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  • Art Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: TOKYOPOP
  • MSRP: 9.95
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 1-59116-106-1
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Banana Fish (Shojo Edition) Vol. #03

By Eduardo M. Chavez     May 17, 2006
Release Date: July 01, 2004

Banana Fish (Shojo Edition) Vol.#03

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Yoshida Akimi
Translated by:Matt Thorn
Adapted by:

What They Say
New York City: the height of its 1980s crime wave. Aslan Callenreese came here as a runaway, only to fall into the hands of mafioso Dino Golzine, who used him first for sex, and then as an enforcer. Aslan, known on the streets as "Ash Lynx," is sent to prison packed with men in Dino's pay, while the ruthless thug Arthur moes to take over Ash's old territory.

The Review
Ash is in deep possibly too deep. The teen gang leader has found himself in the pen and there are few places where Dino's mafia has more influence. And for all his plans Ash cannot do anything while he is constantly being jumped by his fellow inmates and worked over by the prison guards. Yeah Ash has claws but he keeps on forgetting he is also in a cage without a key.

On the outside, Ash's friends begin to unravel the identity behind "banana fish" and they begin to work their contacts to get the Lynx out. They have a great chance, but some of them forget the young man is not a pretty face, he is a wild animal. They better have plan or else Ash will end up back in jail or worse. And Papa Dino wants him to live through worse!

Banana Fish is the type of manga we just do not see told anymore out here. It is a long drawn out narrative. Really this is a long movie told in manga form. Take out the chapters and the volume breaks and you get an amazing continious story about characters and not themes. Like a great crime drama Banana Fish always takes time to make the crooks, no matter how currupt, human. Ash is unique as he seems to be the complete opposite - a good human lead to a world of crime. So when we see the tender side of his personality, we soon he his claws. And while developing this epic, Yoshida-sensei presents the harshness of the city of New York in the 80's. That alone is a story on its own. How small is that city of a millions? In Banana Fish, with Papa Dino in charge it feels as small as the cell Ash was locked up in.


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