Nana Komatsu is a helpless, naïve 20-year-old who easily falls in love and becomes dependent and clingy to those around her. Even though she nurses ambitious dreams of removing herself from her provincial roots and finding her true calling, she ends up traveling to Tokyo with the humble reason of chasing her current boyfriend Shouji Endo.
Nana Osaki, on the other hand, is a proud, enigmatic punk rock vocalist from a similarly rural background, who nurtures the desire to become a professional singer. Putting her career with a fairly popular band (and her passionate romance with one of its former members) firmly behind her, she boards the same train to Tokyo as Nana Komatsu.
Through a fateful encounter in their journey toward the metropolis, the young women with the same given name are brought together, sparking a chain of events which eventually result in them sharing an apartment. As their friendship deepens, the two attempt to support each other through thick and thin, their deeply intertwined lives filled with romance, music, challenges, and heartbreaks that will ultimately test their seemingly unbreakable bond. – My Anime List
Based on 18 review scores:
Finally, Yazawa’s manga gets what it really deserves. A rich story, great animation, beautifully written characters–are we seeing a classic in the making?
I firmly believe that Madhouse Studios makes some of the best manga-to-anime conversions in the industry and that Nana is no exception. The ending leaves the door wide open for a second season, but I am more than satisfied at the ride I’ve had. While not everyone will enjoy the amount of melodrama present, I say give Nana a try and see if it can sway your heart in the way it has done mine.
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I really hope you will give it a chance and watch the whole anime because I believe it’s a masterpiece.
NANA is not a happy-go-lucky anime for sure, but it will nonetheless bring a smile to your face . It’s a truly beautiful story that captures the very essence of what it means to trudge through your problems to find the will to get back up again. I adore NANA and hope that one day the story will have it’s rightful ending.
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There are lots of fun moments, sad moments, silly moments, and the moments of desperation you will share with characters of Nana. Let’s not forget that it’s Josei meaning that the target audience is late teenage girls and adult women. Just keep that in mind when you watch it. Other than that I’d say go for it. Great anime.
I highly recommend it. I’d give it a chance, even if the art style or the slice of life aspect turns you off a bit. I will say, however, that it is aimed a little more towards a female audience. So guys, keep that in mind if you do give it a try; it may or may not be your taste. If you end up unable to relate with any of the characters (by this I’m including more than just the 2 Nanas) then you may not enjoy the series much or agree with my rating. You should also keep in mind the fact that the manga-ka has been ill and unable to finish the series for some time now. As far as I know she still intends to finish it whenever she is able, so I still recommend the series and will post another review whenever the final chapters are released.
But seriously though, Nana really showed the power of josei-series. It really is one of the most well rounded romances I’ve ever seen. Whether it’s THE best, I’m not really sure yet (Maison Ikkoku also was extremely good and twice as long), but I do want to say that I have never seen a romance show that went on for more than 13 episodes, and had such a tight plot, and yet it never feels like it’s forced.
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With its head screwed on tight enough to understand that love and relationship are complicated, messed-up and often fickle beasts, Nana is able to stand above many of its peers. With a heart that is focused on the importance and robustness of true friendship, where people may be willing to sacrifice temporary happiness for the greater food of the other, communicated through restrained direction, it’s pretty much standing on stilts, head and shoulders noticeable amid the cold, man-made lighting that backs Tokyo.
The first installment of this series hits up just about everything right, outside of there essentially being two episodes worth of recap mixed into it. The characters are more defined in just a few episodes than many characters are over much lengthier series. The animation is top notch, the music fits perfectly and the pacing takes us through so many situations and events in their lives that it deals with a lot but never feels rushed and rarely out of place. Coincidences abound at times to be sure, but it’s all done in a way that fits with the internal logic of the series. There are few shows that operate in this kind of style and NANA is very engaging. There’s a lot of material left to cover, but the setup here makes you want more of it as quickly as you can. These characters already feel very familiar and you feel invested in them quickly. Highly recommended.
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Overall the different aspects came together to create a fantastic story for both your ears and your eyes. It is very easy to relate to at least one event that happened to one of the main characters. I give this anime a 9/10. while it is not perfect, it was an amazing experience to watch. It has unexpectedly become one of my top anime. For Drama, heart wrenching love stories, and punk rock, Nana is a must see anime.
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This is the purely subjective part of the review. What Nana gave me and how I reacted to it, its characters and its themes and situations. I’m not usually into these kind of shows, but they are giving me things that other shows do not have. Do not judge a series by its genre but by its content. I was absorbed into the series for all the run, cheering, fan boying, hating and rejoicing. When the characters were happy, I was dragged into that vibe as well, and I suffered along with them when life hit them harshly. Remember that the perfectly happy ending to life does not exist, sacrifices are made and things are lost.
Nana is probably one of the most underrated and under-appreciated anime out there. I am more into rock and pop music so Nana has fascinated me more than Your Lie in April or Nodame Cantabile. On top of that, it is a better slice of life anime than the aforementioned. It had fun moments, it had emotional tear jerking moments and it showed the different sides of love. It is a great anime and you’ll love it if you like shoujo or slice of life anime.
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Overall, Nana is a must-see position for shoujo-fans. It tells us a lot about life, it’s hardships and also teaches us an important lesson about the mistakes, that we shouldn’t make.
I haven’t enjoyed an anime series this much since Hunter X Hunter (my all-time favorite).
Nana is a realistic, funny and yet at times sad romantic anime.
NANA will always hold a place in my heart as it was one of the first anime I watched that I actually liked. Looking back now there were a few flaws; like the animation and drawing style being a bit inconsistent in quality at times. The storyline focusses on the drama aspect quite a bit, but that is one of the main genres. If you don’t like drama or any of the other genres, I wouldn’t recommend you watch NANA. The overall storyline is fun to watch and the backgrounds of all the characters are worked out well.
As a whole, Nana is a great work. The only thing that prevents me from scoring this as a “must-see” is the aforementioned lack of a real ending. As hopeful as I am that Nana eventually ends well, experience tells me that a certain amount of pessimism is healthy in these situations.