Nana, Vol. 2 (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/2/7
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This is the story of two 20-year old women who share the same name. Even though they come from completely different backgrounds, they somehow meet and become best friends. The world of NANA is a world exploding with sex, music, fashion, gossip, and all-night parties.
Born in 1967, Ai Yazawa is the author of numerous best selling manga, including Tenshi Nankajanai (Im No Angel) and Gokinjo Monogatari (Neighborhood Story). Her title, Kagen no Tsuki (Last Quarter), was so popular that it was even made into a live action film last year. It was not until 2002, however, that U.S. readers had a chance to enjoy Yazawas stylish and sexy oeuvre. That was the year Tokyopop began publishing Paradise Kiss.
Yazawa also contributed character designs for the Courtney Love inspired series, Princess Ai. The collaboration between the grunge rock queen and the wildly popular mangaka was an immediate hit.
Yazawa continues to produce new Nana installments each month for Cookie. Even after all these years, her series remains as popular and influential as ever. As proof, a live action Nana movie is currently being filmed in Tokyo.
my only complaint is that the translation is a bit odd. i don't know how to describe it. it doesn't really get in the way of the story, it just makes the reading a little...choppy?
After the train arrives in Tokyo, the two Nanas believe they never will see each other again. Somehow, they do, and they end up sharing the rent on a rather nice, old-fashioned apartment in Tokyo. This is where their unlikely friendship, and thus the real story, begins.
The part I liked best about this volume was that the story actually finally started. The first volume was basically a pair of one-off stories designed to stand alone in case the series wasn't picked up for serialization. It was, and so the narrative picks up from some time after the first stories, which basically makes Volume one a massive prologue of sorts.
I think the best part was seeing the somewhat real-life struggles of the two Nanas and how they coped with the help of each other and their friends. It also was kinda funny to see the various fourth-wall breaking parts where the characters (mostly Hachi) appealed to the writer to stop doing "x" thing to them.
In all, a sweet and fun, but still fairly realistic, *shojo*cum*josei* series.