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->''"Hey Nana, do you remember...?"''

Nana "Hachi" Komatsu is a 20-year-old GenkiGirl from the countryside with a bad habit of falling in love at first sight . Nana Osaki is a 20-year-old punk rocker from a different small city, who's coming off a bad breakup with her boyfriend (and former bass player of her band). When "Hachi" decides to follow her boyfriend to Tokyo, and the other Nana heads there to start her music career, the two young women meet by chance on a snowbound train. They rent an apartment together several days later. [[{{Deconstruction}} Surprisingly realistic drama]] and an [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship oddly romantic friendship]] ensues.

The manga ''Nana'' is technically {{shoujo}}, but according to TheOtherWiki, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Nana_%28manga%29#.22Genre.22 it's often been confused for]] {{josei}}, and according to that same wiki, by 2005, it was the fourth best selling {{shoujo}} manga. The first live action movie was the #2 film in Japan in 2005, behind only the latest film from StudioGhibli. The anime ran for 47 episodes, and is licensed for distribution in North America.

The manga is currently on an indefinite hiatus since 2009 due to the author, AiYazawa, recovering from an illness. This year, to commemorate the 100th issue of ''Cookie'' (the magazine in which ''Nana'' is published), [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-01-25/nana-yazawa-draws-new-junko-room-chapter created a new bonus chapter.]]

Not to be confused with [[SevenOfSeven Shichinin no Nana]].
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!!Tropes:

