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From Viz: Nana "Hachi" Komatsu hopes that moving to Tokyo will help her make a clean start and leave her capricious love life behind her. Nana Osaki, who arrives in the city at the same time, has plans to score big in the world of rock 'n' roll. Although these two young women come from different backgrounds, they quickly become best friends in a whirlwind world of sex, music, fashion, gossip, and all-night parties!
In 2003 Nana won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo.
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How to sum up such a complicated story
If you're reading this review, I'm sure you have read a few others on their take on Nana. I'm here to provide another perspective to this story (or maybe add to someone else's). If you choose to read this story, I should warn you to expect to feel all kinds of emotions. You laugh, cry, hate, pity, and every other feeling you can insert in here. I believe the reason to such emotions is the depth of the characters and how realistic this story is.
I just adore the complication of these characters. This is real life. These characters don't just have two sides like in a shoujo (no offense- I love shoujo too), they have layers and the further you get into the story, you are revealed more and more about them. Not only do they have layers, they progress and grow. To me, that's so important to a successful story. I want to believe that time is passing naturally and they are growing because that is real life--we are not the same people we were yesterday.
With that being said, there are people who loathe a character or a few. Yes, there are a few characters I'm not found of at times but that happens in every story right? I don't think I've read a story that was actually of importance that didn't have a character I didn't like. I think this is what drives some hate towards this manga. I'm telling you people, this is what life is like. You like people one minute, you hate them the next. If you can't tell, I love the reality she brings to this story. Yes, when I'm crying because of something that happened and I hate her for it, this means she succeeded in drawing me into the story.
To me, I feel like I could see these characters on the street. That's how well I feel I know them at this point. I love this manga for allowing me to feel as many emotions as I do with the sting of reality. If you need a break from all the positive-outlook-the-sun-is-shinning-let's-go-skip-in-a-meadow-of-flowers manga, give this a hit. Definitely a manga I revisit and re-read and redevelop my emotions. Okay, I'm done. Gosh this was long. I wish the hiatus was over. It kills me that I don't know what will happen next. Also, check out the anime if you have a chance. Follows the story really well.
Personally i like a story that ends....
As you can see the story is in hiatus, and I've went to many different forums saying that this author will never pick it back up and complete it. I read NANA without knowing all of that. I can honestly tell you i regret my decision. I'm not sure what other people think but i really don't know how this story would have ended. There were a few possibilities so i was really up set, felt like i wasted my time. All in all it really wasn't bad though i thought the art was unique and the story line as well. But the fact that it didn't end over rules all of that for me, and i felt like i had just wasted my time....
I love this series.. I cry so much just reading it.. i read this series more than 5 times the first time i discover in one week.. i love it so much that i even went and watch the anime and even have the music as well.. the only sad thing about this series is that it is not complete, but its okay because you could pretty much guess how the ending is going to end..
I give nana a 9 and not a 10 because there are a lot of drama and everything happends in very little time though i loved every page that i read.
I was searching for something that will captured me and make me love the characters, every character is very well created they are perfect with all of their imperfection, i love the way the characters begins to interact between each other and how the love relationships were real and with good situations.
Before deciding to give it a go i read good reviews and bad reviews, but there were evil reviews, like people saying that hachi was a slut after reading 5 chapters or that they saw 10 episodes of the anime and she was super annoying. I adore hachi, i dont like the situation she is in, but is super hard to decide decisions in her position. I really like that hachi's character evolve in the manga and made her mature and think not only for her but her surrounds(people who has read it will know).
The only thing i didnt really like at all is that the manga is on hiatus and i didnt realize it till i got in the last chapter. I hate myself right now. But if someone is reading my review, i'll tell you to give it a chance for at least till chapter 10, even though is in hiatus it is worth the reading.
Bittersweet and beautiful. :)
I can sort of understand why many people don't like this story. I didn't either when I first read it but I soon realized that I was too young to understand some of the important themes of the story. This isn't a happy, romantic fairytale shoujo manga. It's definitely more josei than shojo and addresses important, current themes which everyone goes through at some point of time.
You can't hate any of the characters but at the same time you can't adore them either. When I first read it I thought Nana Osaki was the coolest woman on the planet and wanted to be like her while Hachi was a disgrace to all women. But it isn't like that all. Both Nanas are very flawed characters. Hachi is a tragically realistic character. She makes mistake after mistake and is very immature in the beginning. But her character really transforms and she becomes a source of strength for Blast. Nana Osaki is also not as cool as she looks. She's extremely possessive and breaks down if something important is taken away from her. Her determination is very admirable though.
This isn't a romantic manga. Take out all the affairs,drugs,scandals, infidelity and it all comes down to the incredible bond between the two Nanas. It's more of friendship and coming of age while using romance as the platform. Even this romance isn't the usual "I'll love you forever" stuff you see in normal shojo. It actually addresses the situation of what would happen when feelings simply aren't there anymore and when you have to be mature enough to make your choices that decide someone else's life.
