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From Viz:
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...


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v.Artbook Angel Eyes c.Cape Cod, 1985 by Asphodel's haven (2404d ago)
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19 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
11 Volumes [(Bunkoban) +1 Special volume - Complete]

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Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (225 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.63 / 10.0
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Betsucomi (Shogakukan)

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Viz (19 Volumes - Complete)

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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by eatthetrees
February 13th, 2011, 12:18pm
If you don't like the art and deem it to be too wordy, what are you, five? Go look at a picture book instead if your brain can't keep up.

Seriously, this story cuts so deep. Though I hate tragedies (I hate crying when I read) it made me FEEL. I absolutely loved it.
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by PepperPia
January 29th, 2011, 9:10am
Don't be put of by the art, the art isn't good but the story makes up for it a hundred times over. The story get's complicated but not ridiculously complicated that you have no idea what's going on. It also keeps the characters, not killing them off one second then bringing in a replacement but rather when they are killed they stay dead and no new character comes in illogically. It's realistic as in it doesn't make out to be what it's not. It's taking me ages to read but it's worth it and you can't really rush it, it's not a quick read.

... Last updated on June 12th, 2011, 8:25am
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Ending thoughts   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by kittkatt90
November 8th, 2010, 6:20pm
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After I read a few volumes of the story, I predicted Ash's fate, but it was still saddening after everything he had to survive, yet still ended up caught in Fate's trap. I wonder if the librarian had tried harder to wake him, if he wouldn't have had to ultimately be tragedy's scrapegoat.

I admit, it's generally not my kind of story (more shounen-ish than shoujo), but the conclusion of the series made a few tears shed out. I HATE tragedies.
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Incredible Story   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by koala1976
September 5th, 2010, 10:42pm
It's truw at first I was Taken back by the art, In fact I have downloaded the whole story some time ago but nver started reading it, but once I started I couldn't stop... the story is so human and great...Oh my god I had laughed and cried and it make so angry and indignat some times, but that is how the wotld we life works, This is the story of excepcionals persons but yj world they live in is the real world....Pleasse belive me you can't miss this manga.
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Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by TaoPaiPai
June 24th, 2010, 9:37am
first of all
the art is horrible
its very hard to tell ppl apart[in alot of sitiuations]
waaaaaaaaaaaay too much text...if i wanted to read a book i would
its goddamnboring omg it feels so long
reading a chapter takes ALOT of time
first there is so much talking and text but nothing is being said
they just talk and talk and talk and talk...then they talk in some new area
there is just so much talking
i have never seen that in a manga before...its like in a typical shounen manga when the badguy showup and start to tell the goodguys how much more awesome he is and in detail explain how is better on EVERY PAGE and its sooooooO boring since nothing they say is important[for the story or the sitiuation]

since they suck cock very clearly in this manga i feel Yaoi should be added to the genre list
so that no1 gets the wrong idea while reading this
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by altilye
May 23rd, 2010, 2:13pm
As everyone else said, art is acquired taste, etc. I won't go further into that.
The thing is that once you acquire it, (and it doesn't take long, believe me) it's impossible to shake off.

What did it for me, plot-wise, is that there was no way that I could stay indifferent to Ash's personal misfortune in spite, or perhaps because of, its sharp contrast to his stupefying wit, and strength of personality and will. Will for survival for the sake of survival. (I don't think I had EVER felt so sorry for a fictional character before I read this :\ ).

So if you want a great series that will truly stay with you, do yourselves a favor and read Banana Fish.

