Banana Fish #4: This Side of Paradise

10 thoughts on “Banana Fish #4: This Side of Paradise”

  1. Once again you’ve given a fantastic and indepth look at this episode. I really want to go and rewatch the episode now as you’ve given me a lot to think about with the characters and the plot. Thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful post.

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    1. Colors can be extremely versatile and meanings can vary wildly depending on so so many different factors–this is my interpretation but of course, I can always be wrong. I usually consult more than one source but the main one (that I like to recommend and sometimes I mention in the blog) is “If it’s purple, someone’s going to die” by Patti Bellantoni. It’s very complete and unlike other books, it’s easy to understand without getting overwhelming.

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      1. Thanks for the answer, and the book recommendation, too!

        From what I could glean from a quick look online, I think Bellantoni’s approach is psychological rather than cultural. In Banana Fish, the colors may be chosen to symbolize a certain meaning either subconsciously or intentionally, but if they are chosen with intent, I think it’s likely that cultural coding also plays a role, so I’m sceptic about some interpreations. However, I’m always impressed by how in-depth your interpreations are despite the episodes airing weekly, and I’m enjoying your insights on the colors, too. It’s going to be interesting to look at the finished anime as a whole.

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      2. That’s a fair concern. I do have it too so I usually avoid mentioning a color unless I see some pattern, like purple… it’s also present before Ash shoots and kills that dude in episode 1 for example, and I’ve seen it being used to foreshadow changes in other shows like this season’s Revue Starlight (I’ve also seen a good part of the psychology of “film language” being the same in media regardless of the country they come from). But I definitively don’t discard the possibility; there could be some cultural-specific meanings I’m not seeing! (yet, hopefully). Thanks for the comment!

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