BANANA FISH – A Bittersweet Experience

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*Warning this review contains spoilers*

The animated version of Banana Fish ended in late December of 2018 and I still feel exhausted.  I had a lot of hope that the anime would address the problematic aspects of the series and make much-needed updates to amend those issues, but ultimately for the better or worse the anime left a bitter taste in my mouth. Continue reading “BANANA FISH – A Bittersweet Experience”

Banana Fish and the Real-World Racial Politics of 1980’s America [AnimeFeminist]

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This article was published on November 7, 2018, on AnimeFeminist.  Banana Fish was probably the most emotionally exhausting series I have ever read.  Despite many painful moments, I was impressed by the immense research Akimi Yoshida did for the series and how she was able to depict how pervasive white supremacy is throughout all sectors of society.  However, those historical events depicted in the series can be painful for new QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) readers.  Please read the original article on AnimeFeminist.