Banana Fish

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Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 6, 2018 to Dec 21, 2018
Premiered: Summer 2018
Broadcast: Fridays at 00:55 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: MAPPA
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.511 (scored by 258181258,181 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1062
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #227
Members: 635,407
Favorites: 23,432

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Both anime have mafia, gangs, lots of action and fights. Main characters of the show go through a rough childhood that later on has a big impact in their life and choices. Main protagonist is smart and tends to do everything to get what he wants.  
report Recommended by Hutai
definitely No.6 and Banana Fish fall under the same ... "vibe" ? Aura ? both have realistic gloomy worlds that you end up being grateful that you aren't living in one or the like, and praying for the well being of those stuck in such toxic environments both have relationships between the protagonists that makes you jealous and looking for your own "soulmate" irl. Cause FIGHT ME over this if you want! but I don't think there was ever a couple/partners more in love with each other than in those two shows! to the point where I find myself finding it difficult to call them  read more 
report Recommended by AnikiXvi
Both about boys (Given is much more direct with their relationships) both have darker tones, not nearly as much as Banana Fish but still does both will leave you feeling emotional 
report Recommended by illest
Both of them take place in America and revolve around mafia families and gunfights. Even though Baccano takes a more supernatural approach, they both give off similar mafia vibes. If you enjoyed watching Banana Fish, you should definitely check out Baccano as well. 
report Recommended by Pan0s
It depends on your choice. "found & lost or got". Both premises are the same. Each MC meets another country person and their real-life changes in various ways. Extremely realistic and psychological thriller. You don't miss both dramatic scenes and some "truth". Banana Fish is completely dark and serious. In addition, full of male characters differ from GP. Both are really amazing crime series. If you're a big fan of Banana Fish, you will love GP. Vice versa. 
report Recommended by Xnovazero
Though it seems like an odd comparison, both are extremely dark, engage heavily in mystery elements and feel like psychological thrillers. Both have some similar thematic morally grey content and feature characters with dark pasts tied to politically-charged conspiracies tetering on the edge of, or jumping over the edge to, insanity, though incorporates these elements in radically different ways. Monster is a lot more atmospheric and slower paced, Banana Fish is much more character and relationship-driven and fast-paced. Both are among my favorites, however, for similar thematic reasons. 
report Recommended by mpdissonance
Main Similarities: - Both deal with gang-related business and violence involving the mafia/yakuza. - The main character in both has a very traumatic childhood caused by repeated sexual assault. - The main character in both acts in a way where they use their allure as a manipulation tactic and have a similar personality in general. - Throughout the show/movie, the main character sheds their icy exterior for someone they unexpectedly get close with. The main difference between the two is that STWH is more sexually explicit while BF keeps it at a minimum and has a more emotionally dependent relationship between the characters. It almost seems as if Yashiro is what  read more 
report Recommended by Grand_Inquisitor
Both anime have lots of action, fights, shooting and killing, gangs, mafia, drugs and sexual abuse. Main protagonists had a rough childhood, but now as grown up's they're pretty smart and good at fighting.  
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I'm surprised that no one has made connections between these two shows! Both directed by Hiroko Utsumi (who also directed Free!), both shows have two male protagonists that share instant connections and strong emotional bonds, holding dynamic personalities with each other and the people around them. Yet their strong bonds are put to the test with internal and external forces that makes us root for the success of our lovable duos. With a good balance between their comedy and drama, it's enough for all of us watchers to share the joys and pains alongside our favorite characters.  
report Recommended by TheHappyMedium
Both have male leads who have a friendship that runs deep and would almost make some believe that they are lovers. Both have a work together and lean on one another through the odds are faced even when they aren't being honest. Both have drama related to the past and things that need to be dealt with for the sake of their future lives. 
