It doesn't have to come from someone else first it have to come from yourself. Banana Fish is known for the ruthless way in which it treats its characters. "The Perfect Day for Bananafish" short story matches the ending as well. Is He Still Alive? Dino Golzine is the head of the Corsican Mafia and is somehow involved with a substance called “Banana Fish”. Ash doesn't believe in a better life. At the very most, and I'd call it a miracle, we'll get a short OVA with an alternative ending where we're told that he did not die Even that sounds way too optimistic. That they are both from two completely different worlds he doesnt value himself enough to believe he deserves peace because of all that he's done. He had the plane ticket and I thought he was finally able to live a happy ending with Eiji. In the Victini movie, Ash freezes to death. He is 200% a victim of all the really terrible, traumatizing things that happened to him, but he did also kill A LOT of people (all people that ‘deserved’ to die, but that wouldn’t matter in the eyes of the law). At the end it's just a matter of choice. Haven't you read Garden of Light? How does ash die in Banana Fish? If you don't like it, don't worry you're not alone, most of us don't like or even hate the ending. I'll explain things more when we get to episode 24 of the anime but yeah I very much dislike it and the message it sends. I am, and will probably always be, very conflicted about the ending of Banana Fish. I hope all of us BF fans can stick together at this time and keep each other in the loop. As the series progresses, he starts depending on Ash. The Banana Fish anime has sparked discussion around the chaste love story between Ash and Eiji. It couldn't be different some people say it very well. Naturally, that's not the only interpretation and I'm not trying to say "The Perfect Day for Bananafish" interpretation is the right one either. Yut-Lung andAsh doesn't believe on the fact that you can just choose to live and try hard to get happiness. I’m in the ‘I don’t hate the ending, and I think I get why it happened but it’s also not my favourite’ camp. Because doesn't matter he's the super genius he's still a kid who reject other point of view. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. note In the present, Ash happens upon two of his own gang attacking a man in a suit, who hands Ash a mysterious vial and says "banana fish" before dying. Well, Ash's destiny is like that. That's pretty much what Ash does, he chooses to die so that Eiji will forever be safe from violence. There's something I wish I could fix/change about every story I love, but it usually doesn't bring my overall enjoyment of the series down as much as Banana Fish's horrible ending does. The one about how Ash was deciding how to die and stuff I really liked. And the reason he does so is so that all the repercussions of his actions will not fall upon Eiji (and that's why I think Ash dies smiling - he feels that Eiji will forever be safe from danger with Ash's death). And he does so without thinking of pursuing his own happiness because he could not forgive his own "misdeeds;" he believed he did not deserve a happy ending. There's no content to make such a thing! i initially thought he was alive too, i mean he could've whipped out his phone and call anyone to help him... but then thinking back, either way he wouldn't have had a happy ending. I've read an analysis where he chose to die, but I just can't wrap my head around it. He can be quite naive about the world of gangs, and even American cu… There's something I wish I could fix/change about every story I love, but it usually doesn't bring my overall enjoyment of the series down as much as Banana Fish's horrible ending does. So what we are going to talk about is the famous tragic ending of Banana Fish. It’s a series where death was always lurking, where pain was never far away. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. Like the Kilimanjaro story said, he didn't actively want to die but he didn't value his own life either. We can hope for a ova series based on Garden of light. "Banana Fish," scene from Episode 24 showing the death of character Ash Lynx at the New York Public Library. But I feel like people are being very narrow-minded on what the intent of the ending is. I'm just really angry at this ending. He is shown wearing glasses when reading, suggesting that he’s long-sighted. Cookies help us deliver our Services. