A chance meeting on a train to Tokyo sends two girls named Nana on a collision course with destiny Nana Hachi Komatsu hopes that moving to Tokyo will help her make a clean start and leave her capricious love life behind her Nana Osaki, who arrives in the city at the same time, has plans to score big in the world of rock n roll Although these two young women come from different backgrounds, they quickly become best friends in a whirlwind world of sex, music, fashion, gossip and all night parties 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 cityNana 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 Norock n roll superstarThis is the story of twoyear 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


10 thoughts on “Nana, Vol. 1

  1. Jackie Jackie says:

    A review of the entire manga series No real plot spoilers, but very vague references to future events My all time favorite manga The story of two girls, punk rocker Nana Oosaki big Nana and girly Nana Komatsu small Nana, known in the rest of the story as Hachi , who meet on a train to Tokyo and become the best of friends Nana s dream is to become a famous punk singer, Hachi s to live with her boyfriend, Shouji The first volume deals with the girls past Hachi s normal, fairly happy A review of the entire manga series No real plot spoilers, but very vague references to future events My all time favorite manga The story of two girls, punk rocker Nana Oosaki big Nana and girly Nana Komatsu small Nana, known in the rest of the story as Hachi , who meet on a train to Tokyo and become the best of friends Nana s dream is to become a famous punk singer, Hachi s to live with her boyfriend, Shouji The first volume deals with the girls past Hachi s normal, fairly happy adolescence not counting disastrous love affairs, a character hallmark and Nana s harder edged,tragic existence It also introduces most of the wonderful supporting cast Junko and Kyosuke Yasu , Nobu, and Ren Subsequent volumes highlight how well Nana and Hachi s divergent personalities complement each other, and their growing bond What I like best about the series is how the characters develop flighty, shallow Hachi becomes the pillar of emotional strength and independent, tough Nana is revealed to be extremely vulnerable Hachi is my favorite character although not introduced in the most positive light, her strength and positive attitude when karma comes back around is commendable Another thing I love is the narration at the beginning and end of chapters, highlighting Nana and Hachi s bond and foreshadowing a tragic future, which is later partially revealed in flash forwards Instead of giving plot away, the future hints are played out like a mystery story, giving small pieces to solve like a puzzle Much likeLostin a way, plot structure wise, flashbacks are also used to give character depth, while the flashforwards and the present rush to meet each other There s a huge amount of fantasy in their lives in Tokyo, even aside from the connections to the famous group Trapnest I ve lived in a big apartment on the outskirts of Tokyo, and the entire place could of fit twice into Room 707 s living area And I don t think there s a single apartment in the city going for a monthly rent of 750 yen, yet alone a giant place like that And I m not buying the whole no elevator excuse you walk a hell of a lotthan seven flights of stairs in daily Tokyo life But the fantasy is a big part ofNana scharm it s life the way you wish it could be lived, not the way it actually is The decidedly Western apartment and style of living should translate very well with American audiences And even the style remains in the translation it s not just western, it s a beautiful 60 s esque retro The apartment and most of Hachi s clothing looks straight out ofBreakfast at Tiffany s And Nana always looks like she walked straight off a Vivenne Westwood catwalk Yazawa s signature fashion and style is on full display here Another thing on full display is Yazawa s well developed characters but unlike, say, Paradise Kiss, these characters are really likable You root for them from the moment you meet them And the plot is heads and tails above previous efforts you can t stop reading once you start The only complaint I have is some of the later chapters over focus on the Trapnest members the manga is calledNana , after all There s a reason whyNanais one of the most popular shoujo manga of all time in Japan Even the names are carefully selected, with several levels Nana meaning seven, Hachi meaning both eight and the loyal dog Hachiko, and how the bad luck connotation the number seven implies in Japan follows the two girls That and the Demon Lord I can t recommend this series enough Although one suggestion try to locate the scanlations The English translation is horrible, an abomination The translators decided to Americanize the characters speech, and ended up with a horrid hip hopish grammatically incorrect sludge that no American young adult speaks in, yet alone Japanese characters It s really a shame Reading the series English translation might ruin it for you If you like it, please buy at least a couple volumes to support it but don t read them


  2. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    Nana was a really different kind of graphic novel, it sort of reminded me of Ginger and Rosa, but with less teenage melodrama andpondering angst about various situations.


