No.6, Banana Fish Recommendations
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.
An action-y, kind of grim and tragic story with two characters who are from opposite sides of the tracks. Very intense. The titular drug adds a slight sci-fi element (imo). The relationship between Eiji and Ash reminds me a bit of the dynamic between Nezumi and Shion (innocent one and jaded one). Less arguing, though.
Pure friendship between men is difficult to understand. But You're able to do it after know the point just once.
No.6 author influenced by Banana Fish. For that reason, Both two characters relationship and position are same.
Ash is similar to Nezumi. Eiji is similar to Shion. They really take care of them. Just like brothers.
Banana Fish is more emphasized. Ash's heart itself is Eiji. Without Eiji, Ash can't alive. That's how much he loves Eiji.
In the same way as this show, No.6 also have humanly characters. Shion likes Nezumi. Nezumi likes Shion.
Love and Like are a little different. Probably Both author clarify what them. Truly splendid.
-Ambiguous Queer Romance
-Tragic Protagonist that has been thwarted by the system
-A little heart wrenching
-Complex relationships that can't be defined
-Romance elements that aren't part of the overall plot
-Both of it's two main characters fall for each other
-Shion is an inexperienced but kind person just like Eiji who both sacrifice leaving their loving homes to help either of their partners while both learning to be strong and survive in the world.
-Nezumi (rat) has experienced trauma at a young age, being taken away by family, has killed people and rebelled against a certain group of people who has done terrible things to him in the past just like Ash
-Both handles mature topics like murder or prostitution.
The relationship between the two main characters in No.6 and Banana Fish bears a lot of similarities. In both animes one of the boys is the wild one who learned how to survive "in the real world" while the other lived a shielded life and is only now getting to now the gruesome part of the world (be it the outside of a pseudo-utopian city or the insides of the american mafia).
But despise the main similarity being the main relationship of each show, in both of them there is a deeper plot that connect the protagonists to a conspiracy. They are both great. If you
The main characters (Nezumi and Shion) have a similar dynamic to Ash and Eiji: one streetwise and hardened character, and one wide-eyed naive character, who are drawn to each other partially by how opposite they are.
Additionally, both also feature lots of mystery, conspiracy, and corruption!