Ranked #69


Alternative Titles

English: Nana
Japanese: NANA [ナナ]


Type: TV
Episodes: 47
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2006 to Mar 28, 2007
Premiered: Spring 2006
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Viz Media
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 8.581 (scored by 72,919 users)
Ranked: #692
Popularity: #208
Members: 157,155
Favorites: 9,031
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Nana 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

Osaki, Nana
Osaki, Nana
Park, Romi
Park, Romi
Tsuchiya, Anna
Tsuchiya, Anna
Komatsu, Nana
Komatsu, Nana
Kawana, Midori
Kawana, Midori
Okazaki, Shinichi
Okazaki, Shinichi
Ishida, Akira
Ishida, Akira
Terashima, Nobuo
Terashima, Nobuo
Seki, Tomokazu
Seki, Tomokazu


Maruyama, Masao
Maruyama, Masao
Asaka, Morio
Asaka, Morio
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Mima, Masafumi
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Ishizuka, Atsuko
Ishizuka, Atsuko
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(2/47)

Episode Title Aired
1 Prologue: Nana and Nana
Joshou. Nana to Nana (序章. 奈々とナナ)
Apr 5, 2006
2 Love? Friendship? Nana and Shouji
Koi? Yuujou? Nana to Shouji (恋? 友情? 奈々と章司)
Apr 12, 2006

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))

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Jan 24, 2010
"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 read more
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Sep 5, 2007
One of the things I like to see the most in anime is how they portray relationships. I’m a sucker for romance, but I hate the cheesy stuff you usually see in typical shoujo anime. Sometimes you’ll find an anime with realistic characters, with the typical flaws of human nature, and usually people love them. We can identify with them. Like in Evangelion many people who have dealt with depression could identify with Shinji (in some levels…).

For those of you who have watched your share of anime about love/relationships, I bet you could identify somehow with “Bokura ga Ita”, “Kimi ga Nozomu Eien” or read more
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Jul 14, 2015
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 read more
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Mar 20, 2015
“I always thought that life was about standing your ground, no matter how strong the current was. But going with the flow isn't so bad after all. As long as it takes you forward.”

The flow of life is a capricious one, precariously soaring high and plummeting low, and as such, we may find ourselves chained to these cherished memories we grasp onto so dearly, finding solace in our past, perhaps comforted by its consistency while the world darts to and fro around us. Helpless longing, unrequited love, the bittersweet corollaries of growth - all of these things may constantly invade our lives, yet what can read more
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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. 
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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~ 
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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. ^_^ 
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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! 
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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.  
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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.  
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