My Manga Blog

{July 20, 2010}   Tale of two Nana’s

Nana is one of those little comics that accidentally become insanely famous. Released in 2000, it is a shojo manga. Its story revolves around two girls, both named Nana. They come to Tokyo in search of Tokyo. They run into each other and end up sharing an apartment. The rest of the story focuses on their lives and the relationship between them.

On the one hand there is the Nana (Komatsu) who lacks any ambition in life and blames her back luck on a demon while on the other there is the other Nana (Osaki) who is a singer and punk rocker with a strong drive. We have the drive-less Nana talking about her deepest feelings to the new Nana.

As the story progresses, it managed to keep the reader curious and entertained. The story itself springs quite a few surprises. So popular has it been that there have been two films based on it already and countless songs inspired by it. Volume 19 of the series was the third highest selling manga book in 2008, which speaks volumes about its popularity. It already has 21 volumes and growing! It seems the fable of two Nana’s is going to continue for a while.


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