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. Ash found that man bleeding in an alley. I think there is a deeper connection in that book that's why i was planning to reread it. The shaved sides of his head could possibly be his natural hair color though this cannot be stated with certainty, mo… First of all, it sounds like you haven't read Garden of Light, the epilogue story. T_T nooooo, please no GoL, if they adapt that then we're really done :(. Like yes in reality he could have survived that stab he could have gone to japan afterwards. The reason that Banana Fish Season 2 seems unlikely is because the story of Ash Lynx and Eiji is based on the Banana Fish manga by Akimi Yoshida. Choose to live or choosing to die. But... he gets a non-fatal injury and just lets himself die. Possibly I was intended to be surprised when Colonel Foxx double-crossed Papa Dino in an aim to get Ash, Banana Fish, and the Union Corse all to himself, but I just really couldn’t care too much. And the more I ponder over it, the more I think there's several positive messages that can be taken from it as well. He died at the top of the mountain, and you said he knew he will never go back down. And the leopard? Ash gets the letter still, but there is no stabbing, no Lao involved. Yut Lung probably wouldn't go after Ash anymore with Ling Sing around. He's definitely confirmed dead in the manga, read Garden of Light, perhaps not in the anime. Its not the stab wound that killed the Lynx it … WARNING: If you haven't seen the full series, I highly suggest watching it before you read this. It was kinda hard to take. Ash cares for Eiji, saying "At least I know there's one guy who cares about me, It's the ha… It's such an unsatisfying ending, in my opinion. And watching the anime this line stuck out a lot to me ( I can’t remember if it was in the manga or not) but the orderly at the mental hospital straight up tells Ash that if he tries to escape it’ll be straight back to jail for him and that is definitely not the freedom that Ash wanted. And overall, it reinforces how much he loves Eiji and how little he values himself. Until he read the letter even for Eiji Ash doesn't want to change his way of life cause at the end it's the only thing he know so because of this he's defenetly lost and Golzine win to break him. I can give you the advice to read Garden of Light, Angel Eyes and Private Emotion, the three side stories ( There's Boy flying in the sky about Eiji too). And people are using the word 'perfect' to describe it? But what if it was because he also knew that there was no point. To me, it seems so bleak and cruel and runs counter to what I understood to be her message throughout the series. WAIT HE DIED bro I thought he just passed out in the library omfg kdkdkdk fr I still cried my ass off at the end either way. Golzine is ruthless, cold-hearted, calculating, ambitious, and sadistic. The ending doesn't erase everything I love about the series up to that point, but by God if it doesn't make everything feel so...pointless. Why the heck did he die? If he were to go to a hospital he would get caught and go back to prison for his crimes. People always talk about "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" when referring to the ending, but I feel like everyone forgets that the anime/manga is called "Banana Fish.". I just finished the anime and came to a denial type conclusion, that Ash was indeed asleep in the library, after a quick power nap he hurriedly made it to the airport, Eiji noticed his wound but it ended up being but a scratch, they embrace each other and left to Japan. However, according to the source material, it is assumed that he has indeed died.. How old is Eiji banana fish now? He treats his subordinates with res… you did articulate this well and this interpretation resonated well enough for me to accept the ending! Press J to jump to the feed. Did you guys noticed the title of episode 24. This review is based on reading the complete Banana Fish manga and the sequel story "Hikari no Niwa", or "Garden of Light", in Japanese. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. If he were to go to a hospital he would get caught and go back to prison for his crimes. However, reading some translations of interviews that she gave around the time the series ended makes me wonder just how heavily her dark mood impacted the story; I do wonder if we would have gotten a different ending if 1994 hadn't been such an apparently shitty period in her life. It’s just the cruelty of it that gets me. