Posted by Lenlo on 2 September 2018 with categories: Banana Fish, Currently Watching:

Ladies and gentleman, for the first time writing these posts, I legitimately do not know where to being. This week Banana Fish proved itself, unequivocally, the best drama of the season. I am willing to admit, I started crying a bit this week. So let’s just jump in.

So, right off the bat, I was not expecting what happened this week. This felt like a finale for another anime, which since we are nearing the end of the cour sorta makes sense. But the fact that Banana Fish was willing to kill off one of its central characters in the 9th episode? And in such a brutal way. I am impressed. Banana Fish does a great job of making sure none of the characters feel safe. Sure, Ash and Eiji may survive, but at this point there’s no guarantee they will get through in one piece. That 4 characters have died in 9 episodes only enhances that feeling of unease. Its this kind of buildup that makes every confrontation with the villains tense. Because, unlike say a Shounen like Fairy Tail or Naruto, Banana Fish has proven that actions have consequences in its story. Consequences like say, Shorter.

Ah Shorter. Where to start here. Shorter’s facial expressions throughout this entire episode were phenomenal. His despair in regards to Eiji, his fear at being drugged, horror/anger when seeing Eiji again and the pleading when speaking to Ash. His VA, Makoto Furukawa, also did an amazing job pushing each of these scenes above and beyond. Every scene is just oozing with emotion. Take for example the beginning, where Eiji first wakes up. He still, in front of Dino and the Lung’s, fights back to try and protect Eiji, because he gave his word to protect him. For as long as he can, Shorter is yelling and telling Eiji he will protect him. I love his loyalty here. Apparently there is a side story about how Shorter and Eiji met, which explains their friendship and the angel scene near this episodes end. I can’t wait to read it, personally.

Next up, since it’s easier to just go scene by scene, Shorter, Ash and Eiji in the “Execution Room”. The high, or low point depending on your perspective, of the episode. There is an argument to be made for torture porn, of Banana Fish going so melodramatic so quickly. That it went to quickly, leaving us with no time to process Shorters betrayal or what Dino plans to do with Banana Fish. I can understand, even if I don’t agree with those arguments. My counter argument is simple: Those would be false flags, artificial stories that would go nowhere. Ash already knows/realizes/trusts Shorter’s betrayal wasn’t real, that it was forced on him. If Banana Fish had dragged this out, it wouldn’t have worked as well. A slow burn of torture on Shorter’s demise, in my opinion, wouldn’t have been near as low a point as this sudden ending.

And make no mistake, this is most likely Ash’s lowpoint for the show. This is the moment that he has to build everything back up from. It had to be shocking so that, next episode, Ash can be in despair, the rescue attempt can go off and we can have a big ol end of cour finale. This was also the episode that really sets up Abraham’s character. It’s the first time we really get to interact with him, for more than a few seconds at least. And boy did he jump up on my list of terrible people for this anime. It’s a weird day in the fandom when a torturous git like Arthur is the least hard E Evil of the villain roster. But the good thing is, we have 13 episodes to take down all 4 of these villainous leads.

Now, onto someone else. This week I noticed some interesting parallels between Max and Ash, something I hope will push their relationship forward. Because now, just like Max, Ash has also killed his best friend after they were drugged with Banana Fish. Hopefully Ash will be more understanding towards Max now. He knows just what this drug does to someone, both in the moment with Shorter, and the after effects with Griffin. It also means that Max will be able to comfort Ash some, though I doubt Ash will be so willing to accept it. I am also curious how this will effect Eiji, considering how close he was when Shorter died. I suspect Eiji will feel responsible in some manner, that’s just his character. But I also suspect he has lost some of that naivete that Ash so loved about him. I can’t wait to see the after effects.

 

Effects such as, what’s going to happen between Shorter and Ash’s gangs now? I like this whole prison break style 2nd story Banana Fish has going on now. It’s a nice callback to the fact that Ash and Shorter were both gang leaders, they have people behind them. Sure, not all stayed, but we have this loyal core, and it looks like Sing will be taking Shorters place in the story. I suspect it won’t be that easy though. Sing’s group is loyal to Shorter and Shorter alone, but who will they blame for his death? Of course they will end up blaming Dino and Abraham for drugging Shorter, but Ash is the one who shot him. I suspect this conflict, between Sing and Ash during/after the inevitable rescue, will be the main character conflict for at least one episode. Hopefully Sing is as interesting a character as Shorter.

