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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The titles of the anime's episodes are all references to mid-century novels and short stories by American authors such as Creator/JDSalinger (whose short story "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" inspired both the first episode's title and the title of the series itself), Creator/ErnestHemingway, Creator/FScottFitzgerald and Creator/WilliamFaulkner.


* {{Bishonen}}: Ash, most definitely. Eiji also qualifies, moreso in the anime. And Yau-Si. Sing Soo-Ling [[spoiler: grows to be one in Garden of Light]]. It's not quite a CastFullOfPrettyBoys, but there's several of them.

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* {{Bishonen}}: Ash, most definitely. Eiji also qualifies, moreso in the anime. And Yau-Si. Sing Soo-Ling Soo-Rin [[spoiler: grows to be one in Garden of Light]]. It's not quite a CastFullOfPrettyBoys, but there's several of them.


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* ArtEvolution: Yoshida's art in the [[https://s8.mkklcdnv8.com/mangakakalot/r1/read_banana_fish_manga_online/vol01_chapter_1/27.jpg first few volumes resembled Katsuhiro Otomo's]]. By volume 5, the style she became associated with [[https://s8.mkklcdnv8.com/mangakakalot/r1/read_banana_fish_manga_online/vol05_chapter_3/15.jpg had developed along with refined character designs]].

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* WordSaladTitle: "Banana Fish" sounds like a very strange and nonsensical title for a crime/action series at first glance. However, there is meaning behind it, both as the story's initial ArcWords that raises the question of just what this mysterious "Banana Fish" is, as well as a ShoutOut to Creator/JDSalinger's short story "A Perfect Day for Bananafish".

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* MrFanservice: Ash, [[ShirtlessScene on]] [[HelloNurse occasion]].Though mostly it's a serious case of FanDisservice, considering the circumstances he's put through—especially in his past, when he was a child.
** [[ShirtlessScene Blanca]] gets a bit of this too, especially in the anime.


* ProfessionalKiller: [[spoiler:Blanca, the man who taught Ash most of his killin' skills. He's a RetiredBadass who gets hired by Golzine to help stop Ash. Interestingly, he's a combination of FriendlySniper and ColdSniper: he's personable, smiles often, and is overall quite affable, but he's also completely ruthless and seemingly has no qualms about killing the boy he once trained. In the end, though, he turns out to be a HitmanWithAHeart, joining Ash's side for the final fight.]]


* TheJailBaitWait: Horrifically for Ash and the other little children caught up in the pedophile ring, this does not happen for them, as they are graphically raped from a very young age.


** Ash's older half-brother, Griffin, shares his name with the mythological creature (Griffin).



* {{Bishonen}}: Ash, most definitely. Eiji also qualifies. And Yau-Si. And Sing Soo-Ling. It's not quite a CastFullOfPrettyBoys, but there's several of them.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Golzine is killed, the "banana fish" is destroyed, and the blackmail photos are leaked, causing the resignations of corrupt politicians and officials, but Eiji leaves for Japan, inviting Ash to come with him ... and then Ash is stabbed to death and dies in the New York Public Library with a smile on his face.]]

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* {{Bishonen}}: Ash, most definitely. Eiji also qualifies.qualifies, moreso in the anime. And Yau-Si. And Sing Soo-Ling.Soo-Ling [[spoiler: grows to be one in Garden of Light]]. It's not quite a CastFullOfPrettyBoys, but there's several of them.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Golzine is killed, the "banana fish" is destroyed, and the blackmail photos are leaked, causing the resignations of corrupt politicians and officials, but Eiji leaves for Japan, inviting Ash to come with him ... and then Ash is stabbed to death and dies alone in the New York Public Library with a smile on his face.face and Eiji's beautiful letter in his hands.]]



* TheJailBaitWait: Unfortunately for Ash, this does not happen for him.

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* TheJailBaitWait: Unfortunately Horrifically for Ash, Ash and the other little children caught up in the pedophile ring, this does not happen for him.them, as they are graphically raped from a very young age.


** In the manga, Ash thinks Eiji's Japanese sounds like the language of an Ewok, a creature from ''Franchise/StarWars''.



** In ''Garden of Light'', ''Manga/Sailor Moon'' and ''Manga/Dragon Ball'' both get a mention!

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** In the epilogue, ''Garden of Light'', ''Manga/Sailor Moon'' the classic series ''Manga/SailorMoon'' and ''Manga/Dragon Ball'' ''Manga/DragonBall'' both get a mention!

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* RapeDiscretionShot: Several times, most notably with [[spoiler: Foxx]].


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** In ''Garden of Light'', ''Manga/Sailor Moon'' and ''Manga/Dragon Ball'' both get a mention!


* BeautyBrainsandBrawn: Eiji, Ash and Shorter respectively as the male equivalent of the trope.

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* BeautyBrainsandBrawn: Eiji, Ash and Shorter respectively as the male equivalent of the trope.trope, though Ash is all three at once.


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** TheBigRottenApple: The brutal gang-violence, power-hungry Mafia, corrupted police force, rampant underground network of child prostitution, and extreme drug trade among other issues is what the [[CrapsackWorld world of Banana Fish]] is really set in.


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** Blanca is this as well.


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* TheJailBaitWait: Unfortunately for Ash, this does not happen for him.

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* ClickHello: Sort-of. While getting ready to take out Dino after finding out his brother is dead, Ash wakes up Eiji by poking his gun in his face. Eiji's...rather startled.


* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: The anime is full of it, and most of it is spot-on aside from one or two minor grammatical errors.

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* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: The anime is full of it, English text, and most of it is spot-on aside from one or two the occasional minor grammatical errors.error.

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