Nana 1 (英語) コミックス – 2005/12/6
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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. Nana Osaki, on the other hand, is cool, confident & focused. She swaggers into town and proceeds to kick down the doors to Tokyo's underground punk scene.
Ai Yazawa is the creator of many popular manga titles, including Tenshi Nanka Janai (I'm No Angel) and Gokinjo Monogatari (Neighborhood Story). Another series, Kagen no Tsuki (Last Quarter), was made into a live-action movie and released in late 2004. American readers were introduced to Yazawa's stylish and sexy storytelling in 2002 when her title Paradise Kiss was translated into English. Nana has become the all-time best selling shojo title from Japanese publishing giant, Shueisha. Cumulative sales from the first 12 graphic novels have sold more than 22 million copies and the series even garnered a Shogakukan Manga Award in the Girls' category in 2003. A live-action Nana movie hit Japanese theaters in the fall of 2005.
As an extremely basic summary of events:
This volume shows how Nana Komatsu had many crushes, before eventually dating Shoji. Shoji, as well as two of Nana K's other friends go to Tokyo. Nana K is than inspired to move to Tokyo to be with her boyfriend. She waits to go to Tokyo, since Shoji tells her that she should wait.
The story than moves on to Nana Osaki. She is a singer in a band called Black Stones. She dates the bassist of her band, Ren, and they live together. Ren ends up taking an opportunity to join as a guitarist for a different band, Trapnest, that is going to be signed by a record label in Tokyo. Nana O decides not to go with Ren to Tokyo and become some celebrity's wife. She decides that she wants to go to Tokyo and get famous as a singer.
Many other characters are also mentioned in this volume, such as Junko, Kyosuke, Nobu, and Yasu.
I personally enjoy the second half of the volume, the part focusing on Nana Osaki, more, but it's a nice setup to see some of the background of the two main characters. It also shows how different the two eventual friends are.