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Thread: Nana by Ai Yazawa

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    Thumbs Up NANA Old Discussion/Predictions Thread

    I'm not usually a reader of shouo titles, but this one has me totally hooked after two volumes (I'm buying them from Viz.) Usually I wouldn't give these titles a glance, but I was recommended to read this book by three girls I knew, so I figured it had to be something I should check out if I was hearing about it that much. I'm totally not disappointed at all - this has all the feel of watching a good drama movie with some very personable female characters.

    I'll admit Nana Osaki is a lot cooler than Nana Komatsu, but I was surprised at Nana Komatsu's perspective on men - it wasn't something I even thought about before - how women might look at men and not even see them as humans, but men, men, men. Maybe I was just dense but it explains how some girls I knew acted - feeling uncomfortable with being "friends" with a guy - because they're so romance-inclined. Anyway, I enjoyed reading this story, very well written and I totally love the art style. The scene of when Nana Osaki first saw her boyfriend, Ren, was just fantastic.

    So, anybody read this and like it also?

    I'm only on volume 2 of Viz's version, so if any of you guys have read past that point, please avoid spoiling me

    Also, if you would like to provide links to where to download this, please go ahead~ Thanks! ~~ links provided~~NM
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    Re: Nana Discussion

    I have read it to vol 2.
    What I really like about this manga is that it deals with a more serious theme. It's not too lovey-dovey like some other titles I've seen so far.
    The personalties of the two Nanas are really interesting especially as they confront each other in many ways.
    But , sorry to disappoint you, GK, for me it's not astonishing that it will keep me reading the other volumes, too.

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    Re: Nana Discussion

    Really? The way you started your post led me to think you were enjoying it then BOOM - you dropped the bomb on my head and say that at the end XD

    Interesting as it's apparently "the most popular shoujo title in Japan - over 22 million copies sold!'

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    Re: Nana Discussion

    Well... I can't put a finger on why I don't like it in the end. It just didn't hook me up so much. Perhaps because I prefer a more slight fare....? I dunno.

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    Re: Nana Discussion

    When you say slight fare, what exactly do you mean (?)

    Less complicated stories? ( Sorry, that was what I thought you meant )

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    Re: Nana Discussion

    Ah, I meant more the happy lovey dovey stories.
    It makes me feel better reading such stuff.
    Nana is very serious and reading it will not light up your mood but will make you think about the story, the characters...
    It's not a manga for "in between".

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    Re: Nana Discussion

    I know what you mean, Miso.

    I like Nana. The concept is original and one can really sympathize with the characters. There was a movie last year based on the first three, four volumes of the manga. It was wonderful and two of the best singles of last year came from that movie (one from "Reira" and another CD, which I own, from "Nana"). Beautiful songs. Wonderful story. It was probably my favorite movie of last year.

    But, it's very difficult for me to keep reading. I'll buy the latest vol and I'll make a face - do I really want to be absorbed into this world experience all of their triumphs and pain? It's emotionally charged, so if I just want a light read to cheer me up, I avoid picking up my Nana manga. Also, the story is constantly moving and situations are constantly changing and there's certain plot twists that... well, to be unspoilery - ow, the angst! T_T

    I would put Nana up there with the U.S. graphic novel "Strangers in Paradise" - it's unforgettable, it's beautiful, it's poetic, but it all comes with a price.
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    Re: Nana Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Airy
    I know what you mean, Miso.

    I like Nana. The concept is original and one can really sympathize with the characters. There was a movie last year based on the first three, four volumes of the manga. It was wonderful and two of the best singles of last year came from that movie (one from "Reira" and another CD, which I own, from "Nana"). Beautiful songs. Wonderful story. It was probably my favorite movie of last year.

    But, it's very difficult for me to keep reading. I'll buy the latest vol and I'll make a face - do I really want to be absorbed into this world experience all of their triumphs and pain? It's emotionally charged, so if I just want a light read to cheer me up, I avoid picking up my Nana manga. Also, the story is constantly moving and situations are constantly changing and there's certain plot twists that... well, to be unspoilery - ow, the angst! T_T

    I would put Nana up there with the U.S. graphic novel "Strangers in Paradise" - it's unforgettable, it's beautiful, it's poetic, but it all comes with a price.
    Now I'm starting to understand. ^_^ Thanks for explaining.

    Hmm, looks like I'm into for an emotional roller coaster if I continue to read any further, huh? Well, well... XD

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    Re: Nana Discussion

    Yeah, Nana is quite an emotional rollercoaster. And oh, the angst! I'm reading it in Shojo Beat. I can't say what chapter it is because it's not printed in SB, but I'm guessing it's chapter 15 since they've only been doing 1 chapter per issue and this is the 15th issue.

    Anyway, I think the only reason I can stomach the angst is that I'm only reading 1 chapter of it amongst a wide variety of other manga.

    I actually thought I wouldn't like this at all, but it has caught my interest and I'm enjoying it. Though the end of this most recent issue was really... angsty... don't want to spoil anything, but I'm dreading the next chapter.

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    Re: Nana Discussion

    I just realized that it has already reached volume 15 in Japan! Never expected that. In Germany it has four volumes so far and I thought that was it.

    Nana is surely unique. I can say that although I don't intend to read it further. Either you like the emotional rollercoaster or you don't.
    But nevertheless it's something special and not a stereotype manga..

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    Re: Nana Discussion

    I got into Nana a few months ago, and I expected great things, since I loved Paradise Kiss (also by Ai Yazawa). I'm on the third volume right now, and so far I like it very much. It's definitely an angsty story, but that hasn't bothered me too much - most likely because I'm reading it in small doses. ^^ What I like most about this manga is that it isn't a typical shoujo; it deals with the ups and downs of romance in a more mature, sincere way than most other mangas do. The two Nanas are also very well-rounded characters who appeal to me alot.

    And of course the artwork is amazing.

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    Re: Nana Discussion

    I don't know if I should consider myself lucky for not having started on this manga or unlucky...

    I like to read mangas with some depth, and whilst Nana seems to be having that I conclude from what you've said so far that it's a lot more dramatic and that is not something I want to get caught up in. Seriously Ichigo 100% was a shonan (or shounan) manga and I got pretty sucked into all the angst and stuff that I simply had had enough.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is that I need something to cheer me up, both action-wise and romance-wise, which probably explains why I like Mitsuru Adachi's mangas so much.

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    Re: Nana Discussion

    nana has been scanlated a bit past volume 12, you can get it off of neverwhere, the lurker bot

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    I really think NANA is fantastic. =] I love the illustrations, plot, characters... Almost everything. Heh, it's just not suitable for my age. LOL. XD

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    Re: Nana Discussion

    Personally i love Nana never thought i would since this is technically my first shoujo manga ever. But yeah i got into it when the show came out cuz i watched the first like 17 episodes then (at that point its at like vol 4 or 5 in the manga) so then i looked really hard since i was bored with nothing to do with all the stupid filler eps of my favourite animes goin on these days...plus the show left me on a cliffhanger so i had to look for the manga and i found up to Vol 17...well only one chapter is out for that vol. (ch61) but yeah i love nana so far very realistic...angsty to death but i love it

    i'm kinda dissapointed though cuz i don't think a chapter comes out every week like naruto or bleach but then again those chapters are about 5 normal naruto/bleach chapters so it evens out

    all in all great show but like someone mentioned previously it is indeed not something u wanna read to cheer u up lol but i love the realism as much as we all love our shinigamis, samurais, ninjas, mechas and so on...its good to check up on earth once in a while and Nana's a good way

    of course i wouldn't wanna forget to mention that "rose" by Tsushiya Anna (Nana) and
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