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Yuri!!! on Ice

Yuri!!! on Ice

Yuuri Katsuki carried the hope of all Japan on his shoulders in the Figure Skating Grand Prix, but suffered a crushing defeat in the finals. He returned to his hometown in Kyushu and hid away in his family's home, half wanting to continue skating and half wanting to retire. That was when the five-time consecutive world champion, Viktor Nikiforov, suddenly showed up with his teammate, Yuuri Plisetsky, a young skater starting to surpass his seniors. And so the two Yuuris and the Russian champion Viktor set out to compete in a Grand Prix like none the world has ever seen!

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Dar3d3vil08 Dar3d3vil08 says...

Although banana fish is about a boy called Ash Lynx trying to figure out what made his brother go insane in Vietnam whilst Yuri on Ice is about a figure skater going through his ups and downs both animes has its own yaoi moments and the characters are so alike to Victor and Yuri for Yuri on Ice. And also Eiji looks like Yuri sooo much I thought they were twins😂😂. 

Starra Starra says...

This is a very weird recommendation on the surface but if you're here for male characters being super homoerotic then both series are intended for a similar audience. The caveat being that Yuri!!! on Ice is extremely idealistic and Banana Fish is really goddamn depressing.

However, both provide a look at not-quite-realistic character relationships and the importance of finding love and the idea of unconditional love in general. They're also both stories about learning how to accept yourself and understanding that people will love you despite your flaws. 

(Mostly it's because theyre both kinda gay so if you like shipping and stuff they both definitely fall under the same general umbrella.)

fantasyme fantasyme says...

There both have the same background romance

The relationship between Eiji and Ash is similar to that of Yuri and Victor

They have the same feel to them

pookiedynamic pookiedynamic says...

Both contain a beautiful pairing

Both lead males are japanese who are skilled with a pole... 

Incredible animations

GhoulStar25 GhoulStar25 says...

Both anime have very different plots, one is about ice skating and one is about guns and drugs. Even so, they work together so well! They both have moments that make your heart race and the graphics are very similar. If you just watched Yuri!!! On Ice and you want a more hardcore anime, go with Banana Fish. If you liked Banana Fish and want a more fun happy anime, try Yuri!!! On Ice.

WackyBats WackyBats says...

Though Banana Fish is more action pacted and somewhat aggressive at times (More than Yuri on Ice I mean), I would have to say that if you liked Banana fish you'll also like Yuri on ice and vice versa. The reason is because both anime are BL (Boy's Love aka having to do with two guys in a relationship) and focus on the main charater's actions and realationship while keeping a steady and entertaining story line.

Aicaseth Aicaseth says...

The gayness of the concept... and I'm addicted to sports anime and seductive things.... What's wrong with me?

Zeldaonice Zeldaonice says...

Banana Fish and Yuri on ice both get you in the feels. Quality anime anyone can enjoy. I recommend. 

barbz4lifee barbz4lifee says...

The main protagonists of Banana Fish can be related to the characteristics or physical appearances of the main protagonists in Yuri!!! on Ice and vice versa. Although the setting and themes of each anime are very dissimilar, the general concept of them can be related: to love and acknowledge an individual's worth. They both are an intriguing rollercoaster ride of emotional explosions, however Banana Fish is constantly surrounded with a melancholic or somber sense that has a devastating end.

No. 6

No. 6

Sion is intelligent, highly educated and lives a privileged life within the walls of No. 6, one of six city-states that was built after the world was destroyed from war. But Sion's comfortable existence changes forever when he meets Nezumi, an escaped convict, on the eve of his twelfth birthday. Due to his assistance in keeping Nezumi safe, Sion loses his rights and is forced to live in the lower town, where he becomes a normal citizen. Four years later, Sion finds himself back in Nezumi's company and in the midst of a dangerous conspiracy that leaves a trail of bodies in its wake. What is really going on in No. 6?

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extremelyboring extremelyboring says...

These both have very simillar deep mature characters and deep plot that makes you love it and interested the whole way through.

The connections both these anime characters make with each other is just so beautiful and real.

noizy noizy says...

Both great orks, both about using crie, to fight an evil criminal establishment, both have male on ale romance beteen a notorious criminal, and one previously innocent nice-boy-next-door, that brings a tradical change to their peaceful, boring past, that lagged somethig they could't define before meeting the other,  a latant criminal, hardened by a really rough childhod,how constantly put themself in harms ay for the sake of their partner, because they gre on them so quickly, and have given everything up to be with them, even if it put a target on their backs, and that only, vecause they treated them like a normal human beeing for the first time in their lives, shoed them things like compassion, kidness and a helping hand os real and attainable even for people like them, and don't anna let them go for that, and both these anime unfortuately do come to a sad end, but it's also very fitting for the orlds they live in, plus both have deep chars, ell thought-out catching stories, and are pretty high-wuality on the art as well, No 8 even bases on a very unique fantasy concept ith the orld it is set in, hich deserves respect on it's on, plus it is a bit heavier on the BL romance side, but still acessible even for BL-haters, but also less graphic the the rape scenes of Banana Fish, ich are still not outright yaoi, ad more implied, so no reason not to watch either of them, they deserve to be appreciated for the story itself.

