Ranked #38
Nana (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: Nana
Japanese: NANA [ナナ]


Type: Manga
Volumes: 21
Chapters: 84
Status: Publishing
Published: May 26, 2000 to May 26, 2009
Authors: Yazawa, Ai (Story & Art)
Serialization: Cookie


Score: 8.731 (scored by 13974 users)
Ranked: #382
Popularity: #71
Members: 28,391
Favorites: 4,356
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2 based on the top manga page.

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drama romance shoujo slice of life


Nana Komatsu is a young woman who's endured an unending string of boyfriend problems. Moving to Tokyo, she's hoping to take control of her life and put all those messy misadventures behind her. She's looking for love and she's hoping to find it in the big city.

Nana Osaki, on the other hand, is cool, confident and focused. She swaggers into town and proceeds to kick down the doors to Tokyo's underground punk scene. She's got a dream and won't give up until she becomes Japan's No. 1 rock'n'roll superstar.

This is the story of two 20-year-old women who share the same name. Even though they come from completely different backgrounds, they somehow meet and become best friends. The world of Nana is a world exploding with sex, music, fashion, gossip and all-night parties.

(Source: Viz Media)

Related Manga

Adaptation: Nana


Komatsu, Nana
Osaki, Nana
Endo, Shouji
Fujieda, Naoki
Honjo, Ren
Ichinose, Takumi

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Aug 8, 2012
NANA is definitely one of the best mangas that I've ever read. There's something about it that makes it very different from other ones, so I personally think it's a must-read. Anyways, my review may contain some spoilers, but I'll try my best not to reveal too much.

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The first thing that comes to mind when I think of NANA is how incredibly realistic it is compared to many other mangas. It starts out very normal like any other shoujo/josei manga; introducing the two main characters who both happen to have the name Nana. It pretty much follows the life of these two girls as read more
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Jun 10, 2013
The longer we live, the more weight we carry in our hearts.

A sentence that truly summarizes and embodies the manga of Nana. The tale follows the lives of two very different girls who share the same name of Nana, and not much else. After a fateful meeting on a train bound to Tokyo, they manage to become friends and their lives weave closely together from that moment forwards. Written most nostalgically by one of the Nana’s from sometime years in the future, the story is a remembrance of the friendship between two girls and all the people who surrounded them who all rushed into life read more
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Jul 7, 2008
NANA is a great romantic/dramatic manga. NANA also have some funny moments. The manga is about two girls with the same name, Nana, and they meet by fate and eventually become best friends. Even though they are best friends, their life take a twist and they are separated by fame, husband, boyfriend, and work. This manga shows the world of the entertainment industry and it focus it on bands and music and a bit of adult movie but that its later on the manga.
NANA starts out as people trying to pursue their dreams. What's more important for an singer/band/model: Follow their dreams or their loved read more
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Jul 29, 2007
Overall I think NANA’s main selling point is “realism” and that it’s a pretty realistic look at the Japanese music industry, though dramatized, of course. The characters feel like real people and the relationships, which are really an extension of the characters, almost never go in foreseeable directions. Some intriguing backstory has come to light and I'm in suspense on several fronts -- I really want to know whether things will turn out okay for these characters.

But at the end of the day, I think Ai Yazawa's Paradise Kiss is better, because it is tighter. Nana is full of drama and read more
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Similar character interaction, and both very well written. Both deal with real life issues and relationships.  
Made by the same creator, both full of drama and concentrate on human relations.  
Both feature a melancholic atmosphere and female leads that learn about themselves and try to change, to better themselves while recognizing their own limitations. 
maybe the storyline isn't so similar..although it's about showbiz (music-nana, fashion-the one)..BUT! the art is so similar!!! lele in the first volumes looks like nana o. but her personality is very similar to nana k.( the hachiko style)!! and eros looks like takumi!! i would have to appreciate more the one for the sexiness of the male protagonists...hehe:))) 
NANA doesn't really have split personalities like Othello...but regardless, they're alike. I read Othello whenever I was 8, it was one of the first series I read. They're both about music...and let's see...the art is similar, and Yaya's split personality's name is Nana? I thought Yaya was like Nana Komatsu and Nana was like Nana Osaki. 
I can't believe no one has said anything about the similarities of Bokura ga Ita and NANA!! Like... in the later chapters, when they separate, it is very much like Hachi & her search for Nana. && Let's not forget how in each story, 2 girls are named Nana! The style in the later chapters is so similar... The inner monologues... "What are you doing now, Yano?" That screams Nana to me! I was thinking, "Hey... was this written by the same mangaka??" At first, I thought this was going to be a cute love story... but it has the deeper, darker aspects much like in Nana (though not as  read more 

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