REVIEW: Banana Fish (Episode 22)

Episode 22: As I Lay Dying | 死の床に横たわりて

It’s a mean title for a mean episode.

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Would I watch an entire anime comprised of Ash’s facial expressions whenever Eiji effectively confesses his love to him? I’d fucking fund an entire anime comprised of Ash’s facial expressions whenever Eiji effectively confesses his love to him.

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REVIEW: Banana Fish (Episode 21)

Episode 21: The Undefeated | 敗れざる者

“Undefeated” is a pretty lofty title when you’re reaching the finale of an action epic. I’m already wincing, but that might just be whiplash from the fact that episode 21 has a fuck ton of ground to cover and only twenty minutes to do it.

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REVIEW: Double Decker! Doug & Kirill (Episode 10)

Episode 10: Failed Detective, but Pure! | はずれ刑事、純情派!

Wait a second, episode title, who are you calling failed, and who are you calling pure? Oh, I know you’re not throwing shade at my boy Kirill.

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That moment when someone randomly tries to buy sex with you but only offers thirty bucks.

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REVIEW: Double Decker! Doug & Kirill (Episode 9)

Episode 9: Don’t Think, Feel So Good! | ドントスィンクフェールソーグッド!

The protagonist’s awesome Engrish catchphrase gets title cred this episode, which is a nice way to jetpack back into the actual plot of the series after a slogging through slew of character filler.

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Pictured: a literal double-decker. Fuck yeah, jetpacks!

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REVIEW: Double Decker: Doug & Kirill (Episode 8)

Episode 8: Dancing! Academy! Investigation!

In a formulaic continuation of spending entire episodes delving into a specific agent’s irrelevant backstory, Maxine (“Max”), aka “Boxer” is up next, and by extension, her partner Yuri, aka “Robot.” On one hand, a platitude-drenched, cliche-driven slog of a twenty minutes. On the other hand… biker lesbians.

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But you know, at least the kids are having fun.

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REVIEW: Banana Fish (Episode 19)

Episode 19: Ice Palace | 氷の宮殿

Banana Fish is at its best when I hate it the most. It’s mean, it’s hard to watch, and it’s so cruelly poignant that it transcends its own brutality into art. Even when the plot is at its most far-fetched, the raw emotion is authentic and meaningful.

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