NANA vol 1 by Ai Yazawa

NANA vol 1 by Ai Yazawa

This is a shojo manga, meaning it is marketed to female teens and centers around romance and emotion. It is the story of two females, both named Nana. I think they eventually meet up but they didn’t in this volume. The background for each female was described and I think the goal of the volume was for the reader to get a feel for the similarities and differences between the two Nana’s.

Nana Komatsu is a light hearted, impulsive girl that wears her heart on her sleeve. Nana Osaki is a bit stubborn, private, and sings in a punk band. The two Nana’s seem to be quite opposite from each other! If you have read Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, then this follows a similar idea with two people with the same name meeting (or so I assume).

The artwork is simple, but beautiful. There isn’t too much emphasis on backgrounds, save for a starry night sky here or there, but instead each person is detailed. The emotion is portrayed really well!

This was my first time reading a book from this series, and I will be continuing for sure! If you like girly manga then I think this would be a nice one to read.

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