Japanese: NANA [ナナ]
Apr 5, 2006 to Mar 28, 2007
23 min. per ep.
R+ - Mild Nudity
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SynopsisNana Komatsu is a helpless, naïve twenty-year-old who easily falls in love and becomes dependent and clingy to those around her. Even though she nurses ambitious dreams of removing herself from her provincial roots and finding her true calling, she ends up traveling to Tokyo with the humble reason of chasing her current boyfriend Shouji Endo.
Nana Osaki, on the other hand, is a proud, enigmatic punk rock vocalist from a similarly rural background, who nurtures the desire to become a professional singer. Putting her career with a fairly popular band (and her passionate romance with one of its former members) firmly behind her, she boards the same train to Tokyo as Nana Komatsu.
Through a fateful encounter in their journey toward the metropolis, the young women with the same given name are brought together, sparking a chain of events which eventually result in them sharing an apartment. As their friendship deepens, the two attempt to support each other through thick and thin, their deeply intertwined lives filled with romance, music, challenges, and heartbreaks that will ultimately test their seemingly unbreakable bond.
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme#1: "Rose" by Anna inspi' Nana ~Black Stones~ (eps 1-21)
#2: "Wish" by Olivia inspi' Reira ~Trapnest~ (eps 22-36)
#3: "Lucy" by Tsuchiya, Anna inspi' Nana ~Black Stones~ (eps 37-47)
Ending Theme#1: "A Little Pain" by Olivia inspi' Reira ~Trapnest~ (eps 01-08, 10-18, 41 (for TV broadcast))
#2: "Rose" by Anna inspi' Nana ~Black Stones~ (ep 9 (for TV broadcast and DVD))
#3: "Starless Night" by Olivia inspi' Reira ~Trapnest~ (eps 19-29, 42 (for TV broadcast), DVD: eps 01-08, 10-29, 41-42)
#4: "Kuroi Namida" by Anna inspi' Nana ~Black Stones~ (eps 30-40, 47 (for TV broadcast and DVD))
#5: "Winter Sleep" by Olivia inspi' Reira ~Trapnest~ (eps 43-44 (for TV broadcast and DVD))
#6: "Stand By Me" by Tsuchiya, Anna inspi' Nana ~Black Stones~ (eps 45-46 (for TV broadcast and DVD))
Imagine if one day, you meet someone with your name and even though you two are polar opposites, you two couldn’t be any similar. That is basically one of the major plot points of this anime that I am going to review- and I must admit that’s really interesting.
So, our story is about two girls with the same name as I mentioned earlier and they both are blessed with the name ‘Nana’. First, you have got Nana Komatsu- a ditzy, hopeless romantic who wants to head out to Tokyo so that she could be with her boyfriend Shoji and her other best friends. This Nana searches for happiness and love, but at the same time doesn’t have any particular goals and basically spends her time day dreaming like a little girl.
Then you have got Nana Osaki- my favourite Nana in case you don’t know- a badass, Goth chick who loves singing for her band Blast and someday hopes to be a professional singer. So, she too heads out to achieve her dream and get over her ex-boyfriend Ren Honjo- and I don’t blame her for that because getting over a guy that good looking ain’t easy! Nana Osaki searches for fame and success, but at the same time despite her attitude and pride- she is often portrayed as a sweet and caring individual, who is like the mother bear of the band Blast.
The two Nanas meet on a train ride and one thing leads to another and the two end up sharing an apartment with one another. After which, our real journey into their lives really begins!
Supporting characters from Nana Komatsu’s side include her boyfriend Shouji, her friends Junko and Kyoskei. And from Nana Osaki’s side we have got her band Blast which has Nobu, Yasu, Shinichi and of course Ren, who later leaves to join the band Trapnest which causes their break up.
Now, the show starts off rather slow and I dropped it after one episode. Not because it was bad per se, but Josei anime is not really my type- even though it is targeted towards the demographic I am part off. I mean, this type of anime was new for me- mainly because despite being a girl I am not a girlish person or not even mature enough to be interest in a show like this. So, I wasn’t sure it will be suited to my taste. However, I decided to you know step outside my comfort zone and watch it- and I’m glad I did.
Nana’s pacing at the beginning can be either seen as something bad or good. That being said, the show starts off in the present- but the next seven or eight episodes takes place in both of the Nanas’ past. And that kind of made me hesitant to watch the show again-as it slowly progressed because I just eagerly wanted to know what happens after they move in together.
I, however did enjoy the back story at the beginning. But, the show really did delay in starting off the actual story of the two Nanas.
After that, the pacing was flawless and just nothing to really complain about- but that’s only after they were done introducing the characters after giving their lengthy back story. One thing that kept me interested in the show was its narration. It sort of had this nostalgic feeling attached to it- making it sound and also seem as if the two Nanas share a very intense and beautiful relationship. Nana Komatsu keeps reminiscing about her past when she first met Nana Osaki and she paints a beautiful picture with words by describing the events and also about her interactions and first impressions of Nana Osaki. That is something I truly admired, and narration in general can often suck but in Nana’s case it was one of its strongest points. Towards the last twenty or so episodes, Nana Osaki takes the wheel from Komatsu and instead she starts narrating which was also executed equally well.
