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03/31/2005 Archived Entry: "Manga review: Banana Fish, Vol 6"

Banana Fish Book 6
Story and Art by: Akimi Yoshida
Published by: VIZ

Review by Kathy LaFollett

Shojo Pulp Fiction, readers:

Banana Fish is simply a juicy, easy read that is just too fun.

Ash, our dazzling hero, started life as a runaway who was adopted by crime lord "Papa" Dino Golzine. He is the expected heir to the crime throne. Ash wants no part of this kingdom and after loosing his older brother in Vietnam, he sets out to step away permanently from Papa. Eiji Okamura, a young photographer from Japan, has made Ash's acquaintance just in time to fall with him into this bloody whirlpool. Now the Chinese Lee Syndicate has delivered Ash, Max Lobo, Ibe and Dr Alexis Dawson to Papa Dino. "Banana Fish" has been used to brainwash Shorter Wong and manipulate him into mutilating Eiji Right before Ash's eyes.

Oh ya, Pulp Fiction only Quentin Tarantino could do better.

Akimi Yoshida offers up aggressive Manga art that never crosses the line into extreme. Edgy, gritty, demanding linear work that propels the characters, antagonist and protagonist alike, forward. Motives and means explain the characters inner being while substantiating their nemesis' own id.

Banana Fish itself offers a view on the underbelly of what ends man will go to kill each other. Nasty stuff that banana fish.

American Mafia, Japanese Syndicates, the Pentagon's own need for new ways to deliver death, angry young men with very large guns, and banana fish.

One book, and I'm addicted.

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