Banana Fish (stylized in all caps) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akimi Yoshida. It was serialized in the monthly manga magazine Bessatsu Shōjo Comic from 1985 to 1994, and collected into nineteen tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan. Banana Fish follows the relationship between Ash Lynx, a teenage gang leader in New York City, and Eiji Okumura, a Japanese photographer’s assistant. Though Banana Fish is not a boys’ love series, critics have noted the series’ depiction of homosexuality and homoeroticism as having been influenced by (and in turn having influenced) the boys’ love genre. The series is further noted for achieving crossover success between audiences of shōjo manga (girls’ manga) and shōnen manga (boys’ manga). The series was adapted into a 24-episode anime television series by MAPPA in 2018, which aired on Noitamina; the series is syndicated globally by Amazon on Prime Video, which simulcast the series during its original broadcast run. An English-language translation of the manga was published in North America by Viz Media, which serialized Banana Fish in the manga magazines Pulp and Animerica Extra.
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… **[WARNING: Just in case you missed it, this is a TRAGEDY. If you don’t want to cry, don’t start reading it!]**
A total of five side stories were published. In Japan, these stories were collected in a single bunkoban titled Another Story, while the 19th volume of the Viz Media English-language translation includes Angel Eyes and Garden of Light.