* AllMenArePerverts: Every guy in Japan knows who porn star Yuri is.
* AmIJustAToyToYou: Hachi and Reira both ask this. [[spoiler:Of the same guy, no less.]]
* AscendedFanboy: Misato is hired as one of Blast's managers/assistants.
* BabiesEverAfter: Or rather, a {{Deconstruction}} of it.
* [[spoiler: BaitAndSwitchLesbians: The hinted infatuation between the two Nanas is practically thrown overboard as the series progresses. ]]
* BastardBoyfriend: Takumi to Hachi. Takumi attempts to manipulate and control Nana, and [[spoiler: rapes her on two occasions]]
* BathtubBonding : Nana K and Nana O are seen bathing and discussing life. This also happens with Nana and Takumi, as well.
* TheBeautifulElite: The members of Trapnest, such as Reira, and Ren are considered beauties, and the boys in Blast are considered attractive as well.
* BetaCouple: Junko and Kyosuke
* BittersweetEnding: At least for the anime; the manga is on hiatus.
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Shin, particularly in early chapters. [[spoiler:Though, there's a reason for this. He didn't live in Japan until his teens and was apparently brought up by a bilingual flight attendant.]]
* CampStraight: Nana originally thought Shin was gay, but it turns out he was always part of CampStraight.
* TheCasanova: Takumi, who always seems to be juggling two or three girls at the same time.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Yuri isn't exactly amused by [[spoiler:Mrs. Takumi Ichinose staying at the same dorm as Nobu and makes her feelings ''very'' clear.]]
--> '''Yuri''': Nice to meet you, ex-girlfriend. I'm the new girlfriend.
** Nana O. has some of this with regard to Hachi early in the series.
* ConspicuousCG
* CountryMouse: Hachi comes from a small town. So does the other Nana, but she is not as "mousy" about it.
* DeadGuyJunior: [[spoiler: Little Ren.]]
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:Ren. You'd think death by overdose (since he's a total druggie by the later chapters), but it is in fact a car crash that does him in.]]
* DebutQueue: The manga begins with ADayInTheLimelight origin stories for both Nana and Hachi.
* DistantFinale: [[spoiler:six years later, at the least.]]
* DysfunctionJunction: The majority of the characters. For example, Nana O was abandoned by her mother, and Takumi had an alcoholic father.
* ElegantGothicLolita: Misato.
* EmpathicEnvironment: There is rain and snow for fear and despair, sad clouded days, melancholic sun... almost everything to represent the [[{{Wangst}} characters feelings at the moment]].
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Nana O's fans are mostly girls, and they go all lovestruck all over her. Nana K loves her too, and Misato.
** EvenTheGuysWantHim: Shin, who charges extra for guys.
* {{Expy}}: Ren is one to [[SexPistols Sid Vicious]] - whom he cites as an influence for himself. And Nana's appearance - at least in the Movie version - was stated by her actress to be based off of J-Rocker Shiina Ringo.
** Ren also looks quite similar to Takeshi from the author's previous work, ''Manga/GokinjoMonogatari'', save for Takeshi's red hair and eyebrow piercing. He also happens to play guitar in a band.
** [[http://i53.tinypic.com/5yrzt1.jpg Takumi looks exactly like an older version of Tomoki]] from ''Kagen no Tsuki'' (from the same author) who also cheated on his girlfriend.
*** Most of the characters' designs seem to be either borrowed or updated versions of ones from Yazawa's older works. Takumi's design is particularly prevalent, though, having not only Tomoki but also Yuusuke from ''Manga/GokinjoMonogatari'' and to a lesser degree, Akira (with his hair down) from ''Manga/TenshiNankaJaNai.''
* FaceFault
* FanGirl: Misato, who has binders of Blast trivia
* TheFashionista: Both Nanas, although their tastes couldn't be more different.
* GenkiGirl: Nana K. is considered by her roommate to be like a puppy for her energy and desire to please so she's nicknamed Hachi, as in UsefulNotes/{{Hachiko}}.
* GratuitousEnglish: The grammar is good, but the pronunciation varies: In TheMovie, Mika Nakashima (Nana) has a very thick accent. The anime series used one bilingual singer and one who isn't fluent in English but has a good accent. On the other hand, bad English would be in-character.
* {{Horrible Hollywood}} : Well, horrible music world. Full of Yakuza who pick up runaways and get them into porn, and music company presidents who get guitarists into heroin.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Considering most of the male cast is near six feet or above... [[spoiler:But mostly present in Shouji/Sachiko.]]
* HumbleGoal: Misato states that her purpose in life is being a BLAST groupie.
* ImAManICantHelpIt: Takumi's excuse for his constant philandering.
* InstantBandages
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: A tragic double case of this.
* IdenticalStranger: Shin's "guardian" Ryoko looks a fair bit like Reira at first glance, [[spoiler:and one of Takumi's many liaisons involves an actress with a passing resemblance to her as well. Hachi herself points this out to him once while watching a popular drama she's on-- of course, completely oblivious to the fact that they'd just slept with each other. He understandably [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend gets squicked]] and flat out denies it.]]
* JerkAss: Takumi. He tends to flip between this and JerkWithAHeartOfGold. [[spoiler:But mostly when it comes to Hachi's pregnancy. ... Most of the time, anyway.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Nana O. can be kinda bitchy sometimes, but she does have her heart in the right place. An example is when she hits Nobu with the reason of her shipping Hachi with him is just "to keep her in my backyard". Any way you read it, this comes off in part as if she's being manipulative, and in part like "IJustWantToHaveFriends".
* KarmaHoudini: Takumi never gets the smack-down he so much deserves.
* KissOfLife [[spoiler:(In the case of Nana's panic attacks -- once from Ren and another later from Hachi.)]]
