A more poetic explanation would be : to keep Eiji safe. So, his death at the end felt like the author had already decided on having a certain ending, and then lazily arranged the characters and scenarios to fit her choice. Even if the world turns on you, I'll always be on your side." Ignoring the above question, assuming Sing was very busy, or the question escaped his mind, my second problem, Lao Yen Tai. Very interesting choice on both the author’s and animators’ parts. This one is from volume 12. You asked me many times if you scare me. And I said you weren’t a leopard, that you could change your destiny. I always wanted to protect you. As you can see, their situation has improved drastically. But I’m not saying “sayonara” to you.. Ash. When Ash stated yes he was raped by Fox to Jessica, and she was bewildered and asked how could he be so calm about it, and how it took her six months to get back on her feet, and he said he couldn’t do that or else he would be dead? As Eiji leaves for Japan, and Ash walks towards the library while reading the letter the former left him, everything is seemingly going well, i.e., until Ash gets stabbed. Lao was the only family member Sing had in the Chinese gang, so it seems a very far stretch that he would not have made any effort to get him back in the ring. Ash is a tall and slender young man standing at 5’11. I know we’ll see each other again someday.. You are my best friend, Ash.“. God not that. I always wanted to protect you. You’re way smarter, bigger, and stronger than me. Instead of that, I’ll see Ash’s death as his choice, and his alone, not because he had to pay, but because he had decided to let go of all this continuous tug of war with his life and end it on his own terms. “Tender Gay Starin”, "Standing Extremely Close and Surrounded by Leaves", “We Went Sightseeing But I’m Only Looking at You for Some Reason", "Ash Has Never Smiled So Much in His Life”, but actually i was thinking of calling it “departure” with the cover page illustrating ash boarding a plane or already in the plane and holding eiji’s letter so. Eth/Edh (ð) and ash (æ) are letters in the International Phonetic Alphabet, and also frequently-used phonemic symbols for English. This is not meant to be an emotional rant, please bear in mind. Not bought. Ash (æ) Ash is still a functional letter in languages like Icelandic and Danish. How you believed that leopard knew that it couldn’t go back. He would not have gone after either Ash or Eiji afterwards. I am very happy I came to America. Very similar to ash, it possesses a long e sound, such as in the word subpœna. Clearly money is an issue. All Ash has been given is money and weapons and the knowledge of how to survive that cruel life he was forced into. — Eiji Okumura, Liberty | BANANA FISH Original Soundtrack EXTRA. In the manga, after being stabbed, Ash goes to the library to continue reading Eiji’s letter and dies by bleeding out there. Title: Eiji's Letter to Ash Notes: Companion piece to Sing's Letters to Ash , can also be read as a stand-alone. Let’s assume that Ash goes to the hospital / is taken there by people who saw him bleeding out, and he is eventually tried for his crimes. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. It also explains how an up-and-coming photographer can afford a place like this: It’s a brownstone in the up-and-coming (very trendy and soon to be very posh) neighborhood of Greenwich Village. But I never felt scared of you, not even once. My soul is always with you. Disclaimer: I am slave to the boys, I have no free will. But Yoshida mysteriously chose to overlook this. And how he didn’t have the luxury to grieve or else he’d die? Ash buys himself a whole new wardrobe. Yes, I do agree that his decision was majorly influenced by this wish to keep Eiji safe, forever, by choosing to get himself out of the picture, but only because he was put into the place of choosing in the first place by the author. I always have thought the ending would be otherwise but the whole series is great! Firstly, Sing Soo Ling, the very competent gang leader, who knew that his brother, hell bent on hating Ash for being a “monster who killed Shorter” and apparently on the mission to “harm Sing” , was missing, never once thought of tracking him down? John is a young boy who's been hospital-bound from an early age. Proceed only after reading the manga. On further questioning, the names of his accomplices, ie, Eiji, Blanca, Max, even Sing, would come into the light. That’s why, my stand on the ending will remain ambiguous, because I cannot accept all these logical fallacies and call the ending realistic or well thought out. Letter to Ash - Okumura Eiji. A few of the letters in Old English texts may be unfamiliar to you. Even if Jenkins and Charlie stood up for him, and his status as a victim in the Club Cod trials was taken into account, Ash would not have been able to escape some sort of legal penalty, imprisonment or otherwise. An efficient killer. Ash says in ep 13, at the pier, that “there were times I felt that death would be a better option than what I was going through at those moments”. Was it haunting and emotional? NOTE-THE I don’t know how the fandom views him as, but to me, Ash is an extremely resilient human being, and he wouldn’t give up his life just like that unless something major was at stake. His mother is Anne Baldwin Carter, an English teacher. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. But I said you are not a leopard, and that you can change your future. The letter “j”, for example, was still not commonly used as late as 1800. Ash definition, the powdery residue of matter that remains after burning. The excuse that he was “scared and confused and wanted to protect Sing” breaks down here. The battle at Mannerheim’s institution finished with Dino, Foxx and Mannerheim dying. Stars that shine for billions of light years will die one day. Ash doesn’t even think highly of himself. Why can’t I decide? Banana Fish ended on the 20th, and then onward, a lot of posts have been made regarding the ending and what people thought about it. He saw that he was too distracted. And more than anything, I met you. It would have hurt, sure, but his unnecessary death could be avoided. Lao, of course, followed them, and saw Sing and Ash yelling at each other. They very quickly get used to having money, which makes me think that they appreciate having it. You asked me over and over if you scared me. Will he become a Japanese salaryman with an ordinary office job? Flowers that only bloom for a season, can have a life that lifes infinitely. Logically speaking, Lao should have followed Sing, instead of going at Ash with a dagger. He has blonde hair, green eyes, pale skin and is extremely beautiful in appearance, as remarked on by numerous characters in the series. Also, there’s a very good chance that he’s stored all the photos of Ash that he couldn’t bear to look at here at this cottage. The core of this prayer is Psalm 145, and it is recited three times daily in … Sing ran away, very much unharmed, and alive, after yelling at Ash Lynx’s face. so, why didn’t Lao, go after his brother, and try to clarify the situation before going at Ash on a suicide mission? A cottage in Cape Cod (volume 19 “Garden of Light”) - also not at all shabby. He not only escapes his work related enemies, but the entire USSR (during 1980s) and manages to remain under an alias/ second identity. I tend to oscillate between hating the ending, and liking it for being a powerful, emotional, and haunting experience.