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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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Again, when I see such a masterpiece fall under the radar because "the art sucks" I always tear up because this deserves more credit! Yes, the drawing may not be "up to the standard' as present drawings but who cares when it has hearts.
Also to make things clear, it's NOT SHOUNEN AI!!!There is no upfront kissing between 2 guys( ok TWICE but not for what ppl are thinking) Why can't ppl just believe that a deep frdship can happen between 2 guys? I like yaoi, shounenai as much as the next fangirl but when it's obviously not, it is false advertisement.
Every time I reread this I always laugh that this was categorized as "shojo" because it is 100% obvious that its shonen/seinen in every aspect. This manga is truly my heart of hearts....EXCEPT THE LAST VOLUME!!!! This manga was so beautiful before THAT happened and when the tag says tragedy believe me when it happens..it hits HARD. But for newbies, don't let this scare you away-read up to the middle of last volume and stop right there and you'll leave with a smile XD It had gunfights, betrayal, death, and beautiful friendship( in fact, the most beautiful I have seen) Poor Ash, the Shiva, compared to the innocent Eiji and the things they gone through together. When you finish the manga, it will be hard to believe that only 1 year went by but when you see the personal growth amongst the main characters-you realize that 1 year alone is enough to change a person.
I will give this a 9/10 because the editor apparently just force fed the whole bs about adding THAT at the end to the mangaka and totally just killed the happiness I longed for -_- But overall, I can't recommend this enough!! It deserved the award it was given!!!
... Last updated on May 7th, 2011, 9:51pm
all in all great
It has been way too much time since I originally read this so i can't really give my first impressions as I don't remember them lol, I don't think I ever had a problem with the art tough. What can I say that hasn't been before well the art is actually god (at least I liked it). The characters, the story, they're so human, so sad, so funny, so powerful, so deep, so twisted, so beautiful..... so great.
I've read it 4 times already, and Iíve cried every single time, when I begin it, I have trouble putting my mind off everything that will happen trough the story. And half way through it, I struggle to stop thinking about the ending, to keep on reading, just to be left crying my heart out in the end lol. Thatís how much I love it, I just can't help myself from rereading it, with enough time between reads to emotionally recover, to gather the courage, and to prepare myself for it, granted Iíll always end up in crumbles by the end but.....
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.
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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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.
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.
first of all the art is horrible its very hard to tell ppl apart[in alot of sitiuations] second waaaaaaaaaaaay too much text...if i wanted to read a book i would third 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]
also 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
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
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
19 volumes 1 weekend...
I just finished Banana Fish...and i'm still crying...at 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 IT...my God why put off a good story because of art...in 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 stop....at 3 AM...ha ha ha but i mean you lose track of time....you 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!!!