Friday, August 7, 2009

NANA vol. 17 (Manga)

So I just finished reading the NEW volume of NANA that came out 7/7/09. This is my absolute favorite manga series! I love the story and drawings...everything! The basic summary of what this series is about is ,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 arrives in the city at the same time, has plans to score big in the world of rock'n'roll. Although these two young women come from different backgroundsw, they quickly become best friends in a whirlwind of sex, music, fashion, gossip and all-night parties!'. It is written and drawn by Ai Yazawa. The series is rated M (for mature) because of the 'explicit' content, aka drugs & sex. I absolutely love this series and have turned many of my friends into NANA obsessed fans. They made a movie, that came out in 2005, based on the first 5 books of the series. They did an amazing job of translating the characters into live people. It stars Mika Nakashima (as Nana Osaki) a famous Japanese model/singer/actress and Aoi Miyazaki (Nana Komatsu) a famous Japanese actress. The movie is in Japanese but has English subtitles. The DVD of NANA (live action) is available at Hot Topic. The manga is available at most local book stores, but Borders usually has the best selection of manga.

*Fun Trivia:

NANA is one of Strify and Yu's (from Cinema Bizarre) favorite manga series

The lock necklace that Yu always wears is from the NANA series...Ren, Nana Osaki's boyfriend, who plays the guitar, wears one. That's why Yu's lock has an 'R' on it. How cute!


alice said...

i have been looking for this everywhere and i cannot find it! any ideas? cause i can't get to forbidden planet untill next month... sigh

ckellyireland7 said...

in reply to alice...

where do you live (country wise) because I got mine at Borders (, you can order it online there. They also have volumes 18 & 19 out now too. They ship to almost everywhere around the world. Its 8.99 (then shipping).

Let me know where you live if you can, because then I'll be able to give you some more specific places!