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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...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 6th 2005 by VIZ Media LLC (first published May 15th 2000)
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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...more
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...more
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
Feb 28, 2011 Joyzi rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
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...more
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.
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.
Steph Sinclair
I really hope the author gets better and decides to finish this series. Otherwise we will be left hanging forever!
its SO SAD!! but still its INCREDIBLE!!
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...more
May 13, 2008 Nick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
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
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...more
Feb 15, 2008 Trane rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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...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...more
“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...more
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.
Dolor Nocturno
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.
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...more
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. :)
I really liked this manga. It's the story of two women named Nana with completely different personalities who eventually meet and become close friends. The first volume introduces you to the two Nanas.

It felt like a more mature manga if that makes sense. The 20 year old Nanas are dealing with more adult issues: boys, sex, friends, college, jobs, their future. I liked their stories, their personalities, the side characters, and the way the story was told. As it was just the first volume, nothing...more
Angela (:
I have a new favorite manga. :D

Can't wait to read the other volumes! The characters are so interesting and I love the artwork!
Jun 16, 2014 Farhin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: nana
May contain minor spoilers.

Nana by Ai Yazawa is the first volume in the series of a tale of two women with the same name.

This volume is more of an introductory volume and the two main characters have yet to meet each other. (I personally am really looking forward to this.)

Helpfully, this volume has been divided into two sections; the first follows Nana Komatsu and the second follows Nana Osaki.
Nana Komatsu is your cliched, boy-crazy, klutz of a teenager that has had a string of 'boy-problems' w...more
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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 punk rock. 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!

This story has started off very well, and despite the odds of such a coincidence happening are lo...more
Nov 07, 2008 Cera rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: older teenagers & adults
I love this manga series. I'm about halfway through, and I thought it'd be nice to start writing reviews for each volume, since it's such an awesome example of serialised storytelling. This one is spoiler-free, but the others might need spoilers to do a proper analysis of how expectations change over time.

This first volume uses two long chapters to introduce the reader to two very different women named Nana, living separate lives in anonymous small towns in Japan. The first chapter is about Nana...more
Jun 03, 2012 Celia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
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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.

Yazawa started her manga publishing life in 1985; throughout 15 years of publishing, she wrote over 10 series in Ribon. While most of her manga continues to be published in Japan by Shueisha, publishers of Ribon and Cookie...more
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