Vol. 1

Book - 2005
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Two stories of two girls who share a name.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : VIZ Media, 2005
Edition: Shojo beat manga ed
ISBN: 9781421501086
Characteristics: 179 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Wolfe, Allison


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Sep 26, 2018

I've been enjoying this series that follows two young women with the same name, Nana, who meet by chance and end up as roommates. Enough material was published for twenty-one volumes before the creator became ill and had to put the series on hiatus, and I'm only up through the seventh.

It feels very slice of life and new adult soap opera. Rock star hopeful Nana and no-career-yet Nana (who ends up nicknamed Hachi) interact with a continuously shifting group of lovers and friends clustered around members of Nana's band. I had to steel myself early on not to get attached to any of Hachi's boyfriends, or really any other pairing that seems like a good idea, because it seems inevitable that the author will break them up almost as quickly as they get together. (And am I misinterpreting that the over-arching narration, with Hachi telling us the story from some future point, starts to confirm a very slow arc of Hachi falling in love with Nana?)

So yeah, I have 14 more volumes before it potentially cliffhangs... but I know that's an occupational hazard in episodic storytelling like comics and television, and I enjoy each volume's (melo)drama so much that I won't be freaking out about "what happens next?!" Hopefully.

I'm kind of stunned that according to a source linked from Wikipedia, the series overall had sold over 43,600,000 collected volumes as of 2008. That's a lot of manga.

Dec 22, 2014

This manga is wonderful! The characters are hilarious and it is so well done!

Feb 09, 2014

Loved it! Im hooked!

Oct 04, 2012

whow way to sappy for a manga, I gave it two chances and couldn't do it. I am a huge manga/anime fan I would not recommend this series

OPLLibraryGal Feb 10, 2011

A great start to the series. I have nothing to criticise about this manga. I definitely recommend it.

Oct 30, 2010

Great story. It's about two girls, both named Nana, who become friends together.


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