Japanese: NANA [ナナ]
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2006 to Mar 28, 2007
23 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 8.631 (scored by 46857 users)
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drama music romance shoujo
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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!
They are both made by Ai Yazawa.
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...
Ai Yazawa - nothing more to say.
Wonderful shoujo by Mad House
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.
written by the same perso both stories are about love. Both are sad and have original story lines while nana deals with music paradise kiss is about fashion and modeling, both are really good and similar in drawing style.
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.
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
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.
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. =)
All about the music baby.
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 music series.about competition of two bands with romance and drama, a slice of life feel at times and good comedy and good music.
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!
Rock and Punk go hand by hand.
For boys - Beck. For girls - Nana.
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 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.
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. ^^
This 2 show revolve around Love X Girls Thought X Girls going after guys and basically Humor... But just to warn you, NANA storyline has more Adulthood then Lovely Complex =D
both are good shoujo comedy/drama
Both of them are about love, and both have a great comedy actions.
The type of comedy in LoveCom reminded me of Nana.
I also think Hachi & Risa are quite similar at times (both are usually cheerful and a bit silly).
Both anime are shoujo and have plenty of romance, even though LoveCom is more comedy-centered, and Nana is more dramatic and mature.
To put it simply nana is like a darker more mature (you'd have to be 18+ to watch on hulu) Version of Lovecom.
Both follow a girl in her expedition to find love. with a best friend whom cheers her on and cares for her.
Some aspects that you might like is that both anime are FUNNY, Insightful, Tear-jerking
and very much so loveable.
If you're looking an anime like LoveCom you will definitely find it in Nana!
They both involve dramatic romances.. also Nana has verryyy tall characters just like in lovely complex
For those that like the more comedic side of Nana, this is a good choice
A shorter anime that's less Heavy and has some loveable characters as well
But thats not to say it doesnt have its own share of drama added
This is probably the easier anime for most casual romance fans to watch, since it has a faster start than Nana
Music, struggle, losing a parent, wanting to protect something
Nana is much better, but Kaikan Phrase is about the same thing - music and love. XD
Both show the struggle in making a band/making it big. Also both have romace. One of the difference would be that nana focuses a lot more on the relationship aspects.
The characters are into music and forming a band.
Both have elements of music and romance.
Kaikan Phrase, it centers around Bishounen (Beautiful males) while Nana centers aruond women and their relationships. Kaikan Phrase show more of the Japanese Pop-Rock or J-rock scene then punk. Kaikan phrase outlines the difficulties met by a band called Lucifer, a chronicle of their journey to becoming succesful and the hardships that come afterward. You have romance, deceit, betrayal, lust, love. All wrapped up in a convenient show. Animation is older, but well worth watching.
Both have the most amazing music, both also have romance.
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.
Good dramas. And more Nanas.
It's hard to explain why these series are similar to each other. I'd rather say that if you liked Bokura ga Ita, you'd love NANA. Why? Bokura ga Ita relates a story about teenagers in love, NANA concentrates on a little older, but still young people; but still, their problems look really similar. Though, in NANA they're more serious. Plus the individual characters and awesome music.
Drama, romance, angst... Shoujo all the way! They're both serious and on the soapy side, with nice artwork and realistic characters.
both animes going to make cry like hell!!!thats what similar in these two animes,,,,
The drama and romance are very similar. They are both extremely heart-breaking. However, NANA is longer and therefore it is more dramatic and heart-breaking. They both also have some humor.
They are both very dramatic and both have a very good grasp of a deep manga.
Bokura ga ita is more of a highschool story and NANA is more mature but I think they are both very good and people would enjoy both of them.
Both series have a very mature approach in romance and relationships. Music is also an important factor in both series, but romance and drama predominate.
They are very similar:
* Both are Josei, Slice of life, drama
* The two male protagonists from SNA are like the female protagonists from Nana, being great friends even with their differences.
* The love story in both have realism and conflicts (but I think there are more conflicts in Nana)
* They are about music
I'm sure if you like one you'll like the other.
Both have music, both have drama, both are Josei anime talking in realistic way of life
Both are about music, and characters who have to deal with complicated love stories and familial issues, as well as being rejected by society. Both also show a strong friendship between two main characters who are totally the opposite but actually closer than with anyone else, and who can support each others in difficult times.
Both are about music and finding more about yourself.
Both series are about music dealing with friendship, rivalry, and love complications.
Both series has a josei type of feeling.
Both series has drama with complicated storyline.
Both series has a great pace of story.
Both series contain interesting characters.
Both series explores the realism of a love and music.
Both series are a must-watch.
