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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 >>>