80 Banana Fish Quotes on the Power of Love & Friendship

Here are the best Banana Fish quotes that will show you how deep bonds formed through friendship and love can heal what we endured in the past.

Banana Fish is an action and shoujo manga written and illustrated by Akimi Yoshida. It was later on adapted into a 24-episode anime series. The plot revolves around solving a mystery about a drug called “banana fish.”

It is a bold take on serious subjects that are often unexplored in usual animes. Banana Fish’s themes are death and violence that still give the audience a glimmer of hope. Check out what you can learn in the anime by reading the complete list below.

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Best Banana Fish Quotes

1. “You said to me before, ‘We live in different worlds,’ but I am not sure if that is true. We are from different countries, and our skin and eyes are different colors. But so what? We are friends. Isn’t that enough? What else do we need?” – Eiji Okumura

2. “Innocence can be more dangerous than guns sometimes.” – Max Lobo

3. “War is always good business for those in power.” – Ash Lynx

4. “If I’m going to die anyway, at least I’ll die trying!” – Eiji Okumura

5. “I know we’ll meet again, no matter how far apart we are. You’re the greatest friend I’ll ever have.” – Eiji Okumura

6. “That’s right, death. You said I am not like ordinary people. If there was just one thing I’d say that was true about. It is—I’m not afraid of death.” – Ash Lynx 

7. “I’m really glad I came to America. I met lots of people, and more than anything, I met you.” – Eiji Okumura

8. “If there really are such things as devils, they’d probably look like you.” – Max Lobo

9. “You are not alone, Ash. I am with you. My soul is always with you.” – Eiji Okumura

10. “I wasn’t expecting the law to protect me. I’ve ignored it all my life. I sure as hell don’t plan on hiding behind it now.” – Ash Lynx

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11. “Humans can change their destiny. They have wisdom leopards don’t. Besides, you’re not a leopard.” – Eiji Okumura

12. “Water-gate is history, Max. Don’t tell me you still believe the pen is mightier than the sword.” – Ash Lynx

13. “Aren’t there any decent parents in this world? It’s not like kids get to choose them at birth, you know, and they can’t exchange them if they turn out to be losers.” – Ash Lynx

14. “Modeling isn’t as easy as it looks. It’s not like posing for kiddie porn mags.” – Ash Lynx

15. “Logic’s got nothing to do with it! Strength is all that counts! That’s how it works on the street! What the hell do you know?” – Ash Lynx

16. “What do you think I am? I’m a murderer, okay? I’m not the student body president or a summer camp counselor. I told you before. I kill people. This is my life! Those guys sold out their friends to save themselves. Anyone who does that once will do it again, and again, and again. They paid the price for their decisions, that’s all.” – Ash Lynx

17. “People are funny because, of course, they don’t know anything about death. They never experienced it and knew it was something to fear, but they feared it instinctively. There’ve been countless times in my life when I thought I’d be better off dead. That nothing could be worse than what was happening to me right then. At times like that, death looks sweet, and peaceful, and unbearably enticing.” – Ash Lynx

18. “Time is an ironic thing. For us, it means to age. But for boys like him, it means to grow.” – Sergei Varishikov

19. “How are you going to indict Dino? Even if I did know something, what good would it do? He’s got a team of bigshot lawyers on his side. That’s his ‘right,’ according to you guys. Even If you bust him, he’ll bail himself out in half an hour. Even a stupid street punk like me knows that!” – Ash Lynx

20. “Some people never change. Still getting champagne and caviar delivered to your door in the same apartment you rent as James Abbot. Still getting your kicks every Wednesday night. What was it you always said? ‘No such thing as a smart blond. They’re all dumb?’ And then your wife and son turned out to be blonds, that was pretty funny.” – Ash Lynx

Banana Fish Quotes That Will Warm Your Heart

21. “I am very worried because I haven’t seen you, and I don’t know if you are okay.” – Eiji Okumura

22. “If I ever lose you too, I’ll go crazy.” – Eiji Okumura

23. “I think I wanted to protect you from your future because your fate was sweeping you away like a flood.” – Eiji Okumura