Crimsonsongbird Crimsonsongbird says...

Bl and actiopn in both. Both of them shows strenghtening of bonds between the leads as they fight for survival, finding solace in each other.

Nedfra Nedfra says...

Both concern a love between two boys from different environments. One grew up inside the city naïve of everything that happens outisde his world and the other grew up in a world of kill or be killed and learned to survive through hard methods. 

Their relation both grew very fast - with the tough guy trying to protect the naïve boy while the naïve boy wants the tough guy to stay safe - and the tough guy has feminine features, causing people to sometimes get confused when he dresses like a women; exactly like Ash ^^.

Both also contain slighty messed up experimentation and heavy themes throughout.

dramaluna dramaluna says...

Both Bananafish and No.6 had the idea of a stern boss who needed no friends, who slowly opened up, and let their guard down.

Loveanime2211 Loveanime2211 says...

They both kinda have a yaoi vibe but No.6 ending is a lottt more happy I guess you could say it’s just an unfinished ending it makes you feel unsatisfied and banana fish you just cry but I would recommend both they are similar in a bunch of sad ways but I’m not gonna go into what the stories are about you should just read them!!!

bnnfishy bnnfishy says...

It has similar themes of an unusual friendship that becomes a close bond. There's also plenty of action and fighting.

91 Days

91 Days

During Prohibition, the law held no power and the mafia ruled the town. The story takes place in Lawless, a town thriving on black market sales of illicitly brewed liquor. One day, Avilio receives a letter from a mysterious sender, prompting him to return to Lawless for revenge. He then infiltrates the Vanetti family, the ones responsible for his family's murder, and sets about befriending the don's son, Nero, to set his vengeance in motion. Killing brings more killing, and revenge spawns more revenge. How will the 91-day story of these men guided by a tragic fate end?

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Hutai Hutai says...

Both anime have mafia, gangs, lots of action and fights. Main characters of the show go through a rough childhood that later on has a big impact in their life and choices.  Main protagonist is smart and tends to do everything to get what he wants.  

knoxyal knoxyal says...

I’m not the only person who gets the same vibe from this anime. A bunch of hooligans fighting each other, loads of injustice that the protagonist (or antagonist, in the case of 91 days) has (and has had) to face, and a number of predictable yet tragic deaths. 

meiteai meiteai says...

The main characters are kinda similar as they are both seeking revenge after having gone through a traumatic/rough childhood, and they both have this emotionless and cold-hearted figure. Also, both plots revolve around gangs and fighting (even though 91 Days is a lot more about power and betrayals). One thing that I particularly enjoyed in both animes are the unexpected deaths. Totally recommend both of them!

nekoeli nekoeli says...

Mafia, gansters, blood. Banana Fish got you hanging from your seat? Go wath 91 days for more Mafia drama.

Zolmation Zolmation says...

They're both very similar, dealing with the mafia and shady stuff. Most people will say these two anime are alike, though I must say that Banana Fish is the better show.

Durarara!!

Durarara!!

Looking for a change, Mikado moves from the countryside to bustling Ikebukuro to attend the same high school as his best friend, Masaomi. Though navigating a new school and friendships can prove tough by itself, Mikado also finds an overwhelming number of new delights and dangers in the district he now calls home. From a friendly Russian sushi bar to the violent color gangs, to even an urban legend in the form of a black motorcycle rider, each resident of Ikebukuro is unique and frightening. But the town is smaller than it seems at first, and these strange events appear to be connected. Will the growing storm sweep up the transplanted country boy and his friends or will Mikado find himself at the center of a dramatic change for Tokyo?

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Hutai Hutai says...

Though the time of setting and technologies is way different, but both have gangs, action, fighting, shooting and motorcycles. 

Tha7ch Tha7ch says...

Both great series that revolve around gangs in a city. Both have mysterious elements to them, but are not mysteries.

talk77 talk77 says...

they both have gangs in it and you have people from another country coming so similar in many ways as well they both have comedy mixed into them so both are very enjoyable definetly a must watch for both

gloomboi gloomboi says...

Both amazing animes, with well thought out story lines. Both follow the story of trying to figure out who is behind the weird crimes lurking in the shadows of big cities filled with gang rivalry. While Durarara!! is more like a puzzle while watching both have the element of suspense and mystery. I highly suggest both even if gangs and mysteries aren't your thing, because i thing these two will change your mind.

