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NANA―ナナ― 1 (Nana #1)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  23,070 ratings  ·  288 reviews
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 t

Paperback, 180 pages
Published May 15th 2000 by Shūeisha
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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
Kat Stark

What can I say about this manga series that hasn't been said? Well probably nothing, but I can tell you that it's one of my favorites of all-time. This review is over the complete series.

When watching or reading this, you can understand and want to know each character. I can't figure out how to explain it, but I always see that each character is a long string. When they all clash together, they get tangled in a web of mess. When I try to untangle them...they become even more tangled to the point
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 ...more
Steph Sinclair
I really hope the author gets better and decides to finish this series. Otherwise we will be left hanging forever!
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
Feb 28, 2011 Joyzi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Shoujo
Recommended to Joyzi by: Crunchyroll
I love this one because it's not only funny and romantic but it tackles all the sensitive issues, premarital sex, drugs, unplanned pregnancies even Abortion. Reminiscent of Juno. I've read this one but not all of them, more of the latter volumes, I'm more fan of the anime. It also have all the best OST.
its SO SAD!! but still its INCREDIBLE!!
Despair Speaking
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you meet someone with the same name as you and yet is completely different from you? (Don't worry, that person is NOT your doppleganger!)

This, for me, was the most interesting thing about Nana. Nana Komatsu is a young woman hoping to start a new life after having gone through a lot of heartache. She moves to Tokyo and meets Nana Osaka on the train. Nana Osaka is everything she's not. She's cool, she's confident, and she's absolutely sure of what sh
3ème lecture : relu pour les besoins d'un cours, mais du coup maintenant j'ai envie de relire toute la série :p
Cette série est et restera pendant encore longtemps mon shôjo préféré et Ai Yazawa ma mangaka préférée.
Si bien no soy de leer este tipo de "historietas", lo hice por recomendación de una otaku. Reconozco que me gustó y que está muy bien contada. Un poco triste el final, si es el final. No sé por qué siempre continúan las historias una vez que “termina”. Eso nunca lo entendí. Quizás también sea el caso. Nunca lo averigüé.
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. :)
The artwork is fabulous-I want to make some of these outfits myself and you get a definite feel for Tokyo and Japan as a whole.
Timothy Stone
Though a shojo manga, Nana is often confused for a josei title. This is because the themes are more mature. But it does appear in a shojo magazine in Japan, so it's shojo. I begin with this explanation for two purposes. First off, I want to clarify what type of genre and demographic this story is, and secondly, by so doing, give folks a sense of what to expect from it.

Nana is the story of two separate women, both named "Nana". The first is a love-struck girl that falls in love at the drop of a h
Nana is an amazing manga. Probably the one that has drawn me in the most. Ever.

The thin pen line styled art is supremely illustrated, and the characters are extremely elegant. The punk/Lolita style is absolutely gorgeous. The expressions of the characters are drawn masterfully. The humor and the cute simplifications adds a lot of laughter to this manga. Although the storyline is full of problems and dismay, there's always humor to lighten up the mood. Especially Nana "Hachi" Komatsu who is extre
Overall Rating: A
Synopsis: Nana Komatsu is a 20 year old with a penchant for falling in love at first sight. After a year at art school, her best friend and her boyfriend move to Tokyo, so Nana decides to save up her money and follow them after a year.

Nana Osaki is a punk singer in the band Blast with her boyfriend Ren. When Ren gets an offer to join an up-and-coming band in Tokyo, he leaves Blast and Nina behind. A year later, Nina heads to Tokyo as well.

The two women meet by chance on the tr
Feb 15, 2008 Trane rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: shojo manga fans, escapists and dreamers
Shelves: manga-and-comics
I'm completely addicted to Ai Yazawa's shojo manga Nana. Nana is the story of two young women, both from small towns, who meet on the bullet train and end up moving in together in Tokyo. Nana Komatsu (a.k.a. "Hachi") is a small-town girl who has big city dreams of romance and leaving her old life (and self) behind, while Nana Osaki has come to Tokyo to try to find success as the singer of her (psuedo) punk rock band, Blast. This all sounds like pretty standard fare so far, but once you throw in ...more
Sarah Sammis
Nana Volume 1 by Ai Yazawa is a shojo manga and quite a departure for me from my usual manga choices. I saw this volume reviewed on my of favorite book blogs but it was months ago and I can't remember where. Anyway, the cover art appealed to me as did the title and I was looking for a change.

There are actually two young women named Nana: Nana Komatsu, who is introduced on pages 3-104, and Nana Osaki who is introduced on pages 105-176. The first volume comes to a close with a coda dedicated to a
I remember reading Nana back when I first discovered the world of online scanlations. This was my first realistic contemporary series that lacked that element of adorable that I was so accustom associating with manga at the time. I don't know how far I got in the series, but I loved every second of it and stayed up well past any reasonable bedtime to continue reading. Coming back to this so many years later has me wanting to re-read the series and re-connect with where I left off. However, every ...more
This as to be in my top five favorite manga of all time!!!!