24. “I wish I could hate you. I need someone to hate. My brother raised me. If it wasn’t for him, I would’ve starved to death. But when I found him in that filthy loony bin, he couldn’t even go to the bathroom by himself.” – Ash Lynx

25. “My words might not mean anything now, but just remember one thing—even if the world turns on you, I’ll always be on your side.” – Eiji Okumura

26. “Come back safely. I’ll be waiting for you, forever.” – Eiji Okumura

27. “That guy always regarded me as a human being with a real heart, not some sort of tool.” – Ash Lynx

28. “You asked me many times if you scare me, but I never felt scared of you, not even once from the first time I met you.” – Eiji Okumura

29. “I’d do anything for you.” – Eiji Okumura

30. “Sayonara, America. Sayonara, New York. But I’m not going to say sayonara to you, Ash.” – Eiji Okumura

31. Ash Lynx: “Do I scare you?” 

Eiji Okumura: “Never.”

32. “Over my dead body. If anybody hurts you, it’ll be over my dead body. I don’t care who it is. I am not letting anybody hurt you, Eiji.” – Ash Lynx

33. “Ash, I can’t anymore. Set me free. I’m in so much pain.” – Shorter Wong

34. “Those pictures you said you took of Eiji, wish I could’ve seen them.” – Ash Lynx

35. “Stay with me. I won’t ask forever. Just for now, Eiji.” – Ash Lynx

Badass Banana Fish Quotes to Get You Pumped and Excited

36. “I wonder if I’m dying somewhere. I remember everything, but it’s peaceful. I see it again, but there isn’t any pain. Leave the weight of joy and sorrow alike down in that bed. That’s how death lifts away, doesn’t it?” – Ash Lynx

37. “Ash is strong.” – Eiji Okumura

38. “If you feel responsible, the same goes for me.” – Eiji Okumura

39. “This little act of charity, you’re going to regret this, man, because I will kill you.” – Ash Lynx

40. “Give me a goddamned break! What the hell are you anyway? My goddamn mother? You can cram that lecture, okay? What do you want me to do? Let those double-crossers go and get myself killed? No way!” – Ash Lynx

41. “You want people to protect you, like with Ash, or make them want to tear you apart and crush you.” – Yut-Lung

42. “This town’s my backyard, remember?” – Ash Lynx

43. “Let’s say I am exceptional, right? The problem is, I never, ever, my whole life, wanted to be!” – Ash Lynx

44. “Look, sun’s setting. Sunrise and sunset are about the only times this junkyard of a city looks good.” – Ash Lynx

45. “I tried to forget. Tough guy, boy prostitute, stone killer, look at what I’ve done.” – Ash Lynx

46. “A bloody history is inevitable when you are the ruling clan.” – Yut-Lung

47. “I’m sorry, Ibe, but believe me when I say this, I’ll die before I let them lay a finger on Eiji.” – Shorter Wong

48. “What’s wrong? You hated him, right? Guess what? So do I.” – Yut-Lung

49. “If we don’t fight back now, we’ll forever be expendable tools.” – Sing Soo-Ling

50. “No need to glare. I won’t eat you up.” – Yut-Lung

Banana Fish Quotes and One-Liners

51. “Listen to your big bro for once, okay?” – Eiji Okumura

52. “Forever.” – Eiji Okumura

53. “Go!” – Eiji Okumura

54. “I envy you being able to jump like that.” – Ash Lynx

55. “Let him go!” – Eiji Okumura

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56. “Don’t give me your stupid advice! Just leave me alone. I’m happy, goddammit! I know there’s at least one person in this world who cares about me. Who doesn’t want anything from me? Do you have any idea what that’s like? I never did. Not once in my entire life until now, and that’s worth more to me than anything else.” – Ash Lynx

57. “Griffin is dead. Not that you’d give a damn one way or the other.” – Ash Lynx

58. “Ready to lose your life over a pizza? Don’t be such a greedy bastard, Max. How about exercising a little caution?” – Ash Lynx

59. “What could be more relaxing than three days away from these guys?” – Ash Lynx

60. “What is this place? A massage parlor? I’m telling you. These nurses are all over me! I’m sick and tired of being fondled, okay? Just keep them away from me, please!” – Ash Lynx