LamiaNymph LamiaNymph says...

Both shows have our main 'heroes' being members/acquaintances of (a) gang(s). As well as the rivalries of other groups, and the consequences of living the gangster life style.

The characters of both series have a simalar of writing style to me personally, but maybe others opinions will differ when it comes to department.

Gangsta.

Gangsta.

In the city of Ergastulum, a shady ville filled with made men and petty thieves, whores on the make and cops on the take, there are some deeds too dirty for even its jaded inhabitants to touch. Enter the "Handymen," Nic and Worick, who take care of the jobs no one else will handle. Until the day when a cop they know on the force requests their help in taking down a new gang muscling in on the territory of a top Mafia family. It seems like business (and mayhem) as usual, but the Handymen are about to find that this job is a lot more than they bargained for.

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Hutai Hutai says...

Both anime have lots of action, fights, shooting and killing, gangs, mafia and drugs. Main protagonists had a rough childhood, but now as grown up's they're pretty smart and good at fighting.  

talk77 talk77 says...

it has similarties like how the gangs work as well you have the one person that is new to these gangs and i very inncocent and so they tend to get themselves in a lot of trouble as well you have a very young character that ends up being the boss of the gang so if you like gangsta you will definetly like bannana fish.

meiteai meiteai says...

Both of their plots revolve around gangs, drugs and fighting. Though, Gangsta is a bit more lighthearted, and they aren't as many unexpected deaths as in Banana Fish. Both the animes have connotations of sexual abuse/physical abuse being inflicted on one of the main characters. 

crowlsparrow crowlsparrow says...

i watched gangsta way before i watched banana fish. the action, fighting, animation, quality of story and well written character lead me to love and appreciate gangsta a lot despite it's inconvenient ending.

i just finished banana fish, and honestly the ending shattered me, emotionally. but, while i was watching it for the majority of the time i was thinking that this was remarkably similar in feel to gangsta.

of course both stories are about mafias, gangs, drugs, and corrupt governments, but both gave me an extremely emotional connection to the actual characters themselves and how being in those situations affected them mentally. 

i recommend both. both are fantastic and one of a kind stories. banana fish was a shocking reality while gangsta explored different means to show the pain of similar situations.

Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

A young man awakens in an abandoned warehouse with no memory of his past. As he leaves the room and ventures further into the warehouse he is attacked by a girl in a mask; she tells him that in order to live he must come at her with all his might. After a fight for his life, he manages to overpower the girl, learning that he is to be trained as a Phantom - an assassin for the Inferno organization. He is also given a new name: Zwei. For three months, Zwei is trained by the girl in the arts of assassination until he has just one final test: to kill a living human being.

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chiyun13 chiyun13 says...

If you like banana fish I'd think you'd like this anime too. Both are about mafia, drugs and trying to get away from it. A lot of action, drama and some romance. 

Izzykn Izzykn says...

Aside from similar themes such as gangs, guns and violence; both Banana Fish and Phantom are action packed, emotional roller coasters that you will be unable to stop watching until the end. 

joyce222 joyce222 says...

there is a similarity in the trapped role of the main characters making you wish of them to break free, both shows deal with gun violance and gangs, the supporting characters have so much personality and with so many overlaping you never know where it is going to take you, and the romance keeps you rooting for them.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

"There is a person you desperately want to kill. Now, how do you kill that person?" At a glance, Fukuoka seems like a peaceful town, but crime runs rampant behind the scenes. It's now a battleground for professional killers, with urban legends suggesting that there's even one who specializes in killing professional killers. Assassins, detectives, revenge seekers, informants, torture specialists... When stories are told of these and other professionals of the underground, a "killer of professional killers" appears...

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8avagrace8 8avagrace8 says...

This anime is so good and I would highly recomend to watch this if you liked Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens! It is just as violent and has the same themes of gangs and kidnapping. It also has kind of that underlining feel of BL just like Hankata Tonkotsu Ramens. I love both of these anime and I think anyone who likes them should watch the other.

zohar1 zohar1 says...

in both shows the characters take the law to their own hands (in "banana fish as criminals and at "Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens" as assassins), the shows are full with great fight scenes.

Kids on the Slope

Kids on the Slope

Lonely Kaoru Nishimi has lost count of how many times he has moved schools thanks to his father's naval career. Newly landed in Kyushu, he finds most of his classmates instantly antagonistic towards him and suspicious of his elite background. Only two other students seem not to mind who he is – the infamously abrasive Sentarou and the gentle Ritsuko. Unbeknownst to Kaoru they have a passion for jazz, and they're about to pull him out of his stiff, joyless world into theirs of loose, swinging self-expression. Through friendship and frustration, love and despair, Kaoru will learn that life has a wealth of experiences in store for him!