Now, I hate to say this and I know many of you don’t want to hear this, but I had some major issues with Nana Komatsu’s character- I mean I am not saying she is a bad character but as a main lead she doesn’t necessarily live up to expectations unlike her polar opposite Nana Osaki, who is just blowing off stereotypes!
Nana Komatsu, started off as this sweet, naïve girl who is dependent on others and can’t help but fall in love with the first cute boy she meets. Now, this is a very annoying trait- but I looked past it because I am not the type to be quick to judge. However, even by the end of the series she is more or less the same person- she is still dependent on others, she is very indecisive, and just unbelievably childish at times. It’s like she hardly got any character development despite all the shit that happened to her.
Also, there are times you feel bad for her because since this is a drama- everything isn’t sunshine and lollipops for her- but I feel like she never learns from her past experiences and keeps on making the same stupid mistakes over and over again. Her character is a good comic relief character, but as a main female protagonist she is just a failure at being that. I mean, if you can learn anything from her character, is that you shouldn’t be an idiot and keep going back instead of moving forward. Nana keeps talking about how she is aware of the fact, that she is stupid, but she never seems to do anything about it. And I think that’s worse than being a naïve, dependent and hopeless romantic girl.
The worst thing about her character is her indecisiveness. She doesn’t know who she is in love with or what she wants and just jumps from guy to other just to make things easier for her, especially towards the end which just brought her character down by several notches, which is sad because after fifteen or so episodes I thought she had the potential of being as great as Osaki.Nana Komatsu is a terrible role model for young girls, but yet for some reason I did enjoy her character because she did have some funny moments, none the less. I’ll give her props for that at least!
Now, Nana Osaki is one character I truly felt so sorry for. Her life was worse than Komatsu’s but yet she manages to be strong, independent and cool. You want to root for her type of character and see her succeed every step of the way. Now given the type of environment she was raised in and the way people generally perceive her, Nana Osaki could have come out as a bitch!
No, like seriously think about it, it’s usually people with such difficult lives who always end up being bitter. However, even though Nana Osaki seems that way, she doesn’t give off that vibe. From the moment, I first saw Nana Osaki and the way she acted, despite her sarcastic and couldn’t care less attitude- she was still a kind hearted and sweet person with a heart made out of gold. She might be punk, but at the end of the day she doesn’t let that label define her. And the development she also got throughout the series was amazing. I wish that the show gave her just as much importance and screen time they gave the other Nana.
Wow, I am losing my bananas saying Nana all the time. Wait, what? Moving on…
As for the supporting cast, some are fleshed out properly and contribute to Nana’s story just as our two titular characters do. However, some of them are still shrouded in mystery even towards the end of the show and you want to know more about them. The supporting characters in my opinion are given decent amounts of screen time and most of them seem to have made some sort of impact on the two Nanas.
The animation of Nana features very tall, skeleton like characters that is reminds me of Clamp’s designs for Code Geass. The characters are very well designed, making them look very detailed and not to mention very fashionable. The artstyle of Nana already gives us the feeling that this is going to be a Josei anime before the story can get the chance to unfold to the audience. It despite being about seven to eight years old still looks top notch and has this sort of elegance and chic vibe to it that I can’t really explain that well. In case you don’t understand what I mean by all of this, I am simply trying to say that this show’s animation is awesome!
As for the opening songs there are three but it’s only the first one that really stands out the most and is also one of my favourite anime openings of all time. It suits the show so perfectly, and not mention it manages to narrate both the Nana’s struggles in lives.
Now, for Nana, when watching the show I think the dub is better, mainly because the two actresses voicing the two Nanas do a great job of bringing their characters to life. I especially enjoy the performance of Rebecca Shoichet who voices Nana Osaki making her sound badass and sincere which is an amazing accomplishment on her part.
This show had the potential of being a shoujo ai, heck it was very close to becoming one. Not that I would have minded if this went that direction, but I am glad at the end of the day these two just remained friends. Also, the show does a good job of establishing a bond between these two which makes the show all the more great. The banter between the two is hilarious and the moments the two share can range from being heartbreaking to being downright hilarious.
The last few episodes of Nana felt rushed in my opinion as they tried to wrap everything up very messily. It just didn’t work in my opinion and still by the end, a plethora of questions were left unanswered about certain characters. Many consider it a disappointment, and I can’t help but agree with them.
The plot of this show might not be anything as exciting as something filled with aliens, time travelers and espers, hence this anime is not necessarily for everyone.
This show isn’t your average high school lovey dovey melodramatic romance anime, but is actually very realistic in the sense that it actually tells the story of two young women and their personal struggles in the world which many women can relate and or identify themselves with.
So, if you’re a teenage boy that enjoys explosions, guns and fight scenes, or a girl who loves sparkly backgrounds, teenage romance and bishounen catboys then you are not going to like this show. However, if you are willing to step outside your comfort zone and give this show a chance then maybe you’ll like it. I am not saying you will, but you might!
