Shunichi Ibe (伊部 俊一, Ibe Shun'ichi) is a character in Banana Fish. He is a Japanese photojournalist who comes to New York City to do a report on street gangs and he brings Eiji Okumura with him to New York to document street gangs where he meets Ash Lynx.
Ibe has short shaggy brown hair and styled facial hair where the mustache area is trimmed to be a part of his short beard. He has same colored eyebrows above his brown eyes and he is fairly tall.
He wears a heavy green coat fully buttoned with the hood kept down. In addition, Ibe wears blue jeans and brown laceless boots.
Ibe shared Eiji Okumura's apprehension of the gang they were set to document. He also shows concern for Eiji when he goes missing otherwise has an amicable disposition towards people.
Ibe worked as a photographer and got his first break photographing Eiji Okumura during his pole vaulting events.
Main Article: Shunichi Ibe/Synopsis
Ibe watches Eiji Okumura viewing a departing plane before reminding him that they themselves are to travel to New York to report on street gangs.
Ibe hired Eiji as his assistant in New York to report on street gangs. He is attentive to him, making sure he was ready for the flight. He is very perceptive of Eiji's feelings, both being a shoulder to cry on when Eiji is upset and insightful of Eiji's views concerning Ash Lynx.
They share common ground as the adults in terms of age and are on familiar terms when Ibe visits Max in prison. Ibe sticks close to Max as they escape Dino Golzine's manor and can depend on one another. They work together further to gather intelligence on the mob bosses criminal activities.
Ibe arranges to interview and photograph Ash as part of his reporting on street gangs. He notices how at ease Ash is around Eiji Okumura and noted how Ash is able to enjoy being a teenager and himself around Eiji. Ibe had been working on helping Ash learn Japanese.
Ibe travels with the leader of the Chinese gang from New York City across America when searching for what Banana Fish was.
- Episode 01 A Perfect Day for Bananafish
- Episode 02 In Another Country
- Episode 03 Across the River and Into the Trees
- Episode 04 This Side of Paradise
- Episode 24 The Catcher in the Rye
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- The name Shunichi means "talented, handsome" (俊) (shun) and "one" (一) (ichi).
- Shunichi's surname Ibe means "that one" (伊) (i) and "part, department, category" (部) (be).
Main Article: Shunichi Ibe/Image Gallery