This had everything that I think can be universal for a lot of audiences.

This is about two girls with different backgrounds both have a dream of leaving their small town and making it in Tokyo.
I love Nana Osaki!!! She a beautiful badass punk rock lead singer of Black Stones aka Blast. When her boyfriend Ren, the bass guitarist of the band and the love of her life leaves her and the band for Trapnest (a recording band) she is determined
This volume is very much an introduction, focusing on the lives of the two main characters prior to their moves to Toyko and the intersection of their lives that the back cover has promised me. I didn't care for Nana Komatsu for most of her story, but I think she showed some real growth towards the end, and I'm looking forward to seeing how her character progresses as she gets to the big city. I feel like I barely even got to know Nana Osaki, and that so much of her chapter was taken up by Nobu ...more
Sakura Yue Michaelis
I guess I am not the josei type, cuz I did not like this manga too much. I heard, and read so many nice reviews about this... I even bought the anime, so I was eager to read the manga. Sadly, it was MEH to me.

There are two Nana in this story: one of them is a naive, silly girl who fells in love with any handsome man she meets, and the result is that she keeps getting her heart broken. The other Nana is a rocker girl, not naive, tougher in looks, but in reality, had her heart broken because her b
Jenny Clark
Not bad but not overly invested yet; it's still early on so see what happens when Nana meets Nana!
An amazing set-up book for what looks to be a really awesome series!
Magic Mike
The first volume of Nana consists of two stories that never connect other than the fact that the main characters in each are both named Nana.

The first Nana is involved in a romantic story that I didn't totally get into. It was too over-the-top in both the character interaction and the character design for me, but I did find parts of it funny and touching.

The second story felt more sure-of-itself to me. The characters were more grounded in reality to me. The author even jokes about how the secon
Nana , c'est un manga suivant en parallèle la vie de deux jeunes filles portant le même nom : Nana. Je dois vous avouez que j'en attendais beaucoup, mais vraiment beaucoup de ce manga, qui est censé être très bon. Et, comme Paradise Kiss (de la même mangaka), il manque un petit quelque chose, un petit rien, qui ferait que. Mais comme la saga n'est pas trop longue (21 tomes), je vais quand même la suivre.

On découvre deux jeunes filles, l'une délaissée par ses parents, l'autre abandonnée chez sa g
“È stato il demone celeste. Proprio lui, lo stesso demone celeste che mi ha ingannato facendomi credere ogni volta di aver trovato il vero amore… è successo con il cuoco, il commesso del negozio di vestiti, quello del negozio di musica e pure con Shoji! Magari il demone si è reso conto di avermi fatto fin troppe cattiverie e da lassù ha voluto concedermi un dono.. un dono che ha il mio stesso nome: Nana.
Quel giorno ti ho inondata di parole, ti ho raccontato tutta la mia vita e tu mi hai ascolta
Manga is addictive like crack. I can't stop.

(Okay, for those who know me, manage is addictive like Mountain Dew. I can't stop.)

At first, I didn't think I'd like this story line much. The first story is about Nana #1. She's a college age girl and she's immature. She hasn't had any luck with love and is trying to learn to be an independent woman, especially since her BFF just went to Tokyo with her boyfriend. It seemed like a typical girlie story and although I liked the writing, it just really wa
I read the Nana series a long while ago and it was my very first introduction to manga other than my brief foray into Fruits Basket at age 11. At the time I didn't understand so many of the themes Yazawa weaves throughout the web of characters, and I just loved the art. It's beautiful and captures a very specific Sex-Pistols-meets-Tokyo aesthetic.

My young self had no concept of josei or shoujo and later I realized that most of the manga I read afterward was much lighter and fluffier.
Going back
Reader17 Der
I have always heard good things about this series and now I know why. I loved this series. Both Nana’s I like a lot and they are so different. In the first few chapters I felt bad for Nana K. with all of her boyfriend problems and how she hurt Shoji feelings. (I like Shoji he makes me smile). The last few chapters with Nana O. and story with Ren made me so sad.
Rae Gee
This one came highly recommended in my quest for "Music related graphic novels and manga" (I'm still looking, so feel free to message me!). The artwork is GORGEOUS!! I can't state that enough and I'm assuming I've been very lucky in my quest so far in that the artwork in all the ones I've read has been outstanding.

However, I did find the two different stories a little repetitive (girl falls in love with boy. Boy leaves. Girl grieves) and was hoping for a little more from Nana "punk rocker" Osaki
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Ai Yazawa (矢沢 あい ,Yazawa Ai, born 1967-03-07 in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese manga author. Her pen name comes from Japanese singer Eikichi Yazawa, of whom she is a fan.

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“I wanted to have a good relationship. One that's romantic and dramatic, like in the movies. But I finally became a woman at 17 and learned that men aren't really that simple.” 36 likes
“Hey Nana, do you remember the first time we met? I beleive in things like fate.
So I think it was fate.”
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