Writer/Artist: Ai Yazawa
Translation: Tomo Kimura
Adapation: Alison Wolfe
What They Say
As Blast gears up for their major label debut, their fan club starts mobilizing. Led by the chic Shion, these ladies are serious fans who won't let anyone mess with their band. But the fan club has it out for Misato, a maverick fan who has gotten too close to Nana. What will they say when they find out Misato is applying for a job with Blast?!
With Blast's first album out, their star is definitely on the rise. Things are changing for them more and more every day. Their newfound fame has brought them legions of new fans, with a strictly defined hierarchy, but it's cost them some of their earliest supporters as well, who can't help but think that the band is selling out by trading Nana's connection with Ren for publicity.
The increased strain on them is causing cracks to form on the facades they hold to so tightly. Even as Nana and Ren try to grasp on to each other tighter than ever, they seem to be growing further and further apart, which isn't helped when a certain nosy paparazzi goes digging for his next big story. And the entire band is finding it harder and harder to hold on to the fiction that the only thing between Nana and Yasu is friendship.
Nobu has problems of his own with Yuri. She desperately wants out of the porn business, but if she leaves before her contract is up she'll be stuck with an incredible fine. All of her past boyfriends have left her when she talked about quitting, so she runs away to join Nobu on tour, while trying to keep him in the dark about the whole situation. Meanwhile, Hachi and Takumi seem to be developing an equilibrium of sorts, even if their life together isn't the fantasy that she might have hoped for.
With more of the past revealed, the connections between the members of the two bands are growing clearer, making it easier to understand how everything became the current heartbreaking tangle that it is. Nana is excellent, without question one of the best series out now, but it's not always an easy read. There's this feeling of impending tragedy, like being trapped on a speeding train and knowing that the bridge is out ahead, knowing that the crisis is coming but not knowing exactly when it's going to hit. Yazawa's ability to manipulate the reader's emotions is top-notch, and is part of what keeps me coming back for more.