Gretchen is an anime junkie who spends far too much time reading manga and searching for that elusive new favorite series. She lives with her cat, and raises tomato trees.View all articles by Gretchen Lee
Decision made, Hachi settles into her new life while Nana and the others carry on with Blast--without their favorite cheerleader. All the members of Blast are affected by Hachi's decision, but none more than Nana. Regardless, Nana keeps singing and working, knowing that when Blast makes it, Hachi will see. Unexpected circumstances toss Blast into the spotlight, and when they catch the media's eye, Nana runs with the opportunity. She promised Hachi she'd become a household name, and nothing will stop her from keeping that promise.
All the buildup from the first three quarters of the series comes together in this final set of episodes. Somewhere near the end of the third box set, the narration shifted from Hachi's point of view to Nana's, and we keep Nana's perspective until the end. Nana's thoughts are enlightening, to say the least. Her feelings, her motivations, her uncertainties, the hidden parts of Nana that Hachi could only guess at, are all revealed with stark clarity.
With Nana's point of view comes a shift in focus from Hachi's epically romance novel-worthy love life to the musical end of things.
Oh, Nana, you dished out the melodrama and angst with such interesting characters who so beautifully reflect the wants and hopes of all human beings. So maybe most folks don't truly wish to be a rock star, but the idea of working toward a dream, big or small, is universal. So is the wish to be loved, to have friends, to find a place to belong. To find someone who will eat our salty miso soup with a minimum of complaint.
With such a satisfying, full, nicely paced story, Nana is definitely worth watching. It's one of those series that's worth paying hard-earned money to own. With the soap opera angst, it may not be for everyone, but the drama is handled so well that even non-shojo-loving folks like me dig the characters and story. I am guilty of totally marathoning this series, right up to the end. And I don't regret it. At all. That was some quality bunny slippers and chocolate time. We can all benefit from that now and then.
A note: Once again, as stated before, Nana isn't for children. Way too many references to the grittier side of life and too many adult situations for the sprogs.
Details: Runtime 308 minutes, contains episodes 35-47 on three dvds. Extras include "Lucy" animated music video, lineart gallery, clean opening and closing, and trailers.
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