I have been an anime fan for years, but I have to say with some regret that recent series that have been domesticated have been lacking adult/slice of life issues. I wasn't too sure about this title at first being that I had read the Paradise Kiss series that is done by the same creator as Nana and wasn't too thrilled with the series. For Nana, though, my experience has been much better. The synopsis of this series is nicely summed up in Amazon's summary, but of course doesn't really bring to focus what is so great about this story.
Often, in life, we question the what ifs. This series primarily focuses on the what ifs in life, especially in the case of the two Nana's. The secondary characters are often involved with this story which gives a nice fuller picture from everyone's perspective; but of course, the main story is revolved around the two Nana's, the friendship they create, the bond that buids into something that would be considered an obessesion, and the heartache that comes with misunderstandings, jealousy and mistakes that could've been mended easily if each Nana hadn't been so self involved with their own lives.
Each episode is played out almost as a "flashback" at the misjudgements that were made and where the wrong turns started in the two Nana's friendship. While the first batch of episodes on this set are at a slow pace, it starts the series with the character's backstory, how they meet and of course how they started on their paths to the mistakes that they eventually lead to later in the series. While the manga series is still ongoing, I do believe that it is coming to its end, and if it is going the way it is, it seems to end in some form of tradegy. Compared to its manga counterpart; the anime is quite accurate to the original storyline, and although I know what happens next in the series being that I have read all the released manga--I could definately say that I am still very much entertained with the anime version. It gives the story more visual elements of course and the music is just great!
Overall, this is a great series that will have you questioning your own regrets and has a bittersweetness that will tug at your heart everytime you think of the two Nana's that were destined to meet and change each other's lives!