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, ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.331 (scored by 8564785,647 users)
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Ranked: #2062
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #528
Members: 246,647
Favorites: 8,043


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
Anime that feature the dark side of society. Lots of action and lots of tragedy. Both have a "protagonists against the world" kind of vibe. In both anime the main characters meet by chance and spend time together, eventually falling in love with each other. Their relationship is never really mentioned or the main focus of the story, but it's clearly there as they face hardship and sorrow.  
report Recommended by MaahHeim
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
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
Banana Fish is definitely darker, but I would say they're pretty similar in terms of their pacing of drama and mystery, as well as their rivalry with mafia gangs. Both can get pretty dark and emotional, but there's still humour and great soundtrack. Loved the way the characters in both shows are built up over time as well. 
report Recommended by egggtarte
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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They want to change something. For 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 twist. Very intense and tense form. Extremely intellectual. Atmospheres are quite dark. DN's psychological battle, Banana Fish's action give you strong impact. Character development also decent. Light and Ash are clever killers. They are similar to behavior and personalities. But Ash is still good man and realist. Because of he has important people. Light hasn't those existence. Theme is underworld. Full of dangerous. You need to keep motivation. Otherwise you can't enjoy both of  read more 
report Recommended by Xnovazero
Both have a blonde man and a japanese man, include mafia stuff, drama, police etc etc ITS SO GOOD 
report Recommended by aorincos
Despite the difference in genre, the wholesome romance/friendship dynamic between a stern, unapproachable character and a more quiet, innocent character is extremely similar. Both anime also feature characters with dark pasts and deal with difficult subjects. If one of these shows leaves you wanting more of the pure romance between two male characters with a backstory of tragic events, I highly recommend the other seeing as it is essentially the focus point of both series’. 
report Recommended by Ziarron
Like an 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 tragedy story. Anyways, tragedy. Sadness and pain envelop main characters. This is antisocial message. Ash is similar to Zwei. They have precious person named each Eiji and Ein. They fight for them hardly. Both have much gunfight and deep Drama. It's more than just killing. Atonement and Salvation. What is human who want to protect? Where are their right place? They keep looking for them. Even the end of hell. Setting is same. America. Phantom is  read more 
report Recommended by Xnovazero
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 
report Recommended by authenticity
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.  
report Recommended by ani147
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
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
~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 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.  
report Recommended by SGHope
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
The main character and their supporting gang go up against a corrupt organization led by someone very manipulative. 
report Recommended by 935513
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
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
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 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
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-
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 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
Tons of action, fights and interesting plot twists. Both anime have conspiracies and few "important" people controlling the society.  
report Recommended by Hutai
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
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
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 
report Recommended by MissMisu
Though the time of setting and technologies is way different, but both have gangs, action, fighting, shooting and motorcycles. 
report Recommended by Hutai
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
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
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  
report Recommended by Reonaa
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 SkyDrop
It may be strange to compare these two considering how vastly different they are at first glance, but upon looking into its character relations and certain story elements, you'll notice they are more similar than you might think. Ash and Eiji's and Madoka and Homura's relationships often feel similar and while watching both of these shows, I got a similar emotional response. If the feels is what you enjoyed in Banana Fish rather than it's themes such as gangs and drugs, I highly recommend Madoka Magica. 
report Recommended by Mallynn
The main characters who suffered as children, are still suffering, and retaliate for various reasons against their the people who hurt them. In both stories is an underlying tone of their desperation and loneliness, even as they display great power. 
report Recommended by ArtyWolve
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.  
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