4.49 out of 5 from 1,344 votes
Nana K. is a hopeless romantic who is co-dependent on everyone around her and falls in love at first sight with any and all men, even married ones; Nana O. is a wannabe rock star who has had to break up with the love of her life so that she can find her own path as a singer. As Nana K. boards a train to Tokyo, she longs to finally be with her beloved boyfriend Shouji; as Nana O. boards the same train to Tokyo, she plans to live her dream with only the guitar on her back. The two meet by chance both on the train and in the city - ultimately choosing to live together - and though they are opposites in every way the girls quickly become close friends. Together, Nana and Nana will learn the bittersweet truth about love, loss, and the growth that comes because of it.
Yukari Hayasaka is a serious student who is held to high expectations by her overbearing mother. Excelling at her studies used to be her life's focus until one day she meets a group of fashion students who decide Yukari would be the perfect model for their latest design. While Yukari resists at first, she slowly comes to love this group of people who are living a life so different from her own. She also develops feelings for the lead designer, George Koizumi, and becomes close friends with Miwako Sakurada, her boyfriend Arashi Nagase, and Daisuke "Isabella" Yamamoto. Having these new friends in her life inspires Yukari to stop living her life the way her mother wants; so she strikes out on her own instead, determined to find what will make her happy.
Nana and Paradise Kiss while being created by the same person are very complex and have very layered feelings of the characters. There is something more typical of the real world than in a more fantasy based one true love type of manga. There is an edgy animated fashion in both series and a very trendy and interesting artistic style. Both series are about young women trying to make it in the world, facing difficult choices and harsh circumstances, and who strive to make the best of their lives.
Nana and Paradise Kiss were written by the same author - Yazawa Ai. The style of drawing and characters are simmilar and the general storyline is basically the same.
Ai Yazawa has the way of creating very realistic stories. Not everyone is happy, not every decision is good for the main chracter, but each choice one of the Nanas or Yukari makes stays true to their character and their point in chracter growth. No one is perfect in Yazawa's worlds;it is one of the reasons why she remains so popular and why both of these mangas are alike. Also, her drawing style is top notch, especially when it comes to the fashion choices of each character.
Nana and Sensual Phrase both deal with band relationships and the toll that being in a band and trying to become famous takes on the members. Each go through the members personal lives in great detail and focus on the relationships they strive to have.
While being quite different in tone and character development, both series deal with people trying to make it big in the music industry, as well as the relationships that ensue from said pursuits.
In two separate stories, two young women experience the confusing and thrilling powers of love. One gives away her virginity to a boy and steadily finds herself falling in love with him, but soon his eyes stray elsewhere. The other moves in with a man she’s liked for years and struggles to learn how to live on her own. Each will find her way to becoming a new person and living for herself.
Nana has a very similar feel to the first of two stories in 3D Material - a girl struggles with love and betrayal. Nana is much better in all ways but I still think fans of one should give the other a try. Just keep in mind that the second story in 3D Material is nothing like the first, and is rather throwaway.
Both manga's (and nana anime) are alike. there is a girl how fell in love with a guy , but then betrayed her. there is a nother guy who loves her but the stupid girl is still in love with her previous love. now its a rolller coaster of felling and events in the relationship of the love triangles. both girls in each anime ar both stupid.
Nana is a little more bitter while Orange is a little sweeter, but I think if you liked one you'd like the other, because both are love stories with sad undertones, again Nana a little more so than Orange. Both include love triangles, conflicting emotions, and lots of regrets, but they both also have happy moments, heartwarming moments.