... Last updated on June 24th, 2010, 2:08pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sweetnsour321
April 5th, 2010, 8:05pm
oh my..I really really can't believe that I didn't read this manga long time ago. I judged it by it's cover and I missed out on the best manga I'll ever read. The plot, character, etc.. makes you feel like you really know them and your really there. The first volume is just so-so but by the second volume you just get hooked! i can't believe what I was missing ALL my life. once I started this I didn't sleep for 2 days straight so I could finish this manga). which is a really big thing for me since I absolutely would kill myself if I can't sleep. This manga is so beautiful, sad, and wonderfully portrayed.
The mangaka makes you fall in love with the characters. I really really really recommend this but you have to read up to the 2nd or 3rd volume, that's when everything will pull you in. It has everything love, gangs, drama, etc.. I a 100% would read this a thousand times (if I did I would be dead from being sleep deprived)
The art is not ugly or messy the cover may be a turn off to most people but this manga will forever be #1 in my manga list out of hundreds of thousands of millions of manga I ever read. Please try this up to volume 3 and see if it will take your heart. Volume one is just kinda boring and iffy and unlike most mangas it has some long dialogue (manga is about the plot not the art in my opinion). volume 2-3 will pull you in I mean it. please please try this lovely beautiful manga. Don't do what I did and skip it for years You will regret NOT reading this(for most). please try~! I've been repeating the same thing since I'm trying to tell people who used to be like me and judged my it's cover. just ONCE not to judge and read this manga. (i'll tell you it's not for everyone a lot of violence)
but I know that this manga will FOREVER be in my heart and be the #1 manga I'll ever read...

... Last updated on October 10th, 2010, 4:36pm
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19 volumes 1 weekend...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Da Red One
January 24th, 2010, 1:52pm
I just finished Banana Fish...and i'm still first i was wary due to the Shounen-Ai (i mean come on all or nothing)...but Eiji and Ash's relationship was more than that...Ash was a product of circumstance...and Eiji was like a fresh breeze...he swept Ash up and just gave him a purpose...their friendship (and i use friendship...but it was more than that...) was not a weakness, well maybe at times it was, but a redeeming quality for everyone...

At times i found myself laughing at Eiji's broken english....and Max and Jennifer...i especially felt close to Sing...but that is another story all together...ha ha ha...but that end!!! i could not stop crying...i just...that was, just too much...i mean it hit me but i couldn't absorb it until i read the last bit with Akira and Eiji and Sing...then the tears hit me and i couldn't stop...

And as for the Art...YOU GET USED TO God why put off a good story because of my opinion it was perfect...after you get used to it...and if you don't want to get used to it then you are missing out on a Great series...

The Plot...i read 5 volumes after class...and had to FORCE myself to 3 AM...ha ha ha but i mean you lose track of get so caught up that you forget it is just a manga...I'm from NY and i couldn't help but remember all the places there and the people...

the author painted a beautiful work that i may never read again, not because it was bad, NO, but because it was on of those things that when you know the end it is hard to go back to the beginning and get that same feel, quite frankly i think knowing what i know now....i would read it and stop halfway...i don't think i can handle that end twice....

I wish i could vote it higher than 10/10...I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS MANGA!!!
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sasaki kojiro
November 10th, 2009, 10:47am
When I picked this up there were so many things I didn't liked, starting with the art and the slow building plot but the art gets better (around vol 4-5) and the plot is catchy.
While reading the last volume I was listening over and over again Sonne by Rammstein and it sounded like a funeral song to me, I just cried and cried and cried...
After finishng 18 I was so happy, I should have stopped there, the author should have stopped there...
I would give this 100 if I could, and I don't even give 10 easily. I don't have words to express how beautyful and touching it is, so just read it.
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Just... awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sailorliones
November 5th, 2009, 8:33am
Left with tears streaming down my cheeks at the ending... god damn it, it wasn't supposed to turn out this way!!! Fuck it... i'm just sad... sorry. Anyway, this manga is beyond real. While the drawing style is from the eighties and not much to look at (though it's better than much that I've seen out there), it works wonderful with the story. All characters are developed superbly, and the plot if not masterful, is absolutely genius. Contrary to what is listed, there's no shounen ai. Don't know where that categorization came from. The two are just friends and nothing more, don't get the wrong impression. Anyway, this is just... freakin flippin awesome. This is one of the basics in manga repertoire... can't call yourself a manga fan by any means if you haven't read this... dear lord, i'm still crying. You can't help but flip through the chapters and volumes, and amaze yourself you're already on volume 4 by the time you've stopped to take a break. It's so fast paced yet so beautifully done, that you'll wake up after reading the whole thing and wonder where the time went. This is a gem of a piece and the mangaka has my full respect.
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