Banana Fish Review
Straight to the Point
- Exciting real-life crime and action. Episode 13 on the train – amazing!!
- You get to know the characters really well which brings emotion when watching.
- A unique plot about gangsters and corrupt politicians centred around the supportive police and press.
- The connection between Ash and Elji keeps you guessing on whether they are really close and connected or will it go to the next level.
- Sick and twisted plot lined with a moving story and non-stop twists.
This is a story of a 17-year-old gang leader called Ash Lynx who has links with the Corsican mob boss. By coincidence, while walking the streets he encounters a dying man who hands him a substance and mutters his last breath, Banana Fish! These are the words his brother says to him after he came back from the war with mental health problems.
Eiji is a kind and honest cameraman assistant from Japanese who goes and meets Ash for an interview. Without them both knowing, this first encounter starts off the story of their painful journey together.
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Banana Fish Review
It has been a while since I’ve felt upset after the series finished. What an exceptional crime drama with lots of twists and action. The connection between Ash and Elji is touching and works! I haven’t seen a well-thought-out and written plot like this series in years. Life must have been so simple being JUST a gang leader and as the show goes deeper he moves to so many conflicting paths of emotion and danger. Waging war on the most powerful people in the world to meeting the most compatible person for his other half, Ash manages to jump head-first into this with no fear for himself but with totally fear for his beloved Elji.
Ash’s comrades are superb – Shorter, Max, and Lee are memorable characters to have in this anime. Moreover, Ash’s enemies are even better – Dino, Frederick, and Lee each have their own evil intent towards Ash.
Now onto the action…JEEZZZ!!, they’ve really gone to the max with the hideous actions of the world’s most powerful in this show. Child slavery, rape – both straight and gay, drugs, gangs, murder…to name a few. But somehow knows where to stop and not go into too much detail. The most thrilling storyline was the conflict between Ash and Frederick. The relationship of this rivalry was sensational.
The other conflict between Ash and Dino was a pure masterpiece. Just the emotions of a father and son/ twisted married relationship were very well presented.
To conclude within this Banana Fish review if you combine all of these emotions and conflicts with great action and twists gives us Banana Fish. It is difficult to go any further into this drama without any spoilers but all I can say is….Very Dark! Intense! and Crazy emotional journey that I know you will enjoy.
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This animation really has an intriguing plot and in-depth telling of the underworld. Ranging from well-known politicians and gangstas taking part in child slavery to masterminding the potential puppet show of the middle east using Banana Fish. Its explanation of the effects of Banana Fish seemed real! I remember thinking as I watching this series, thank god that I will never experience this type of drug as its only an anime. Imagine having your worst nightmare 10-fold forever!
An excellent crime story with characters you will never forget. An emotional journey through the fight between Ash and his enemies. The show moves at a steady pace and quickly becomes a rollercoaster at times.
This anime has many epic, dark plots and twists throughout which I highly recommend to watch within this Banana Fish review.