* LadyInRed: In the manga, [[spoiler: Shin and Reira have a joint birthday party, bringing together all of the major players, and Hachiko finally sees Nobu with sensual porn-star Yuri and begins to speculate on their relationship.]]
--->'''Hachi''': I wonder... who that girl was. You don't see anyone around here wearing a red dress anymore.
** Nana O. also bought herself a red dress when her grandmother passed away, largely because her grandmother forbade her from wearing red to tempt men.
* LoonyFan: Misato is very nice, but also ''very'' obsessed. One scene plays it for joking horror: she uses a utility knife to cut out a tabloid article about Nana and adds it to her [[StalkerShrine collection]] while her TV runs a news story about a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything stalker taking pictures of someone for years and then murdering her]]. Misato turns it off and asks her framed photo of Nana about love and self-control.
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Nana K notes that she wants someone who will treasure her, but falls in love at first sight, despite the man's inner character.
* LoveHurts: Both Nana K and Nana O suffer from fatally flawed relationships.
* MeaningfulFuneral: Averted. [[spoiler: there are scenes with Ren in his coffin, scenes before the funeral and after the funeral but not really one single scene from the funeral itself]].
* MeaningfulName: Nana K. (Hachi) has a superstitious obsession with the number seven, believing that it brings bad luck. Two sevens in one place are particularly unlucky. "Nana" is the Japanese word for "seven" and she lives with another girl named Nana.
** Also, their apartment number is 707. Which makes it ''four'' sevens in the same place.
* TheMistress: [[spoiler:Hachi, surprisingly, during her high school years. See also Takumi's stable of ladies.]]
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: [[spoiler:Nana to Ren.]]
* NoFourthWall: An entire scene in episode 15 makes heavy references to the production of the show, and has minor cast members discussing when they get time off (during sweeps)... and worrying about the show being canceled if "Hachi" were to kill herself.
** The manga is possibly even worse (or better, depending on your point of view) in this respect. The Nana's regularly ask the author to hurry up boring scenes, and at one point chastise her for [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic overusing]] [[SevenIsNana number seven-related symbolism]].
* NoodlePeople: Almost everyone. More noticeable in the manga.
* OddCouple: Nana K is a perky cheerful girl who falls in love at first sight. Nana O is a quieter and cooler type.
* OneSteveLimit: The aversion of this is the idea from where it all kicks off.
* OperationJealousy: It's heavily implied that this is why [[spoiler:Reira started going out with Yasu in high school.]]
* OppositesAttract
* PerkyGoth
* ProductionThrowback: The volume extras have characters from Yazawa's older works, like ''ParadiseKiss'' and ''Manga/TenshiNankaJanai''.
* RedStringOfFate
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship
* SmokingIsCool: Everybody except Hachi and Reira.
** And Nobu.
* SmugSnake: Takumi.
* SecretRelationship: [[spoiler:Takumi/Hachi and Shin/Reira]]
* SeriesHiatus: Since 2009, due to health problems for the author. She has since recovered, but has yet to give word on whether or not the manga will be continued.
* SevenIsNana: The whole premise.
* SexChangesEverything: For pretty much everyone.
* ShipSinking: Well... [[spoiler: Ren is dead]].
* SnowMeansDeath
* SpecialEditionTitle
* SproutingEars: Nana K is often shown with dog ears and the dog comparison is discussed among the characters. It's part of the origin behind her nickname Hachi. Nana O is also sometimes seen with cat ears.
* StalkerShrine: Misato has a framed photo of Nana and bookshelves full of organized Blast material.
* StepfordSmiler: Almost the entire cast, though particularly Hachi, Reira, Shin and Misato.
* StockholmSyndrome: All but outright ''stated''-- [[spoiler:once by Hachi, in relation to being Takumi's wife and once by Takumi himself, while referring to his relationship with Reira.]]
* SunglassesAtNight: Yasu.
* TeamMom: Hachi, who is usually the childish one in most of her relationships, is actually quite motherly towards the members of Blast (with the exception of Yasu, who is this type of character himself), even before [[spoiler:she finds out she's pregnant]]. Afterwards, it only increases especially in regard to [[spoiler: her taking care of Nana after Ren's death in the current story arc. Shin even starts refering to her as his mother.]]
* ThemeTuneCameo
* ThoseTwoGuys: In-universe, Takumi mentions that most people only know him and Naoki as "The long haired guy and the blond guy"
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Nana Osaki is the tomboy, Nana Komatsu is the girly-girl.
* TookALevelInBadass: Yasu dealing with the paparazzi [[spoiler:and the media circus around Nana O and Ren's relationship in episode 39 of the anime. ''Twice''.]]
--> ''"Instead of looking in other people's gardens, make sure your own flowers bloom"''. (Badass Walk)
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Pretty much everybody, but especially Hachi.
** Justified, since the author originally went to school for fashion design before becoming a mangaka.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Reira, who unfortunately suffers from a ''lot'' of {{UST}} because of it.
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler:Episode 30, where Hachi finds out she's pregnant. And then it doesn't let up for a good half-dozen episodes.]]
* WhosYourDaddy: [[spoiler:Hachi's pregnancy in the current storyline-- nobody's sure if Little Ren is (biologically) Takumi's or Nobu's, and some fans aren't even sure if his mother is really Hachi. Given the unclear age difference between him and Satsuki, he might even be Reira's.]]
* YokoOhNo: InUniverse.
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