Nana Vol. 1

Warning!!!! Reading this blog will lead to some spoilers!!! So beware if you wish to continue!

nana1Sumary: Nana Komatsu is a young woman who’s endured an unending string of boyfriend problems. Moving to Tokyo, she’s hoping to take control of her life and put all those messy misadventures behind her.  Nana Osaki, on the other hand, is cool, confident and focused. She’s got a dream and won’t give up until she becomes Japan’s NO. 1 rock ‘n’ roll superstar. This is the story of two 20-year-old women who share the same name. Even though they come from completely different backgrounds, they somehow meet and become best friends. The world of Nana is a world exploding with sex, music, fashion, gossip and all-night parties.

Review: I had a lot of memories involving this manga. I remember back in the day when Shojobeat just started out, and Nana was one of their starter series. I got to admit, from that first chapter, in that very first issue of Shojobeat, I was hooked. But it took me another four or five years to pick it up. Seriously, I have no idea why it took me so long to pick up! I mean, I watched the anime, obsessively, watched both movies (even though they don’t really compare to the manga/anime), but it took me to so long to go out and buy the volumes. So after a shopping craze, at a recent convention, I end up buying the first eleven volumes.

The first volume, is actually the prologue to the story. It explains the backstory of both Nanas. We learn that Nana Komatsu, later known as Hachi, has a long string of crushes/past boyfriends. All of which ended up with Nana on the losing end. Nana Osaki, on the other hand, had a tragic childhood, but grew up to be the lead singer of a punk/rock band. She falls in love with the bass player, Ren, but unfortunely, Ren moves to Tokyo to become the bassist of an upcoming band, Trapnest.

I actually like Hachi, even though she’s quite an airhead, there’s one good thing about her, she faithful, and very commited when it comes to love. Unfortunely, she’s very gullible, when it comes to love, and often makes mistakes. But because of that, Nana, is a perfect match for her. Where Hachi falls short, Nana, makes up for it.

I spent two days reading the first seven volumes of this manga because I simply couldn’t put it down. This series is known for its protrayal of realism. That’s probably the reason I like this series so much. I’ve always been the type to read manga that are drama based.

Conclusion: Definitely one of my favourite series right now. I actually like a lot of Yazawa-sensei’s works. I remember watching the Paradise kiss anime in an all night marathon. Recently, I’ve also started reading Neighbourhood Story, which is another one of Yazawa-sensei’s manga series. Unfortunately though, it’s not license in North America though, so it’s a shame.

Overall Grade: A

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