Synonyms: Nana and Kaoru
Published: Jan 4, 2008 to ?
Authors: Amazume, Ryuta (Story & Art)
Serialization: Young Animal
Score: 8.061 (scored by 4522 users)
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2 based on the top manga page.
Popular Tagscomedy ecchi
Jun 29, 2010
(EDIT: Anime is a disaster. Really. Do not watch it.)
Outstanding ecchi, no-nonsense flow of plot, and no otaku "desu" crap, make this an addictive read, with no over ratings whatsoever. My fellow MALers, I proudly present, somewhat underrated but exceptional, Nana to Kaoru.
If your imagination was tickled by the synopsis, then you're on the right trace. It is as interesting as it sounds, as original, and even offers more - unlike the very common "plot per chapter" thingy we encounter, this manga offers a lot of continuity, rarely any real closure of a chapter, and brilliant plot twists and surprises. Once you start reading, you simply get so into it, you can not stop. Maybe you'll even pay a visit to Wiki to learn some more about S&M, which is very nicely presented here (I think.) - this manga could easily serve as a manual to anyone interested in S&M, or even get you interested.
What you will probably notice soon is that there is a lot of work put into details, but especially facial expressions - mostly because they actually mean something to the plot itself. But of course, the rest of the manga deserves it's rating as well - the surroundings, the clothes, the people - everything was made in details. What also caught my eye, is that every character design is different - there isn't that much of a similarity among the females, like in many other manga or anime, where they usually simply change the haircut and eye shape, and consider their job done.
Just like in any other story, the characters are making half of it. So what do you get with a girl who finds herlsef enjoying the perverted ways of a childhood friend? Chaos! In her head, of course. And in his as well. The ways the relationships progress, the pasts are revealed is not too fast, and always reveals something interesting to nibble on. (hehehe~, nibble.)
As for the supporting cast, they are not lacking personality either, nor are put in the corner - every once in a while, they get their 5 minutes of fame. Or shame, depending on the situation.
This manga is such that, once you start reading it, especially those who don't know the ways of S&M, or are looking for something refreshingly new, you can not stop - it is that interesting, not to mention funny and amusing. While I wouldn't be afraid to put the "psychological" tag on it, it doesn't really go that deep, so you can still enjoy it without much thought.
This immediately became one of my favorite manga, I finished 36 chapters in two days, and can not wait for further releases. To anyone who appreciates ecchi, or to those looking for something different, Nana to Kaoru is a right choice. read more
Sep 6, 2009
In short, this is a must read for anyone that has the wrong ideas about what BDSM is.
Feb 28, 2010
The manga is also a great breath of fresh air from the mussy shojo mangas. There is a great relationship underneath the plot line, but is also really genuine and sweet.
I may end up getting my boyfriend a ball-gag :)
Jan 29, 2012
 : Art
The artwork of Nana to Kaoru is above average, and definitely a selling point of the series. One of the main characters (Nana), certainly is drawn with all womanly charm in-tact, and is the subject of a majority of the series ecchi scenes. One thing that makes this artwork really stand out to me is the great use of shading. Due to the focus on a lot of equipment used in S&M, backgrounds are made I believe purposefully plain so that things remain coherent, given that many of the artistically busy scenes are also dialogue heavy. The well-done shading makes the panels feel full (but not cluttered), despite being simple.
 : Character
The characters in Nana to Kaoru are very well developed, and overall well-done. The motivations for their actions are clear with good build-up, and really add to the romantic feeling embedded in the mature themed scenes. One of the downfalls to the characters of Nana to Kaoru is that they definitely fit very generic models; Nana is the "idol school girl," while Kaoru is the average "loser-kun." Their back-stories are also not exceptionally special or original (as revealed thus far), and they even have the generic "childhood friend" aspect to their relationship. Despite these cliche frames to them, you may be surprised to see that I still award the overall character aspect of the series an "8." The main reason for this is because the interaction between these characters is so unique and well done, with amazing attention and approach to the different levels of tension, embarrassment, excitement, lust, anticipation, and thoughtfulness, that it really brings out the talents of the author / artist in ways not many other series I've experienced have.
 : Story
The setting for the series is a combination of more cliches from high school to the apartments where the children are almost always alone. Setting aside, the other aspects to the story are pretty special. The arrangement of the inner-dialogue does a great job at conveying the thought process' of two totally different mindsets in the same scene. It masterfully works the S&M theme of the manga into the story in a very informative way, really explaining the author's viewpoints on S&M, or at least the viewpoints he's decided to use for his work. Aspects that I often find left out of series dealing with S&M are incorporated very well (for example, where does one acquire the props, how are they prepared, what's the stopping-experience like, what kind of up-keep do the items need?).
 : Overall
Nana to Kaoru is one of the very few series I've ever thought to be a 10, but in this case it is well-deserved. If you're interested in a series that can give you an informative aspect to the mature S&M theme, giving insight to both the S and M mindset, while still providing you with a high school microcosm feel, full of romance and well drawn plot relevant fan-service, all while keeping your heart pounding, then it's only a matter of time before Nana to Kaoru creeps its way into being one of your favorites. read more
Dec 9, 2011
When I started it, there were only 3 chapters, and I was hooked enough to want to know more. I found out they weren't going to translate it anymore, and I refused to accept that. NtK has a special place in my heart because I was the one that pushed it out there to be picked back up again. I really do love this series. Each chapter keeps me wanting more. The only thing I really hate about this series is... I have to wait for new releases. And wait I do... this is not one of those that I add to "Watch list, read it as it comes up." I frequent the translator's site just hoping to read more. I don't often give 10s... but NtK is worth 10's across the board.
The characters are more real world than in other romances I've read. You have two kids that have been friends, but nothing more. They suffer too great a difference in looks and ability. Regardless of that, each of their seasons chips a little more of that wall away, and even gives the normally lazy Kaoru some motivation to self improve.
Ok... maybe it's not THAT realistic... but that's because most of us are lazy.
Pft... self improvement... that stuff is for losers.
Dec 6, 2013
Nana to Kaoru takes you into the world of BDSM, a world perhaps alien and intriguing to most, but does it in a way that shows the heart of this world while making your heart beat each step of the way. Despite being an ecchi title, Nana to Kaoru is very polished and sharp on the points that count. You still get your so-called fan-service, but it's done in such a subtle and clean way that it flows flawlessly with the story. Slapstick humor, although present, is very minimal. Even cheap harem routes, often present in most ecchi titles, is not present. The fact that Nana no Kaoru is even labelled "ecchi" in itself may be secondary to the story and insight it presents.
It also surprisingly has excellent character development and depth, showing insight into the main characters and their psyche. Story development is pretty linear and so-so, as with most stories like these, making the audience sit on their hands waiting for the main characters to get together, but you'll be even more surprised to find it really heart-touching, at times.
Overall, it's a great and enjoyable read if you're looking for a story, something tasteful and a little on the naughty side. Definitely recommended. read more