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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 8.99
  • Pages: 190
  • ISBN: 1-4215-1019-4
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: NANA

NANA Vol. #05

By Eduardo M. Chavez     December 11, 2007
Release Date: March 31, 2007

NANA Vol.#05
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Yazawa Ai
Translated by:Tomo Kimura
Adapted by:Tomo Kimura

What They Say
Nana K. is going home - for an awesome Trapnest concert! She drags Nana O. along, convinced that somehow Ren will sense his ex-flame in the audience. But life is never that easy, and Nana O. isn't sure if she even wants Ren back. As for Nana K., is she prepared for Trapnest to come down off the stage and into her life, or will her fan-girl attitude land her in a heap of trouble?

The Review
I have been a Nana fan for years now and I think I still feel the same about this title now as I did five years ago. Bur where Nana excels for me right now is how it makes mature shojo accessible to a readership that has been nursed on maho-shojo and fluffy, flowery sparkled romance. Technically Nana isn't josei. This title ran in Ribon's Cookie magazine but since this series debuted in Shojo Beat this has been the closest to josei since the Passion Fruit series (from TP). Nana is without a doubt a romance drama. At times, especially in this volume, it can be a sappy one. However, Nana's charm comes in the moments of realism Yazawa exhibits when her two Nanas are dealing with relationships, family, work and everything else in between. This volume takes that to a new level as more of the cast becomes involved.

The gap between Komatsu and Osaki could not have grown wider that it has in this volume. As one woman rekindles an old fire, the other just seems aimless in her search for "true love." Osaki is reunited with Ren. The feelings she had for him are there but there are other feelings now as well. She wants to make it on her own. She wants to prove to him that he was mistaken for leaving their band. But that doesn�ft matter right now. Love is all that is on her mind.

Komatsu could fall in love with anyone, if he was "cool" enough. As we get to see the rest of the cast deal with their relationships, past and present, its easy to see how little this woman has matured since arriving in Tokyo. Her life is in constant flux; she hasn't settled on anything, work or otherwise. And when she might start to see someone who cares for her, she chooses a fantasy instead. She will possibly get burned by her star-studded fling but that is not important to her. Maybe the Great Demon Lord is haunting her?!

The Nanas are great that way. Komatsu never fails in her ineptitude. Osaki continues to blossom despite the numerous obstacles in her way. If there is anything frustrating about this series, it has to be how little of Osaki's personal life is ever presented. While we see her on-stage or with Komatsu; her work and her life outside of her band is still a mystery. If Nana is really going to be about both Nanas, we need to know more about Osaki. For now, I will settle for Komatsu providing melodrama and Osaki answering with hard-fought romance.


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