Someone should always be talking about Banana Fish, and today that someone is Arwen Spicer at The Geek Girl Project. Billed as a “Review & Ramble,” the article also links to additional resources, including a LiveJournal entry from the same author, in which she discusses Banana Fish in the context of 1980s BL. That post was especially enlightening for me, but both are must-reads.
I’ve discussed Banana Fish frequently here at Manga Bookshelf, most notably in my “persuasion post,” Making the case for Banana Fish, and in company with the brilliant minds of Robin Brenner, Eva Volin, Michelle Smith, Connie C., Khursten Santos, and (occasionally) Kate Dacey for the epic roundtable Breaking Down Banana Fish. Arwen’s discussion on 80s BL brings yet another perspective to the series, and is simply not to be missed, especially if (like me) you’ve spent time insisting that Banana Fish isn’t BL.
So go! Read!