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Layain Layain says...

Both have great stories and make you feel at times like you can do anything and at others, they let you feel what it’s like to carry the whole wide world on one's shoulders. They are different but still similar in some ways like the bittersweet ending.

noizy noizy says...

Doesn't reall have much in common, aside from the Shonen-Ai and,but most importantly the fact that both have a breathtakig storytelling of a star-crossed love beteen to very young men

Mo Dao Zu Shi

Mo Dao Zu Shi

As the grandmaster who founded the Demonic Sect, Wei WuXian roamed the world in his wanton ways, hated by millions for the chaos he created. In the end, he was back-stabbed by his dearest shidi and killed by powerful clans that combined to overpower him. He incarnates into the body of a lunatic who was abandoned by his clan and is later, unwillingly, taken away by a famous cultivator among the clans—Lan WangJi, his archenemy.

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tigerlily9 tigerlily9 says...

Though Mo Dao Zu Shi (The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation) is set in ancient China and Banana Fish in contemporary New York City, both shows feature a strong male-male (both VERY light shounen-ai) relationship that remains at the core of the story and the characters' overall development. Mo Dao Zu Shi centers on how the relationship between Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji shifts after the former follows the Demonic Path. Similarly, Banana Fish centers on how Ash's life changes after meeting Eiji. Neither of these shows allows these relationships to significantly overshadow the plot, though. 

Both shows have similarly tragic (though somewhat ironically opposed) endings, which spell out certain consequences for the male-male relationship in question. Both shows have a predominantly male cast. The quality of both shows - music, animation, overall direction - is also comparably top-notch.

noizy noizy says...

Mo Dao has a a more confuse(ing), a bit less predictable story, yet with quite a tad better graphics, especially in the background (though BF is still reall nice there too, just less dreamy and detailed)), and slightl less subtle romance, but have the Clan theme and a seemingly doomed to fail ar against more poerful enemies, plus a strong elemet of tight friendship, ith both looking out for each other, even though Banana Fish is a quite a lot more on the bitterseet-starcrossed side there, ith a a more emotional, saddening end. Even though both have great, almost alaborate storiytelling and nice looking, relatable main chars, and I can both only recommend both with good faith, I persoally still like BF better, simply because the eomotions there hit so much harder, that it's hard to calm the exitemet and enthuisiasm, for how deep their emotions touched m heart, but that doesn't mean, Mo Dao deserves any less, to be watched and apprpriately appreciated either, because it's still one helll of a lot better, then most of the usually pretty shallow BL/SA works, and even general romance stuff, so check them out ad enoy°

Bungou Stray Dogs

Bungou Stray Dogs

Kicked out of his orphanage and on the verge of starving to death, Nakajima Atsushi meets some strange men. One of them, Dazai Osamu, is a suicidal man attempting to drown himself in broad daylight. The other, bespectacled Kunikida Doppo, nervously stands by flipping through a notepad. Both are members of the "Armed Detective Agency" said to solve incidents that even the military and police won't touch. Atsushi ends up accompanying them on a mission to eliminate a man-eating tiger that's been terrorizing the population... In the virtual city of Yokohama are individuals bearing the name of Bungo, "literary masters," who possess unusual powers likened to that name. Now begins the battle between the mysterious Bungo powers! 

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FelicityRain FelicityRain says...

Both deal with gang violence, although Bungo Stray Dogs has more Fantasy and BananaFish is more realistic. Both are worth the watch.  

noizy noizy says...

Ver siilar in revolving around crime, and male friendship with sublte VL romance, between their more or less involved in the dirtork protagonists, that do hateb+ver necessary to look out for oneaother, at the same time though, also putting each other into danger, simply by being involved ith each other. Both anime have a really great story, that will really knock you off your socks, and not let you quit watching until the bitterseet end (BF's is more bitter there though),  and leave you stunned with a lot of questions, and bth will irrevoxably orm themselfs into your heart ad at times make it hurt like crazy, and at others melt like butter in the sun, in an case are they both more them recommendable, even for BL haters, because there's much more to them then this aspect, that the both handle VERY subtly either way, so they shouldn't ever be reduced to that, for they really don't deserve to be sneered at, over such a fine detail, when they have so much more to offer. So no excuses there, if you like crime, hitmen and clanars, these are totally your show and deserve much more approriate aspect then to put such great pieces don for having the rong gender combination for the mainstream - even Amazon Prime realized this, so be tolerant and give it a shot at least, even if you don't norally watch or like BL, I'm quite sure, you'll be glad you tried. at the end.