It's a cat! No- it's a banana, It's Bananya! The utterly adorable kitty who is inside a banana.
The story follows the adventures of Bananya and his friends and family. Each episode is a whole lot of fun, possible a bit cliche, but undeniably enjoyable. Although, please keep in mind that this is a kids show so it is not for everyone. There are no evil characters or sinister companies, deep plot twists or fight scenes, it is just pure fun that can be watched by people of all ages.
The art is absolutely adorable! The color palate is bright and colorful, the animation smooth, the backgrounds well done and the character designs incredible. There is nothing to pick on, no inconsistencies, nothing.
For a kids show, the characters are executed very well. As we all know, our main character is Bananya, a white kitty inside a banana. But he isn't the only bananya around! We have a whole cast of adorable characters, like Baby Bananya, Bananya-ko, Kuro Bananya etc. All the characters are likeable and cute. They all have their own little quirks and personality traits for example the incredibly narcissistic Kanage Bananya who is admired by Bananya-Ko.
This anime only has three voice actors, but they all executed their respective roles incredibly well. Yuki Kaji (Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan and Yukine in Noragami) voices 5 of the bananyas, including the main role Bananya and Ayumu Murase (Hinata in Haikyuu! and Shun in Shin Sekai Yori) also voices 5 bananyas as well as a mouse. Our narrator is Yoshikazu Ebisu who guides us through the world of Banaya perfectly.
There is only one piece of music used in this series; Lucky Holiday by AXELL featuring Bananya's voice actor Yuki Kaji and it is totally adorable and suits the anime to a T.
Overall Enjoyment (10):
Overall Bananya is an anime everyone can enjoy! With adorable characters, art and music as well as top notch voice actors, you should defenitly give it a go and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Go watch it and then come back here. You won't believe the glory of this anime and you shan't be able to get trough this review without finishing the whole series.
Bananya, the Citizen Kane of anime. Now you'd say nah no way this anime is for little kids and mentally handicapped, also known as American college students. To that I have to say you are dead wrong. Behind the simplistic premise hides a huge amount of intrigues and mysteries.
Art looks like it's drawn with crayons. Now you might think it's just shitty art or maybe they didn't have enough money to animate it better or it's a stylistic choice. In truth it's supposed to represent how judgmental our society is about appearance and how companies nowadays only care about their products looking nice. It's also worth noting that main character's design is a combination of ancient art fusing felines from Egyptian art with ornamental arcs from Arabic one.
,, Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it''- Salvador Dali when asked what he thinks of people who don't watch Bananya
Lines are delivered with so much emotion and effort. Every scene feels so real. The conflict between parents is extremely tense and culminates in a fight and father going to prison, or maybe it was just my family. See? It's so real you can't even discern reality anymore!
,,The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.''-Mahatma Gandhi when asked why nobody wants to forgive the lack of LGBT characters in Bananya
It's an incredibly paced story only rivaled by it's colorful yet human characters. Story starts of slow as we are introduced to Bananya and have been explained his origins and goals. You'd think that it's mundane or stupid that his goal is to become a chocolate banana tho you are wrong. The chocolate banana represents rich corporate moguls as they appear to those as naive as Bananya. His simple goal is juxtaposed with extremely hard work he has to put up to achieve it. It would come as no surprise if Bananya soon had an internal conflict by learning about those horrible 1%ters on the top. This gives off an obvious political message that is so subtle you might not be able to understand it unless you are able to completely get Nietzsche work and have read all of Karl Marx.
It has some major twists which I mustn't spoil otherwise they'd be ruined for you.
,,A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but idea lives on.''- John F. Kennedy when asked what would happen if the writer of Bananya died
Characters are probably the peak of this deep,well thought out anime. Our protagonist is shown as a mysterious person, his lower side always being hidden by a banana, he is shooting high and not backing up. We are also shown how releateable he is by witnessing him experiencing fear,happiness,envy. Let's not forget the side characters. There's Bananyako and Kenaga Bananya (or Long Haired Bananya) who obviously represent shallow masses that surround you concerned only by looks who are your main drive for success and escape from such environment . I do think they are the weakest ones cause art style has already got that idea trough about looks and their struggles seem to be rather mundane. Tora (Tabby) Bananya however is a character who despite standing by the side seems like the heart of this bunch. He is kind and caring but also deeply in love with Bananyako. His misfortune is that she completely ignores him despite his rich personality. You can see his depression growing after every turn down, at this point I'm concerned he might do something. However I'm certain his brother, Sabatora (Gray Tabby) Bananya will not allow him something like that. He is the moral support to his brother and always watches over him despite being younger. Together they share a bond that got them trough many hardships such as still unspoken about time they spent on the streets working for a gang. The story about their addiction to heroin and how Sabatora is still struggling with it might come up but such complex arcs will probably be left for season two. There's Kuro Bananya( Black Bananya) he hasn't been explored so far but by what little we saw of him it seems as if he has history with our main character. My speculations are that they've met during the Cold War, as we can obviously see that Kuro has a Russian accent. It will most certainly evolve into a tense spy action that overshadows even the likes of Mission Impossible and Bourne franchise. Oyaji (Dad) Bananya and Tabananya (Baby Bananya) show us how much our main character cares about his family. His father is always there for both of his children. What I will spoil, so skip ahead a few paragraphs if you don't wish this masterpiece to be ruined for you, is that they aren't even his children. They've been abandoned by their mother during the second world war and Dad Bananya found them as he was walking trough the ruins of Berlin after the Ally armies stormed the place. There's also Bananya's arch nemesis that you'll have to find out about for yourself, I'll spoil that he's in episode three.
,,Life is a brief intermission between birth and death, enjoy it''- M.K. Soni on why you should watch Bananya
Just perfect I can't even explain with words how touching and heart gripping this anime is.
,, We need never be afraid of our tears''- Charles Dickens after he confirmed he cried during the heartbreaking conversation between Tora Bananya's
Bananya is probably the best anime this year and will make you stay up the whole night thinking about your choices in life. What you might question yourself as well is: ,,Is this a parody?''
Yes,yes it is congrats here's a golden star sticker you troglodyte. This anime is your classic kiddie anime and the best thing about it is that I enjoy writing reviews for something like that. Also it has better animation than new Berserk.read more
Just a simple review!
This is a short anime with each episode of not more than 3 to 4 min max. Like the poster shows its about a cat in a banana. RIP logic. Coz it's bananya.
What more will make us happy than an epidode of 3 minutes with an abundance of kawaiiness and an amazing art!
Don't expect a story outta this anime. It's just a great entertainment. No matter how mature you are this anime can bring out the soft kawaii side out of you. If not then watch it with a kid. If it still doesn't work then may be it's just you. :'D
Each bananya has his/her own storyline. Their daily lives in a human world mostly in a kitchen are what the story is about. It's like a toy story (not a serious story) in a kitchen but bananya are more kawaii. Each episode shows about the new encounters by bananya in the kitchen and how they enjoy(survive) them. read more
Sorry for the spoilers ahead of time.
The main character plot development is that Bananya is actually a cat inside a banana. One of the best animes I seen so light hearted. Imagine watching innocent happy puella medoka magika without the "plot".
This is the perfect show to watch when you are feeling under the weather. It doesnt have a political message or any reason but to entertain and make you happy.
The have little misadventures here and there or have spats. No overlining story each episode is its own plot. From being comfortable with the temperature to finding a place to hang out.