report Recommended by MadLoves
- Both deals with mafia-related scenarios - Mostly male cast of characters - Emphasis on literature 
report Recommended by cornonacob
Gangs, delinquents, fights for power! Both series will keep you on the edge of your seat, but they also have an emotional side, as the characters face adversities. The interaction between the main characters in Tokyo Revengers (Takemichi and Mikey) is similar to how the main characters in Banana Fish interact. Both of them will give you the same feeling as you're watching. 
report Recommended by Ephemerisu
Both animes Pne of the mc in both animes is a japanese innocent and good guy, who goes overseas and gets involved into the world of violence and gangs. Both of them builds a strong connection with a person from that alien to them enviroument, which changes their own reality forever. In both shows there is good action, animation and both give off a similar feel, though Black Lagoon is more action oriented and consists of mini arcs,while Banana Fish follows one story arc.  
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So both of these anime are gonna be aimed towards the female audience more than men. It is very focused on relationships between men that transcend romance and fall under a partnership/soulmates title and are about our main characters trying to escape an evil organization. Both shows are very serious and a bit trippy but overall, the story will come together in the end and make sense. They both have action, mystery and drama involved. 
report Recommended by Mayuka
Both are about a gangster's relationship with another boy and the ways in which they help each other.  
report Recommended by wangxianlove654
Same studio production, character styles are similar and they give off the same sort of feeling of fun and excitement, however Banana Fish goes on with a bit more intricate plot making you experience sadness as well. 
report Recommended by Trimaya
In terms of context, both have something to do with human experimentation although using different techniques. The main character of each show (Canaan & Ash) are both overpowered and really good at uh what they do. The other main characters who form a strong bond with the OP people are Maria who is accompanied by Minoru, just like Eiji who is accompanied by Ibe. All four of them are photographers from Japan going to a foreign country to try to capture something interesting. Although they have other similarities, what really makes me think of the other anime is the bond that Ash has with Eiji & the  read more 
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Banana Fish and Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind are both 2018 adaptations of manga franchises that started in the 1980's. The main character in both anime are the child/in custody of the main villain in each series. The main character in both series hates something to do with drugs. Giorno in Golden Wind hates gangsters who sell drugs to children, while Ash hates Banana Fish, the drug that made his brother crazy. In both series the main character is a blond male teenager who wants to kill the boss of the gang and they were both abused as children. Both anime can also sometimes be  read more 
report Recommended by 64BitRatchet
Not exactly an IWGP, but there are also some gangs, underground life etc. 
report Recommended by HyugaNeji2024
Can trauma truly be healed? Are there wounds that time cannot cure? Ultimately, Cowboy Bebop and Banana Fish reach the exact same sad conclusion. While surface wise choice of the setting and story are different, on a deeper level both anime deal with the similar topic of trauma. Main character of Cowboy Bebop, Spike, and Ash of Banana Fish are traumatized, and each one has to constantly carry the weight of his past. These are two excellent anime, but no matter how fun it starts in the beginning, - do not kid yourself, - you WILL cry.  
report Recommended by Vergilius3D
Men bonds. Ash and Lu are very cool characters who care about each Eiji and Cheng from the heart. They cherish each other and consist of steady faith. Both are dark, serious, incredible bromance shows. Shiguang Dailiren is a more fictional structure and mix of episodic and continuous. I hope you love both character's relationships. 
report Recommended by Xnovazero
Though Devilman Crybaby is a more supernatural anime, both show the darker side of humanity, are violent and gory, have 2 main characters who's relationship is a side plot, and both are guaranteed to make you ugly cry at the end. 
report Recommended by Ryatatata
Both shows tells the story of the main lead who suffered family issues and seek out by revenge plot with lots of stakes. Expect violence, cruel deaths, gangs, corruptions, assassins and dark organizations themes. Most times plot twists involves by outsmarting opponents. Most importantly, both shows have widely male casts and has slight BL vibes.  
