Nana Komatsu is on her way to Tokyo; now she can finally be with her boyfriend after a year of dating long-distance! On the train there, Nana Komatsu meets Nana Osaki – a girl who shares her name but seems to be everything Nana Komatsu is not; cool, street-wise, and a punk rocker. The two hit it off and spend the entire journey getting to know each other, but when they get to Tokyo, circumstance separates them seemingly forever. However, fate is not finished with these two. Whilst hunting for a place to live the two Nanas again cross paths. They decide to share a flat and become best friends in no time. Nana K. must learn to be independent and mature, while Nana O. works on becoming famous with her band; but together, they will learn about love and loss, and the growth that comes with it.
Born into the wealthy family of a famous musician, Shu Amamiya feels it is his fate to become a professional pianist. But when he transfers to a new elementary school, his goal is threatened by an obnoxious classmate, Ichinose Kai, who has the ability to produce beautiful sound from a piano that was thought to be broken. The two quickly become friends; however, their friendship is tested when they face off in a competition to determine who has the better skill, greatest ambition, and the strongest love for the piano.
Each of these anime have a lot to do with how difficult getting into the world of music can be and how simply practice can't get you all the way. Also, each of these series helps show the viewer how important just "playing the game" is when it comes to being successful.
Platonic Chain consists of short 6 minute episodes completely done with computer graphics. The series explores different facets of human life/interaction through an interesting idea: the presence of a computer program that knows of your most embarassing moments, your likes and dislikes, your ideal diet plan, the routes you take to get places, and more!
Life never runs smoothly when you're in your mid teens and living in a city. There are boys to consider, your future and friends who have issues of their own. Although Platonic Chain and Nana are dissimilar on the surface, the underlying story of young naive girls moving in the wide world is what underpins them both.
If you enjoy a good romantic drama, I think you will enjoy both of these shows.
Secret agent for the British Libraries, Yomiko Readman, has an infatuation with books. When she purchases one of the books that contain the notes for a plan to purge the world of humanity, Yomiko (along with the help of Ms. Deep and Drake) uses her powers of paper manipulation to stop a group of resurrected men from fulfilling the plan.
Fumihiko Matsumaru is a salary man who works in the marketing department of a snack company. As a bachelor, he tried to date a girl from his company; but coincidently, he met Aka Onda, a rookie voice actor, instead. Through another stroke of fate, Aka’s house burned down that very night. With nowhere to stay and no family to aid Aka, Fumihiko took her in; and the next day, Fumihiko’s new marketing idea was accepted, and Aka’s being hired for the product’s voice actor! As the relationship of Aka and Fumihiko deepens, the more difficult their relationship becomes. Can they live together under the same roof while keeping the secret of their relationship safe?
So many anime series are still sticking to the tried and tested shoujo fairy tail stories. What I liked about Nana and Rec is that they are more of a modern day shoujo tale.
People fall in love, people fall out of love. It never runs smooth and in that idealistic way its portrayed on the big screen.
The ebb and flow of Nana and Rec are very similar, and will probably both break your heart as true love is not realised in a simple way. Both shows are for a more mature audience, and I would recommend they be watched to their full potential by someone who has been or currently is in love ^^
Lonely Kaoru Nishimi has lost count of how many times he has moved schools thanks to his father's naval career. Newly landed in Kyushu, he finds most of his classmates instantly antagonistic towards him and suspicious of his elite background. Only two other students seem not to mind who he is – the infamously abrasive Sentarou and the gentle Ritsuko. Unbeknownst to Kaoru they have a passion for jazz, and they're about to pull him out of his stiff, joyless world into theirs of loose, swinging self-expression. Through friendship and frustration, love and despair, Kaoru will learn that life has a wealth of experiences in store for him!
Nana and Sakamichi no Apollon are both anime with heavy themes about friends, love, and music!
Nana centers around adults in the Punk Rock scene (in 2003) trying to get famous whereas Sakamichi centers around teens who play jazz (in the 1960s) and are just trying to figure out life. Despite the differences, both anime have dynamic main characters and interesting secondary characters. Both have fast-paced stories that tug at your heartstrings.
If you liked one, the other is a must-watch, even if the music isn't to your taste the anime surely will be!