What can I say? It had to be Banana Fish. There are a lot of implications in this story and some might say this is shounen-ai…but seriously, it is not. I wish it were, with all my heart. Most of the times I don’t feel like pairing random characters around if I’m not reading/watching BL. Sometimes it happens because…well, there are a lot of hints around (yes Saraiya Goyou, I’m talking about you).
I never wished more for a manga to become BL as I did with this one. There is a certain detail here that doesn’t let us imagine it could happen at all unless the story changed. Oh well, at least I can keep my IchixMasa fantasies alive…
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… (Viz)
Banana Fish is an old school shoujo created by Yoshida Akimi, packed with a lot of action and drama; a completely gripping and amazing story that has you in the edge of your chair for the whole 19 volumes. A long journey that manages to make you laugh, love and cry, as you could never imagine. I admit I had some problems at first with the art, but that was soon forgotten when hell broke loose and I just couldn’t stop reading it.
Originally published by Shogakukan in 1986: Volume 1
Licensed in English by Viz Media (C): Volulme 1