Monday, September 10, 2007

The two Nanas go to Tokyo

In this second volume of the Nana manga series, the two Nanas find themselves bound for Tokyo, and they end up sitting next to each other on the train. Unfortunately it is snowing, and the train is chugging along at a snail's pace, adding hours onto their trip. Irrepressible Nana Komatsu's excitement runs unabated, however, and she chats away at the more introverted Nana Osaki, who seems to find her endearing in spite of herself.

The same lighthearted, humorous tone of the first volume is also present here, along with the more serious themes of women making life decisions and trying to realize their dreams. I particularly enjoyed watching the Nanas' friendship develop - it reminded me of those odd friendships that manage to happen even when you appear to have nothing at all in common with the other person - there's something there that clicks, and you become friends all the same.

I continue to get the feeling that the stage is still being set for what is to come. The players are moving into their places, and the plot is thickening. I'm looking forward to seeing the story continue in the next volume.

Nana, Vol. 2 by Ai Yazawa (VIZ Media, 1999)


  1. Today I bought all the previous issues I had missed and I can't wait to read them all!I can't believe that I haven't bought it for over a year and I only missed 5 issues. It's going really slowly and it's not even finished yet...

  2. It's funny how mangas are such quick reads - but then you think how much painstaking work goes into the creation of them. Not really fair to the writers/artists, is it! :-)

  3. That's true. but I never thought it was gonna be that long!
    Reading Nana after a long time I couldn't help to notice two things:
    1) the amount of cigarettes they smoke.Really is too much.
    2) the great clothes. I wish I could have Hachi (Nana K.)'s wardrobe:)

  4. Yes! I've been meaning to mention how annoying the cigarettes are. Is that REALLY necessary, especially in books targeted mainly to younger readers? Argh!

    And yes - the clothes are amazing. You think she's copying designs she likes, or making them up? Wonder if designers get ideas from books like these.


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