Being a Soul Reaper in Bleach is a serious profession, but let's face it, it's also fun to lay down the laws of the Soul Society and give Hollows (or even other Soul Reapers) a good spanking when it's deserved! We've assembled our picks for the most devastating smackdowns from Bleach season 1 -- click here to view the video collection and enjoy!
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
Get ready for more rockstar-grade drama with Nana DVD Box Set, Vol. 2. You'll get episodes 12 to 22, a special bonus episode, opening and ending theme songs by Anna Tsuchiya and Olivia, and exclusive behind-the-scenes artwork.
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