report Recommended by SkyRenderer
People come and go. Smells like smoke. Just what am I meant to believe in a cold room? Both are stories about manly gangsters try to find a true purpose for their way of life. They never give up and defeat specific enemies. The only difference is K has no real villain. However, both have demonic characters who can control a mind. Kurou and Yashiro, Ash, and Eiji's relationship are the same. The former is the growth of trust. The latter is firm bonds. There are key characters in both shows. Tatara and Shorter. Their existences are important in each main cast. Especially Shorter. Like them, every character experiences lots  read more 
report Recommended by Xnovazero
Like overflowing tears, we live this fleeting moment as if it is shining. The repetition of meeting and parting in those days, our whole being is torn what should we believe in? Both are tragic stories. Yes, tragedy. Sadness and pain envelop the main characters. This is the antisocial message. Ash is similar to Zwei. They have precious people named Eiji and Ein. They fight for them hardly. Both have many gunfights and deep drama. It's more than just killing. Atonement and Salvation. What is a human who wants to protect? Where is their right place? They keep looking for them. Even the end of hell. The setting is the same.  read more 
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Prayer sues "let me see the sea" while pulling the trigger. Both are quite deep and well-written crime thriller which made by the same studio. Every main character has a meaningful life, pain, thoughts. Ash and Nine are remarkable men. What do people have guns? Not only killing but protecting someone is also one of the methods. Surprisingly beautiful visuals and sound. Each OP/ED songs are a banger. You'll love them when you understood both themes. I can't explain both similarities anymore. Because almost the same shows except for the story. So I recommend both if you wanna feel mental between reality and morality. The ending will affect  read more 
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In genre alone, these animes are not very similar, but if you liked one, you'll probably like the other. In short, both animes focus on a young attractive male who leads others against evil. In BF it's Ash leading his gang, Shorter, Eiji, Max, and everyone else. In SF it's Masayoshi leading Gotou and his fellow heroes. It should be noted that SF has a much lighter tone and atmosphere to it than BF does, at least until the end. SF in general is a hard anime for people to watch all of the way through because its genres switch throughout the anime, but the last three  read more 
report Recommended by Katamaran00
it has lgbtq+ and deals with strong and painful subjects, tw to rape, drugs and violence! 
report Recommended by chazschn
The "hot guys with guns" genre. Traumatized guy with blonde hair and gorgeous teal eyes experiences nonstop suffering. 
report Recommended by HeruruMeruru
Banana Fish is not a shounen-ai, but Hitorijime My Hero is. They both include gang-society into their plots, but the relationship between the two main characters is in focus. Since Hitorijime My Hero is both a shounen-ai and a lot more "friendly", you get more fluff and cutesy stuff than in Banana Fish. 
report Recommended by Neko_Netti
theyre both angst, enjoy watching ;) 
report Recommended by fujuro
Code Geass and Banana Fish are in very different genres, but they have some similar themes, and the main characters also share many traits. -Both Ash and Lelouch are complex characters who will stop short of nothing, even mass murder, in order to do what they think is right and protect those important to them. They both have a dainty appearance that is at odds with their aggressive nature, are distrusful, and are extremely intelligent and calculating. -The main character has a strong relationship with another guy who has a very different personality and is somewhat naive. Those relationships do play out very differently over time,  read more 
report Recommended by -Lupa-
Though there isn't a specific "couple" like Eiji and Ash it is more about the friendship. Rainbow also has some sensitive topics that are similar to those in banan fish. If you enjoyed Banana fish i would really recommend it!  
report Recommended by julirby
Both anime have a dark atmosphere and great soundtracks. Main characters are smart and they had some hardships in life, they both lost someone they loved and now are trying to solve their case. And in all that we have some higher powers who control police and government. Some conspiracy theories too. And same voice actors.  
report Recommended by requimcompany123
The protagonists in both are similar in some ways. For instance, both Ash Lynx and Wei Ying lost the people closest to them before their very own eyes and suffered through a lot throughout the show. In both animes (or donghua fo Mo Dao Zu Shi if you prefer) it is hinted to have BL between the two main casts. Both shows are absolutely heart-wrenching. I think you might get a similar vibe to Mo Dao Zu Shi from Banana FIsh.  
