May Anime Challenge – Nana

Our May anime challenge is the romance/ slice of life/ music anime Nana, based on the Manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa. The manga itself ran from 2000 to 2009 in Cookie Magazine when it went on hiatus. The anime series ran from 2006 to 2007 and was animated by Madhouse, directed by Morio Asaka and written by Tomoko Konparu. It has a brilliant music score and boast with memorable openings by actresses from the series such as the series first and third openings and third ending songs which were performed by Anna Tsuchiya.

The anime series’ name take inspiration from its two main characters who are both Nana by name. Small town girl Nana Komatsu follows her boyfriend to Tokyo, hoping to live her dream life while the other Nana, Nana Osaki used to be a member of a popular punk rock band in her home town and now finds her in the city of Tokyo with the goal of making it big as a vocalist. These two Nanas meet on the train to Tokyo, and later run into each other again when they happen to check out the same apartment and decide that they must be room mates. The series shows us their friendships and lives in a classic slice of life style was the Nanas chase their dreams. It is filled with great music, animation and voice acting, so be ready for a great challenge this month.