Nana and Nodame Cantabile are similar in that they each weigh heavily on music. Nodame Cantabile has much more comedy, whereas Nana contains more drama, but I'd group them close together in terms of character development and drama enthrallment.
They're both about music. =)
They are both romantic dramas with some comedy that have to deal with music and deep relationships with others. Both are amazing in my opinion. I highly reccomend both...NANA for the more serious and dramatic and Nodame Cantabile for a little more comedy.
Both series has josei like artwork and contains music as a major theme.
Both series features drama as well as romance presented in a more realistic way.
Both series has a similar style that details every day life whether at school or with the band/choir group.
If you're looking for romance with adult students it may be perfect for u.
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
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.
Both deal with the complications of relationships, deceit, cheating, and loss of innocence. However, NANA doesn't make you want to tear out your hair quite as much, and isn't sluttery on such a high scale.
-Both animes focuses very deeply into the story that involves love triangles and one-sided love as well as problems surrounding it.
Really twisted, f#@ked up love stories.
They're twisted in the sense that everything is all cute and honky dory and all the characters are getting along at first, but then pretty much everyone becomes an asshole over time and the whole love story (or stories) becomes very dark, depressing, and dramatic ("dramatic" is an understatement)
If you even remotely enjoyed School Days, Nana is perfect for you.
same high level of drama though nana is stronger!
with some music and some romance while having some comedy~
Both anime's have to do with the rise to fame in the music industry, romance, and the pitfalls and responsibilities of being famous.
Both series deals with romance that is quite realistic and presented in a more mature way than the typical shoujo style series.
But that's not all..because music plays a key theme in both Nana and White Album.
Both series has comedy (less so in White Album), a lot of drama, romance, and a female protagonist who hopes to make their name known in the music industry through hard work and determination.
Again, both series are quite realistic and generally aimed at more mature audiences.
The atmosphere throughout the whole series is VERY similar. They're both about music bands, competition, love stories and for R-rated audiences. The only difference is NANA is straight, while Gravitation is shounen-ai. SimilarityL 3 1/2 *
Similar style, music, drama, comedy and love. Too are realistic.
I watched Nana long time ago , and now I know I wanted this one to watch after that.
It could be used as reversed, although NANA is more harsh , I felt the same after watching each of them.
Both anime are about two parters who start thier lives. Takagi Akito and Mashiro Moritaka at Bakuman and Komatsu Nana and Osaki Nana at Nana. Although Mashiro and Takagi are only 14, they grow up at the anime and become Nanas's age (20) at sencond season and the manga. Also, both anime talks about love. Many times at Bakuman there are talks about love and littlie sex as Mashiro wants to marry Miho or Takagi and Kaya's relationship (and much more at Nana). Also, while Takagi and Mashiro use their lives to make manga, Osaki Nana lives meant for music. Remember of course that Nana is Josei and Bakuman is Shounen. The two anime are wonderful
I know its sounds totally crazy but these two have some basic similarities. First is that there are characters wanting to achieve a dream.Second both animes have romance and slight humor. Third both animes have that feeling in the end of the episode where you cannot stop you curiosity to know what will happen in the next episode.
Although both series relates to different themes, Nana and Bakuman follows the idea of pursuing a dream and making it into a reality.
Both series has a great story with two prominent main characters who tells them.
Both series has drama, comedy, romance, and detailing what they do in their every day lives.
Nana falls more into the mature theme while Bakuman is more lighthearted. However, both series are realistic and conveys on what people believes in. Learning about what you like is one thing, mastering it is another.
Nana and Golden Time are both anime series with themes of relationships and complexity in terms of characters' dynamics. The main characters both have a past that are explored throughout both series.
Both series involves romance with a sense of maturity (more so in NANA). They have a more sense in adolescence as opposed to being in a high school setting. Additionally, the characters have dreams they hope to make come true.
Nana has an additional theme of music while Golden Time deals with more of an identity crisis. There's comedic dialogue but also emotions that are touched upon in both series.
Both anime have unbelievably strong resemblance. Especially the characters, even 2 characters are almost of same nature of the lead characters of NANA. Both anime deal with the building of relationship,trust and betrayals
When you look at these shows, I'm surprised-more so shocked that no one has recomended NANA to NA kiss. Fact is, both female leads are similar looking and have a similiar outlook on the male characters. The main difference is, hachi is stuck in a more drama love triangle kind of situation, apposed to an unrequitted love. It's a very easy recomendation, and I believe anyone who enjoyed either NANA or NA Kiss would enjoy the other equally as much
In my opinion Nana is definitely similar to Itazura na Kiss. Itazura na Kiss follows the life of Kotoko from her high school years to adulthood as with Nana. Also, i feel the main girl characters (Nana (Haichi) and Kotoko) are very similar for their "clumsy but keeps trying" attitude. Indeed there is a lot of drama in both, however Nana uses that drama and brings it to a next level. It is Itazura na Kiss in a more mature way. I had heartaches and heart warms through watching both of these amazing anime series. I was really surprised to find only ONE recommendation of Nana to Itazura Na Kiss since this is the first anime that pops into my head when i think of the two. I truly truly hope whoever reads this will watch the amazing anime Nana and realize how similar the two are :) ~ Ja Ne~
Nana is about two girl who have a lot of problems in their life and have to keep struggling, just like Nagisa had to. Both anime made me laugh and cry. The first few episodes of Nana may seem childish or boring, but that's the same problem I had with Clannad, however, in the end, they both became my favourite animes.
