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Banana Fish

Banana Fish was adapted into a 24-episode anime series produced by MAPPA and directed by Hiroko Utsumi. The adaptation revises the setting of the series from the 1980s to the 2010s, adding modern references such as smartphones and substituting the Vietnam War with the Iraq War.dIRECTOR: hiroko UtsumiWriter: Hiroshi SekoStudio: MAPPARealease Date: July 5, 2018Running Time: July, 2018 - December, 2018

Informations (Anime)

"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..."Writer: Akimi YoshidaVolumes: 19Realease Date: May, 1985Running Time: may, 1985 - April, 1994

Informations (manga)

Eiji is a slim Japanese youth with black hair and large dark brown eyes. Despite being an adult at the age of 19, he is often mistaken for a young teenager, even in Japan. He is seen in a variety of clothing choices throughout the series, often with Ash Lynx's clothing.Eiji has a very kind and selfless personality who is also inquisitive about things unfamiliar to him such as Ash Lynx's gun.Usually, he is an understanding, reasonable person, but can have unwavering stubbornness and can even be moderately rude when prompted.
eiji okumura(VA: Kenji Nojima)


Ash is a tall and slender young man. He has blond hair, green eyes, pale skin, and is extremely beautiful in appearance, as remarked on by numerous characters in the series. In the manga, his hair originally had a flatter style before changing to its signature appearance and he has a more petite build in the anime.Ash has the personality, charisma, and skill to gather large groups of individuals together under his influence. Not only is he excellent in combat and an incredible marksman, but he is also highly intelligent, with an IQ of 180-200.
Aslan Jade callenreese(VA: Yuma uchida)


In the manga, Shorter is slightly taller than Ash and has a tall, dark mohawk. However, around the time Ash was sent to prison and met Max, Shorter shaved his hair, being completely bald.In the anime, Shorter's mohawk is purple in color and he has an eyebrow piercing on his left eyebrow.Shorter is quite lively and extremely loyal. He is also protective.
Shorter Wong(VA: Makoto Furukawa)


Sing is a very short young man with cropped dark blue hair and thin eyebrows above his dark eyes. He is a very short young man with cropped dark blue hair and thin eyebrows above his dark eyes.Sing is determined and ambitious, a good leader and to the point. He is very loyal to his gang and street gang conduct. He is not afraid to speak his mind and to tell others what he thinks.He is one of the more compassionate characters, showing concern for the well-being of people he does not like.
Sing Soo-ling(VA: Shouya Chiba)


Yut-Lung has long black hair down to his hips that is usually tied into a ponytail by a red tassel-like cord at the neck, and sometimes, draped over his shoulder. He has black eyes and has often been mistaken for a woman because of his appearance. He also has a dragon tattoo along his neck.Golzine is ruthless, cold-hearted, calculating, ambitious, and sadistic. He is well aware of his position and power and has no fear in exerting his authority.He is extremely power hungry and will use deadly force if needed to ensure his position and control of his criminal empire.
Dino Golzine(VA: Unshō Ishizuka)


Banana Fish is set in the United States in the mid-1980s, primarily in New York City. Seventeen-year-old street gang leader Ash Lynx cares for his older brother Griffin, a Vietnam War veteran who has been in a vegetative state since a combat incident in which he fired on his own squadron and uttered the words "banana fish". One night, Ash witnesses two of his gang members kill a man who instructs Ash to "seek banana fish" before dying. The two gang members tell Ash they were acting on orders from Dino Golzine, the head of the Corsican mafia in New York; Ash was formerly an enforcer and child sex slave to Golzine, having been groomed from a young age to become the eventual heir to his criminal enterprise.Ash begins to investigate "banana fish" but is impeded in this endeavor by Golzine, leading him to turn on his former patron. Ash encounters multiple allies and enemies in the course of his dual efforts to uncover the meaning of "banana fish" and dismantle Golzine's criminal empire.

Plot summary

"Dear Ash.I'm worried to death because I haven't been able to see you doing well. You said we live in different worlds. But is that true? We have different colored skin and eyes. We were born in different countries. But we're friends. Isn't that what counts? I'm really glad I came to America. I met lots of people. And more than anything, I met you. You asked me over and over if you scared me. But I never feared you, not once. What's more is you're hurt much more than me. I couldn't help feeling that way. Funny, huh? You're way smarter, bigger, and stronger than me. But I always felt like I had to protect you. I wonder what it is I wanted to protect you from. I wanted to protect you from fate. The fate that tries to carry you away, drifting futher and futher. You told me once about a leopard you read in a book. How you believed that leopard knew that it couldn't go back. And I said you weren't a leopard, that you could change your destiny. You're not alone. I'm by your side. My soul is always with you."— Eiji Okumura

Eiji's letter to ash

This made me suffer for months.

Why I chose this

Intro (1 and 2)


Thanks for your attention!