report Recommended by Otaku-chan49
similarities: -western themed -action oriented -main character is searching for someone -same gender bonding differences: -michiko to hatchin is more comedic, banana fish is more dark -MC's partner is a kid, in banana fish it's an adult 
report Recommended by Chika_tetsu
The main character and their supporting gang go up against a corrupt organization led by someone very manipulative. 
report Recommended by KustyKabs
both really intense and will constantly have you on the edge of your seat! 
report Recommended by angelcosplay
Both have premises that are on the darker side of the world. Both touches on sensitive (possibly taboo or mature in some cultures) subjects in the show. But Kabukichou does it in a very nonchalant way while in Banana Fish, those sensitive subjects are what makes the story. Kabukichou is a lot more diverse in its genres, characters, and storylines. You can't really see the similarity unless you break the show down. It isn't as straightforwardly dark nor is it as attractively solemn as Banana Fish. 
report Recommended by mushi_Jyou
While at first, it seems that these two have nothing in common both are filled with bad things that happen and eventually get resolved. Also, those endings make you think, "why is this it".  
report Recommended by Carlosmanboy
Main Similarities - Both feature two young men who are close friends (and maybe more) and want to protect each other from those who want to kill them, which is basically everyone else in the series except for some allies. - Both feature a perverted antagonist who has a sexual 'fetish' for young boys (bloody pedos). - Both feature a mysterious drug that alters the mental state of the users and makes them crazy and strong. - Both have a sad, bittersweet ending. Both series are similar, but BF is more of an emotional rollercoaster while TNC is just depressing the whole way through. Similar themes in both.  
report Recommended by Grand_Inquisitor
Wanna sob and tear yourself apart some more? This is the way to do so.  
report Recommended by bluusugar
Both focus on male sexual abuse, powerful mobs, and the gritty underside of society. Ai no Kusabi is sci fi while Banana Fish is modern New York. Both have infuriating endings. 
report Recommended by singmuse4
Dark atmosphere of the world, both series composed by Hiroshi Seko. Biggest thing they have in common is showing how few can control the many. Big corporations are testing new species whilst public knows nothing about it or are forced to thing that it's helpful and nice for ajin too. In Banana Fish it's the mafia ordering everyone around, getting people in important government positions do what ever mafia wants and public are left in the dark. Sort of soft disclosure.  
report Recommended by Hutai
Banana Fish and Nana are two of my favorite anime, so for starters, they both appeal to my set of values, whatever those may be exactly. Nana and Banana Fish both showcase the relationship (which starts of rocky for both) between two characters of the same gender, one having come from a happy, loving home and the other experiencing pain and abandonment throughout the entirety of their youths. Both of these pairs meet eachother due to the more innocent one's expected life plans not working out exactly as they wanted. As the shows progress, characters fade in and out of the shows and both pairs  read more 
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They want to change something. To grant it, they use any means necessary to it. See-through the future. Everything is gonna be all right. However, it depends on their destiny. Both have many conspiracy and plot twists. Very intense and tense form. Extremely intellectual. The atmospheres are quite dark. DN's psychological battle, Banana Fish's action gives you a strong impact. Character development is also decent. Light and Ash are clever killers. They are similar in behavior and personalities. But Ash is still a good man and realist. Because he has important people. Light hasn't that existence. The theme is the underworld. Full of danger. You need to keep motivated. Otherwise, you  read more 
report Recommended by Xnovazero
Though the time of setting and technologies is way different, but both have gangs, action, fighting, shooting and motorcycles. 
report Recommended by Hutai
Tons of action, fights and interesting plot twists. Both anime have conspiracies and few "important" people controlling the society.  