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. were, above everything and anything else, soulmates. You articulated this very very well, o share your opinion, the ending is not my fave, but a happy Ash/Eiji ending wouldn't be a real ending (because the danger would have still be there for Eiji). I think by that point Ash was just hella fucking tired. I just finished it, and I can hardly believe this is the end. It's not that Ash dies and doesn't get a happy ending, it's that he just gives up. Does Ash Die in Banana Fish? A Note on Chinese Names in Banana Fish A Chinese name is pronounced differently depending on the speaker's dialect (such as Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, or Shanghainese), but it is written the same way in kanji regardless of pronunciation. How I interpreted the ending was he did care for him. i read an interview with Yoshida and she said if ash didnt die, he'd still be living separately from eiji. Some fans are somewhere in the middle, where they don't like it but can understand why Yoshida might have chosen to end the series that way. I'm still honestly floored by this. I don't understand. Like it’s really shitty that Ash didn’t get the chance to heal and be happy but I also really never felt that he/Eiji would get a happy ending either. Ash proceeds to die via drowning in an attempt to restore the sea-crown as the underwater castle they are currently in is filling with water. It's a bittersweet ending, but that doesn't make it a bad ending. To him getting stabbed was a reminder that he is a "piece of shit". Ash killed people, so he deserved to die himself. But once he's reach his goal he realized by suffering that he have nothing else. It just sounds so strange, seeing how most of his formidable foes have finally died - the Colonel and Dino. A subreddit all about the popular manga, and anime series: Banana Fish. Yes, there were times where Ash felt that death was the better alternative, but he never gave up, not even in the face of adversity. Fandom Apps Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. One night, Dino hired some of Ash’s gang members to go after and kill a certain man. I was so pissed that he had to die in the hands of someone who is mostly irrelevant, IMO. I can understand Ash was in a bad mental state, but... the story of the manga up to that point was Ash starting to find self-worth and happiness through Eiji. ...Those posts above from MKillerby and Lunallae are hitting me hard. There's no way we're getting a second season. Most likely, and believe me when I say I keep harbouring hopes when I shouldn't, most likely they'll just leave it as it is now - open enough that we can choose without explicitly straying from the original ending. Just...sigh. Some fans absolutely loathe it. I don’t think he thought that his death would matter and then he was ‘free.’ :(. Like why? If all the events of Banana Fish still happened but the only difference being that Ash never fell in love with Eiji, I can assure you Ash would have lived at the end ,he would have been fighting Lao and gotten help. The … Ash killed people, so he deserved to die himself. Which begs the question, do we really want a second season? He got what he wanted but it goes back to one of the other main themes. It's not that Ash dies and doesn't get a happy ending, it's that he just gives up. I felt like that was too abrupt... and the worst is that nobody knew in his last seconds of living. Probably he saw it as the only way to be free, after having saved his cherished one. For me since the beginning it was obvious that Ash will die at the end. His distinctive style affectionately earned him the name 'pineapple head' from Ash. As for the ending, quite notably, Ash chooses to die since he is not mortally wounded. In short i was trying to convince myself that ash was just asleep . To the very end, Ash never realized how much he meant to Eiji. In other hand Ash choose to stay a gang leader when eveb Blanca ask him to go with him. Also, like I already mentioned, Ash's mental state was bad towards the end, he didn't seem to think Eiji would really miss him. Ash is a tall and slender young man standing at 5’11. It might explain the ending pretty well, honestly. Anonymous said: I haven't read or watched banana fish bc my heart already can't handle it, but there's sth I'm curious about - in garden of light, does Eiji know Ash is dead? The only times in which Ash would actively choose death was to protect Eiji. I think that given the canon being that it is, if Ash had gotten help, he would have gone to jail for the rest of his life (or the death penalty idk anything about the us penal system), victim or not. Eiji has, on more than one occasion, been described as innocent, but brave. But he got stabbed alone... no one was there to stop him. Apparently the setting of that book is in New York too. My sentiments exactly. i refuse to read GoL for that reason alone lmao i'm so weak i cant even watch fanmade vids featuring epi 24 w/o crying ;_; New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be". When Ash goes into Abraham Dawson's home, the creator of banana fish, they meet Yut Lung who disguises himself as Alexis Dawson's (Abraham's older brother) adopted son. eiji was like that summer romance that comes and probably never returns; or at least ash thinks having him return would just put him in that loop of dangerous scenarios happening to eiji. Technically, of course, she lost