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 arriveNana "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 low, the story is fairly realistic, so it was a nice change of pace for me personally after reading so much fantasy and sci-fi. The characterization is strong, and it is interesting to see how the events in a persons life -or character's backstory- affect their personalities, interactions, and viewpoints, especially when combined with their own desires and natural personality. Human relationships are the real focus of this story and it will be interesting to see how everything unfolds. I really do like the friendship between the main characters, Nana Komatsu and Nana Osaki. I also do like the artwork, although there are cases where it seems kind of obvious the artist dis not draw something. Also the noodle people thing is present. The characters do look unique from each other, and there is much detail in drawing the clothing, which makes sense, seeing as the author originally wished to enter fashion design.
Also, I have seen parts of the anime as well, it appears to follow the manga closely, but with the added benefit of music, seeing as Nana Osaki is the lead singer of a band, along with the majority of other characters. I believe the choice of using Anna Tsyuchiya for Nana's band, Black Stones, and Olivia Lufkin as Reira and the band Trapnest were perfect matches. (They even look a lot like the characters in real life!) Overall, this is a very strong story, with a good plot, driven by strong characters and I really enjoy this. The maturity makes it difficult to believe this is a shoujo manga....more
Rena lives a double life as a normal high school girl and a mangaka artist drawing sexy love scenes. All seems to be going well until she accidentallyRena lives a double life as a normal high school girl and a mangaka artist drawing sexy love scenes. All seems to be going well until she accidentally bumped into popular high school idol, Tomoya. Rushing away from the encounter, Rena suddenly realized that she has lost her latest draft! Quickly rushing to school, she was surprised to se Tomoya waiting for her.
It is an overall cute story but quintessentially shoujo. It's very much what one may expect from a school romance shoujo story. If you like this kind of stuff then by all means read it if you wish but when reading it is was not something that really grabbed my attention....more