Nojima, in the character of Eiji Okumura, is a nineteen years old college boy who makes his career as an athlete but unfortunately got the retirement soon after getting a serious injury. He then started working under Shunichi Ibe as a photojournalist. He is kind and helpful.
Ash deeply cares about him. Hiroaki Hirata, in the character of Max Lobo, is a Vietnam war veteran and a former New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer. Now, Max works as a freelance journalist. Max became a close friend of Ash when they were investigating his brother’s murder history and got to know more about banana fish.
Unshō Ishizuka, in the character of “Papa” Dino Golzine, is a powerful gangster. He wishes to sell banana fish to the government to gain influence and increase his power. He also makes people sex slaves.
Banana Fish Season 2 Awards and Nominations
Banana Fish is nominated for Crunchyroll Anime Awards under the category of Best Director and won Tokyo Anime Awards under Fan Base category in 2019.