I am going to award Nana with an 8 and say that is definitely WORTH THE WATCH. I would give it a higher score if it wasn't for it's anti-climactic ending.
If you want to get into Josei anime I suggest you start with Nana, it’s the perfect gateway into this particular genre. It’s a mature show with great characters, a decent plot and amazing music. I surprisingly enjoyed this show a lot, and it is also a harsh reminder that life is unfair and hard, so yeah basically a bitch!
I am a 17 year old, metal-loving, video-game-nerd dude. I am seemingly way off to the wrong side of 'Nana''s demographic spectrum. It seemed necessary to state all of this before throwing my opinion at you all as your mileage may vary drastically depending on your age, gender, and so forth. While I do aim to be as objective as possible, take what I say with a pinch of salt and follow my recommendation in the final paragraph if you are curious about this anime.
So why on Earth did I pick up 'Nana'? The idea of a almost-50 episode romance did seem rather intriguing, and intriguing it was. However, what some may perceptive to be it's greatest strength, seems to be it's greatest weakness.
'Nana' follows two young women in their pursuits of laughter, fun, love, and rock 'n' roll. The story is nothing particularly special, but it is enjoyable nonetheless. There are plenty of twists and turns, and the majority of the story arcs link together well and provide plenty of meat to the over-arching plot. One thing that bogs this down slightly is re-caps. 'Nana' will take no prisoners and can and will repeat segments from previous episodes almost in their entirety, but will throw something important in the mix that leaves you with no choice but to trek through previously discovered waters. It is frustrating at times and flashbacks are generally frame-by-frame pastes so you won't be discovering anything new. But on the whole, the story is enjoyable, filled to the brim with heart-warming (and potentially heart-wrenching) scenarios that should please most anime fans.
If there was a more divisive aspect to this show than the characters, i'd ask the court say 'I'. The characters themselves are interesting enough as individuals, even if a little unoriginal. You have your leading-role klutz, Nana. You have your lead-role unimpressed hero, Nana (yes, they share the same name. See what they did with the title? Ayyyyy). Secondary characters are fairly straightforward and don't have much going for them in terms of differentiating. Most are fairly jaded, with a couple showing a more idiotic side at times. The problem with the characters is character relationships. The relationships in 'Nana' are a level of realism that doesn't suit the medium of anime as well as one might hope. When you strip it down, 'Nana' is a B-grade romance movie presented in episodic anime format. While some may cry that the relationships are deep and allow for strong character building (which they most definitely do), the contrast with anime tropes and dramatic elongations of simple or even trivial scenarios causes an awkward fatigue. The series seems to drag on more than it should when you realise just how little has happened over the course of the first 20 episodes. The pacing of the show is brought down significantly by character relationships as the anime forces you to watch every reaction, every individual flashback. There is no room for intrigue. You know what is going to happen from a mile away, even if it isn't always the best (or most efficient) way to progress the storyline.
Art and sound~
The art deserves some praise as the character animations are brilliant. They took some getting used to (different facial proportions to typical anime, extremely skinny and tall characters), but watching individuals during conversations is one of the highlights of the show. Whenever two or more people are on the screen, you are in for a treat as conversations are as energetic in a visual sense as they are in audio. Characters are detailed and environments look good when they need to. Some backgrounds are a little too simple when compared to scenes involving concerts or restaurants, but you will likely be too glued on the wonderful voice acting and facial animations to notice. Speaking of which (segway pun intended), the voice acting is a marvel for the most part. Nana and Nana are brilliantly portrayed, and the majority of secondary characters are fun to behold; even if the general attitude of the secondary characters 70% of the time is some form of diluted cynicism. The music is enjoyable, and some of the punk tracks are quite a fun time if you don't mind the absurd lyrics Japan love to spew out.
This show is not and never was intended for a person such as myself, yet I still found plenty to enjoy about it. Constant backtracking, realistic relationship approaches, and borderline-monotonous cynicism did bring down the overall 'enjoyment' of the show, but the emotional forces and main leading ladies did provide a fun time. The story is a tad too predictable for the most part and could easily be ripped off of a multitude of live-action films. But that doesn't stop this anime from being worth a look. The first 3 episodes should be more than enough for you to make your own judgement as to whether or not it is your cup of tea, but I would recommend you watch at least that much (do it!). This show aims for the feels, but leaves enough breathing space for enticing dialogue and some good laughs.
6.8/10 read more
"Say, Nana... Do you remember the first time we met?"
These words are the introduction of the beautiful world of "Nana". Ai Yazawa is probably the most convincing shoujo manga writer ever. With colourful, realistic characters, breathtaking events and just a pinch of music she creates a world in witch every girl can forget about reality and fall into the embrace of romantic fantasies.
One of the best things about "Nana" are the characters - we can actually see the reflection of ourselves in some of them and believe, that someone like that can really exist. This is proof that you can make a good anime without the conventional tsundere, moe or annoying childhood friend.
