Banana Fish is a classic shōjo manga by Akimi Yoshida which ran from 1985 to 1994 and spawned several mini-spin-offs: Private Opinion, Angel Eyes, X Men, and The Garden with Holy Light. The series was very popular in Japan.
The name is most likely inspired by the short story A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J.D. Salinger.
1973, Vietnam - an American soldier goes mad and guns down his buddies. Since then, the only words he has uttered are “Banana Fish”…
Twelve years later, in New York City, police investigate a series of puzzling suicides and a dying man gives a charismatic young gang leader named Ash Lynx a vial of a mysterious substance…
【Spin-offs and Prequels】
<Fly Boy, In the Sky>
Eiji Okumura and Shunichi Ibe were introduced in this early short story by Yoshida.
The story of the beginnings of Ash Lynx’s friendship with Shorter Wong.
Details Ash’s first memories of meeting and coming to trust Blanca.
<Hikari no Niwa, or The Garden with Holy Light>
A short story set after the events of Banana Fish, in which the characters Eiji and Sing, now several years older deal with the shadows of their past and try to cope with their present lives together.