Banana Fish is not Yaoi, but it’s still Awesome!

A lot of people are kind of annoyed with many yaoi fans claiming Banana Fish is a yaoi or BL anime and they are right in saying so, Banana Fish though a popular manga amoungst fujoshi and fudanshi alike and with undertones of a deep male friendship later on in the story never really goes completely into boys love or yaoi material within the source material. That being said, if you are a boys love fan that has come to this series expecting that you may be disappointed but I would say if you are looking for an anime with a darker more mature story then Banana Fish will hopefully not disappoint. I myself am a fan of the original manga and this is why I was so excited when the anime was announced.

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It might not be BL, but I still ship Ash and Eiji and that is ok

It would seem however that there has already been a bit of backlash for the first episode of the series, namely in the subtitling of a conversation early on within the episode, that being the translation of main character Ash calling one of Dino’s guards a fag, according to a lot of people this translation is wrong because in the original Japanese he was just calling him gay,  but if you look at the context of this interaction he is using the word ‘gay’ as an insult and an easy way to get this across is the word ‘fag’ a word I will admit I myself am not a huge fan. Seriously though if you find this word alone triggering, well this might not be the anime for you to watch this season. I can guarantee you there is content much more triggering than this one word coming very soon within the story.

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To see my full spoiler-free thoughts on the series, you can read my review here.

On a side note, if you want a story with a similar tone to Banana Fish but is a yaoi manga, I would suggest looking into a manga called Yellow by Makoto Tateno. It’s about a pair of drug runners and has a very different dynamic compared to many other yaoi stories as there is not really a defined seme/uke relationship between the two main characters.

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2 thoughts on “Banana Fish is not Yaoi, but it’s still Awesome!”

  1. While not a fan of said word myself, I do think things like that need to be viewed in context. As you said, it was being used as an insult. If we shy away from portraying things like that in fiction, that would feel wrong to me. If it was being used as an insult and that was hyped up as a big, positive thing to say, then of course it would be worthy of complaint. Still, I like darker mature themes in anime, so I may yet give this a look-in.

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