One thing I didn't like though is Hachi's personality. Her behaviour at times is despicable. Mainly because she has no ideals or dreams (except getting married witch is pretty boring compared to the rest of the characters).
The story is also one of Nana's strong points. Ai Yazawa worked really hard on it, and did her best to create a realistic world so that the reader can almost become part of it and experience it emotionaly.
Even though the plot is a typical shoujo tearjerker (with a bit of music) it has that magical something that makes you cheer unconsciously for some characters and experience emotionally some events almost as strongly as the characters themselves. Another good thing about the story is that it exposes the hard, cruel reality, which has no happy endings and pure loves. Yazawa-sensei gives her characters a big imagination (especially Hachi) But the world they live in is just like ours.
As for the art, it wasn't that impressive. It annoys me how all the characters are so thin and tall. Other that that I think the art matched the story pretty well. There were lots of details regarding shadows and highlights. That's in order to underline the mood of certain moments, mainly in room 707.
Nana has one of the best soundtracks I've ever heard. The openings and endings were songs by the 2 fictional bands in the show, witch was a brilliant idea imo. Olivia Lufkin and Anna Tsuchiya fit the characters perfectly. Nothing much to add here: the music in Nana is brilliant. Period.
Overall, Nana is a must-see position for shoujo-fans. It tells us a lot about life, it's hardships and also teaches us an important lesson about the mistakes, that we shouldn't make.
This is my first review, so please don't be hard on me ;) read more
Nana is one of those acclaimed anime that everyone seems to know the existence of, but very few people have ever actually watched. The fact that it’s almost 50 episodes long is a bit of a turn-off in of itself, but even the people who have seen it barely discuss the thing anymore. Very few “favorite anime” lists that I’ve read actually include it. It’s up there with Great Teacher Onizuka, Hajime no Ippo, and most of the Major anime in terms of high-ranking MAL darlings that the majority of MAL users will go “oh yeah, I’ve heard how good this thing is. Better put it on my PTW list that I’m never going to clear out” or “that was a really good show. *Forgets about it after a few months*”.
Said lack of enthusiasm along with the fact that it’s a relatively long show directed by Morio Asaka aka that flowery director who’s so slow-paced in his storytelling that even the stuff of his I’ve actually liked ended up feeling underwhelming in the end, is the main reason I never watched Nana. But part of said reason was just that I wasn’t interested. I never even cared enough to learn what happens in the show other than the fact that it was about two women named Nana who become friends and deal with relationship issues. And as much as I like the Paradise Kiss anime, part of its appeal was that it was really short. Eleven episodes, which admittedly made manga fans a bit grumpy considering an important male character and some story details got shortchanged as a result, but if it meant less boredom caused by dead space, than I was all for it.
But even with the huge amount of summer anime I keep up with riding my ass like a sexual metaphor that I’m not going to elaborate on because it would be too nasty even for me, I had free time to surf Netflix for new shows to get into. And after my failure to get into the Netflix originals that I tried, along with browsing the anime selection and noticing Nana was on there, I decided it was as good a time as any to watch it and ended up finishing the show in less than two weeks. You have no idea how much free time I sacrificed regarding other activities I could have been doing - like finally playing Bioshock Infinite for one - to accomplish that, especially since I don’t actually love Nana. Not that I don’t think it’s good. It is. But if you were to ask me if I wanted to rewatch in the future, I’d just shove my Paradise Kiss DVDs in your face, and not because I managed to get those really hard-to-find DVDs for a relatively cheap price and want to brag about it. Not just because of that, anyways.
And yes, it is the pacing that’s the problem. I’m okay with taking a break in-between dramatic moments in order to set them up so that they’d actually have some impact, but not breaks that go on this long. The very first episode of the anime introduces our two twenty-year old protagonists, a happy go-lucky idiot named Nana Komatsu and a rock punk chick named Nana Osaki, by having them meet on a train during their move to Tokyo and end up becoming roommates due to various circumstances. I was expecting the next episode to showcase the two getting to know each other whilst revealing their motivations for moving to Tokyo in the first place, until I read the Netflix summaries and discovered that the next five episodes would flashback to their pasts in a “how we got here” sort of way meaning we wouldn’t get any meaningful interaction between them until half a one-cour series has passed. And to top it all off, they rehash the opening episode in Episode 6, which makes me wonder why you needed a prologue to begin with. I mean there’s hooking the audience and then there’s just baiting them with cookies for breakfast. It’s an extreme, but by no means the only example of this sort of pacing dragging the show down. Certainly not the worst example from the show either.
Not that the downtime is dull. It’s just pretty average. If you’ve seen one story about a quirky female trying to make friends and ends meet, then you’ve seen Nana’s light-hearted stretch of episodes. The only thing that makes it tolerable compared to most go-nowhere shoujo series is how despite Nana K trying her hardest to be independent, she’s completely dependent on others, which becomes increasingly problematic on the people surrounding her as well as herself throughout the series. This leads to a decently engaging climax ⅓ of the way through the series when said hypocrisy pushes her boyfriend towards another woman, but I couldn’t quite shake the feeling that I had just watched a romance movie that was the first part of a trilogy and stretched out to three times the length it needed to be.