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Both anime are based on manga that were completed 20 years before they got adapted into anime. That means both stories are so good that they were worth such an adaption. Also both are mature and have serious undertones so if you liked one, check the other out as well. 
report Recommended by Lylaaz
The relationships between Ash Lynx and Eiji Okamura is similar to Ki Tanmoku (Duanmu Xi) and Keika You (Jinghua Yang). Ash Lynx and Ki Tanmoku are both leaders/influential people who have a strong, no nonsense persona. When Eiji Okamura and Keika You enter their lives, Ash Lynx and Ki Tanmoku find that they are letting their guard down and trusting the new person. Side note: The plot of Banana Fish with fighting against "Papa" is more similar to Ling Qi 2 where the characters fight against an organization/powerful person. 
report Recommended by Monika_fan33
Darker times, both anime include mafia, gangs and lots of action, shooting, killing, drugs and 2 best friends. Both main characters have something precious to them that they want to protect, but they're also pretty smart and good with guns and shooting, surely know how to handle themselves.  
report Recommended by Hutai
The story and setting are different but the style is similar. Ash and William can share their cruel destinies and careers. Both have amazing OP/ED songs, very strong character developments, full of plot twists. I loved it so much. Human nature is unknown. So they must know themselves. Like each Ash and Eiji, Moriarty brothers. 
report Recommended by Xnovazero
While seeing Banana Fish I was constantly reminded of Speed Grapher, there are a lot of similarities in many different levels. In general both shows share the same sense of hopelessness and longing in a world where it always feels like those in power have control over you. Social classes are very divided as well with a clear contrast. The rich seek only pleasure and more power doing whatever is necessary to attain it. There are also a lot of (very) heavy, dark, violent and perverted/sexual themes. The main characters in both shows have a strong connection and they have the same dynamic of one being  read more 
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The anime have different themes and audience but they share similarities. Both anime are about a MC which has a really sad past, which have made them 'cold' and is a main factor for killing enemies in cold blood. They both also kill to protect the people they love. 
report Recommended by Berrytae
1. Both anime show us a complex relationship between two main, male characters. 2. Both anime are more appealing towards female fanbase (and their off-brand fan fictions show that as well) 3. Both anime have pretty boys doing cool stuff with IQ >200 
report Recommended by fallowy
Not entirely similar but they're both action packed and show a strong dynamic relationship between male characters. Both anime are in my top favourite anime as the plots are amazing and show a clear structure. The main characters are strong and independent and work hard at surviving in completely different worlds. Banana Fish is set in New York, America around the 90's, whereas Vinland Saga is set during the Viking Era in England. Check both of them out if you haven't already done so 
report Recommended by salt-bae
One Piece has some very dark, eerily realistic story telling when it comes to the underworld, namely the black market, gangsters, traffickers, and government corruption. Banana Fish has similar themes, but focuses more on gangsters; it also doesn't have a romance plotline, but has subtle hints here and there. One Piece occasionally gets dramatic, and Banana Fish is dramatic all the way through; they both have the same vibes, which is drama between the main characters. The main character, Ash, kinda looks like Sanji but without the curly eyebrows lol. 
report Recommended by JikoSama
~Both shows are crime thrillers. ~Both shows have a cat and mouse game plot; Where one character is up against other characters who seem to have the upper hand. ~Both shows deal with sensitive topics openly. ~Extra: Both shows have amazing openings.  
report Recommended by x3leex3chan
Both animes are about two people from completely different upbringings "worlds" come together and try to be friends. Both have similar color, art style and great OST Supporting character is also well-developed  
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Although Balance Unlimited isn't as dark as banana fish, the similarities I have from both is big people have their hands on a dangerous thing (banana fish/adollium) that can ruin the whole world. 
report Recommended by Paradiso09
Both series give the viewer a sense of thrill and showcase how the world around the characters is incredibly messed up. Both have great animation as well.  
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If you like the Blonde Guy vs. Brunette Guy bromance/rivalry "sub-genre" then that's for you. Just that LoTGH has a 10x more unsatisfying sour ending than Banana Fish. 
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