This manga and anime left a mark like none other ,for me.
We fall in love with Ash right from the start rooting for him even when he's not rooting for himself.
In this aspect we're all Eiji.
But, despite all the hate this may get me, it's a good thing that Ash died.
That trauma, darkness would've never left him. It's like Eiji was his salvation. Eiji's confession that his soul would always be with Ash set him free of his bonds, his guilt, his burden making one realize that the true happiness he craved for was to be remembered as a loving person capable of giving and not just taking, capable of basking in the sun instead of withering under the moon.
Aah I love Ash. But it was time that he was set free of all those chains that pulled him down.
Like the leopard he'd reached his goal and attained salvation.
Sa-yo-na-ra Aslan Jade Callenreese
The first part is nice that it seems to have resonated with you, always good if something can do that!
Mandatory to respectively dissent with the second part though! Ash was never the victim, he was the hero of his story. Trauma and darkness? Pfft, whether it's handling criminals in prison to mob bosses and assassins, Ash knows what he is doing. Yes a good analogy, Ash was a mongoose to these snakes he knows how to survive against serious threats.
"the true happiness he craved for was to be remembered as a loving person capable of giving and not just taking, capable of basking in the sun instead of withering under the moon."
That was a good part, but not be remembered rather be the loving person to enjoy his life with Eiji who he certainly felt something for and vice versa. With the irreconcilable obstacles like Dino out the way Ash was safe but it was Eiji that helped dissolve Ash's chains, plus give him the reset in life he could use.
Everything bad was gone, and sure Ash could survive it anyway but obviously far better for him to live his life in happiness (and we saw firsthand he was content) with Eiji as Ash intended to do.
Living with Eiji, his family and Ibe in Japan for a while, to return to New York by the events of the prequel materials... so long as Ash was happy then that would be have been the loveliest! 👍
Agree to disagree with you my friend.
The proverbial bad guys would've never stopped Dino or Foxx , they'd continue to hunt him and jeopardize Eiji. He realized that hence his resolve to never meet him despite being friends and mourning for that ( to Blanca).
Secondly despite Eiji being there sexual abuse and abandonment had it's claws deep within him. He had nightmares repeatedly. Yes, Eiji being there made the aftermath easier but they never stop. It's like treating his ruptured gut with a band-aid.
He was just good at coping with it. But that comes at a cost.
Remember how he lost it at the time unprovoked seeing the guy who rounded up kids for Dino?
Ash could've saved himself that day. Lao missed his vital organs. But instead he chooses the long tragically painful death with a smile on his face .
Deep down he knew that this comfort was ephemeral.
Always good to have different perspectives! That’s the thing though, Dino and Foxx, these obstacles were dealt with (lethally through their own ends) and so Ash had those hurdles behind him where they could not trouble him anymore. Same with Yut that possible continuing problem was mitigated thanks to Blanca so Ash was free to live, well yes basically happily ever after with Eiji.
You are right about the enduring pernicious effects of Ash’s past abuses but would offer that these thankfully really can be healed from. Sure they could bubble over but over time could definitely see them alleviated whether through being in an actual safe environment or through Eiji helping him (Eiji hugging him after Fox’s attack immediately helped Ash). No matter how serious the injury, one can be restored, or at least still capable of living and being happy which is most important. Ash was never on edge around Eiji (like carrying a gun as gang leader) he was truly at peace when interacting with him. Just like Eiji hugging him so too could Eiji adapt his helping methods if Ash experiences night terrors for example.
The thing is Ash has had serious injuries before and changed his mind that happiness was fleeting, it’s exactly why he went after Eiji at the airport to begin with. Now with the ending I think maybe we have to ‘look outwards’ from the plot so to speak. Don’t think it was Ash choosing a painful death believing happiness was fleeting; it was the author decided this series began and will end as a tragedy. Ash would never have chose leaving EIji behind, the author chose it to fit the thematic goal of the series.
It’s easy from this perspective, Ash overcomes the horrors in his life and had recourse in Eiji that he was actually willing to embrace.
Still really like the perspective you shared, I can provide a different view, yet others may have their own thoughts on this particular situation. What is a nice thing is that people have their own thoughts and can feel quite strongly on a particular viewpoint. The Banana Fish series shows itself to be great which is quite hard to do. I mean if it were a series that people were like “oh that was quite nice, what’s next” probably not as effective as what Banana Fish does – actually makes people care about it.
Ofcourse I agree with you that the characters are very well written especially the themes explored that makes you want to go back to it which isn't commonplace at all!!
Literally it screams River Phoenix so I guess Aslan had to have a tragic end. 😅😅
True, the best, worst and everything in between people all incredibly well written, taking part in one heck of a plot, it's all very impressive!
Another way Banana Fish leaves its calling card, that its valued enough to not think "right favourite character died, wheres the garbage can for this series I'm done" XD Also readers going to such lengths to rationalize what happens, find ways around it, and caring enough to modify it in one area. That way it's not disrespectful to the source material (it's not like Ash then morphed into Godzilla and curbed stomped his foes) it's still Banana Fish but we also know the series well and felt the authors ingrained "the story had to end this way because of these western movies and real world examples" was incorrect.
We were shown a path where Ash accepted he had a right to be happy heading to the airport before unconvincing plot device prop character appeared.
Overall can see it as the author got the series in mind based on the inspirations come across, and yet the audience can say thanks for the amazing thriller story, and such an easily modifiable ending that is still believable. The author may have wanted a technical project that made for an excellent tragedy literary speaking, but we can now see a better ending more fitting for Ash.
Ash, and Eiji getting the true happiness they deserve outweighs wanting to pay homage to films where the characters passed away to generate drama. Characters wellbeing prevails over wanting a specific ending theme and genre.
It's like being presented a massive cake and simply rotating the cherry on top to a slightly different angle, we can so do that XD haha but for real given the circumstances.
Gosh in any case have concluded my... let's call them enthusiastic discussions! XD Ash and Eiji are so lovely together and from their time spent with one another it's now so easy to envision them living in Japan, moving back to New York and anywhere else, simply them happy and quite thankful for that : )
Okay so this is beautiful very well done but my heart??
Will go on! 😋
Is it legit that there'll be a movie?? My heart 😍😍😍
What do you think?