Nana

Rating: ★★★★
Category: Books
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
Author: Ai Yazawa

This is from the same author that brought you Paradise Kiss (Ai Yazawa). While I had forgotten the mangaka’s name initially, I had guessed from the art style that it could only be her. And reading the manga’s back cover, I immediately gauged that it wasn’t going to be your typical run-of-the-mill shoujo mush.

I was right.

But damn if this doesn’t make Paradise Kiss seem like Card Captor Sakura! Seeing as the story revolves around two bands and a groupie that binds them together, expect the unexpected of a shoujo fare. The cover wasn’t joshing when it mentioned sex, gossip, fashion and parties. There’s lots of sex — so much that I cringed when my aunt’s secretary’s 11-year-old cousin peeked behind me to ask if I was doing my assignment.

Nana is by no means a hentai title. It actually resembles those Western soap operas where the lead characters, at least in Nana Komatsu’s case, get to sleep with everyone. Yazawa is much like my other favorite mangaka, Yuki Yoshihara, in that she’s not afraid to explore the sensual side of shoujo writing. The only difference is that, while Yoshihara made my sides split with laughter, Yazawa made me cry so many times. And she’s not done making me cry. As of this writing…>>> Read the full review (with preview MANGA SCANS) at the Otaku Fridge >>>

8 Comments

  1. Hsiang Lee

    February 16, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    have you seen the movie? i really like the movie of this version!! if not maybe you should try it!! really nice!!! 🙂

  2. Bea Lapa

    February 16, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    yeah, they said it was nice. but ya know, in the manga, one of the best characters dies… destroying yet another OTP. so those who loved the movie might want to stay away from the manga.

  3. keruvin rei

    February 18, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Miss! May complete set ako ng anime series nito! Ep. 1 to 40++? =)) The best toh'!! Kakaiyak, nakaka EMO hahaha! Want to watch it again.

  4. Bea Lapa

    February 18, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    amf! di ko akalaing manonood ka nito! grabe sa emo ha. kala ko babae lang tinatablan nito eh.

  5. keruvin rei

    February 19, 2009 at 7:31 am

    Actually miss, heart broken kasi ako that time =)) kaya naghahanap ako ng romatic love story na anime para mapawi hahaha! kaso.. iba.. lalo ako naging emo. :))

    Napanuod nyo na ba yung anime?

  6. Bea Lapa

    February 19, 2009 at 8:02 am

    paano naging romantic eh nabuntis si t00t ni t00t na boyfriend niyang kinaliwa niya ng hindi sinasadya. tapos namatay si t00t ni t00t when they were meant to be together since the beginning of the story pa lang.

    hindi ko nakita ang romance. waaaaaaaaah!

  7. keruvin rei

    February 19, 2009 at 9:38 am

    May namatay? Sa Manga ba yan? x__x wala kasi namatay sa anime series eh x_x

  8. Bea Lapa

    February 19, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    ayun na nga sinasabi ko. sobrang depressing ng manga noh.

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