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Nana (1) by あい 矢沢
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Nana (1) (edition 2000)

by あい 矢沢, 矢沢 あい (著)

Series: NANA (1)

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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. She's looking for love and she's hoping to find it in the big city. Nana Osaki, on the other hand, is cool, confident and focused. She swaggers into town and proceeds to kick down the doors to Tokyo's underground punk scene. 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 Nanais a world exploding with sex, music, fashion, gossip and all-night parties.… (more)
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Title:Nana (1)
Authors:あい 矢沢
Other authors:矢沢 あい (著)
Info:集英社 (2000), コミック
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NANA, Volume 1 by Ai Yazawa

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Nana has been on hiatus since 2009 leaving me with the biggest cliffhanger in history, and at this moment I don't think we will ever get anything ever.
I would have rated higher, but I despise all Ai Yazawa's male MCs from both Nana and Paradise Kiss with a vengeance. ( )
  XiaXiaLake | Jan 16, 2019 |
I am conflicted. I love one half of this series, and absolutely hate the other. How can something be so subversive in its portrayal of women and at the same time be so sexist?

The series follows two women named Nana through their romantic escapades and their friendship. Both women move to Tokyo, become roommates, and we learn about their separate backgrounds.

I love Nana O’s storyline. I want to be her friend. She’s an edgy rock star with a really great romance plot. She’s independent and tries to make her own way in the world.

Unfortunately, both Nana K’s views of the world and romantic life are seriously harmful. (“Only guys can have sex when they’re not in love”? Seriously?) Her entire motive for living is to find a boyfriend, and she’s completely defined by her past romantic relationships. She’s also super obnoxious.

So I have a hard time reconciling these two conflicting themes. Feminism and anti feminism side by side? Wtf?

Ugh. 4 stars, I guess. ( )
  lhofer | Sep 26, 2018 |
It's like Love and Rockets, manga-style, and I can get behind something like that. ( )
  morbusiff | Sep 20, 2018 |
For the sake of sanity, I'm going to call Nana Komatsu 'Little Nana' and Nana Osaki 'Big Nana'.

Oh my gosh! I HATE girls like Little Nana! Always looking for a boyfriend and too stupid to know when a boy is taking advantage of her. But when the 'relationship' dies because it's nonexistent, SHE DOESN'T LEARN FROM HER MISTAKES! She keeps doing it over and over and over! I just can't feel sorry for her. Let her break her heart! It's the only way she'll learn. Junko and Kyosuke though... I ship it.

I liked Big Nana's story. Yes she had love and she could've been happy together with Ren forever. But in the end she thought about what she wanted to do. Good for her.

This series is currently on hiatus at 21 volumes. ( )
  Rhydion | Oct 31, 2017 |
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Japan's most popular shojo comic in the history of the form, NANA has sold over 22 million copies there and frankly, after reading this first English edition, it's not hard to see why this manga is so ragingly successful. Surprisingly realistic, refreshingly modern, fast-paced and gripping, NANA, at least in this first volume, has set itself up as the best shojo title to emerge from the genre in the last 5 years or so. It's a relatively simple concept presented with elegance and finesse.

The story of NANA is simple; two girls with the same name, who lead very different lives, find one another in Tokyo while simultaneously going through rough patches. While the story stands from a lot of other shojo manga (even though you can distill it down to “boy trouble” which is at the core of nearly every shojo title on the market), what shines about this title are the characters – Ai Yazawa, most popular in the States for her Paradise Kiss manga, has crafted very realistic young adults, with very modern and believable attitudes about love. She isn't writing stereotypes or clichés; these people act like real young adults do today, which is part of why NANA is so easy to get yourself wrapped up in. It's relatable, and realistic. There's no magical bishonen prince who sweeps the heroine off her feet to a world full of hot guys who want to marry her, no cliché schoolroom romance, none of that.

Unfortunately, while the character's reactions and situations are above par, the dialogue could use some work. A bathtub scene between NANA Osaki and her rock star boyfriend Ren is ham-handed expository dialogue of the worst order. The two characters sit there and tell each other things they should already know about one another, solely so the audience can know these things as well. There are other, less awkward literary devices to bring the audience up to speed. It isn't just this scene either; the dialogue at times borders on being a little too melodramatic or overplayed. It's difficult to tell if that's the fault of the translator or the original author, but either way it's very amateurish and somewhat shocking to read such poor dialogue in an otherwise blemish-free comic.

The art, as we have come to expect from Ms. Yazawa, is above reproach. Her line work is impeccable, her characters distinguished, and her eye for fashion forever focused on the pulse of today's trendy youth. The understated punk rock look of NANA's band, Blast, is just right; not too much like the stereotypical goth-rock Japanese band, and not too much like the Sex Pistols, but a nice mix in between that very much captures the look of Japanese rock music today. In NANA Komatsu's somewhat more mundane side of the story, the artwork is gentler, almost dreamlike in some panels, until she gets to Tokyo and the harsh reality of the big city sets in. Yazawa has never been a disappointment in the art department, and NANA is no exception.

If you've been reading Shojo Beat, Viz's monthly shojo anthology, you're already familiar with the world of NANA and have probably already pre-ordered this volume. Those of you on the fence (or even those of you who publicly avoid the shojo genre but catch yourself eyeing the stacks every now and then), this is your gateway drug. Ai Yazawa, even in just this first volume, is poised to outdo herself. Once you get to the last page, you'll be begging for more, and there is no higher recommendation than that.
 

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