Nana Vol. 8

nana8What’s on the back: Hachi’s happiness with Nobu is slipping through her fingers as an unexpected complication with Takumi treatens to up-end her whole life. And unlike her past romantic woes, the choice she makes now will change the lives of everyone around her.

Review: I know I haven’t posted any reviews of Nana lately, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy the series. In fact, Nana is probably one of my favourites. I haven’t read a volume in a while, but now I remember exactly why I like it so much. It’s the realism that the manga represents. Hachiko is going through tough times and I can’t really blame her for making the choices that she has made. I see her logic in all her decisions.

I saw this arc coming, which isn’t to everyone’s surprise, I dreaded reading. The scene that grabbed my heart the most, happened in this arc. I almost wished it didn’t happen. From day one, I was rooting for Nobu and Hachi. I was literally jumping for joy when they got together. But now that’s all over. Hachi gets pregnant and most likely it’s Takumi’s child. It also doesn’t help that Takumi was also the one that broke the news to Nobu. Ouch. This teaches everyone to use contraceptions when having sex, or else you end up in an ireversible situation that Hachi puts herself in. Now she has to let go of love, for stability.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate Takumi. I’m a fan of Nobu, but Takumi isn’t so bad either. It was nice of him to accept responsibility for the baby. Hachi, herself, was surprised when he offered to get married with ehr. The only question lies now is whether, Takumi truly loves Hachi, or is this mariage simply a ploy to shut up the papparazi?

For the other herione in the story, Nana, I felt kind of bad for her in this volume. In her eyes she views Hachi as a precious possession. As the news of Hachi’s pregnancy is dawned on her, her grip on Hachi is slowly becoming looser and looser. She blames this all on Takumi, who stole everyone that was important to her. She also realize, after a confrontation with Nobu, that she was using him to keep Hachi near her.

We get to see a glimpse of Nana’s childhood. With that, I kind of understand her reason of not wanting to have a baby. After being abandoned as a child, Nana feels like she doesn’t have the qualifications to have a child of her own. This is probably why, Hachi’s pregnancy is kind of a shock for her.

¬†Final Thoughts : There were a lot of tough situations in this volume. For a shoujo manga, this seriers is probaby the most realistic thing I’ve read in a long while. I see a lot of issues coming up in the near issues of this manga. With the way Nana is going, could it result in her downfall?

Overall Grade: A+


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