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YMMV: Nana to Kaoru
  • Ensemble Darkhorse - Mitsuko Tachibana, the porn store manager. Such joy. Such perversion. And so informative too. In the Time Skip pseudo-sequel series Nana to Kaoru: Black Label, it turns out that she's the personal slave of Shuutarou Sarashina, Kaoru's favorite BDSM author... who then invites Nana to a countryside retreat. Sarashina invites Kaoru to the retreat around the same time.
  • Fetish: If you didn't have a BDSM fetish before reading this manga, you will by the end of it.
    • That isn't even the half of it. Read it too much and it all starts to seem positively wholesome.
      • Plenty — plenty — of BDSM practitioners would reply to that with: "That's because it is." The only major research failure with the series is the lack of safewords, other than that it's pretty much been a textbook lesson in a wholesome BDSM relationship.
    • This series could be renamed Fetish Fuel: The Manga.
    • The foot fetish fuel, on the other hand, may not have been intentional, but it's there all the same.
  • Freud Was Right: Discussed in-story in Kaoru's lecture on anal play.
  • Hollywood Homely: The live-action Kaoru is taller than Nana, and at worst could be considered "ordinary-looking."
  • Les Yay: Invoked between Tachi and Nana. Some of the things they do when one or both are tied up are very...close, especially in ch. 36.
    • The father of one of Nana's younger classmates is surprised when she introduces him to her - he thought it was a boy from the way she went on about Nana.
    • he captain of Tachi's track team, Yuuki Haruka, who not only is the only one who cheers her on during her race with Nana, but also looks bashful and hides when Tachi looks into the crowd after she wipes out with Nana in the middle of the race.
  • Moe: When Kaoru finally - awkwardly, painfully - tells someone that he loves Nana, admitting it to himself in the process. "The pitiful kind of moe", indeed.
  • Narm Charm: Amazume manages to make an anal suppository heartwarming.
  • Ugly Cute: Kaoru, moreso when his love for Nana is concerned.
  • Values Dissonance: The lack of Safe Words may raise some eyebrows amongst American readers - they're far less common in the European and Japanese S&M scenes, where considerably greater responsibility is placed on the dom for the safety and enjoyability of a session.
    • In some ways this can be seen as a sign of an even deeper divide. In America, acknowledging sexual desires is the norm, where in Japan it's looked down upon to be too open about your desires. So, where many Western kinksters could read this book wondering "why doesn't Nana just SAY she wants this..." in Japan it's considered quite normal that she isn't able to.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion - Tachi never mentions her actual gender, thinking that it was obvious... Even though, in her jogging suit, she's masculine enough to fool everyone who sees her.
  • The Woobie
    • It's pretty evident that everyone is judged by Kaoru to be unworthy of Nana, including himself. To hear him tell it... he is scum of the earth and utterly unworthy to even be around Nana, despite being obviously in love with her dearly.
    • It's easy to feel bad for Nana as well. As readers, we see Kaoru's inner thoughts and more sympathetic sides, but to her he must seem like a horrible person with a Hair-Trigger Temper.
    • Tachi openly adores Kaoru, is openly enthusiastic about "breathers", and Kaoru basically treats her like an annoying friend. Tachi is a victim of First Girl Wins and it's really sad to see her keep throwing herself at Kaoru and him brushing her aside.

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