Banana Fish is actually a manga series was first published on May 1985 and it aired until April 1994. After two decades, MAPPA, a Japanese anime studio, adapted the manga to the anime which is released on July 6, 2018. It is consisting of 24 episodes after its first season is over. And after two years publishing of the anime’s last episode, fans are still curious for season 2. Will there be a second season of the anime, and when will it release?
After the highly acclaimed 1st season finale on December 19, 2018, many positive reviews were made for the series. The anime, which was published on Amazon Prime and gained a fan base from all over the world, has an above average score of 7.9 according to IMDb data. If you want, let’s remember this series that has passed 2 years and take a look at the story before moving on to the release date.
What was Banana Fish about?
Banana Fish is a crime thriller and the events in the show take place in America. Ash Lynx is the main character of the series who has a remarkably charming appearance and outstanding fighting power. Ash is the leader of a street gang of children in New York City at the age of 17.
When Ash was a child, Ash’s older brother, Griffin Callenreese, who was serving the US Army during the Vietnam War in 1973, turned to mad one night and opened fire to his squad. The boy collapsed with speaking the words “Banana Fish”. He became mentally handicapped and started to live with his brother Ash, under his care in New York City.
Ash’s life took a turn when a dying man who was shot by his subordinate gave him a flask of a substance and an address in California, and told him “Banana Fish” while he was dying. Ash starts to investigate “Banana Fish” with the curiosity of its source and this starts a chain of events in the story.
Will there be a Banana Fish season 2?
For a second season of the series, MAPPA has not reported a renewal so far. The series is a manga adaptation as we mentioned before, manga is not a manga that continues today. The script of the series takes the manga from the 1980s to the 2000s, adding details such as smartphones and the Iraq war. Although this is the case, the anime is generally manga-based. This brings to mind the question of whether there are enough scripts for Season 2. Unfortunately, the answer to this question is negative. The manga has 19 volumes released so far and you can find an anime & manga matching chart below.
|Anime Episode||Title||Manga Equivalent|
|1||A Perfect Day for Bananafish||Vol.1 Ch.1 to half of Ch.3 (137 pages)|
|2||In Another Country||Last half of Vol.1 Ch.3 to ~1/3 of Vol.2 (108 pages)|
|3||Across the River and Into the Trees||The next half of Vol.2 (88 pages)|
|4||This Side of Paradise||The rest of Vol.2 to ~1/4 of Vol.3 Ch.2 (105 pages)|
|5||From Death to Morning||The rest of Vol.3 Ch.2 to half of Vol.3 Ch.3 (80 pages)|
|6||My Lost City||Last half of Vol.3 Ch.3 to Vol.4 Ch.1 (91 pages)|
|7||The Rich Boy||The rest of Vol.4 (125 pages)|
|8||Banal Story||Vol.5 Ch.1 to ~75% of Vol.5 Ch.2 (110 pages)|
|9||Save Me the Waltz||Last ~25% of Vol.5 Ch.2 to (almost all of) Vol.6 Ch.1 **(|
|10||Babylon Revisited||Vol.6 Ch.2 to half of Vol.6 Ch.5|
|11||The Beautiful and Damned||Last half of Vol.6 Ch.5 to half of Vol.7 Ch.3|
|12||To Have and Have Not||Last half of Vol.7 Ch.3 to Vol.8 Ch.2|
|13||The Snows of Kilimanjaro||Vol.8 Ch.2 to ~75% of Vol.9 Ch.1|
|14||Tender is the Night||The rest of Vol.9|
|15||The Garden of Eden||Half of Vol.10|
|16||Lo, The Poor Peacock||Last half of Vol.10 to half of Vol.11|
|17||The Killers||Half of Vol.11 to ~25% of Vol.12|
|18||Islands in the Stream||~75% of Vol.12 to ~75% of Vol.13 Ch.1|
|19||Ice Palace||Last ~25% of Vol.13 Ch.1 to half of Vol.14 Ch.1|
|20||The Unvanquished||Last half of Vol.14 Ch.1 to half of Vol.15|
|21||The Undefeated||Last half of Vol.15 to all of Vol.16|
|22||As I Lay Dying||Vol.17 Ch.1 to ~1/3 of Ch.2|
|23||For Whom the Bell Tolls||The rest of Vol.17 Ch.2 to ~3/4 of Vol.18 Ch.1|
|24||The Catcher in the Rye||The rest of Vol. 18 to all of Vol.19?|
Besides, it was hinted at the end of Season 1 implying that there is not going to be a Season 2 of the anime. There are five side stories which might be turned into a new series related to anime. However, the side stories may not be enough for a second season. It is more expected that those side stories may be released as special episodes instead of a whole new season. So nothing is certain and we should wait and see if MAPPA will release new episodes or a new season. It is expected to be sometime in 2021 if MAPPA decides to renew the anime.