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Banana Fish

Banana Fish

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English: Banana Fish


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


Score: 8.181 (scored by 1026 users)
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Ranked: #5632
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Popularity: #1764
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Volumes: /19
Chapters: /110
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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 Okamura, a pure-hearted young photographer from Japan, to make Ash Lynx's acquaintance...

(Source: VIZ Media)


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
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
May 9, 2009
zawa113 (All reviews)
This is hands down, one of my favorite manga of all time.

Story: 10/10
Part of the why the story is good comes from how it is told, there's no worthless filler stuck anywhere, it's pure story all the time. The story is always moving forward, there's not even chapter breaks. There are also some spin off manga (two of which I have read, the ones that Viz published in the back of the last volumes) that tie coherently within the rest of the story and help explain a few things that are in the "nice to know" type category. Another thing I found important is that read more


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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

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