10 out of 10 stars
This review is based on 47 out of 47 episodes
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting NANA to have so many episodes. I confused it with another anime, and though it only had around twenty, but there turned out to be double that number. But once I started the anime, I couldn’t stop watching it.
The ending was a little too vague for my liking. I didn’t know anything about how the anime-creators kept switching from what’s happening right now to things which happened in the past. It got really confusing, but somehow, I managed to hold on. It was a very amazing anime, but the weak ending irritates me enough to almost give it a nine. But that wouldn’t be fair, so this is still going to be a ten.
This anime doesn’t have an actual plot, but a million conflicts sewn together. And it’s not one of those usual shows where they have a certain problem for each episode: each conflict is big and attention-gripping enough to spread through about five or six different episodes. But, this just makes the ending even weaker than before.
Haichko (Nana) was incredibly annoying. So much that I cannot begin to describe her. She’s the inventor of the “idiot-plot.” I mean, if she hadn’t slept with that famous rockstar (Takumi) then she wouldn’t need to worry about taking care of a baby. But because of that mistake, she had to be separated from all her friend from Black Stone and break Nobu’s heart. I guess it’s one of those things that are realistic, but the writer made me feel like punching that girl. If it wasn’t for that simple mistake, it wouldn’t have turned out like that.
Why couldn’t Nobu take care of the baby with her? I just can’t stand the thought that she actually ended up with Takumi. She doesn’t love him; it’s obvious. She’s just another crazed-fan. Even throughout the anime, she said so herself: “Maybe I really do like Takumi because he’s a member of Trapnest. He’d be horrible as a person.” ß Not her exact words, but close enough. There you go. I can’t believe that girl, and I feel like kicking her right now.
The ending. I’m going to bring it up again. The ending was terrible. Now that I’m thinking about it, the anime is slowly drifting away from my mind. All because the ending was incredibly dull and cliché, and now I feel like I don’t have anything to look back on.
There are so many good things, lemme just list them. Nana chose pride over love, and I can’t help but respect that so dearly. Hachiko would’ve probably chosen love a million times over pride. Mainly because she doesn’t hesitate to sleep with any guy crossing her path –it’s sickening. But at the same time, I kind of understand her. How lost and empty she must feel to have everybody slowly drifting apart from her. I can’t imagine the torment she’d have to go through.
The characters were all well-developed, and every character has its own list of flaws and good points. There isn’t one character which is all bad, and not one which is plain good. They have their weaknesses, strengths and ways of thinking. Also, their characteristics fit extremely well with the whole plot. Now that I mention it, there wasn’t much of a main plot –just a lot of problems weaved together, but that’s what made it more interesting than anything else.
I actually quite liked how, when we would watch the anime, either Haichko or Nana would narrate through the video from the future. It just seems like a great idea, and gets my curiosity raging.
Shouji is probably one of my favourite characters. Mainly because, despite everything, he still loves Haichko. He just loves Saichko that little bit more, and then has to dump Haichko for her. It was really sad when he finally broke up with Haichko. And that’s probably one of the only times I felt pity for her. Every other time –even when her pregnancy came up as a positive– I was simply annoyed at her for making all this drama which wouldn’t have happened if she had made the correct decisions.
I’ve never watched a full anime this long. My maximum is 30 episodes, but for some reason, I started this. Even though I knew it was 47 episodes. It kept me awake throughout the whole thing, which is actually quite hard to do.
The ending was terrible, but the anime had this weird and beautiful side to it. I felt as if everything was perfect at a bittersweet ending, and it really made me think about how mistakes can change your like forever –e.g. Haichko sleeping with Takumi and then marrying him after falling pregnant.
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