It wasn’t until Nana O’s circle of friends, including the band of which her former boyfriend is a member of, shows up that the average-to-engaging ratio started to tip more towards the latter. But even then, it has its slow moments. Whilst I appreciate Nana for having buildup so that I could actually care for the “will they or won’t they” part of the story rather than act like a man in his forties who’s desperate to lose his virginity, I could have completed an entire workout routine in the time it took for the buildup to go somewhere whilst still having enough time to cook some meat afterwards.
The absolute nadir of the experience was with the story’s final arc, where after Nana K makes a mistake that causes her and everyone to face their own demons in a heart-wrenching string of episodes that rivals Kids on the Slope’s final stretch in terms of emotional intensity, the show then spends the next ten episodes trying to have the characters go on with their lives with each episode having about 3-5 minutes of compelling drama and 17-20 minutes of “whilst I like these characters, this doesn’t further the story in any real way” I know a bunch of people were sour on Kids on the Slope for skipping an entire volume of the manga - amongst other things - but please explain to me what showcasing the actual process of Kaoru moving on from wrecking his entire life would actually add. Sometimes, some things are best left to the imagination and you just need to end the thing right then and there.
And just to make things worse, nothing even comes out of all that buildup other than a reaffirmation and closure of old plot threads that whilst engaging, don’t really lend any sort finality to the show as a whole. Without giving too much away, there’s this weird and unnecessary use of time skip before it cuts back to the present with the characters just acting like they usually do, even when major events occur. And whilst a hard decision is made in said finale, said decision is undercut by the timeskip showing that everything is going to be alright in the future, rendering it completely pointless. It feels like the anime ended right in the middle of the story, and whilst I understand that Nana’s source material hasn’t concluded even to this day - although the chances we’ll ever get a conclusion from the author at this point are about as likely as Iggy Azalea ever being relevant again after her breakdown - you could have at least had made some sort of big deal out of things. At least achieve a small last-minute accomplishment? No? Alright then, but don’t expect me to read your manga in order to find out what happens next. Especially since there’s a certain car crash that happens later on that I think I’m better off pretending doesn’t exist.
Am I banging too much on how unnecessarily long I found this series? Well it’s the most unique thing I can say about it, because like me, even if you don’t know what happens plot-wise, I’d be very surprised if you didn’t have any idea what Nana was actually about. The whole story is somewhere between Beck Mongolian Chop Squad and a Seo Kouji manga in that the majority of the characters are working towards making it as a punk band whilst dealing with all sorts of heartbreak and truths regarding how complicated relationships can get. All the characters are adults and even the more assholish members of the cast are likable, which automatically makes Nana better than those works. And it doesn’t hurt that it focuses more on the latter than the former, which I prefer because my interest in the inner workings of how a band operates is virtually nil whilst my interest in the inner workings of how a relationship works is higher than the peak of Mount Olympus.
Whilst there are some weird plot contrivances to further the story along, complaining about that in a drama is like complaining they’re emotionally manipulative or comedies are funny. If you don’t like the very idea of them, then you shouldn’t be watching anything from the genre to begin with. You don’t see me watching Bollywood movies for a reason you know. And whilst some of the plot points are eerily reminiscent of Suzuka, they work here because the drama fires in all cylinders rather than play favoritism towards one weak direction. Everything that happens is a result of the characters’ personalities. Events that happen to one character also affects those around them, causing all involved parties to face themselves along with their circumstances. Nobody is a true bad guy, even when it’s clear that one side is more wrong than the other. Even the high school kid who demands money from the girls he sleeps with is a lot nicer in practice than he sounds right no--get out of that chat room! I swear he’s a decent guy...sort of.
And most of all, the romance and relationship stuff is ultimately just a tool for larger issues. Sure we’ve seen said issues addressed before: responsibility, personal luck, inner demons, etc. But those sorts of issues are never going to stop being relevant anytime soon, no matter what your age is. And as long as that remains true and they’re explored in a way that reminds us of said truth, I’m always going to find the stuff that Nana represents intriguing. That is why Nana continues to be remembered as one of the anime greats despite not being popular in this current generation of anime fans. Which makes it all the more frustrating that the show is to romance stories what Monster (sans conclusive ending despite the ambiguity of it all) is to crime stories.
As well-written, decent-looking (although Nana’s actual animation is pretty terrible), nicely dubbed, and overall enjoyable both Madhouse productions are, my desire to ever revisit them is severely tempered by their long lengths and the inevitable dead space and repetition that comes from this sort of serialized storytelling “should have been a movie” format. Maybe if the comedy during Nana’s lower-quality stretches was funny, the pacing wouldn’t have been so much of a problem. But all the jokes come from “How to write shoujo comedy 101”, which is about as funny as a kid from a PBS show throwing a tantrum during the middle of a Lifetime drama. Sure it sounds like a good laugh on paper, but so does page 67 of the Kama Sutra. And don’t blame me if your partner never wants to sleep with you again after that experience. read more
Nana and Paradise Kiss are similar in that they're both done by the same producers. This leads both shows to have a similar "drama" appeal. You're not quite sure what will happen to all the characters, even all the way up to the last couple minutes of the last episode. Both are directed toward more of the "girl" market, but they're entertaining enough for any type of drama/romance fan.
