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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!
Note: Won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo in 2002.
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Oh, Yazawa Ai... I'm not judgemental. I know that you have to earn a living as a mangaka. But why must you do it?
Nana is one of the biggest and best examples of the very worst feature of Shoujo manga - it's a total sell-out. The story has been stretched thin, the characters are becoming more and more stupid as the series progresses and as long as the mangaka is earning money from her story, she will find numerous and ridiculous ways to keep the story going.
Nana is also a good example of a Shoujo manga that would be really, really good if the mangaka had some integrity instead of being money hungry. The art is good and (in the beginning) the characters were interesting and the atmosphere was charged. Alas, the story has melded from a good drama into a daytime soap opera for housewives and bored teenage girls.
What I learned from Nana is that if you're in a band, your life will suck.
lol, just kidding. (somewhat)
Nana was EXTREMELY addicting, I couldn't stop reading. The art is unique and nice, and I love the feeling of friendship. However, I feel like everyone in the manga is so STUPID and can't express their true feelings. This gets really annoying sometimes. Why can't the mangaka let anyone be happy??
Still, I enjoyed it a lot, because even though it's very sad and tragic, some parts made me laugh a lot.
Becomes too dramatic and depressing
I didn't want to read this manga in the beginning, because it seemed way too scandalous and dramatic. I read it anyway after finishing Paradise Kiss, and in the beginning I found Nana entertaining and the punk rock art beautiful. It's a great josei read, and I love the narrations at the end of each volume. It taught me a lot about life in the real world. As I read on, everything becomes so complicated and depressing that I'm becoming reticent to even continue reading. Many horrible things happen and it becomes so unrealistically depressing. But then again, this is expected since this story is a tragedy. I just hope the author will get better from her illness, though.
... Last updated on July 25th, 2009, 9:13pm
The good thing from reading Nana is we learn about life.. Sometimes we can get wrong, but we must continue to live on, be wiser, and we will be better person than before.
I like Nana because the plot is realistic, what can happen in our lives. It's different than typical manga(s). But recently I feel it got stagnant...
when i first read Nana, I stopped at one part because Hachiko was so damn annoying. Leave her friend, go for this guy. Too fickle. Blah Blah. But then after a year, I picked it up again and it's actually not that bad. Life can be pretty dramatic at times and we do make bad decisions. The second time around Hachiko left a better impression. I understood her more.
I also felt this way towards Hot Gimmick and Parfait Tic. 0_0 Second time around is tolerable. I don't know why. You just understand the girl more?
But recently something has bothered me!!!!!! For people who have read the latest chapters you probably get what I'm saying.. or maybe not whatever. Anyway. the mangaka needs to prove why she did such a thing. 0= Because honestly I did not see the point of it. What exactly?
Spoiler (highlight to view)
I hope it's essential to the plot..
I'll give it a rating once it's completed.
looking forward to a tragic/open ending
This one generally has everything one could ever wish for in an entertaining, yet serious Josei read. The art is edgy yet beautiful, the characters evolve and grow visibly (!) older, the story gets more and more serious with enough humor and mature romance and the end promises to leave some space for the reader's imagination. Everyone is bit too stylish but this is the music business after all. A very nice read and a good alternative to all the hacking into and tearing out of flesh.
... Last updated on May 12th, 2009, 2:30pm
I can't believe
Two days ago my friend said to me: "Yo! You need to read Nana! It's really good manga, sad, but good" (lol, what is the point of saying "sad" to proof splendour of it?). So I wanted to check what it is and I borrowed 1 volume from my friend. Up to 4 volume Nana seemed to be a very interesting story - life, men, dreams, tragedies... But when I read everything what has been scanlated I've just begun to think "Hmmm... Really, what people see in this story?". Especially last chapters which are so dramatic (you can't stop imaging what life is and what for? only to live for desire? and only to be happy all the time?) What people think about it? They are sad because someone is sad too, that want to escape from his/her problems? It's a pointless view of life. If you want to have fun - just read it. But really - you won't find true aspects of life. Only "Why life is so unfair?"
... Last updated on May 7th, 2009, 4:49am
THIS IS SOOO SAD....BUH SOO GOOD
this is a must read...but itss soo damn sad...so if u can't take tragedy...don't read this....casue this will get u ballin out all thoses tearzz..............I read this by mistake but before i could stop...i got soo adddicted i couldn't stop....*sniff sniff*
AI Yazawa's masterpiece
AI Yazawa added so much depth and dimension to the characters that we find it so easy to relate to the series. The story telling is excellent. The narration at the beginning and end, as well as the future flashes adds rich color to the mystery and suspense. For me the most enjoyable aspect was the Takumi x Hachi rrlationship. After that I enjoyed Hachi's personality and the humour she brought to the series. And then Nana and Hachi's friendship is complex and so magical.
This series is very special. Love it!!
I love Ai Yazawa. I love that she is a realist and that she likes to show the good with the bad. This story sure is a tearjerker but I like with that it isnt all happily ever after and you dont always get what you want. Life happens. She is also one of my top favorite artists, very consistent and beautiful.
I'm not normally one for tragedies and I even stopped reading the series for awhile because it got to be too much but after awhile I started up again and I couldn't totally remember why I stopped in the first place.
Excellent story, keeps you guessing and it shows you at what lengths true friends will go through for each others happiness and well-beings.