Next up we had Eiji and Yut Lung. Their scenes were short, but interesting. The reversal of relationships, compared to Ash and Eiji, is something I hope gets explored more. Ash wants to protect, loves, Eiji’s innocence while Yut seems to be jealous of it and wants to tear Eiji down. Either that or Yut is trying to toughen him up some, to help him fit into this world he has been sucked into. Yut strikes me as the sort of “enemy of my enemy is my friend” sort of character as well. So I suspect he will escape with Ash and Eiji, going with them when Ash’s gang comes. After all his primary motivation is revenge on his older brothers, and Ash would no doubt love to help with that. I hope this happens, if only so that Eiji and Yut can interact more. It’s an interesting dynamic.

Finally, the bad guys. Oh boy. Every week they show up, Banana Fish makes them more and more deplorable. But what I found interesting about them is the cracks starting to form in their little group. For example when Dino was talking to Arthur, Dino clearly has no respect for him. They were discussing Ash and the entire time Dino is talking Ash up, his prized son, saying Arthur “wouldn’t understand”. Plus look at how Ash was dressed up compared to Arthur at the dinner, though Arthur with styled hair looked fabulous. Dino either doesn’t know or doesn’t care about Arthur’s inferiority complex with Ash, even outright stating that the gangs respect Ash but not Arthur for good reason. With this constantly hammering home into Arthur, I expect him to turn against Dino at some point, just to get a shot at Ash. God I love Banana Fish.

So closing out, what did I think of this episode of Banana Fish… It was fantastic. The pacing wasn’t perfect, but I would rather have a fast paced, competently written series than some a slow burn that never gets a sequel and never finishes. Banana Fish is checking all of my boxes, and they may not be perfect, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts in this case. Everything blends so well that, come the end, I was tearing up. Shorter begging for death because he doesn’t want to hurt Ash/Eiji, but also because he is in so much pain. It’s a beautiful, if admittedly a little overdone, scene. And it never reaches ridiculous melodrama levels like the Clannad series, with the drama being over the stupidest of things. Banana Fish’s drama is real drama, exaggerated for effect, instead of fake manufactured drama. And it works.

What about you? Am I hyping this up for no reason? Is watching it weekly, with some space between episodes, blinding me to some pacing issues? Let me know below and I will see you next week!

 

4 Responses

  1. Animosh says:

    Despite all the raving reviews for this episode, I actually … didn’t like it that much. I didn’t hate it, and Shorter’s death certainly hurt, but I felt like it was trying a bit too hard. It reminded me a bit of that episode of Sherlock where they have to play those Saw-like games. It felt forced and melodramatic. To be fair, it’s totally in-character for the bad guys to orchestrate something like this. But the torture chamber setting and the whole “you only have one bullet” spiel, it was all a bit too over the top for my taste. “Torture porn” is a good way to put it. Going for shock value like this is something I really dislike.

    And I feel like that’s a flaw of the show in general. The first time the show mentions rape you’re disgusted, but after a dozen more times you start to desensitize to it. There’s just so much suffering. Ash didn’t just lose his brother, and a child he took care off, and the kind woman who kept his father company. No, he was also sexually abused as a child, and then became a sex slave. And now he has to shoot his best friend. It’s almost fetishistic how the show pictures Ash as the suffering hero. I agree it’s impressive how the show has the balls to kill off its main characters, and how no one feels safe. But I also feel like the show is repeating the same trick too much, thus reducing its impact.

    Anyhow, despite my complaints, I’m also enjoying the show the lot! I like its fast pace, and the main characters are all strong (though the villains can be a bit over the top evil – the mind control drug is a bit silly too). And of course, the visual direction and the soundtrack are both excellent. So I think the hype is definitely justified. It’s a great drama, but there are still a few things keeping it from being an excellent one imo.

    By the way, I’ve been lurking around here for a while, and your reviews are always a lot of fun to read. So keep up the good work. :)

    • Lenlo says:

      I think the one bullet aspect was so that Ash wouldnt try to shoot Arthur or Dino, who were in the same room. After all its been established Ash is a crack shot, so that atleast had narrative sense to it.

