The anime series Nana is a romantic/drama/comedy and is 47 episodes long. The story follows two 20-year old young women, both named Nana who meet coincidentally twice, and become room mates and then best friends. Nana Osaki is a punk singer who wants to debut with her band as soon as possible to emotionally get over her ex-boyfriend, Ren Honjo. She was the lead vocalist in her band, Black Stones with Ren, and they lived together as lovers.
Ren is offered a chance to debut in Tokyo as a replacement member of the popular band Trapnest. Nana chooses to stick with their old band, choosing her pride over her love for Ren.
Nana Komatsu, the other Nana, is nicknamed Hachi as she is a bit of a push-over, and is like a puppy. When her friends and boyfriend leave for Tokyo, she decides to join them a year later after having saved enough money to support herself.
As Nana O. persues her dream, and Nana K. tries to figure out her own life goals, things get increasingly complicated and dramatic. The drama includes love affairs, reunions and success. It gets very intense at times. Friendships are tested and life and love are the key.
The animation style is identical to the manga it is based on and is very good for a 47 episode series.
With the story revolving around music, there are two real-life musicians that write and sing the songs for the two bands in the series. Anna Tsuchiya writes songs for/inspired by Nana and the Black Stones. Olivia Lufkin (half japanese) writes songs for/inspired by Reira and Trapnest.
These songs are used as opening and closing songs to the anime, as well as played on the episodes.
Anna/Nana's songs are more punk/rock. I think they suit the character perfectly, and are very catchy. Olivia/Reira's songs are more epic, melodically beautiful and sound kind of like Evanesence. All the music in this series is awesome.
I would also like to add that this series is rated MA. There are scenes of sexual situations, but nothing graphic. It's definitely more adult than other shôjo out there I've seen.
Nana is licensed in the states by VIZ and is available in four nicely packaged volumes. A complete series collection has not been released. It can be abit expense to get all four at once, near $200, but I found it to be worth it. As of this review date, TRSI is having a sale on all their VIZ products.
Nana was streaming on VIZ in english sub only for a time, I'm not sure if it's still streaming. The DVD volumes offer an english dubbing.
Check out Nana, it's a great story and I think you'll love the characters.