Nana to Kaoru: Black Label series begins 8 months in the future of the parent version, with Nana and Kaoru in the summer of their final year of high school.
Nana is a normal teenage girl in her last year of high school getting ready for college admissions tests during her summer vacation, with the exception of one thing: She takes "breathers" with her childhood friend, Kaoru. An encounter with Tachibana, a worker she knows at an S&M shop, brings Nana further into the S&M world as she learns what it means to be master and slave.
Well, it was funny and also continues the main story, this time show as a more mature perspective in their relationship with a linear development.
I really enjoy this so much because every single time kaoru changes the actitude and pass to be the dominate partner (M) , and the rest of the time he is a loser. But he change for love and that is enough reason to read it.
The second main protagonist,NANA, is so hot and she also change her way to look for the love that she feels for kaoru.
Most of the chapters usually follow a formula of development, I could explain
it in the following way:
Kaoru is curious about something perverted, Nana ends up involved and giving in to her longing for "liberation of stress". The manga usually gives us fan service of Nana and at the same time their relationship becomes that of a master and slave. Although they will go back as a couple, this happens until both have exposed their inner being and demonstrated their true love.
Post date: I don't speak ingles so well , please forgive me for possibles grammatical errors.
A great side story to the ongoing (at this time) manga, "Nana to Kaoru". My first impression of this story was that it would probably evolve like the main manga arc, which is to say that there would be too much delay in the development of the relationship between Nana and Kaoru, and at first it appears that this is going to be the case so I was just prepared at that point to enjoy some comedy and then some. However, the manga quickly switches gears to focusing on Sarashina and Tachibana and their unorthodox relationship as the couple invite Nana and Kaoru out to
spend a few days of vacation with them in the country.
The thing that keeps this side story fresh is actually the exploration of the older couples Master/Slave relationship and their feelings about the complexities of such an arrangement and attempting to define what makes a "couple" between lust, desire, need and love. Furthermore there is a great exploration of the power dynamic in such a relationship from the side of the submissive partner that isn't usually explored in any kind of h-manga (which is one of the things that always make Nana to Kaoru a pleasure to read - it's based in reality and not just fantasy). All of this was incredible to read.
Overall the plot was really well done and (for once!) the reader is rewarded with some nice character development between Nana and Kaoru as they struggle to define what their relationship means to them. Furthermore it's interesting from an outside observers perspective that the author has created a scenario where all the "power" in the relationship if you will actually rests with the submissive partner (Nana) and there is some hints of both Nana realizing this as well as starting to come to terms with what she's doing (or not doing) in her relationship with Kaoru and how it may be impacting both of their desires. On the whole this is really just clever and entertaining stuff and even a notch above the regular "Nana to Kaoru" writing.
Overall, if you're a fan of the main series, then you're going to love "Black Label". It has everything that you've come to expect from "Nana to Kaoru" but ontop of that is a deeper exploration of the psychological and relationship aspects of the main characters relationships. Truly a treat to read.
The best, my favorite by far, in the realm of manga, are the two series put out by my favorite mangaka*: Nana to Kaoru and Nana to Kaoru Arashi by AMAZUME Ryuta.
* Mangaka are both writer and illustrator on single manga, something I see as great skill and effort on the part of the artist.
These are ecchi series, with ecchi think Rated-R in USA movie lingo, which standout far above all other titles in my mind: animanga, ecchi and even hentai, think X to XXX when seeing hentai.
These series center on S&M story-lines between SUGIMARU Kaoru and CHIGUSA Nana, teenage characters of the same grade,
during the last couple of years of high school, with very little expose breasts and buttocks. No exposed sexual flesh dealing with the main characters.
Amazume-sensei delivers ecchi titles beyond these, but Nana to Kaoru titles are the best in my humble opinion.
tl;dr: A solid continuation that's just as good as its predecessor.
I was expecting this to be a side story like filler somewhat disconnected from where the main series left off since even though chronologically it's after, it was released before the first series ended. Hence, I was surprised that that wasn't the case, and that this was a solid continuation of the main series that felt like it picked up right where the main series left off and continued progressing their relationship and cranking up the intensity in the same manner. Just as with the main series, the progress is slow and steady and something that the two involved
don't want to admit, but it's very much there and clearly evident to the reader, so I was very much satisfied in that regard. This series wasn't as long as the main series though still decently sized and was structured a bit differently, focusing only on a few days but chronicling them in great detail and with the singular gimmick of the core relationship being affected by others, so I feel to a very light degree it more so than the main series felt like it was dragging on a bit at times, but it still very much carried the essence of what makes the main series great and essentially all the praise I had for the main series can be carried over to this as well so I have a pretty hard time separating it from the main series and hence view it just as favorably.
I will say this though: The ending to the main series felt more final and complete as an ending. This being after that sort of disrupts that and makes me want a sequel series to this a lot more than I wanted one after the ending to the main series. I don't think that's a criticism though, just something I wanted to say.