      And yeah, the rape is… overdone. I swear, every single male character introduced has a 50/50 shot of being abused in their past, or being an abuser. Its… offputting. I try to take it with a grain of salt though, because from what I understand, Banana Fish was written as a sort of counterpoint to the Boy-Love genre of the time, which glorified the rape. Like “This is how much I love you so its ok” kind of trope. So I think the hamfisted approach of “See how bad this is?!” loses some of its effect in 2018.

      And thank you! I love hearing from people. Sometimes it feels like writing out into an endless void, so hearing that people like them really help keep me going.

      • SuperMario SuperMario says:

        The whole deal with the one-bullet is that…if Eiji can defense himself (if he has the gut to shoot Shorter, even to his leg to calm Shorter down), Ash could use his gun to shoot Arthur or even papa Dino instead. It’s a big stretch for me as well

        I’m kinda in the same opinions with Animosh regarding this episode. I like the idea behind “Ash has to kill his best friend because it saves him in the way”, but the whole presentation is hammy to me.

        • Lenlo says:

          Eh, maybe. But its not in Eiji’s character to kill someone, which he would have to do to allow Ash to use the bullet on anyone else.

          I dunno. Arthur and Dino seems sadistic enough to me that it works.

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Trulli? What does that mean?
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We have all kinds of international film festivals here. I watched Roma in the Latin Film Festival. Yeah that aspect I mus say that I feel lucky
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Well, we have a week-log screening here and I already lament how undeserving these films have. Guess I should be more appreciate now I know that other countries have 1-day screening only
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Although there are some films that America gets that we don't, the Heavens feel, the Madoka movies and Nanoha reflection showed in America but not here.
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Anime films seem to appeal to normies aswell.
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I saw an older woman in my screening of Maquia and talked to her after it and she liked it.
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@Anon: You may need to let us now what type of drama you're into, are you okay with highly melodramatic stories?
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if so anybody have any good sad anime movies?
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anybody here?
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But yeah, I agree the series has great character writing. In hindsight, it's kind of a shame you picked Irozuku over Bloom into You. It had a great premiere and some stunning scenes, but the characters are so incredibly droll that there's just not much to write about. They're both slow burns, but Bloom into You gives you much more to think about.
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So I think the crossing the line thing is ambiguous between your interpretation and Yuu's subconscious fear that if she initiates things, displays her affection towards Nanami (and a passionate kiss that Yuu initiates certainly seems to qualify), then that will be the end of things. Actually, it's probably a bit of both.
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@SuperMario: I think Yuu is also aware that Nanami does not want Yuu to fall in love with her (I mean, it's hard not to after that death stare). And as a result she can never initiate things, because showing affection would undermine the whole reason Nanami fell in love with her. And Yuu obviously does not want this relationship to end.
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@Animosh: the thing is Yuu takes the special attraction from Nanami for granted, and her mode is that she “doesn’t hate” it. She doesn’t hate it when she spends time alone with Nanami, she doesn’t hate it when they kiss. So for Yuu, when Nanami askes her to actively do it, it’a the first time Yuu feels like she’s crossing the line. Some really great character writing there
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It boils down to a female-targeted version of those moe shows that I don't care about all that much. Just replace the cute girls with hot boys.
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Compared to Katsugeki, where it tried to sell the series as something more than just a mobile adaptation and tried to court non-fans, here I got exactly what I expected; something safe and predictable, and catering exclusively to fans. So I got nothing out of it.
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Is there some sort of moe equivalent for male characters? Because this show probably counts as one. otoh, my feelings towards it are like most CGDCT anime: indifference.
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I think the oddest thing I did regarding anime this year was how I sat through both season of Touken Ranbu Hanamaru (including the one that aired earlier this winter), and didn't claw my eyes out when it's basically an unfortunate mix of a mobile game adaptation and a CBDCT show mixed in with some action segments to show that it's not just a pure estrogen-fest.
Animosh
I should also note that I don't relate to her in every way. I understand her difficulties with falling in love, but for me the problem is more that my view on love is too negative, and as a result I'm hesitant about taking the "leap of faith" that any relationship requires. Love is messy, and may well get you hurt, so it's easier to observe things from a distance, like Maki for example.
