Manga of the Week: Nana, by Ai Yazawa

Hello! Quick late post today, just to recommend a manga for this week! I’m trying to gather a bit of everything that I have already read here on the blog, so today it’s time to show you Nana, by Ai Yazawa!

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summary

Nana Komatsu is a young woman who’s endured an unending string of boyfriend problems. Moving to Tokyo, she’s hoping to take control of her life and put all those messy misadventures behind her. She’s looking for love and she’s hoping to find it in the big city. Nana Osaki, on the other hand, is cool, confident and focused. She swaggers into town and proceeds to kick down the doors to Tokyo’s underground punk scene. She’s got a dream and won’t give up until she becomes Japan’s No. 1 rock’n’roll superstar. 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.

Why I think it’s a worth-reading manga: Nana is that kind of shoujo (romance) that stars cute and light and then goes darker with each volume. Secrets, lies, problems, dramas… Everything pops up. It’s not only real life, it’s a sad real life. I admit that I couldn’t keep going with the series after volume 7, as I would open it and immediately started to cry, but Yazawa-sensei’s art is wonderful, just like her plotting skills. If you like a good drama, you have to pick this one up 🙂

goodreads iconThat’s it, thanks for reading!

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TOP 3: Mangas Shoujo

Hi, there! I know that it has been a while since my last TOP 3 post, but life has been kind of busy, oops! And I’m back and that’s what really counts, haha! ;D

Today, my theme for the TOP 3 is mangas shoujo. But first, let’s do a quick recap about this gender, just in case you are not very familiar with the manga world 😀 If you are, just skip the next paragraph and keep going, haha!

Shoujo is a manga genre that describes romantic stories with girls as main characters, usually in high school and the series has a happy ending. Usually. I’m going to show today three distinct types of shoujo mangas, so here we go ❤

  1. Peach Girl, from Miwa Ueda

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Goodreads’ blurb:

It’s not easy being beautiful. The envy…the jealousy…the vicious rumors spread by your best friend…that’s life for young Momo. Thought to be a wild party-girl, she is shy and lonely in reality. Can Momo confess her love to her classmate Toji–or will her best friend steal him away? Winner of the prestigious Kodansha Manga Award, Peach Girl is a bittersweet coming-of-age drama with incredible artwork that will captivate readers everywhere.

This is the classic shoujo styled manga: there is a drama involving a boy, another drama without the boy and the girl has to learn to balance her life to be happy. The drawing style is sweet and delicate, even when it comes to boys. Peach Girl was my first classic styled shoujo and the second title I’ve read in my life, so it’s very special to me ❤

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  1. Paradise Kiss, from Ai Yazawa

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Goodreads’ blurb:

Yukari wants nothing more than to make her parents happy by studying hard and getting into a good college. One afternoon, however, she is kidnapped by a group of self-proclaimed fashion mavens calling themselves “Paradise Kiss.” Yukari suddenly finds herself in the roller coaster life of the fashion world, guided by George, art-snob extraordinaire. In a glamorous makeover of body, mind and soul, she is turned from a hapless bookworm into her friends’ own exclusive clothing model.

Paradise Kiss is a work of art. Of course, being primarily a shoujo manga, its first focus is the romance between Yukari and George, but this is far from being the highlight from the series. But oh my God, the clothes. The drawing style. The art, the general plot, the character construction. Honestly, Ai Yazawa is brilliant and made me cry hard in the end of this series – my first without a standart but still existing happy ending, haha! This is a dramatic shoujo at its best, totally worth the reading!

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my state after Paradise Kiss’ end
  1. Ouran High School Host Club, from Bisco Hatori

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Goodreads’ blurb:

One day, Haruhi, a scholarship student at exclusive Ouran High School, breaks an $80,000 vase that belongs to the ‘Host Club’, a mysterious campus group consisting of six super-rich (and gorgeous) guys. To pay back the damages, she is forced to work for the club, and it’s there that she discovers just how wealthy the boys are and how different they are from everybody else.

This is one of the most epic and cool shoujos ever. I mean, despite being a shoujo and having a good dose of romance, the main focus is humor and adventure, so it is a light and sweet read – until you get to know the characters better. Then things get darker, haha! I’ve seen the anime and read the manga and this is a rare case where both are woth taking a look. The anime is lighter and has extra scenes, but the manga is funnier, haha!

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it’s that nice 😉

 

That’s it! Thanks for reading ❤ Have you read any of those titles?

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