Kaoru is a 17-year-old virgin who has an S&M fetish. He has always dreamt about an SM relationship with his childhood friend Nana, who is looked upon as perfect and is always the target of boys' eyes. Their relationship has somewhat deteriorated through the years, due to them hanging out with different people and because Kaoru is not taking his education too seriously.
One day though, Kaoru's mother gives some of his S&M toys to Nana for safekeeping - Nana finds the leather one-piece that Kaoru bought and tries it on but accidentally locks herself in it and doesn't have the key!
Kaoru frees her of the one-piece, but then Nana realizes she may like Kaoru's hobby more than she thought and subsequently the two of them start engaging in so-called "breathers". These breathers are intended to relieve Nana of stress, stress originating from her attempts at keeping her grades and her name perfect.
The premise is badly explained, as well as the motivations of both Nana and Kaoru.
The initial breather depicted was done fairly faithfully, though Nana's warring inner dialogues left a lot to be desired, and the pinnacle of the scene with Kaoru damaging the prop to get Nana out of it was omitted.
The second S&M scene was also poorly adapted, in the manga it was supposed to detail Kaoru's one lapse in control as a benevolent dom, but since they once again omitted the end of the scene, it just portrayed him as an asshole.
intention was to adapt a romance story with S&M ecchi into a softcore S&M flick with no plot, I guess the studio can be commended. Personally I was hoping for something a bit more faithful.
So I've been waiting for a Nana to Kaoru anime adaptation for some time now. And when it's here I couldn't help but feel, misled.
The thing that was so great about Nana to Kaoru Manga was because of the storyline and how the charactors develop though time. And also giving a view into the world of S&M. It taught us that it's not all about the sex! That it's alot about real love and stress relief. The ecchi was a bonus to say atleast.
And the story is practically none! This falls flat is basicly because they were focising sooooooo much on the ecchi it was
hard to appreciate. And frakly I felt fooled for hoping for a good anime adaptation... I think they thought that people liked the manga because of the Ecchi, WRONG!
Nothing good nothing bad. It was fair to say so.
When I started watching the first episode I noticed first was the style, I liked it. It's more drawn than animated if you know what I mean. And I liked that.
I can't really say more then this.
If you haven't read Nana to Kaoru Manga yet, I suggest you stay away from this one and read the manga, unless you have a thing for S&M and don't know what to do about your boner, then this OVA is for you.
Ok, I know I'm not suppose to make a review on the 1st ep of an anime (OVA doesn't count), but after viewing this kind of horror(that's just me) i suddenly realize that this thing is not my cuppa tea.So how do I rate this OVA? Here's how:
Story - Dreadful number 2.
Frist of all the story of this OVA is very simple.................there's isn't any, it's all about the masochistic Nana who feels arouse by Kauro's sadistic and perverted psychological maneuvers.
Art - Very Good number 8.
I like the way Nana was drawn and how the people were drawn too.
Sound - Fair number 6.
Nothing much to
Character - Poor number 3.
Ok, thought Nana's erotic deed maybe titillating, I really hate her masochistic role, as for the diablo (Karou), I would really want to do what Sanzo does to Goku from "Saiyuki," when he's pissed, and that is to hit him on the head with a big and hard paper fan, co'z I not only hate his role ( kauro) I also hate his smirk when he does his perverted fantasy to Nana.
Enjoyment- Dreadful number 2.
For those of you who's gonna hate me for writing this kind of review, let me remind you " that this is just me," if any of you guys like this OVA, then you like it and that's that, so let's keep it like that.
Overall - Dreadful number 2.
I'm ain't commenting anymore, by the way, I really don't suggest that this be viewed by teens 17 and below, also I don't recommend to anybody to try what you see at home unless you're really sick. View it with according to your own discretion.
This doesn't do the manga justice at all. This OVA left out so many crucial parts that keep the plot from getting creepy and sadly dull, like this was. It's very much a simplified version of the manga with only the S&M scenes and none of the cute, essential moments between the two protagonists Kaoru and Nana like; (spoilers) when Kaoru apologized for taking it too far in the bondage seen, making the flowers for Nana's cutlture festival banner when she couldn't finish it herself (and being to short to place them on the top of the banner ^_^), or when Kaoru saved Nana from
two strangers who saw her bound in public (end of spoilers). In fact, it felt as though the entire plot had been forgotten about in the OVA.
As for characters, Kaoru, the male protagonist, is depicted as a very crude, creepy person with no remorse in the OVA which is actually the opposite in the manga. The OVA neglected to show what he is really like and that this crude personality (which he picked up from a book on S&M) is actually not his true personality. The manga presents the story in a much more comedic way and is actually very endearing. As for Nana, the female protagonist, I really have no quarrels with her depiction in the OVA. Her personality was essentially the same as she was in the manga.
I did however enjoy the voice acting and seeing the characters in action and color. The art style remained the same as the manga which I also enjoyed.
Overall, this OVA, unlike the manga, is purely for fan service reasons. The OVA wasn't particularly what I was hoping for, so I will always prefer the manga. :)
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