  3. Heather *Undercover Goth Queen* Heather *Undercover Goth Queen* says:

    This review is for volumes 1 21, so there may be some spoilers.I was excited when I found out my library had this series, because that meant I could finally finish it I d read volume 1 years ago, but it was right around the time I stopped buying manga, and so I never completed the series.And then I found out from Kat the series isn t even complete This series is about two bands who rise to popularity in Japan and the struggles that go along with fame It s also about the friendship between two This review is for volumes 1 21, so there may be some spoilers.I was excited when I found out my library had this series, because that meant I could finally finish it I d read volume 1 years ago, but it was right around the time I stopped buying manga, and so I never completed the series.And then I found out from Kat the series isn t even complete This series is about two bands who rise to popularity in Japan and the struggles that go along with fame It s also about the friendship between two young women named Nana which ended up being the best thing about this whole story.I liked this series, but I could have liked it a lotwithout the constant drama and the characters making decisions I hated My main example of this is Hachi s relationship with Takumi What the actual fuck I couldn t tell if Yazawa meant for us to hate him or like him, because he did terrible things view spoiler isolating Hachi, forcing himself on her, being rude to her, etc hide spoiler yet was shown in a sympathetic light over and over again.Takumi s relationship with Reira confused the fuck out of me, and I hated it Takumi can fuck right off with his hot, sociopathic self.Hachi was my favorite character with Shin as a close second , although I hate what she went through in order to find the tiniest bit of happiness Takumi didn t deserve her I don t prefer Nobu, though I actually ship Hachi with the photographer I forgot his name Yazawa does some of my favorite manga artwork, and I wishof her series were readily available to me However, now I need a break from having read an entire manga series straight through without any breaks wipes brow Making your dreams come true and being happy Why are they two separate things


  4. Lauren Lauren says:

    I really enjoyed this first volume of Nana and appreciated the very different personalities of the two namesakes Looking forward to continuing on with this series Plus the artwork is simply PERFECT


  5. Steph Sinclair Steph Sinclair says:

    I really hope the author gets better and decides to finish this series Otherwise we will be left hanging forever


  6. Liz Liz says:

    Nana, Volume 1 is the first volume out of a 21 volume series written by Ai Yazawa Volume 1 introduces us to Nana Kumatsu, Nana Osaki, and Junko Nana Kumatsu s best friend, she s pretty much a bonus to the series The manga shows us these three girls lives but mainly the two Nanas Nana Kumatsu is this melodramatic and quite boy crazy girl She follows her heart and a lot of the time, it gets her into trouble Nana Osaki is a very dark and serious personality She s the lead singer of her ba Nana, Volume 1 is the first volume out of a 21 volume series written by Ai Yazawa Volume 1 introduces us to Nana Kumatsu, Nana Osaki, and Junko Nana Kumatsu s best friend, she s pretty much a bonus to the series The manga shows us these three girls lives but mainly the two Nanas Nana Kumatsu is this melodramatic and quite boy crazy girl She follows her heart and a lot of the time, it gets her into trouble Nana Osaki is a very dark and serious personality She s the lead singer of her band and is in love with one of the guitarists Both girls have to make very big decisions as far as growing up and deciding whether or not to move to Tokyo The book is split in half as far as the stories of these girls, so it s not flipping back and forth between the two characters I thought that that was quite helpful as to not confuse the readers even though the two Nanas are quite different in looks That being said, both stories and plots were well written There were times when Nana K would get really depressed and quite crazy, but it is explained quite well Even though she has a bubbly personality, she s had some very rough times Nana O s storyline wassexual andabout her reaction to this boy leaving her for a bigger opportunity That doesn t seem like much in the way of story, but this volume isto introduce us to characters That way, we get to know them a bit before the story really starts I thought the overall writing was very well done It hit some serious subjects but didn t dwell on it too much so that it s still a light read.I liked the setting for Nana K She was right in the middle of everything, which showed both how she was geographically and how she was psychologically I would recommend this volume to anyone in their late teens 16 and beyond There is some mature and serious content I would also recommend it to anyone who doesn t have patience for a novel but would like to start readingThis manga had some good story and plot and character development, but it isn t a long read 180 pages at most Please be warned that you read manga right to left rather than how in English, we read left to right As far as rating, I was told by a few girls and a few guys that I would like this volume and series I would definitely give it a solid A 95 100 Seriously, good stuff I m considering reading at least a fewvolumes


