BANANA FISH 1

BANANA FISH 1The art's not the best, and idk if this is ever going to get romancy at all, but it's awesome. Excited to see this animated, and the oop volumes reissued. :) BEHOLD! My new obsession

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年、ストリートキッズのボス、アッシュはニューヨークのロウアー・イースト・サイドで、胸を射たれて瀕死の男から薬物サンプルを受け取った。男は「バナナフィッシュに会え…」と言い遺して息を引き取る。ベトナム戦争で出征した際、麻薬にやられて正気を失ったままの兄グリフィンの面倒をみていた彼は、兄が時々つぶやく「バナナフィッシュ」と同じことばを聞き、興味を抱いた。殺された男を追っていたのは暗黒街のボス、ディノ・ゴルツィネ。アッシュは男と最後に接触した者としてディノに疑われる。雑誌の取材でアッシュと出会った、カメラマン助手の英二も巻き込んで事件は思わぬ展開を見せ…。 I meant to write a review yesterday (Aug 12) when it was the author's birthday, but I forgot so I guess I can slack now, y/n?

Kinda dated, but still with interesting ideas and execution. I wished it moved a little faster as I'm more interested in the longer plot reveal re: the mystery drug than the current gang war and police investigation, but will read on. One of my friends recommended me the anime and being that type of friend who trusts people's recommendation way too much, I decided to give it a shot.

When I first encountered Banana Fish, I did not have any idea as to what it was. I just watched the anime without conducting any research to what am I subjecting myself into.

First things first, be it known that stories involving mafias or gangs and drugs are something that I don't usually read or watch since I personally believe that it is not my genre. Imagine my surprise when I watched the first episode of Banana Fish and ended up liking it.

I was done watching the first few episodes of the anime when I decided to read the manga series first.

Personally, I think that the volume started very slow but picks up the right pace in the middle to the end. The art from the manga was very different from the anime since the latter was modernized but is still awesome, nonetheless. I find the characters well developed and the mystery revolving around Banana Fish interesting enough to keep me going. Thought I'd check this out as I'm in love with the anime. The anime is set in modern times where this is not but I still think the story is great and I'm looking forward to seeing how the manga differs from the anime. Ugh wow. One of my best friends recommended this to me because Ash reminded her of Andrew from All For The Game and holy crap I fell in love.

The characters are so rich and the plot is layered and intriguing. I'm so so glad I picked this up. May I present to you my newest obsession: sad stories, mafia and edgy boys. Banana Fish is one of the more fascinating manga that I have encountered, equally for its engaging story, fascinating characters, and circumstances surrounding its advertisement. Branded a "shoujo" manga because of its shounenai or "boys love" subtext, this is a work filled with a degree of violence, sexual and otherwise, that is totally outside of the scope of the shoujo genre. In fact, such a category is a total misclassification. There's very little, in fact, in the first volume — beyond an astonishing scene in the third chapter, which I'll get to — to sexually titillate readers who are looking for representations of queer love or sex. In fact, the opposite is true. Much like the Salinger story from which the manga gets its title, the manga makes masterful use of euphemism to avoid reproducing sexual violence whilst engaging with it quite seriously.

Ash Lynx, the main character, is enslaved (for the purpose of sexual exploitation) by a mob boss, Papa Dino. Dino and Ash's interactions in the novel are charged with terrifying tension, but any explicit details are left unsaid between them. Indeed, another mobster, Marvin, makes an allusion to liking Ash's "videos." The reader is to understand these videos to be pornographic in nature, as Marvin goes on to say "you're still not too old to be a star." Thus, the disturbing cocktail of sexual exploitation and pedophilia is exposed without the need to narrate explicitly the events of Ash's tragic past. This goes a long way of making the use of these topics seem more engaging and honest, rather than as props to prove the universe of the fiction is gritty and dark — though it is certainly that.

The "selling point" of queer love in the context of shoujo manga is not the terrifying suggestions of rape Marvin threatens Ash with, but rather the budding love affair between Ash and Eiji, a visiting photographer from Japan. However, precious little romance passes between Ash and Eiji in this first volume, and only the generic classification draws attention to the inevitable direction of their relationship. The euphemism that makes the disturbing themes more palatable serve to narrate their relationship as well. In the third chapter, in Ash and Eiji's first exchange, the feminized/infantilized (but not effeminate or childlike in actuality) Ei”chan”’s eyes fall to Ash’s “bulging” gun, his “piece” (close enough to be a homonym to “penis”), and Ash takes (whips) it out for Ei to hold. To express that degree of sexual charge in a mundane exchange is fairly impressive, particularly in a manga. This textured and robust literary sense follows from the Salingerian evocation of the Banana Fish.

