Thank you so much, for starting this incredible petition. I will look it the petition further, I hope that you reach your goal!
Since the moment I finished Banana Fish, I always thought of Ash as being dead. It just seemed the most reasonable because of how it happened... BUT, if you go to the human correlation chart on the Banana Fish website, all of the dead characters are show in gray. Ash is NOT shown that way; he's in color with Eiji and everyone else. This could be their way of letting us know that it's ok to assume that Ash is alive (because he could've been saved off screen).
Well I didn't know this was a thing but I'm gonna sign right now, Ash deserves his happy ending with Eiji and then we can all bel happy !
What do you think?