  7. Cath Cath says:

    3 5Meh this was okay, I m not sure if I ll check out the next volume.


  8. Celine Celine says:

    Nana 1 consists of two stories, one following a sparkly high school girl named Nana, and one story following a punk lead vocalist Nana From here on I ll be referring to them as Barbie and Punky We start out with Barbie, who has an affair with a grown man she knows almost nothing about When he ends things, she s having a hard time getting over him Barbie always falls head over heels for older guys, and usually within the first ten seconds of meeting them Influenced by her best friend, she t Nana 1 consists of two stories, one following a sparkly high school girl named Nana, and one story following a punk lead vocalist Nana From here on I ll be referring to them as Barbie and Punky We start out with Barbie, who has an affair with a grown man she knows almost nothing about When he ends things, she s having a hard time getting over him Barbie always falls head over heels for older guys, and usually within the first ten seconds of meeting them Influenced by her best friend, she tries being best friends with a guy for once.Punky is the archetypical character with a bad past She sings in a band, where her boyfriend is the lead guitar Her boyfriend has his big break, and leaves for Tokyo, leaving Punky behind She is forced to make some tough choices.Although Barbie is superficial and annoying at times, I liked her part of the story best Punky s just didn t have the same amount of humour and heart I felt that Punky didn t have anything that made her unique in any way, and I didn t feel invested in her story Some issues I had with the story probably stem from the fact that I know absolutely nothing about Japanese culture, and some story lines just got a bit weird for me At one point a male character doesn t say I love you to a female character, because that s apparently the Western way, but instead just kinda says it by kissing her I m not much of a romantic, but I did find this a bit lame It s easy to kiss someone, but it takes balls to tell someone you love them But I guess that kind of sentiment doesn t agree with the Japanese view of masculinity Nana is entertaining, especially Barbie s half of the novel I might read a fewin the series, as my library has them, but I m not sure whether I m hooked enough to read the full 21 volumes of this manga Also, the author didn t finish the series, and might never write the last volume I don t want to become invested in a series that might not get an ending


  9. Daniela Di Daniela Di says:

    It was the first time I actually read manga I watched the anime when I was in high school and then again this past month I decided to read the volumes to see what happens to the characters At first I didn t think I will manage to read the text bubbles in the right order but after a volume or two it was a piece of cake It was fun But this series is a life destroyer I loved it so much that it hurts to think about it I still need time to recover from it.I m actually in denial, so, I m goi It was the first time I actually read manga I watched the anime when I was in high school and then again this past month I decided to read the volumes to see what happens to the characters At first I didn t think I will manage to read the text bubbles in the right order but after a volume or two it was a piece of cake It was fun But this series is a life destroyer I loved it so much that it hurts to think about it I still need time to recover from it.I m actually in denial, so, I m going to read it again


  10. Cristina Monica Cristina Monica says:

    Everything about this manga is perfect The story, the characters and, of course, the art are truly great I found really interesting seeing the contrast between the two Nanas Though, my favorite Nana is the singer one.