The fascinating symbol works on two registers. Within the fiction of Banana Fish, the characters are aware of the status of the banana fish drug, the spectre and lynchpin of the plot's forward momentum, as a reference to Salinger. Dr. Steven Meredith tells Ash, "When you meet the 'banana fish' you want to die. It's the fish of death" referencing the suicide of Seymour in Salinger's story. The selfawareness of this reference, however, takes nothing away from the symbolic register. Banana fish operates in all its phallic, homoerotic, and pedophilic valences throughout the text. Dr. Meredith taking the moment to explain an aspect of the symbol is a fascinating creative choice. Yoshida has other winks to the reader (both her reader and simply one who is well read), with the Faulkner Penitentiary and a police detective named Charles Dickenson.

For a text with so much violence within its pages, it's the negative space of sexual violence that deeply unsettles and sits solidly at this manga's tumultuous core. Though this is certainly not a shoujo manga (I'd make the argument for seinen as the most applicable genre) it will be interesting to see to what extent the Ash and Eiji relationship gets played out on the face of the text and to what extent it will be metaphorized and metonymized. The care with which Yoshida handles the explosive theme of sexual violence, sex trafficking, and child pornography in this first volume imbues me with a great deal of hope that her thoughtful engagement of these topics will continue in a thoughtprovoking, rather than sensationalizing, fashion. As for Ash and Eiji, they both seem to be deeply compelling characters with far more depth, disqualifying them from the category of objectified bodies to sexual titilliate. I liked this but not sure yet if it's a series I'll follow to the end. It's pretty violent, but the characters are intriguing and the plot, though not generally my thing (gangs and drugs and gang/mafia/police politics...) is compelling. Between a three and four rating. I will probably read the second book in the series at the very least.

Several people write in their reviews that 'fortunately' the main character is not really gay. Which makes me 1) annoyed 2) less interested in reading the series. I was pretty excited to read a graphic mystery with a young, queer, smart, tough gang leaderwith a compassionate side or at least a strong sense of gangland ethicsas its lead character. I also understand that to call a male character gay or queer who has sex with other men in the context of gang life is not necessarily understanding the complexity of human sexuality and power dynamics under these particular circumstances.

I'm most curious to learn about the connection between the drug situation and the war situation (Vietam) and the relationship between Ash and, well, a bunch of different characters. And, that's about all I have to say.

吉田 秋生.

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    年、ストリートキッズのボス、アッシュはニューヨークのロウアー・イースト・サイドで、胸を射たれて瀕死の男から薬物サンプルを受け取った。男は「バナナフィッシュに会え…」と言い遺して息を引き取る。ベトナム戦争で出征した際、麻薬にやられて正気を失ったままの兄グリフィンの面倒をみていた彼は、兄が時々つぶやく「バナナフィッシュ」と同じことばを聞き、興味を抱いた。殺された男を追っていたのは暗黒街のボス、ディノ・ゴルツィネ。アッシュは男と最後に接触した者としてディノに疑われる。雑誌の取材でアッシュと出会った、カメラマン助手の英二も巻き込んで事件は思わぬ展開を見せ…。 I meant to write a review yesterday (Aug 12) when it was the author's birthday, but I forgot so I guess I can slack now, y/n?

    Kinda dated, but still with interesting ideas and execution. I wished it moved a little faster as I'm more interested in the longer plot reveal re: the mystery drug than the current gang war and police investigation, but will read on. One of my friends recommended me the anime and being that type of friend who trusts people's recommendation way too much, I decided to give it a shot.

    When I first encountered Banana Fish, I did not have any idea as to what it was. I just watched the anime without conducting any research to what am I subjecting myself into.

    First things first, be it known that stories involving mafias or gangs and drugs are something that I don't usually read or watch since I personally believe that it is not my genre. Imagine my surprise when I watched the first episode of Banana Fish and ended up liking it.

    I was done watching the first few episodes of the anime when I decided to read the manga series first.

    Personally, I think that the volume started very slow but picks up the right pace in the middle to the end. The art from the manga was very different from the anime since the latter was modernized but is still awesome, nonetheless. I find the characters well developed and the mystery revolving around Banana Fish interesting enough to keep me going. Thought I'd check this out as I'm in love with the anime. The anime is set in modern times where this is not but I still think the story is great and I'm looking forward to seeing how the manga differs from the anime. Ugh wow. One of my best friends recommended this to me because Ash reminded her of Andrew from All For The Game and holy crap I fell in love.