Ok, first the art of Nana and ParaKiss is very similar. Second, the plots revolve around people in showbiz (fashion - music). Third, love, sex and making one's way in life are told in a mature way...means more realistic, minus the teen angst...plus drama.
Both animes are very visually appealing, and the characters in both series are very trendy and have that cool-coffee house aura. It also has similar romantic themes. Enjoy!
both mangas were written by the same author so the style of drawing is the same. Also the themes, young love, angst, rebellion, etc are present in both animes.
Besides being from the same genuis author, both revolve around one thing. For Nana it was music and for ParaKiss it is fashion. Both have realistic and interesting characters, realtionships,friendships, and drama. Plus both animes end in a place where you didnt expect them to. TIAYWBH! (Try It And You Will Be Hooked):)
Done by the same mangaka, Ai Yazawa, both works highlight fashion and the lifestyle of a select group of artistes, whether of the fashion world or the underground punk scene. The stories, starting out as simple and uncomplicated, soon branch out to explore the separate lives of other characters. While ParaKiss is a little more abbreviated than NANA, both have strong elements of soap opera in them. ParaKiss is actually the earlier work of the two but the art style of Ai Yazawa is echoed to some extent in NANA, featuring skinny characters with a strong sense of style.
Well, aside from having been made by the same mangaka, I loved both Nana and ParaKiss. If you're into serious drama about love life, you must watch them!
Like Nana, it's by Yazawa Ai. So, the type of story is very similar, a lot of drama and romance.
They're done by the same artist as Paradise Kiss and has an amazing plot that had me crying...
Written by Ai Yazawa and both showcases creative fashion statements.
Both series were created by the awesome Ai Yazawa. The story premises are similar except NANA is about music and ParaKiss is about fashion. What could be better? Both titles are a piece of Shōjo heaven.
Both are by Mad House and adapdated from the manga by Ai Yazawa.
In both you’ll find romance, drama, and a group of friends with all their relationships, problems, and background stories.
Both have very pretty and detailed art, unique characters, and a good OST.
Parakiss is shorter, less romantic, and more sexual than Nana, and the latter is more dramatic, touching, and moving, but both are mature, enjoyable, and well-made.
Nana focuses on music and Parakiss on fashion, anyway if you loved one you’ll like the other as well.
It's more or less the same but its more NANA is more focused on music whereas Paradise Kiss is focused on fashion.
But they are both GREAT!
Similar characters not so much in story but you will definitley LOVE this show if uve seen either of them, and im pretty sure it was made by the same person that made nana.
its not a long show but trust me youll wish it was when its all over.
The art for the two shows were originally done by the same person. Both are very realistic, and dramatic. There is romance, (more in NANA, but then again it's a longer anime), and characters discovering who they truly are. Be prepared for tears, or at least deep feelings, in both. (More in NANA, once again, it's longer)
They are both mature dramas that are based on manga by Ai Yazawa and are targeted towards adult women. Both shows deal with love, drama and finding ones place in life.
The stories might differ , but their design is similar and so is the atmosphere they give off. You find cool characters with piercings etc. in both series and their plots are pretty interesting. Both have moments of romance, fun, drama as well as melancholy.
From the same mangaka, now is related about a friendship and one of the characters pass for a suffering relationship with a famous person, and the protagonist is helped with any doubts about life.
Paradise Kiss and Nana are about "being famous". Nana is more about music, while Paradise Kiss (ParaKiss for short) is about fashion. The stories are about 2 girls who want to be big (as a model and as a band singer). Both series are made by the same mangaka (Ai Yazawa) and include lots and lots of romance and drama. A must see!
the faces the drawings, the awesome music, krazy styles and details , its all very much alik i abousolutely love both of these shows!!!!!!!!
Both Nana's (NANA) and Yukari (ParaKiss) try to find love, while moving up in the world with their careers, and trying to find something more to live for. All of the characters are revealed to secrets as their stories progress, and the hard times of characters in NANA are much like that of the hard times for characters in ParaKiss.
Paradise Kiss is written by the same author, Ai Yazawa. The animation and graphics are similar and it has a really good storyline!
Romance Sex By Same Creator(same art) can't explain ecatly why there alike but you'll under stand when you watch both VERY good
As i watched both Paradise Kiss and Nana i found some similarities like the fashion statement this both anime has. Both of this anime has good art in fashion both animes have nice soundtracks and different different genres. The characters too has some similarities as well. :D
The shows both have a very similar feel and style to it, it's not your average romance anime but both have a very realistic touch over them. The art also looks rather similar although there are of course various difference but still great and fitting for the story!
