Episode 24 (and thoughts on Banana Fish as a whole) Spoiler: fuck Well. They did it. The bastards actually went through with it. I remember when I read banana fish for the first time this ending didn't make me feel sad, it didn't make me appreciate the journey or any bullshit like that, it just left me angry and hollow. When the anime was announced I rejoiced because I thought they would take the opportunity to fix Banana Fish's greatest sin, but nope, guess not. Admittedly they shaved down some of the details which originally made it absolutely infuriating but as a whole this is still awful. You could write a book about all the narrative and thematic failings of this. I'm kinda speechless honestly. I used to have faith that MAPPA would be able to improve the story but as the episodes kept coming and the issues kept piling up I realized that this has all been a mistake. As a whole, the anime has changed my opinion of banana fish drastically. Shotgunning through the manga all in two days, I thought banana fish was great and was genuinely excited to see it hit the big screens. But going through the story at a slower pace, week by week, I've come to realized just how many gigantic problems this story has. Granted, some of them are specific to the adaptation and there's parts I still like about it, but as a whole I cannot consider Banana Fish as "good" anymore. If there's one thing I'm grateful to Banana Fish for, it's that it forced me to really think about how I watch media, making me realize that I need to think way more critically about things and not be blind to a show's many faults just because it has a couple things I like. So thanks, I guess? Banana Fish sure is one hell of a drug-- feels good to finally be free of it.