NANA Vol. #03 (Mania.com)

By:Eduardo M. Chavez
Review Date: Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Release Date: Tuesday, June 06, 2006



Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Yazawa Ai
Translated by:Kaoru Bertrand
Adapted by:

What They Say
Things are slowly coming together for Nana Osaki. The guitarist and drummer in her old band have joined her in Tokyo and she's finally found a ripping new bass player to replace Ren Honjo. The Black Stones are back and they're ready to kick some ass.

Nana Komatsu, however, can't shake her old nemesis, the Demon Lord. She's stuck in a dead-end job and there's trouble brewing with her boyfriend, Shoji. He's been working late and hasn't exactly been the most attentive lover. Poor Nana. Life in Tokyo is turning out to be a total bummer.

The Review
As Nana continues to learn the hard way that living in the big city is not easy, another Nana struggles to pick up the pieces of her broken band as she makes her way back to the stage. Despite living only a room apart, the two Nanas seem to be living in different galaxies. They have different problems. Their lives only seem to intersect at night when they wish each other a good night. Maybe that is because they have known each other for a short amount of time. But the truth here is that one Nana was better prepared for the big city than the other.

Komatsu came up to Tokyo hoping to someday become a happy bride. She thought a year of work was going to prepare her. She thought that dreams just come true in the big city. However, without a real plan that cannot be achieved. You need a plan for finances, for family and for fun. The city comes with distractions, disruptions and disappointments coming in the form of glitz and glamour. Furthermore, these never seem to cease for those who do not understand why. Komatsu's Demon Lord is Tokyo. And the town is giving her the run around in more ways than one. I have to wonder if she is capable of escaping from his clutches.

Nana to me is a story about choices. As a reader, I can choose between the two Nanas if I need. I could follow them both as they stumble along with their choices in the big city. I am given a chance to trust in what they decide, but I am also allowed to see what they cannot choose either. Yazawa makes sure to show everything that influences their lives. We see their friends and family. We get to experience their work situation. We get to live their lives like we live our own Maybe you are not living in an apartment in Tokyo (I haven't for years) but maybe you have friends like Nobu, Shin and Kouji. So as painful and difficult as it this lifestyle may seem, NANA the property is like that. It is not very easy. So you have your fashion, angst and moments with teen males talking about their sleepovers! And as an old fogy, I love that. I think your impression will differ.



Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: A-
Text/Translatin Rating: A-
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: Viz Media
MSRP: 8`.99
Pages: 186
ISBN: 1-56970-897-5
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left