Both were produced by MadHouse Studios
Several Characters in each dress in the visual kei style
There are several similar characters in both
Nana having more episodes was able to expand on its drama and characters better
Also there is quite a bit more comedy in Nana
Characters change clothes quite a bit in both anime
Both are animes that take one of the more realistic approaches to romance
Both animes are about an interesting girl joining a talented group of people
And the Main Char. girl who joins also gets a nickname in both Nana and Paradise
The Opening and Ending song fit Nana and Paradise Kiss really well
The author of both anime is the same. Both anime talk about love and fame world. They both have a similar ambient and the characters are extravagant.
Ai Yazawa’s work is so distinctive that no one could mistake Nana and Paradise Kiss as being written by anyone else. While the series aren't perfect, they can be considered one of the frontrunners of modern shoujo romance.
I emphasize modern because of how backward and traditional other romance anime seems when compared to Yazawa’s work. While other shoujo series are still mucking about with idealistic conceptions of the One True Love, the feelings of Yazawa’s characters are much more complex, layered, and believable. Nana and Paradise Kiss are amazing not only for convincing us that its characters love each other, but for convincing us that we know why they love each other.
They are written by the same author. Both have emotional impact, though the end may be viewed as a happy one.
They are both able to dig themselves into your heart and really love them. They are both great works of art that appeal to a persons romantic side. You will be constantly be experiencing all of the characters emotions as if they were your own. Truly recommend you watch it.
Music, music, music. Both series have great music scores to keep you entertained, not to mention the underlining drama that eats away at each character. Even if you're not a fan of the drama, you'll probably end up enjoying the music in some sense~
Both are good music series. Competition of two bands, romance, drama, and of course good music. Must see both
Nana feels like the love-child of Beck and Honey & Clover. If you liked Nana, I'd suggest Beck if you liked the struggling band/musical aspects of Nana. And vice versa. =)
Nana and Beck tell us about the musical industry and everything concerning the creative process. We'll meet naive novices and tycoons of record labels, rookies and stars. Although in Nana the story is focused on love and relationships, it's also about the life of musicians, including live shows in small clubs, the recording process, promotion and music videos. If you want to know more about the musical industry you'll enjoy watching these series.
Both series are done by Mad House. Both have their good share of drama and music, and overall the atmosphere is similar. They both have similar characters and the struggle of a new band trying to show this world their talent.
Prominently-themed in Indie rock music and relationship experiences through growing up.
Music and life.
Both are great anime about a group of friends trying to make a rock band.
Slice of life, drama, and romance are the predominant elements of both series (Nana is more girl-oriented, though).
There is also the competition between 2 rival bands.
We see the characters growing up during the series, and struggling to make their dreams come true.
Also, both anime are by Mad House, and Takumi and Ryusuke are similar.
Both anime have a theme of music, BECK is more of a music fans anime while NANA is more centered toward a shoujo audience . never the less both anime are amoung my favourite. Although I feel BECK is my favourite anime of all time NANA is the closest anime you will get related to rock music. (next to BECK that is)
Both NANA & Beck are focused on music. NANA has female main characters and the serie centers around them. Also, they're already in their twenties. Beck on the other hand has young boys as main characters. Their both great to watch and have their own amount of music and drama.
both are portraying a struggling rock band for their path to popularity, their love problems, friendship... although, nana is a more emotional, and from a girls point of view, while in beck, except their music (and all around it), we do not get to know their other side: family. both have some great music, that will stuck to your mind hours and days later. enjoy!
There both are about trying to make it big in a band and falling in love.
Revolving around music and in a way relationships. Beck is more of an anime I'd recommend if you enjoy having your adrenline pumping. Captivating, slow at times but worth every minute of every episode. Catchy music.
Nana, more if you want to have your heart thumping, rising, tears in your eyes. Yet still some essences of adreanline. Creative characters, good story lines. Overall both series are MUST-WATCH for all music fans be they pop music, indie, rock, heavy metal, punk.
Both focus on the mentality and hard work it takes to become the biggest rock band in the world. Both feature AMAZING soundtracks plus references to big rock bands.
Both are well-received anime centered around drama and music. Both have fantastic soundtracks.
Wow, both of these series reminds me of one and the other in a variety of ways.
Both series features music as a prominent theme. They have a band who are trying to make a name of themselves in the music industry. But more than that, there is a complex friendship between the two main characters in both series.
Beck and Nana are like brothers and sisters imo. They have comedy, romance, drama, and is presented in a mature way that is more than the typical shoujo/high school romances.
Both series also has that slice of life feeling detailing some of the events of the characters' every day lives whether involving their careers or their love lives.
If you like Beck you might just enjoy Nana. They both have rock bands and awesome music and are pretty realistic. The only difference is Beck is light, comedic and shounen. Nana makes you cry its Shoujo.
Nana and Beck have very similar feeling. When I was watching Beck, I remembered all my feelings about Nana. Also both have really great music and they are uncomparable to other animes from music genre.
