Story (9/10): With a series such as Nana, you should really watch the first few episodes to grasp whether or not you like it, because any short description is a very bland overview of such a long series. This isn't like most anime out there, where a 13-episode series can be explained in 250 words. The story has many layers, yet it isn't difficult to understand. It has logical points where you can take a break in the action...aka, the end of every episode is not a cliffhanger. The overall point and message of Nana is good.
Animation (9/10): Backgrounds are beautiful. About as close to 5cm/s as a normal anime can get. The characters rarely do anything other than walk or sit or play music, but they're drawn well nonetheless. 3 minor complaints would be that when people cry, THEY CRY HEAVILY, which seems a little unrealistic. Also, they commonly put the 'sweat drop' in the middle of the forehead, where it isn't easily seen. Finally, sometimes shading looks a bit iffy, especially related to lighting on character faces.
Sound (9/10): I'm not a fan of music anime, but I enjoy good music in anime. The music was surprisingly well done, and I almost wish that there was more of it. My only minor complaint is the reusage of a few songs early on in the first half of the series. All japanese voice actors did their job well.
Characters (10/10): Each character has their own personality. They never strays from that. This show completely focuses all of its energy on showing how different characters interact in life, and how those characters think and feel. The characters are executed perfectly, especially as you learn more about them.
Misc. Complaint Department: The sub group that I watched did a good job, but they used italicized text for the entire show, which makes it hard to see if either of the Nana's small mouths were moving. I'm not entirely sure, but I also think that this is the main fansub group for this series, too.
Overall, I'm enjoying the series. It rings true of many life experiences, and isn't a typical anime in any of the genres that it represents. It is unique, and I'm enjoying it for that. Give it a try. I can see where most people would rate it lower, but uniqueness earns higher regard in my book than flawless repetition.
overall score: 4/10
overall score: 9/10
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