NANA Vol. #13 (

By:Danielle Van Gorder
Review Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Release Date: Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Hachi and Shin finally see each other again at the party, but with her relationship with Takumi in question, will things change between the two of them?

Writer/Artist: Ai Yazawa
Translation: Tomo Kimura
Adaptation: Allison Wolfe

What They Say
This is the story of two 20-year-old women who share the same name. Even though they come from completely different backgrounds, they somehow meet and become best friends. The world of Nana is a world exploding with sex, music, fashion, gossip and all-night parties.
Hachi hasn't seen Nana or the rest of Blast since she moved in with Takumi, and Shin and Reira's joint birthday party seems like the perfect chance for a little reunion. But Takumi is furious at Hachi for crashing the event, and she is forced to choose Takumi over Nana one more time. But was this Hachi's last chance to get back in Nana's life?

Nana "Hachi" Komatsu hopes that moving to Tokyo will help her make a clean start and leave her capricious love life behind her. Nana Osaki, who arrives in the city at the same time, has plans to score big in the world of rock'n'roll. Although these two young women come from different backgrounds, they quickly become best friends in a whirlwind world of sex, music, fashion, gossip and all-night parties!

The Review!
Hachi finally arrives at Reira and Shin's joint birthday party, but she immediately starts feeling out of place. It doesn't help that one of the first people she sees there is Nobu. When Takumi discovers that she's there he flips and demands that she leave, but Hachi, finally growing a spine, states that she refuses to stay with a man who won't let her celebrate Shin's birthday, and returns to the party. It's shortly after this that she winds up running into Nana again, but the plans they make to spend all night talking end up being interrupted by Takumi, who takes Hachi away.

Nana, convinced that she's going to be stood up again and upset that Takumi can dictate so much of Hachi's actions, calls Yasu to keep her company. When Nobu and his new girlfriend, the porn star Yuri, show up unexpectedly, it's almost inevitable that Hachi's going to show up at just the wrong moment.

The weight of regret is so strong in this series that it's almost painful to read, but at the same time it's just so good that I can't bring myself to stop. Heartbreak and regrets are an inevitable part of life, and this series manages to drive them home so well. This isn't a happily ever after sort of book, where everything winds up wrapped in a neat little bow and there are no loose ends left messing up the perfect picture at the end. That doesn't happen in real life, and it doesn't happen here. There's still more than a slight element of soap opera, but that's almost inevitable with the high drama of the music industry as almost a character itself. Highly recommended. 

Mania Grade: A
Art Rating: A
Packaging Rating: B
Text/Translation Rating: B+
Age Rating: 16 and Up
Released By: Viz Media
MSRP: 8.99
Pages: 210
ISBN: 978-1421518800
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: NANA