Max Lobo is a major supporting character, as well as a journalist in Banana Fish. First seeing it's effects on his army friend Max, after meeting Ash in prison he then takes it upon himself to continue his investigations into Banana Fish.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Max has short, light brown hair, and thin eyebrows above his blue eyes. He usually wears casual attire not limited to a greenish-blue jacket over an unbuttoned white shirt with a red collar.

Personality[edit | edit source]

A kind-hearted, brave, and oftentimes funny man, Max is caring and affectionate, and would do anything for his friends, family, and those he is loyal to. He has combat experience as this side can show in certain situations.

History[edit | edit source]

He served in the United States army alongside his friend Griffin, and was in part of the NYPD for a while. He came to work as a reporter.

Story[edit | edit source]

Main Article: Max Lobo/Synopsis

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Being a former soldier from the Vietnam war (Iraq in the anime), Max Lobo has expertise in both hand to hand combat and marksmanship, and is physically adept in all of these despite years of being off any battle.

His fighting ability is more than proven when he was able to confront Ash in a fistfight that ended in a stalemate, and is seen repeatedly when Ash is forced to fight hostiles.

His quick-thinking has saved him and Ash on multiple occasions, making Max one of Ash's greatest allies.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Griffin[edit | edit source]

Max and Griffin served together in Vietnam (Iraq in the anime). When Griffin began abruptly firing into and killing their fellow squad members, Max shot him in the legs to incapacitate him. He looked into a dazed Griffin's face and asked him if he recognized his buddy.

Jessica Randy[edit | edit source]

Max's ex-wife who greets him with a shotgun when they meet again. Despite their friction, they share the love of their son, and reconcile after a dangerous incident.

Ash Lynx[edit | edit source]

Max is shown to cooperate well with Ash but not so much as when they first met in jail. The two develop a deep respect for each other as the series progresses. Max even admits that Ash is like a son to him. They go to a gay bar together and pretend to be a couple.[2] Max has shown to be one of the people with the most understanding of Ash, as seen during Ash's seeming betrayal and was able to realize that it was because Eiji's life was in danger without Ash confirming it. Max is also caring for Ash's deep sexual abuse trauma and burned all the recordings and photos of Ash's mistreatments both to avoid using it as evidence that would expose his miserable times for the world to see, but also to give Ash respite.

Eiji Okumura[edit | edit source]

He considers Eiji to be nice, and is keenly aware of his significance to Ash. At the same time, he notes Eiji to be Ash's Achilles heel.

Shunichi Ibe[edit | edit source]

Max defends Ibe and they escape together from Golzine's mansion when imprisoned.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Episode Appearances[edit | edit source]

Image Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main Article: Max Lobo/Image Gallery

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"1" ― 2[source]

(To Jessica) "We need to stay apart so at least one of us survives."

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Akimi Yoshida, the mangaka, has based his likeness on actor Harrison Ford.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Banana Fish Production Book. Photos found here.
  2. Episode 21 The Undefeated

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Banana Fish
People
Main Characters Ash Lynx | Eiji Okumura
Ash's and Eiji's affiliates Max Lobo | Shunichi Ibe | Griffin Callenreese | Jessica Randy | Alexis Dawson
Corsican Mafia Dino Golzine | Marvin Crosby | Frederick Arthur | Abraham Dawson | Mannerheim | Blanca | Eduardo L. Fox
Chinese Mafia Yut-Lung | Shorter Wong | Sing Soo-Ling | Lao Yen Tai
Street Kids Alex | Skip | Bones | Kong | Cain Blood
New York City Police Department Jenkins | Charlie Dickinson
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