BANANA FISH was serialized in Bessatsu Shoujo Comic from 1985 May issue to 1994 April issue. It has 19 vols of comics edition and 11 vols of bunko edition, both of which are still in print.
This story starts in South Vietnam, 1973. Griffin suddenly begins firing at his fellow GIs. Max Lobo shoots him to stop him from firing. Griffin is out of his mind and can only say "Banana Fish".
The story jumps to New York, in 1985. Ash Lynx, a street kids leader, comes across a man who is shot and dying. The man hands Ash a locket and says "Los Angeles Westwood 42....... See Banana Fish". Ash goes home and asks his elder brother Griffin, who has become a human vegetable, what Banana Fish is.
Dino Gorzine, who is a homosexual Corsican Mafia boss and loves Ash, is also interested in Banana Fish.
Eiji Okumura comes from Japan with Shun-ichi Ibe, a photographer. They meet Ash to take street kids' photos.
Dino frames Ash and he is sent to a prison. Ash meets Max Lobo there. While Ash is in prison, Griffin is killed by Dino's henchmen.
Later, Ash is released from prison and attempts to kill Dino with the help of his friend Shorter, but they fail and escape.
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Frederik L. Schodt is introducing BANANA FIISH in "DREAMLAND JAPAN, Writings On Modern Manga" 1996, Stone Bridge Press
BANANA FISH has spin-offs. Eiji and Ibe first appeared in "Fly boy, in the sky"
in Bessatsu LaLa winter issue in 1984.
"Private Opinion" is a story about young Ash and Blanka. "Angel Eyes" is set in a reformatory, where Ash met Shorter for the first time at the age of 13. "Hikari no Niwa" is a story about Eiji and Shin eight years after BANANA FISH.
BANANA FISH has been translated into Chinese, Korean and English.
BANANA FISH English version has been running in PULP magazine since 1997 December.
There are three issues with a BANANA FISH image in the cover
|1999 January||1999 September||2000 April|
The first five vols of comic books have been published so far.
|English Title||Publisher||Published in||ISBN|
|BANANA FISH VOL.1||VIZ Communications||1998.9||1-56931-320-2|
|BANANA FISH VOL.2||VIZ Communications||1999.5||1-56931-369-5|
|BANANA FISH VOL.3||VIZ Communications||1999.12||1-56931-438-1|
|BANANA FISH VOL.4||VIZ Communications||2000.10||1-56931-544-2|
|BANANA FISH VOL.5||VIZ Communications||2001.6||1-56931-673-2|
You can see the cover images below
BANANA FISH VOL.1
BANANA FISH VOL.2
BANANA FISH VOL.3
BANANA FISH VOL.4
BANANA FISH VOL.5
You can see the sample pages.
vol. 1 samples
vol. 2 samples
vol. 3 samples
vol. 4 samples
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