Animosh
Oh Yuu is definitely frustrating to watch. Her idealized conception of love prevents her from seeing what is obvious to everyone watching: that she's slowly developing feelings for Touko. And when those feelings evidently turn into love, instead of seeing them for what they are, she's in denial and insists that her feelings aren't special enough to be called "love". It's frustrating.
SuperMario
Then again, I can't really say why Bloom into You works for me now, but kept me in a distance in their first few episodes. It's slow-burn, and when you think back to it, not a lot has been happening. But I feel they haven't made any wrong step yet
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Can't say I relate to Yuu thou. She's the kind of character that in real life I would find really frustrated, and I know many of my friends behave that way. That just to further demonstrates how real these characters can be. Even the side characters, Sayaka and the lesbian adult couple work well for me.
SuperMario
@Aminosh: it took awhile for me to fully embrace Bloom into You (I say about episode 5,6) but I agree it's getting very solid now. it reminds me of Scums Wish as well, mainly because how twisted romance can be
Animosh
I'm also worried it won't end in a satisfying way, since the manga is still ongoing. But otherwise I quite like it. It has its problems, but if you go into it with the right expectations (slow pacing, complex and flawed characters that make for an unusual love story, with more focus on the characters' psychological issues than their sexuality) there's a lot to enjoy.
Animosh
My only major complaint is that its characters can feel rather artificial sometimes. Touko in particular is a victim of this. She's such a weird bundle of complexes that she can be hard to relate to. Maybe it'll be better explained later on, but the whole idea of falling in love with another person because you think she'll be incapable of reciprocating it ... it's weird.
Animosh
I particularly like Yuu. I can empathize with her difficulties with falling in love, and I like her arc of slowly "blooming into" liking another person. It feels natural and earned. And like in SSSS.Gridman, the direction is surprisingly strong, and as a result it mostly nails its key moments (the river confrontation, the shed starting shot, etc).
Animosh
I finally caught up with Bloom into You, and it really surpassed my expectations. It kind of reminds me of Scum's Wish, with how flawed its characters are, and how selfish and unreasonable they can be. But like in Scum's Wish, instead of condemning the characters for their flaws, we're given the background to understand them, and they're not used for forced melodrama but sympathetically explored.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: Are the Tezuka Buddha movies really that bad? I'll probably try the manga soon.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Also, it'd be cool if we could get long ova adaptations again.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'd be happy to get more anime set outside of Japan. I also wouldn't mind seeing some anime based off western material.
Lenlo
Gotta say, I wasnt expecting that from Banana Fish this week. I hope its not a fake out, because if it isnt this ending could be great. I love sad endings
Kaiser-Eoghan
Bunny-girl made me watch a horrible idol segment. Then I forgave it because the end of the episode was well executed melodrama.
Sash
I just recently watched Made in Abyss.... and i cried real hard. I was worried that this story was going down the loli route at first... but how this show frightened me... and how it pulled at my heartstrings at the end.
Sash
I just recently watched Made in Abyss.... and i cried real hard. I was worried that this story was going down the loli route at first... but how this show frightened me... and how it pulled at my heartstrings at the end.
Animosh
But regardless of how things turn out, it was definitely a powerful moment, and I'm really happy things are finally heating up again. Looks like the demon/leopard/whatever will be unleashed next episode.
Animosh
Welp, I guess something really did happen this week in Banana Fish. I kind of expect it to be a fake-out though. Chii mentioned there will be an epilogue, and it'd be strange to do so without our main couple intact. We haven't really gotten a confirmation of how Ash and Eiji see their relationship either. So I don't think the ship (or rather, one of its passengers) has sunk just yet.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Well, one of them is essentially the first two episodes of the show as one long episode. So i would say that makes sense.
Anonymous3169068
After all, I don't think they know anything about the series until I show them these. They already know that I bought the novels though.
Anonymous3169068
Meanwhile, I'm planning on showing my family, the two LoGH films, My Conquest is a Sea of Stars and Overture to a New War during our Christmas vacation. Is this a good jumping on point?
Kaiser-Eoghan
Come on torrent, 90% done, then you decide to slow down. This is conspiracy I say.
Amagi
Same here
SuperMario
Thanks, will download it when I get home.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Early sub for 720p version of liz and bluebird is on nyaatorrents, they say they are doing a 1080p version tomorrow.
SuperMario
It’s Christmas season soon so I hope I can watch some older gems during that period
SuperMario
I, on the other hand, decide to get off my movie marathon for now to spend time WATCHING MORE ANIME.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I've had that issue on other blogs, getting the moderation awaiting message, I got it here in the past too.
SuperMario
Woah, I will read that story soon when I have free time. Thanks
SuperMario
