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Banana Fish

By Khadija Khan
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Set in the crime-filled underground of New York City, “Banana Fish” follows the life of Ash Lynx, a 17-year-old gang leader. We’re taken along Ash’s journey as he delves deeper into a conspiracy which involves a mysterious drug named “Banana Fish”. Ash becomes involved due to his older brother after he becomes unresponsive due to seeing a mysterious photograph of a smiling man. Despite his involvement with criminal gangs of New York, he has quite a strong sense of justice and compassion, these traits further keep him interested in uncovering the darkness behind the drug. Joined by a kindhearted ex athlete, Japanese photographer, 19-year-old Eiji Okumura, Ash is determined to find the truth behind the drug and to protect his loved ones. Eiji finds himself unable to leave Ash alone to solve the conspiracy despite the fact he, prior to meeting Ash, was completely uninvolved in the criminal underworld. Becoming Ash’s support and voice of reason in the middle of the chaos and violence surrounding them becomes Eiji’s goal. Ash and Eiji slowly come to completely trust one another even with the coincidental nature of their first meeting. Together, they vow to bring down unknown forces which threaten them and the lives of their friends and to uncover the secrets of Banana Fish. A thrilling action filled crime anime which will have you on the edge of your seat with anticipation as well as clutching tissues as we further unravel the painful truths of Ash’s childhood. His past, which led him to be a gang leader has even the most unmoving person shed a tear or two. This isn’t for the faint of heart as it deals with heavy themes of violence and child abuse, so be warned. Be prepared for pain and action along with masterful storytelling with “Banana Fish”.

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