him a year or so prior. He is injected with Banana Fish by Golzine's men and ordered to kill Eiji, though he is able to ask Ash to kill him before he is able to do so. He just couldn't forgive himself. And finally, because of how popular BF seems to be in Japan it’s possible that there could end up being a second season. Thank you for posting them. Golzine death doesn't mean the end of evrything just a bit calm crime syndicate still around and for sure they'll had takes revenge. Maybe he found that there was no point because even if he wanted to go to Japan with Eiji he would be sent back to jail before then. I guess if you want an explanation of it. he's somewhat a dead man in NY, and i cant see him starting fresh in Japan. Eiji has a very kind, selfless personality. Do you remember Cain's words when he is imprisoned with Sing, "he will die only when he will choose it"? That is why it's one of the reason i was impressed in Banana fish. Hence, according to Sing, Ash and Eiji: did not do anything sexual; whether it’s due to circumstances or due to choice, we will never know. THE CATCHER IN THE RYE. No doubt there'll be people who disagree with me on that, but it's my honest opinion. In the manga, after being stabbed, Ash goes to the library to continue reading Eiji’s letter and dies by bleeding out there. He felt happy because for a moment he felt like he could but thats depression for you and hell bipolar too. That was my reaction to the ending of Banana Fish. However, without any guidance or idea of an direction to take it MAPPA may just end up turning the whole second season into a disappointing flop. That said, I was thoroughly surprised when Foxx shot Papa Dino, whom Ash was using as a hostage, and when Papa Dino later repaid the favor. His most notable feature is a large purple mohawk style hair that covers largely the top and right side of his head. I would have LOVED for Ash and Eiji to be happy, but Ash, throughout the show, talks so many times about how the only thing he can do is kill people, that he's tainted and that he doesn't want to pull Eiji into this mess. Yoshida further said that her original theme for Banana Fish was that there’s something tragic about people who die young, like how Ash lived his … Just. For a story as harsh as this, that Ash was murdered didn’t shock me. Some fans enjoyed it, describing it as "perfect". Banana fishes ending was sad but looking back I was very happy that Ash got to realize in the end that he was bigger than his past and he had the power to change and could leave the cruel world he was put into And I guess by dying in his spot at the library where he felt most at peace after reading Eijis words he had finally escaped it. he died in the confinements of a peaceful library, his head resting against the letter his beloved gave. His normal attire consists of a white, loose T-shirt, blue jeans, brown belt and red sneakers. Banana Fish doesn’t deal with immigration directly, but prominent second immigrant characters like Shorter and Sing paint a humanized, multi-faceted picture of a melting pot America. I have tried to keep the translation as literal as possible while still making sense in English. I recommend you go read that now. The ending is very polarizing. Eiji tells Ash, "My words might not mean anything now, but just remember one thing. Death is not uncommon, and plenty have fallen victim. I also don't think it'd be good. But look at this quote "Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Like he was too deep in the hole ( of violence in reference to the book a perfect day for Banana Fish) and too far up the mountain to go back down. But I feel that Ash's characterization directly contradicts that notion. He didn't want to die, but probably, since he protected Eiji and his friends, he accepted it. It’s true, Ash. Even if the world turns on you, I'll always be on your side." ... quote banana fish eiji ash ash lynx aslan full letter sayonara friends connected protect manga spoiler banana fish spoiler; That he have to built himself with Eiji. I should mention that I got spoiled that Ash died but not how he died prior to reading the manga. I don’t know if I articulated this very well, sorry. i rather stay delusional with the open end as it is than have it confirmed that he's gone. I just finished watching the anime, I don't think the ending deserves all the hate it gets and I'm glad to see more people think that here as well. Ash is my favourite character, and will always be. In the present day, Shorter helps Ash and his gang uncover the plot of Dino and his men, together with the mysterious banana fish drug. It seemed like he was about to go to the airport and likely to go to Japan with Eiji but in the end he chose the library to draw his last breath. 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