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Banana Fish

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Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Currently 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: 8.081 (scored by 18,380 users)
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Ranked: #4582
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Popularity: #965
Members: 97,665
Favorites: 1,492
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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 Okumura, a pure-hearted young photographer from Japan, to make Ash Lynx's acquaintance...

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#1: "found & lost" by Survive Said The Prophet

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#1: "Prayer X" by King Gnu (eps 1-13)
#2: "RED" by Survive Said The Prophet (eps 14-24)

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Aug 11, 2018
Lunallae (All reviews)
Since its publication in a shoujo magazine in the 1980s, Banana Fish has garnered several labels such as boys’ love (BL), shounen-ai, and yaoi. However, these terms do not cut at the meat of what Banana Fish is. And even its original shoujo demographic tag deeply misrepresents the content of this anime.

Drugs. Rape. Pedophilia. Gangs. Violence. Corruption.

Those are the terms at the core of Banana Fish. This is a carefully crafted crime drama about a teenage sex slave rebelling against his abusers. It touches upon heavy subjects without sensationalizing or sugarcoating their brutality. And as a consequence of such honest storytelling, there will be read more
Aug 10, 2018
LizaSpade (All reviews)
After watching the first six episodes of Banana Fish, it has proven its self to be one of my favorite animes this year.

The plot is arguably the best part about this anime. The fast-paced actions scenes coupled with the well thought out actions of the characters (albeit gruesome) create an absolutely thrilling experience.

The contrasting natures of the two main characters are enthralling. Ash being the stubborn and intelligent gang leader with a dark history, and Eiji a timider character just starting to regain his lost courage. In addition to this, I would like to point out the effort that has gone into read more
Aug 9, 2018
Karhu (All reviews)
At the age of 8, after his notorious debut role in the critically acclaimed cult show, Boku no Pico, Ash "Pico" Callenreese ran away from his home in Cape Cod to escape social pressures and was taken into the custody of Papa Dino (or simply, Papa), the leader of the Corsican Mafia, to become its future leader. Turns out Ash does not wish this to happen, but Papa like really wants, so naturally we now have a series about 2 gay mafiosos running after each others because neither of them wants to change their opinion. One could even go as far as declare they aren't read more
Aug 11, 2018
Yorkshire_Megan (All reviews)
[Updated after episode 9] Since starting to watch this show I've quickly learned why Banana Fish's manga is one of the most well recieved and impactful manga of all time in Japan; Banana Fish's animated adaptation is rapidly shaping up to become one of my all time favourite anime.


Essentially the plot is that Ash Lynx, a 17 year old gang leader and abuse survivor, is caught up in the fallout over a thing or entity named "Banana Fish", linked to his brother Griffin and the war in Iraq. Ash's boss and abuser Dino wants the drug back. Meanwhile 19 year old Eiji from read more


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