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Blanca, real name Sergei Varishikov, is a a character in Banana Fish. He is a Kazakh professional assassin. Even though he cares for Ash Lynx, Blanca is a highly effective killer who dutifully carries out any contract he is hired for, he is hired by Yut-Lung to murder Eiji Okumura, but refuses to do so and defects to Ash's gang.

Profile Edit

Appearance Edit

Blanca is a handsome man with shoulder-length dark brown hair that is pulled back in a low ponytail with a beige suit and fedora. He also seems to wear thin framed silver glasses at times. He is noted by Sing Soo-Ling as an extremely tall man and with a muscular build.

Personality Edit

Blanca is for the most part a serious and level-headed individual, but not necessarily stoic. Contrasting with his otherwise colder traits is a smile that he shows often along with a penchant for jokes.

Like Ash Lynx, Blanca admits that he is a person who did not know love and he was raised only given tasks and the means to accomplish it, but was able to find someone who loved him and love in turn. This allows Blanca to feel compassion and kindness to those he is close to, namely Ash and Yut-Lung and shows concern for both in his own way, given that their backgrounds are similar.

History Edit

Blanca entered Moscow University at eighteen years old and after graduating he joined Spetsnaz after undergoing military service of which he was on the road to becoming a top elite of the military. As a former KGB lieutenant he defected from the Soviet Union after his wife Natasha Karsavina who was a political dissenter, was murdered. His nickname, Blanca, comes from his wife's nickname, who was from Belarus.

Prior to the events of the series, he was employed by Dino Golzine to train Ash Lynx to become the latter's heir. He subsequently retired to the Caribbean but is called out of retirement by Golzine to capture Ash.

Story Edit

Main Article: Blanca/Synopsis

Relationships Edit

Natasha Karsavina Edit

Natasha is Blanca's wife from the Republic of Kazakstan of the Soviet Union. He received his codename of "Blanca" from her and abandoned his post when he suspected she was targeted in what was reported as a terrorist attack.

Dino Golzine Edit

Blanca was hired by Golzine as Ash's tutor and has amicable interactions with Golzine. His services were requested by Golzine again of which Blanca came out of retirement to carry out of which he also helped explain to Golzine Ash's strategies. At the end of Blanca's contract with Golzine, he makes it no secret and shares that he has accepted a contract from Yut-Lung.

Yut-Lung Edit

Blanca signs a contract with Yut-Lung willing to be his body guard and to protect him from threats such as Ash. He carried out his duties professionally defending Yut from harm but does not attack Ash or Eiji under the pretext of defending Yut. The suspicion that Blanca allowed himself to be hired on purpose to in fact defend Ash strains their relationship and ultimately causes Blanca to request the contract be severed. This is not before Blanca provides some paring words of advice to Yut.

Ash Lynx Edit

He taught him everything he knows about marksmanship, espionage, counter-espionage, etc. Blanca views Ash as family. At first he encouraged Ash to return to Golzine believing him to have everything he could want there. Swayed by Ash's remarks to not play a role Blanca defects from his new employer to join Ash where he bandages his wounds and takes him to see Eiji.

Eiji Okumura Edit

Blanca targets Eiji by using a rifle that only left a graze on Eiji's shoulder. He later uses Eiji as a hostage in order to get Yut-Lung back and apologizes to him.

Sing Soo-Ling Edit

He first met Sing while visiting Yut-Lung by the doorstep when an unexpected assassin comes along and begins to shoot at Blanca and Sing. The two were able to stop the assassin only to find out that he swallowed a tablet before his death. Blanca backs up for Sing when Yut-Lung asks him to leave, with Blanca responding to Yut-Lung saying that he helped stop the killer, too. The Two eventually team up again in the final battle with Colonel Foxx, such as Blanca asking Sing to sit in front of him while he uses Sing as an arm shoulder for his rifle.

Abilities Edit

Being a former Russian operative since his early teen years, Blanca is an expert in the art of assassination, firearms, close combats and any technique associated with the profession. Being Ash's mentor he has taught the teen boy everything he knows from marksmanship, hand to hand combat, assessment situation and even multiple forms of torture without killing.

His skill is such that Ash admitted that he could not defeat Blanca as he was, and this is proven to an extent when Blanca gives Ash a severe beating on their first meeting in years. The battle at the Museum, however, suggests that Ash can indeed give even his mentor a tough time.

By far Blanca's most powerful trait is his sniping ability, as he can shoot far beyond the range of an average sniper and can even perfectly snipe down an helicopter in a single shot despite unfavorable conditions, such as excessive wind.

Etymology Edit

Episode Appearances Edit

Image Gallery Edit

Main Article: Blanca/Image Gallery

Anime Gallery Edit

Quotes Edit

  • (To Ash) "Yes, Honey."
  • “That’s for you to decide for yourself” (when Ash asks him if a book is good)[1]
  • “What’s wrong? You can’t punch me from that far back”
  • “This will be the last time I give you a word of advice”
  • (To Yut-Lung) "As you wish, young sir."
  • “We have to do something about them”[2]

Trivia Edit

  • His codename, Blanca, comes from the nickname he used to call his wife with, as she came from the White Russia (the eastern part of present-day Belarus).
  • Blanca is close to Blanco if he had an "O" at the end, then his name would mean White in Spanish.
  • The KGB was a main security agency for the Soviet Union.

References Edit

  1. Episode 18
  2. Episode 24 The Catcher in the Rye