Interesting Banana Fish Quotes About America

61. “Is this the American dream?” – Ash Lynx

62. “Sorry to destroy your youthful innocence, but I have intimate knowledge of what kind of sick perverts are running this country. Those senators and congressmen you see kissing babies at election time, some of them are regulars at Golzine’s fleshpot restaurant. Like that Kippard, for instance. You have any idea what those guys made us do? We were young enough to be their sons and grandsons. If I went into detail, you’d get it into your head what kind of ‘fathers’ they are. Not the founding kind, that’s for sure.” – Ash Lynx

63. “If you ask me, the White House can go screw itself.” – Ash Lynx

64. “What’s the hurry? The Dom Perignon’s nicely chilled. I think I’ll have a glass. You always got started right away, never let me have so much as a sip of this stuff, and the moment you were done, you’d pack me off without even letting me take a shower. Well, I sure would’ve liked to have been offered some of this bubbly. I’d always think, man, not only is this guy a fat bastard, he’s a cheap bastard.” – Ash Lynx

65. “Don’t apologize. That’s something for us Japanese to do.” – Eiji Okumura

More Banana Fish Quotes to Revisit the Scenes

66. “You pamper him too much. I don’t know what the problem is, but treating him like you’re giving the pope a bath isn’t going to help. That’s why he can’t even look after himself at his age.” – Ash Lynx

67. “‘Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,710 feet high and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called by the Masai Ngaje Ngai, the House of God. Close to the western summit, there is the dried and frozen carcass of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude.’ That is from Hemingway’s The Snows of Kilimanjaro. When I think of my own death, I try to picture that leopard’s carcass. Why did he come to those heights? For what? Did he lose his way chasing some prey and wander into some spot he couldn’t escape from? Or was he looking for something else, climbing higher and higher until he used up all his strength and collapsed? I think about which way the carcass was facing. Was he trying to get back down or trying to climb higher? Either way, that leopard knew that he would never be going back.” – Ash Lynx

68. “Stick around for another drink, Cain. It’s almost curtain call, and I dropped that heap of crap excuse for a roll Dino tried to pawn off on me. Want a ride in my new Phantom V?” – Ash Lynx

69. “His face when he laughed was cute, and childlike, and totally angelic.” – Shorter Wong

70. “Even if I said no, you wouldn’t go back anyway. Plus, I guess it’s better for me that way too. If you went home, I’d probably worry if something happened to you. So it’s better you’re right here, where I can keep an eye on you.” – Ash Lynx

71. “It’s my problem too! If you go alone, you’ll just be killed. You’ll die for nothing!” – Shorter Wong

72. “Vulture got together with the viper. You make a great pair!” – Ash Lynx

73. “My name has become the signal for a massacre. What on earth have I become?” – Ash Lynx

74. “If the former boss gets hit, then it’s the duty of the new boss to make the drop.” – Sing Soo-Ling

75. “Why now, after all this time, does it have to be you, of all people? Goddamnit, I don’t stand a chance. I’m dust against him.” – Ash Lynx

76. “Well, I already know you’re a sick man. Hope the plane doesn’t crash with you on board. It’ll go straight to hell. Not fair to the other passengers.” – Ash Lynx

77. “We need to stay apart, so at least one of us survives.” – Max Lobo

78. “I’m a monster too, Blanca.” – Yut-Lung

79. “Depending on your answer, I may not forgive you.” – Yut-Lung

80. “Ash asked me to look after them.” – Sing Soo-Ling

What Did These Banana Fish Quotes Teach You About the Reality of Life?

Banana Fish exposed the rotten system of imperialist countries. It featured power play, human trafficking, and violence. 

The anime showed how Ash Lynx and Eiji Okumura are harmed and destroyed by the powerful ruling class. We hope these quotes were able to show how friendship could be a tool to mend the wounds our hardships caused us. 

Banana Fish serves as a wake-up call for arousing awareness. Hopefully, by showing the challenges Ash and Eiji faced, we’re reminded that we shouldn’t turn a blind eye to the wrongs we see in society. 

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