Most people would say there not the same but Both of them have a deep love story behide them and alot of tragedy . both will make you laugh , cry and make you feel connected to them
They're both romantically focused, but at the same time, there's more drama going on than you think.
They're also both quite realistic in the sense that not everything goes as planned, and there's also a lot of character development in both
In both Nana and 5 cm, nothing really goes as planned. They also talk a lot about desire and longing to be with someone and as much as they wish, they just can't be together. Both also talk about the pain involved with desire for another. Nana goes much more in depth in many other aspects as well such as relationship dilemmas and real life issues but that is to be expected since it is 47 episodes while 5 cm is only 3 parts. However, both will incite deep and real emotions.
Both involve people moving to a new city where their lives dramatically change once they get there. Also, they make new friends there as well
Chihayafuru is very similar to Nana.
• Both anime are of the genre josei
• Chihaya is very similar to Nana Komatsu and Taichi looks like Shouji
• Both anime have the same feelings
• Complicated love
It may not be the most obvious recommendation but still I find some similarities between Rainbow and Nana. What first got me thinking about it was the background music it sounds pretty much the same, also the art work (some characters from Rainbow do look like some characters from Nana). But ultimatly what I believe is the most resounding similarity between this too is the hoplessness, the despair, the feeling that there are just some things you cannot fix, no matter how hard you try.
All in all I believe if you liked Rainbow you will probably like Nana.
Both are the best anime in the total and complete joke of a genre that is Slice of Life. If you are tired of stuff like Lucky Star and K-On!! and want a Slice of Life that deals with real life, real relationships, real troubles, and real heart-ache: Watch Both. They will change your life and cause you to become a better person, they're that good.
Both are really good and have a very sad story with unsatisfactory ending. Nana is the story about two girls that share the same name but with different personalities and about their friendship and love lives and the problems and obstacles they go through and Candy Candy is about a very good nature orphan girl who goes through a lot of obstacles in her life but she never gives up and also about her love live. Both of them are really sad dramas specially when it comes to their romantic lives and hardships of life. Expect to get emotionally consumed when watching Candy Candy just like in Nana. Both are really good stories and tearjerkers.
Both have interesting and complex characters and both are of the josei genre. If you're looking for something with a little more substance than your standard slice of life or romance, either one is an excellent choice.
They're both more mature shoujo titles with great plot and character developments. Sure, there are the shoujo cliches of rich, handsome guy falling for the protagonist, but they're far from cheesy.
The subject matter is completely different, but they are similar in that they deal with more mature themes from a female perspective. There is quirky lighthearted humor in both shows and there are adult situations and complicated or serious issues which are addressed and portrayed in a realistic dramatic manner.
If you liked NANA for the realism, romance and soap opera drama, you will probably like Kimi ga Nozomu Eien too. The characters are also of similar ages. Although the stories are both extremely different.
Cute girl, romance, rock band, handsome guys and good music. NANA had all that, but Ai Shite Night did it first. . .over 20 years earlier, too. It was kind of revolutionary for its time. I've been wanting to see this show for several years. It was worth the wait!
They both deal with the relationships between a group of friends and have some romance and lots of drama. If you like NANA you'll most likely enjoy Gankutsuou.
Though it's no Yuri I think the strong bond between the starring characters are very much alike. In addition to that both have a strong female character you will like. As I do like strong bonds between people I would recommend seeing Nana as well if you liked Strawberry Panic, also it has real good music in it.
If you really like music anime series, try Nana / K-ON!. Both series are about music bands, trying to get famous. Warning though, Nana has more drama in to it and is more mature. K-ON! is more kawai and about school girls.
Both can be realistic in a way and have very understandable human characteristics esp. NANA which actually made me cry at points. Death note is good for the psychological views of humans and our sadistic evil nature.
if you liked all the drama and sadness in nana you would like canvas 2 in the first couple episodes its not so good just like nana was but then it gets interesting and i really enjoyed it and i actually cryed in the last couple episodes and the ones in the middle of the anime