Calling all fans (and future fans) of Akimi Yoshida’s shojo classic Banana Fish! Coming up later this month, I’ll begin hosting an ongoing Banana Fish roundtable, featuring a number of my favorite manga critics. As with The NANA Project at CSBG, we’ll be discussing two volumes at a time, every two months. Why am I telling you this now? So you have time to track down the books for yourselves!
If you’re not certain about Banana Fish, check out this post for (hopefully) persuasive discussion, including a short preview of the series. If I can’t convince you, maybe Shaenon Garrity can. If you were addicted to S.E. Hinton novels as a teen, you may love Banana Fish. If you’re into current manga series like Wild Adapter or manhwa epics like One Thousand and One Nights or Let Dai, you may love Banana Fish.
Banana Fish is notoriously difficult to find in libraries and brick & mortar bookstores, so if you’re unable to borrow it or pick up a copy locally, here are a few sources I’ve hunted down:
StoriesStore (ebay seller) – has multiple copies of early and mid-volumes available. Combines shipping.
andrew_777 (ebay seller) – has both full series lot and volumes 1-3
AnimeStuffStore (ebay seller) – has multiple copies of many volumes
DeepDiscount.com – selling mainly middle volumes for $7.96 each, free shipping.
Amazon – sells most volumes for $9.95, with most eligible for their 4-for-3 discount (which Michelle Smith informs me would come to $29.97, qualifying for free shipping!)
If you have a great library system, that may be the best option of all.
So grab your books and get ready! Join us later this month for discussion of Banana Fish, volumes one and two!
ETA: See additional suggestions in comments!