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Banana Fish

Alternative Titles

English: Banana Fish
Japanese: BANANA FISH

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 19
Chapters: 110
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 13, 1985 to Mar 12, 1994
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Drama Drama
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Betsucomi
Authors: Yoshida, Akimi (Story & Art)

Statistics

Score: 8.641 (scored by 97449,744 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #662
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #337
Members: 37,230
Favorites: 1,793

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Synopsis

Ash Lynx is a beauty, a genius—and a murderer. Since childhood, he had been in the care of Dino "Papa" Golzine, the mafia boss who turned him into the ruthless killer he is now. At first, Ash was just a pretty face for Golzine’s pleasure, but now estranged from him, a 17-year-old Ash runs his own gang with an iron fist.

Eiji Okumura is a young Japanese photographer. Traveling to New York as an assistant, Eiji is set to work on a report about kids living in the streets. There, he meets teenage gang leader Ash and is mesmerized by the boy—who in turn is curious about Eiji's different lifestyle.

But this is the dark underground of New York, and recently a series of murders has surfaced in the city, connected only by the words "Banana Fish." With personal stakes in this mysterious battle, it is up to Ash, Eiji and their allies to discover what exactly "Banana Fish" is, where it came from and how to get rid of it—before the world as they know it descends into chaos.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Banana Fish was published in English by VIZ Media; initially the first seven volumes under the VIZ Graphic Novel imprint (with flipped pages) from January 8, 1999 to November 13, 2002, and later completely under the VIZ Shojo label from March 3, 2004 to April 10, 2007. The series also ran in both of VIZ's now defunct manga magazines, Pulp and Animerica Extra for several years.

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Feb 17, 2013
tlne (All reviews)
During the Vietnam War in 1973, an American solider goes insane and starts gunning down his allies and friends. After killing off a majority, we see that he has gained a form of dementia, and keeps repeating one line, over and over: “banana fish”. This manga was created by Akimi Yoshida (who also made Kisshō Tennyo) back in 1985, and it's the most manly shoujo to date. In fact, Frederik Schodt, popular translator (whose works include Phoenix, and Rose Of Versailles) remarks that it's “...one of the few girls' manga [a]...male adult could admit to reading without blushing.” The series, Banana Fish –which ran until read more
Jul 4, 2020
abystoma2 (All reviews)
Banana Fish is a work that gets better the closer you are to “I basically only read shoujo manga”. It is certainly more unusual in its genre, but it’s an “uniqueness” that starts to pale once it’s being compared to more varied works.

First thing that is obviously different from a regular shoujo manga is the artstyle. It’s not frilly and sparkly, it’s clean and readable, overall looking more “mature”. Well, “mature” being a double-edged sword as it also ends up looking as some BL works. That said, it is certainly a change for better over the standard. Both at that time and the current. Still, read more
Aug 8, 2014
Smurphinator (All reviews)
Through and through, this is a series that has been misrepresented in how it is advertised. Whether it's the slightly odd name "Banana Fish", the inappropriate shoujo/shounen ai genre label, or the old artwork and the age of the series as a whole, this manga has no shortage of deterrents to make people shy away from checking this series out;
A fact which truly saddens me.
"Banana Fish" is not as goofy as its name, nor sappy as the genres it's associated with, and the age of the series does not in any way detract from the impact it has on the reader. My hope in writing read more
Mar 2, 2018
Faggamystic (All reviews)
this is my first review so don't be too hard on me. The only reason why i found out bout this was i heard it was being adapted in the summer of 2018.
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Recent News

Manga 'Banana Fish' Receives TV Anime

Manga 'Banana Fish' Receives TV Anime

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of mangaka Akimi Yoshida's debut, it has been announced that her manga Banana Fish will get a TV anime broadcasting on Fuji ...read more


Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Banana Fish Chapter 110 Discussion
Pirating_Ninja - Jul 17, 2013
20 replies by sharosharo »»
Sep 11, 12:24 PM
To be a yaoi, or not to be--that is the question.
Jasonbear - Mar 18, 2010
15 replies by Rojaseb »»
Feb 27, 6:48 AM

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