A manga by the ever-so-talented Ai Yazawa.
Nana Osaki is a punk singer who wants to debut as soon as possible to leave her ex-boyfriend, Ren Honjo, behind. Nana was the lead vocalist in their old band with Ren, and they lived together as lovers. When Ren was offered a chance to debut in Tokyo as a replacement member of the popular band TRAPNEST, Nana chooses to cultivate her own band, BLACK STONES (BLAST for short) instead.
Nana Komatsu, the other Nana, is called Hachi as she has strong mental characteristics that resemble a little puppy. (Hachiko/Hachi is her nickname) With a habit of falling in love at first sight, Hachi has always depended on other people to help her. When her friends and then boyfriend leave for Tokyo, she decide to join them a year later after she saved enough money.
Nana and Hachi meet in a train by chance, both on their way to Tokyo, and after a string of coincidences, they come to live together in an apartment numbered 707. Despite having contrasting characters and ideals, the Nanas like and respect each other.
While the BLACK STONES begin to gain popularity at live gigs, other issues need resolving, especially in the areas of romance. The story of Nana revolves heavily on the romance and relationships of the two characters as one seeks fame and recognition while the other seeks love and happiness.
Each chapter you read, the more you grow to love NANA. The characters are very deep and seem very real. Some parts will make you cry while others will make you jump for joy! Later on(in volume 8), NANA takes a plot twist you wouldn't have expected coming.
The art in NANA is very unique. You can just look at the art and feel the emotions of the characters without having to read the story. Plus, I find the designs for the characters' clothes very fashionable.
This is a series that you just don't wanna miss.....It's one of the best series out there!
Images of NANA.
I've seen the first movie as well as the first 9 episodes of the anime (I have it on DVD ^^), but I've not read the manga. It hasn't finished yet has it? I read on Wiki that it was still on-going? Plus, do you have links for Nana manga?
yeah it is still going on.
Originally Posted by ImotoChan
You can read it on onemanga.com. It's up to chapter 68. The series comes out monthly.
I've watched both Live-Action movies (the first movie was the one that fot me into the story) and I've finished the anime as well. Now I'm reading the manga and I can't wait for more of it! I really love NANA! It's a great story, with romance, drama, friendship and music! What else to ask for? Plus, the art is great, Yazawa-san's style!
You can also try Takoyaki's site (the scanlation group for NANA manga): http://takoyakis.nana-nana.net/
NANA is the best work that Ai Yazawa has made I can`t stop reading it and everytime the new chapter is out I keep reading it and readibng it and then I can`t wait to see the next chapter I`m addicted to NANA. It`s a great plot and great art.
You're right, this series is very addictive. I saw both movies, and the anime before reading the manga. The anime had me hooked. I kept thinking about it after finishing it. The manga is, like you said, something you have to read over and over again.
Originally Posted by karura
Plus, the music is awesome. I loved those little narratives both Nana's say at the beginning and end of each episode.
Nana...this manga is a tough one for me. I agree that it is an addictive manga, but there are just so many times that I want to throw the book at the wall. The art work is amazing and the plot is great. Its just sometimes there are too many problems at one time. The live action movies were okay (didn't like them that much) and I was only able to watch the anime to a certain point (for my own reasons). Overall, when ever someone asks me about Nana, I always tell them that you have to read it for yourself, my opinion won't help you at all.
The only thing that keeps me going with Nana is Nobu...