NANA Vol 16 by Ai Yazawa Manga Review

Title: NANA Vol 16

Author: Ai Yazawa

Publisher: Viz

ISBN: 9781421523750

May Contain Spoilers

Poor Nana.  She’s still struggling with the emotional turmoil that plagues her, and Ren up and leaving for London isn’t helping her much.  She’s feeling disconnected from everyone, especially Ren and Hachi.  After being abandoned by her mother and being raised by her strict, cold grandmother, it’s understandable that she’s reluctant to put herself out there only to get hurt.  Nana doesn’t know how to trust anyone, not even Ren, and it’s tearing her apart. 

She feels rejected by Hachi now that her friend has married Takumi, and she’s feeling more and more isolated from the people she loves.  If only she could just open up and explain how she feels, she would be so much happier.  When she learns that even Takumi talks to Hachi about the band’s business, she is even more discomforted.  Her relationship with Ren leaves her miserable, as she flails around, desperate for love and acceptance.  If she can’t open up to Ren, how can she expect him to open up to her?  Nana keeps her deepest thoughts guarded, and it’s starting to become obvious that Ren doesn’t hold the key to unlock her heart.

Search is busy digging around through Nana’s past, and when Hachi finds out, she’s determined to put a stop to their story.  She heads off to Osaka to do a little sleuthing of her own, and I just get the feeling that she’s only going to make things worse.  And with Misato #2 and Nana meeting at a BLAST bash, the train wreck just seems more inevitable.  Why can’t I stop reading NANA?  Why do I want to see this disaster play out in all of it’s wretched glory?  Will Nana ever find the happiness that has eluded her for almost her entire life?  With Ai Yazawa at the wheel, that’s not likely to happen anytime soon.

Also includes a bonus chapter about a young Nobu and his strange affection for guitars.  Oh, and his rocky early relationship with both Ren and Nana.

Grade: A-

Review copy provided by Viz

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