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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)
Producers: Aniplex, Fuji TV, dugout
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: MAPPA
Source: Manga
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.321 (scored by 29,540 users)
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Ranked: #2192
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #863
Members: 113,131
Favorites: 2,587


Banana Fish and 91 Days both take place in America, feature non-Japanese characters, and involve gangs, violence and murder. Banana Fish takes place in New York City during the 1980s. It is a mystery with a lot of epic action. 91 Days takes place in the 1900s during the Prohibition era. It is a story of revenge. If you liked 91 Days, try Banana Fish. And vice versa. They both feel different than other anime and have unique stories.  
report Recommended by thankuunext
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 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.  
report Recommended by Hutai
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
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 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
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
Canaan felt similar to Banana Fish in a lot of ways. Both shows, for starters, are centered around a strong killer trying to take back control of their life and a young, inexperienced person who came barging into their life and slowly started to remind them of their humanity. The difference here is that the genders are flipped since Canaan focuses on 2 women. The themes are essentially the same. Friendship, love, making the most out of a bad situation, facing your past, finding a meaning to your life and realising what it means to be human. Both have very flawed characters in them that  read more 
report Recommended by RancidLemons
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
Similar sorts of Gang wars going on. Has a quite similar dark theme setting. Protagonists have more or less similar personalities. Mafia plays a big role in both of these anime as evil organizations. 
report Recommended by Haklifesaver
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
Though the time of setting and technologies is way different, but both have gangs, action, fighting, shooting and motorcycles. 
report Recommended by Hutai
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
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
Tons of action, fights and interesting plot twists. Both anime have conspiracies and few "important" people controlling the society.  
report Recommended by Hutai
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
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
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