I don't feel happy when I read this. But at the same time I'm not crying either. I'll always love this manga and everyone in it. Everyone has flaws and everyone makes mistakes that are understandable. I don't know if the ending will be "happy" or not but I'd pefer something similar to Parakiss. A bittersweet but stable ending. Things in the manga right now are really sad and tragic and it hasn't been updated in years. I really hope Yazawa Ai finishes it because I really want some stability in both the nana's lives. I don't know if I'd recommend it but I suggest you try it. If you're not hooked leave it but come back when you're older.
... Last updated on May 19th, 2012, 2:50am
Great story with REALISTIC characters
The people who are under me complaining about how much of a slut Hachi is and how you hate the fact that the characters aren't PERFECT and can't fight and be happy all the time and shoujo-heroine-y... please. This is a realistic manga intended for a more mature audience. The characters are well-rounded, they all have flaws, and they all make mistakes -- ESPECIALLY Hachi. She's an emotional young adult who doesn't know where she stands in life and I think she's very realistic. Yes, she sleeps with a number of men. Does that make her a slut? That depends on you, I guess, but I don't think she is. She's just a confused girl who doesn't know what she wants.
I love the way the story is and how realistic it is with the character development. Nothing says "SHOOT ME" more than a manga dedicated to the puppy crush between a girl and a guy before they even start dating. This delves into actual RELATIONSHIPS, into tangled emotions and crap with a nice, spunky, punk music vibe to it as well.
I recommend this to an older or at least more mature audience who understands or have experience with how relationships generally work in the real world.
WHY GOD , WHY IS MY LIFE LIKE THIS ! BLAH BLAH !
Nana(dog) above ^ ..seriously I've watched about 20 episodes of the anime and I can't take it anymore Nana(dog) is sooo annoying seriously [SPOILER] when her and shouji broke up waay before that I was hoping he Would I mean why ? Why would he want that moany dog Nana with him instead of that sweet girl ? All nana(dog) did was wine[spoiler] [spoiler]The thing i dont get is she moans about wanting to get away from tamiki and not wanting to break nobus heart but wth she goes right back and ends up sleeping with him again and again what a loooser ....[spoiler]
Nana (dog) is such a slut all she does is moan about her stupid life , it just got to the point where I was like "wait this b**tch is a self depressing self pittying b**ch !" , the worst part is out of her(nana dog) and the other nana (goth) she was the "main one" I honestly right now can say I didn't have a problem with nana(the goth) if it was just about her I wouldnt mind. I felt like her pathetic friend(Nana dog) was seriously holding her back she deserved better that that waste of space.
Ok fine ; one positive is I like the fact that the manga writer or what ever could of gone with a straight forward tipical story at any time but didn't , she stuck with different/unique . And sadly different was a FAIL seriously just read my spoiler because I haven't read the manga alot yet and I'm not going to I found it better just to read the spoilers [SPOILER]ren dies in a car crash and nana (goth) runs away and nana(dog) got together with nobu and wait for it ..he cheats on her and as usual she moans about her pathetic life oh and I dunnoe one of the nanas have 2 kids[spoiler]with tamuki .. Anyway never again I'm just waiting for naruto shippuden epps to come out , don't waste your time on this and join me :/ Sigh* what let down.
... Last updated on September 25th, 2011, 9:55am
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I REALLY DONT LIKE THE ENDIN ..i felt like it didnt bring anything to a conclusion well dats for the anime the manga it wz like wtf ren dies ammmm dont know where this series really leadin to seriously both nanas gone mad i dont no to to much... i feel the mangaka tried to fit alot alot of drama in this ...it then somehw ruins it drags on way to long...its like ok stop now u cant b wit her/him get ova wit it yuh no yuh sayin yuh in luv wit dis guy and nex day yuh in luv wit dat guy ....y she in luv ...cuz of alittle kindness .....really confusin ....(-_- ) its like end dis shit now men jeezzzzz
... Last updated on May 1st, 2011, 2:45pm
I watched the anime and loved so I wanted to know how the story would continue and went after the manga. I really love how this story is written because several elements are a completely surprise. Is much better than the average shoujo. For me it doesn't matter if the author is on an endless hiatus because my fav couple is Takumi/Hachi and the latest chapters already gave the information I wanted to know about them.
... Last updated on October 19th, 2010, 6:16pm
Loved the characters
I really liked that the characters were very well developed, i found myself hating some characters at first but then reading more let me understand them so much better and i found myself sympathizing with them. You get so connected with the characters and i liked that this manga was more realistic rather than how some are cute with perfect endings and cute mediocre romances. It was realistic in that no one was perfect, and things didnt always turn out the way you wanted them to. 10 for Nana!!!