Catch the drama of Nana O., Nana K., Blast, and Trapnest, with more episodes of Nana on Viz Anime, up to episode 47 for your viewing pleasure. With tensions is friendships and relationships, the story heats up. Will it all end with fireworks? Watch Nana to find out.
The Nana anime is rated Mature.
Are you basking in the glow of a happy Valentine's Day gone by or are you still picking yourself up off the floor? Or, did you conscientiously object to the event all together?
Whatever your take, there's a manga to support your stance. To help you out, members of our trusty Shojo Beat team offered up some reading recommendations.
From Pancha Diaz, Nana editor
High School Debut is very pro-Valentine's. It's about the sweetness of new love.
Nana is totally anti-Valentine's. It's all about how romantic relationships let you down, and how friends are the ones who are really there for you. (Nana vol. 1 to 7 are rated T+. Subsequent volumes of Nana are rated Mature.)
From Annette Roman, Sand Chronicles editor
Sand Chronicles is pro-Valentine's Day, yet realistic and sane. Grown women at VIZ Media can still relate to it! It's about really loving and being loved, not just crushing out on each other…
Compare your love life to Honey and Clover ... No matter how bad it seems, I bet it's not as complicated, convoluted, and unrequited!....
From Amy Mar, marketing coordinator
Anti Valentine's: Skip•Beat. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Kyoko will do anything for sweet revenge on the man who threw her away like a used tissue.
Valentine's: Ouran High School Host Club. Why limit yourself to one man when you can have a whole Host Club at your service?
From Amy Yu, Monkey High editor
Check out Monkey High vol. 3 if you want to read about Haruna and Macharu's crazy V-Day!
From Julie Behn, sales and marketing department
Love•Com vol. 2. Risa Koizumi is completely pro-Valentine's Day, but when she really wants to give chocolates to that annoying shrimp Atsushi Otani, who always teases her, ...she wishes she wasn't!
Otomen. Of course Asuka Masamune is pro-Valentine's Day! It's the perfect excuse to make lots of cute stuffed animals, bake cakes, and watch romantic movies!! And did he mention all the flowers!
Sand Chronicles vol. 4. Daigo Kitamura used to be a true romantic, but after breaking up with his childhood sweetheart, there's no reason to pretend Valentine's Day is fun anymore. Put him on the anti-Valentine's Day list because if that love didn't last, how could anyone's?
From Lex Scheuble, online marketing manager
Ouran High School Host Club, because I'm so Haruhi. It's got the best of both worlds: you get that warm mushy feeling when you see people get together, but then you look at the actual host club characters themselves and how yes, they're sorta love dysfunctional, and I just want them to soooooo work... Oh...Shojo. I want my own host club.
I also like Crimson Hero for Valentine's Day. Volleyball and kimonos rock.
Nana episodes 23 to 35 are up on the site. Check 'em out. The story gets juicy with rock-star sized love triangles and career drama. Who will Nana K. end up with? Will BLAST succeed? What about Nana O. and Ren? Watch the episodes for all the juicy details.
All of the characters in Nana go through some harrowing character growth during the course of the story, but Nana Komatsu's journey is the one I find most personally satisfying. (Read more on Nana's characters.) I know a lot of people have trouble identifying or even sympathizing with her, to the point that they have trouble getting into the series at all. And I’ll admit, there are times I want to reach across the barrier of time, space and fiction and give her a good shake. But I’ve always rooted for her, even though I haven’t always identified with her.
When we first meet Nana K. (aka Hachi), no one really needs her. They love her, but they don’t really need her support, emotionally or otherwise. Nana K.'s best friend Jun totally has her act together and knows exactly what she’s doing. She easily slips into a relationship with Kyosuke and, for all Nana K. or the audience knows, has no need for a friend to share boyfriend gripes with. Neither of her sisters seems to require Nana K. for typical sibling stuff, and her parents have each other and their more reliable and radical offspring to depend on. It’s not that these people don’t care about Nana K., they just don’t need her the way she longs to be needed.
That need to be needed is what drives Nana K. to have all those crushes, to have the affair with Takashi Asano. It’s even why she doesn’t try to win Shoji back when he cheats on her. In her mind, romantic love is the only way she’ll get the need she wants. And the way romantic love is held up in most societies as the end goal, the ultimate prize, that which will make you whole, it’s really not surprising that Nana K. gets caught up in the fantasy.
But at some point, starting around when Nana O.’s tough exterior begins to crack after getting back with Ren, Nana K. starts to get her needs met outside the bounds of a traditional relationship. She starts to cook for Blast and bask in their appreciation; she becomes their #1 fan and cheerleader and thrives on giving them support. She becomes something of a sister to Nana O. and a mother to Shin and finds a love where she doesn’t have to comprise. In the wilds of Tokyo, Nana K. makes her own family, and she resists the best she can when fate tries to break them up. This time, she has something worth fighting for.
— Pancha Diaz, editor, Nana manga
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