The beginning of Nana – narrates the story of 2 girls, a punk queen singer and a passive aimless girl who share the same name ‘Nana’…..the strong bonds & love between them – that is so close to lesbianism, is so hard to understand sometimes..and how their friendship survives all the complications in life…and their love encounters,.the difficulties & heartpains in life.The way Ai Yazawa (the mangaka) writes the story, is almost similar in style to ‘Crying Out Love In the Center of The World’. totally done in a beautiful narrative manner…..each chapter starts offwith a view of the past… ” Do you remember, Nana, when we first met, i believe its fate”.
it comprises of both Nana & Hachi (Nana No. 2)’s views of their whole encounters…how it all begun…and the way the narration goes, you just have this nagging feeling that this is a tragedy that has just begun..or is it merely speculation on my part?!Ai Yazawa’s works are kind of depressing sometimes, but they are really realistic, depicts true encounters in life….For Nana, i thought this is her most daring work so far…has some really twisted & dark ideas -depression, suicides, paedophiles, drug abuse…? NANA is running 15 volumes and on-going.. due to its popularity,NANA moive was recently shown in Japan last year. Quite hot over in Japan as it starrs real-life popular singer, Mika Nakashima, who acted the role of punk queen Nana. (attach pic). Apparently Nana sequel is in the plans as well and now the anime has just started too.I thought this is a good read for those, who are tired of reading fanciful books & manga..It reminds me of how your close girlfriends will be with you, no matter what ups and downs you have… p.s. not meant to be read by kids under 18 😛