Both of these two anime revolve around the topic music in one way or another, for example they both involve bands trying to make their debut. The overall feeling is the same, in both they are dealing with everyday issues and things that "ordinary" people can relate to.
they both are centered around music and drama and romance.
however, nana has more drama and romance than beck while beck has more music.
but both are still really enjoyable and if you like one you would probably like the other
There are a lot love related issues in both series~! If your into who's gonna end up with who, you will love Nana as much as Peach Girl. ^_^
Both have strong female character and it seems to have the drama and also the love triangle
Both anime are close to reality. There are lots of romance, drama and some funny stuff. Nana is a really great anime. ^_^
yessss, too much crying in both of them))) heroines have characters with similar points, but they are different in main point coz different ends)) here is good end, in nana worse
There are a lot of drama and complications on both series hence this recommendation. Then, of course, there is romance and comedy. While NANA is more for the mature audience, both series emphasizes relationship problems that are spawned from misunderstandings and jealousy.
Both of these series also have realism in which situations are present in every day's lives. It revolves around the struggle of a relationship and how to solve problems together through tough times.
-Nana K. and Momo's personalities
-Drama and love triangles
Both anime are about friendship and romance. How hard things can get and how difficult it is to survive through it all. Both are amazing shows :)
I loved both of these anime series. Both have a mature romance, a lot of drama, and a touch of comedy too. Both protagonists have rivals trying to steal their boyfriends. Well, I truly recommend them if you like romance anime with drama. ^^
Both have romance and complicated love triangles, both addicting to watch, funny!
Somehow, I feel a similarity to this both the female main charcters (mogami,kyoko and nana) have been pushed aside by their mothers, and the whereabouts of the fathers are unknown. Another thing is that both the female main characters are trying their best to enter the *Celebrity World*. Skip Beat is somewhat more of a comical version and Nana a more serious version. But there definately is a similarity in both Nana and Skip Beat!
Another Shoujo anime in a similar style, only this one deals more with music and the relationship between two girls and their struggles with love and life, one a band member and the other an ordinary girl.
Similar art and style shoujos about female lead characters struggling to make it in the entertainment industry, learning about love and themselves along the way.
Skip Beat might be consdidered a little less dramatic and more light hearted, but if you love one then you will assurdedly enjoy the other.
Skip Beat! and Nana have the same storyline and have the same kinda genre (romance and drama). They both have a main female characters who were left behind by their boyfriends, and want to get revenge by becoming famous. Both are struggling to achieve their goals. Nana is more about music, while Skip Beat is more about acting. I'd prefer Nana though, but Skip Beat is also okay.
Both Nana's (NANA) and Kyoko (Skip Beat!) are trying to move up in the world with their careers, as well as finding love along the way.
Both series contain a female protagonist who is strong minded and trying to make their dream into a reality.
Both series has tons of comedy, drama, and romance. While Nana is more of the mature side, Skip Beat also has its serious moments in the stage of showbiz. Ultimately, it deals with characters growing up and learning how to get through life.
These two series are quite enjoyable for those into the more dramatic side of anime as they shows that explicitly every episode through its execution.
The story nearly totally different but both of the series based on music and dreams. So Oosaki Nana and Mitsuki's goal is the same to be a singer, but they doing it in different way and style. Nana is for adults rather, in my opinion, especially for females.
The style is very different, but both have music, love and a lot of drama.
I laughed, I cried, I loved. Although stories are a bit different, both of these animes have great story. Both are related to music and singing and they are also shoujo, drama, romance. Nana is more mature though and Full Moon is for children, but they are both great.
Both series revolves around a female protagonist following her dream and trying to make a name in the music industry.
Nana has more mature themes while Full Moon has more comedy. However, both series contains drama that deals with many of the events that brings their dream closer but also with tragedy and sorrow.
Both series has comedy, drama, and romance themes with misunderstandings, trials, and emotions.
Like Nana, the protagonist, Misaki wants more than anything to become a singer if it is the last thing she does. Although Nana is a much more mature anime, I found them both really enjoyable and emotionally moving.
Both of these animes have a large prospect in the slice of life point of view and the drama in these animes are overwhelming. >_> While Nana concentrates on Music, Honey and Clover concentrates on Art, and they both display the characters of these anime trying to pursue a career toward these things.
Nana feels like the love-child of Beck and Honey & Clover. If you liked Nana, I'd suggest Honey & Clover if you liked the coming of age, slice of life, romance/drama aspects of Nana. And vice versa. =)
both are slice of life dramas with a touch of romance and even some comedy. both portray the ups and downs of life extremely well, having tons of soul searching, character development, beautiful development between the characters in complex, interesting and realistic ways. beautiful!!
Looking to discover yourself? Well, look no further in these two series as the main protagonists tries to do just that. Additionally, similarities between these two anime(s) include:
- deep characters
- hilarious comedy
- love triangles
- almost josei-like style
- light-hearted moments
hachimitsu to clover has 2 seasons. i havent seen the second season yet but i must say, both are definitely the best drama/romance anime out there.
both are centered more around drama than romance. while nana's main theme is music, hachimitsu to clover's (honey and clover in english) main theme is art.
if you like one you will SURELY love the other. both have wonderful english dubs
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