Lemme fix this, Amagi
Amagi
I have given up on a bunch of anime now I rather enjoy the few I really like to the fullest and use the rest of my free time to play games and read VNs.
Amagi
"Your comment is awaiting moderation" guess I posted too many links, he. Well thinking about it I could have just posted this in the shoutbox, it's no spoiler or anything.
Lenlo
I quite liked it. I like that it wasnt a one off thing either, but it showed them working at it. I enjoy how when Kurahara chooses to do something, he commits 100% to it. Its fitting for his character
Kaiser-Eoghan
A lesser series would have drawn out the drama with Haiji. The scenes with kakeru reading manga with Prince also further support what the anon was saying about him warming up to Prince.
Lenlo
I cant wait to watch it.
Anonymous3164706
And yeah, the cliffhanger from last wasn't a big deal since Haiji fainted from overworking himself and needs to rest.
Anonymous3164706
That part where he chose to slow down in order to cheer on Prince and Ouji was a great scene in particular. He's starting to care about others now.
Anonymous3164706
Man, Prince has come a long way from his slow, awkward running at the start. And it looks like Kakeru is improving in terms of building his relationships with his teammates.
SuperMario
awesome! Under the Silver Lake is out as well in case you want to watch it, Kaiser
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Yo AwesomeMario , the bluray for Liz and the bluebird (the sound euphonium spinoff thing) is out, will probably be subtitled someday soon.
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Compartively dogs DESPISE me.
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Y'know...yeah, old kids stuff was kinda messed up and animal deaths were a big thing, Mufasa, bambi's mother aswell.
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Cats are weird
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We have two cats for two certain metro stations in my city. They belong to people living nearby but love the station so damn much you almost always see them sitting on the benches made for humans waiting for the subway/train. Two days ago I returned in the middle of the night and that one cat was still sitting there enjoying life. The other cat belongs to the station in front of my house.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Depressingly we also have that Lion king remake too.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Though I think plague dogs film adaptation stopped just before the full ending of the book?
Kaiser-Eoghan
Lol there are actually people out there who believe that only straight men have aspergers syndrome.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I can't actually leave a cat alone when I see it, actually snuck up on one to pick it up. Couldn't help myself.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Oh, heh, hey didn't know it shared the same author, makes alot of sense though.
Amagi
Yeah Plague Dogs is by the same author that did Watership. It was great. It's interesting to see how quickly series can become edgy and therefore bad on the one hand and how many grim dark movies or series exist that are damn good on the other hand. A wrong turn and your serious drama or thriller can turn into trash.
Amagi
Funny because I was also always a rabbit owner and now have a shitty cat (and yes I am actually autistic though although I guess I write pretty normal nowadays)
Kaiser-Eoghan
Oh Jesus...there was another old one wasn't there, the one about the dogs? Plague dogs, another example of a famliy/kids animation that pulled no punches.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I enjoy alternate history/dystopia stuff, There was It happened here, a British film about a what if situation where Hitler won.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't think I was able to get away with missing the subtext of watership down though when I was younger, my parents made sure I understood it at that young age.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I also liked how watership never really came off as being edgy in an detrimental way.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm convinced there is some connection between cats and rabbits in relation to autistic people, both creatures appear to love me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: And thats something I'm extremely picky on, mixing cuteness and darkness together but Waterships art got that right.
Anonymous3163410
Although it does try to go into darker material later on. It just tries to do what it can with a TV-Y7 rating and manages to succeed despite not being as violent or scary as the film.
Amagi
I like how Watership Down was basically the first popular cartoon with that dark moe trope if you count the rabbits as cute for being actual fluffy rabbits
Amagi
da,,it the cat won't leave the keyboard
Amagi
love 1984 too. genrally all of these political dystopias or however youcalltheseä#+
Anonymous3163410
It could be worse. It could be the sanitized kids version that aired in the late 90s.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And because the rabbits look organic in the 70s one, its more scary.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Watership was particularly harrowing though because it was rabbits and I was young and I was predisposed to rabbits=fluffy cute things.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*Ahem* kind of commied out there for a second. I'm actually more of an Allende-ist.
Kaiser-Eoghan
1984is still a good story too.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But he agreed that animal farm was good, despite being written by a trotsykite.
Kaiser-Eoghan
My father hated him despite my dad being a Marxist.
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