    The characters are so rich and the plot is layered and intriguing. I'm so so glad I picked this up. May I present to you my newest obsession: sad stories, mafia and edgy boys. Banana Fish is one of the more fascinating manga that I have encountered, equally for its engaging story, fascinating characters, and circumstances surrounding its advertisement. Branded a "shoujo" manga because of its shounenai or "boys love" subtext, this is a work filled with a degree of violence, sexual and otherwise, that is totally outside of the scope of the shoujo genre. In fact, such a category is a total misclassification. There's very little, in fact, in the first volume — beyond an astonishing scene in the third chapter, which I'll get to — to sexually titillate readers who are looking for representations of queer love or sex. In fact, the opposite is true. Much like the Salinger story from which the manga gets its title, the manga makes masterful use of euphemism to avoid reproducing sexual violence whilst engaging with it quite seriously.

    Ash Lynx, the main character, is enslaved (for the purpose of sexual exploitation) by a mob boss, Papa Dino. Dino and Ash's interactions in the novel are charged with terrifying tension, but any explicit details are left unsaid between them. Indeed, another mobster, Marvin, makes an allusion to liking Ash's "videos." The reader is to understand these videos to be pornographic in nature, as Marvin goes on to say "you're still not too old to be a star." Thus, the disturbing cocktail of sexual exploitation and pedophilia is exposed without the need to narrate explicitly the events of Ash's tragic past. This goes a long way of making the use of these topics seem more engaging and honest, rather than as props to prove the universe of the fiction is gritty and dark — though it is certainly that.

    The "selling point" of queer love in the context of shoujo manga is not the terrifying suggestions of rape Marvin threatens Ash with, but rather the budding love affair between Ash and Eiji, a visiting photographer from Japan. However, precious little romance passes between Ash and Eiji in this first volume, and only the generic classification draws attention to the inevitable direction of their relationship. The euphemism that makes the disturbing themes more palatable serve to narrate their relationship as well. In the third chapter, in Ash and Eiji's first exchange, the feminized/infantilized (but not effeminate or childlike in actuality) Ei”chan”’s eyes fall to Ash’s “bulging” gun, his “piece” (close enough to be a homonym to “penis”), and Ash takes (whips) it out for Ei to hold. To express that degree of sexual charge in a mundane exchange is fairly impressive, particularly in a manga. This textured and robust literary sense follows from the Salingerian evocation of the Banana Fish.

    The fascinating symbol works on two registers. Within the fiction of Banana Fish, the characters are aware of the status of the banana fish drug, the spectre and lynchpin of the plot's forward momentum, as a reference to Salinger. Dr. Steven Meredith tells Ash, "When you meet the 'banana fish' you want to die. It's the fish of death" referencing the suicide of Seymour in Salinger's story. The selfawareness of this reference, however, takes nothing away from the symbolic register. Banana fish operates in all its phallic, homoerotic, and pedophilic valences throughout the text. Dr. Meredith taking the moment to explain an aspect of the symbol is a fascinating creative choice. Yoshida has other winks to the reader (both her reader and simply one who is well read), with the Faulkner Penitentiary and a police detective named Charles Dickenson.

    For a text with so much violence within its pages, it's the negative space of sexual violence that deeply unsettles and sits solidly at this manga's tumultuous core. Though this is certainly not a shoujo manga (I'd make the argument for seinen as the most applicable genre) it will be interesting to see to what extent the Ash and Eiji relationship gets played out on the face of the text and to what extent it will be metaphorized and metonymized. The care with which Yoshida handles the explosive theme of sexual violence, sex trafficking, and child pornography in this first volume imbues me with a great deal of hope that her thoughtful engagement of these topics will continue in a thoughtprovoking, rather than sensationalizing, fashion. As for Ash and Eiji, they both seem to be deeply compelling characters with far more depth, disqualifying them from the category of objectified bodies to sexual titilliate. I liked this but not sure yet if it's a series I'll follow to the end. It's pretty violent, but the characters are intriguing and the plot, though not generally my thing (gangs and drugs and gang/mafia/police politics...) is compelling. Between a three and four rating. I will probably read the second book in the series at the very least.

    Several people write in their reviews that 'fortunately' the main character is not really gay. Which makes me 1) annoyed 2) less interested in reading the series. I was pretty excited to read a graphic mystery with a young, queer, smart, tough gang leaderwith a compassionate side or at least a strong sense of gangland ethicsas its lead character. I also understand that to call a male character gay or queer who has sex with other men in the context of gang life is not necessarily understanding the complexity of human sexuality and power dynamics under these particular circumstances.

    I'm most curious to learn about the connection between the drug situation and the war situation (Vietam) and the relationship between Ash and, well, a bunch of different characters. And, that's about all I have to say.
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  • Kindle Edition
  • 191 pages
  • BANANA FISH 1
  • Akimi Yoshida
  • Japanese
  • 08 July 2018

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