So at the end of every volume of NANA, Ai Yazawa has a brief paragraph about the manga or just some introspection about her life. They give great insight into the series and I think only a few are found on the scans of NANA online, so I thought I’d share them all!
The creator, Ai Yazawa, told us, “I created this story so that it could be enjoyed as a stand-alone and, at the same time, have a complete ending that could be connected to an ongoing series. I hope you’ll look forward to the future of the two Nanas!”
A note from Ai Yazawa: “I had thought that if the two Nanas met each other, they would probably be constantly fighting, but they seem oddly friendly. What’s up with that?! It’s one of me (not so) seven wonders (ha-ha).”
Since childhood, the artists I’ve looked up to haven’t been writers and illustrators, but mostly musicians. Music provides me the most emotional effect and excitement. If there was no music, I don’t think my creative juices would boil. Music is that important to my life.
- Ai Yazawa
I realized one day that there are hit songs with the same names as the main female characters, NANA, JUNKO, and SACHIKO (the kanji for JUNKO is different, though). It’s not that big a deal, but I sometimes just hum the melodies longingly.
- Ai Yazawa
In the initial drafts, Nana’s band was a rockabilly band like the Stray Cats. But due to various circumstances, I didn’t keep it that way. But if they were rockabilly, Ren, Nobu and Shin would have had pompadours. And Yasu too?
- Ai Yazawa
When I was a child, I used to take piano lessons. Even after I stopped taking lessons, I bought sheet music I liked and continued playing. I’ve had my hands full for several years now, but one of these days I’d like to learn how to play jazz piano, which I’ve wanted to do for years now.
- Ai Yazawa
I had an opportunity to interview a group of professional musicians. I showered them with questions, but they answered willingly, and it was very helpful. I was having problems balancing the fictional world of manga-like simplicity and gorgeousness with a sense of reality. But I realized again that what’s important is the humanity of the characters.
- Ai Yazawa
When I was in high school, there was a cool girl in my class who was a lone wolf. I was really into a foreign New Romantic-type band then, and when she asked me one day, “Do you want to go to their concert together?” I was overwhelmed. My heart fluttered more than when I was with my boyfriend (☺). Have you had a Hachiko experience like that? - Ai Yazawa
NARU-UZUMAKI’S 9.5k / 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY APPRECIATION POST
I’m really emotional right now even thinking about writing this so hopefully this all makes sense as I post this. Where do I even begin? Like holy shittebayo guys — five years ( I hit that on 6/30 ) and 9.5K followers later, I’m here and hitting this huge milestone with each and every one of you! I’m going to tell you all right now that there are no amount of words that can even begin to express how grateful I am to each one of your beautiful faces. The immense gratitude I have is unfathomable, and it is because of YOU guys that this blog stays alive! Even through the worst of times, I have seen this fandom and many others come together and be a FAMILY and support one another through its toughest of times. From the ones that have just followed me to the ones that have followed me from the very first day, I can’t even begin to express how special you are and how much each of you have impacted my life. This post is to say two words — THANK YOU! Thank you all for sticking with me through the times where I was at my most vulnerable, where I was at my lowest, when I felt like giving up and you all were my pillar! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
The last five years have been some of my worst years and some of my best and you guys have supported me through it all. I’ll never forget when my dad passed away just months after I started this blog so tragically and you all came and gave me such positive words and helped me through such a depressing and horrible time, when I felt like giving up but you all helped me to never give up, and when I made the decision to go back to school and you guys gave me the encouragement to keep going and now, I’m working towards being a full on EMT / Paramedic so I can give back the positivity you all have given me back to someone in need.
I wish I could add all of you that I follow on this post ( maybe Tumblr will let us one day lmao ! ) because all of you hold a very special place in my heart, you all really do. These particular people that I’m about to mention have supported me no matter what’s happened, have always been here for me despite hardship and are people that are absolute gems because of their genuinety. They are just blogs that I admire from afar too — but I want everyone to remember that you are all amazing in your own ways.
I have a feeling this scene will cause the big fight in 2x13 because maggie hates Valentine’s Day and it looks like alex is surprising her at her apartment. Maybe they’ll argue and maggie will walk out, only to realise the mistake she made which leads her to surprising alex at the end of the episode with the dress scene.
this scene has no chill whatsoever AND WAS SO BEAUTIFULLY ACTED THAT IT WILL CONTINUE TO DESTROY ME ON A REGULAR BASIS but anyway.
raven doesn’t even understand what the first “I’m sorry” is for. she looks at him, kind of expects something, because it doesn’t click for her yet, but then there is him - murphy - who feels he needs to repeat what he just said, because it’s something that pulls so strongly at his heartstrings that his mind flares and he cannot do anything else but go and say it again. only this time he says it in the way she will understand “i’m sorry for doing this to you, raven”, bringing all their history to the foreground with a single line. and note that by mentioning the past he doesn’t make it about the past only - murphy literally talks about the now “doing” as he is in the belief that he is still causing raven pain. that he is the reason that she feels it every single day. that he is the reason she wants to stay behind and chooses death in order to free herself from it all, because in zero g she doesn’t need her legs, right…? (as she said in 2x02).
raven is actively vulnerable with him, opening up like she has never before and is even kind in the way she does it, because she does it with a certain care that envelops murphy fully - she doesn’t want answers, but wants to share her feelings. she doesn’t want to lose her mind, but wants things beyond what the bunker can ever give her - but from where murphy is standing he feels like the root cause for this somewhat unsolvable problem, feels responsible for the path she chooses now, because he took (accidentally, and from his point of view) more from her than he initially believed (there is a reason why spacewalks are brought up so much this season and i will get into it in a separate post).
so, there is heavy sense of guilt involved in this moment with which he regards himself. and the interplay is fascinating because while it gets very hard for him to deal with everything surrounding her pain - to the point that he has to look away when she talks about her leg, because he didn’t expect her to say that (she is not mad but can deal with it) - he is also not putting any walls up, but lets the weight of her words sit on his shoulders, which then also absolve him of his guilt. he says “I’m sorry” twice, because he is opening up as much as she is and he really means it, but then again raven is there to look him in the eyes and tell him “this is not your fault”, because that’s how it is. there is a difference between what happened to her leg, and what happens to her mind and how involved murphy is in both events (or not for that matter if you know what i and raven mean).
the magic of it all is that he starts to connect with raven and she frees him from his pain and therefore her own, because “this is not your fault, murphy” means, “let’s make peace” and not “I hate you!”. this is not a simple “I’m sorry” from him. this is not a simple statement she makes. it’s about how they feel.
so what happens here is that she literally crushes his image of how he sees raven the same way he crushed his image of how raven used to look at him (4x06). the sheer narrative intensity with which this scene approaches their relationship is truly a highlight, because its the uncontrollable way memories heighten the emotions and make room for new character development that both go through at the same time. through their self-destructiveness they have snapped and found the middle ground within their own dynamic, and there is so much maturity in both of their concessions that they finally understand one another like they have never before.
in that sense, it’s important to note that raven and murphy are quite literally mirror images of one another. he is the cockroach who has come a long way, from the person who sought out revenge and now really cares and looks out for the people he loves. and she is the raven who was once feeling nothing but the pain in her leg, who couldn’t forgive and now has come to the point where she can actually deal with it and make that step towards him. they are so connected to their past, but also so distinct from how they used to be… the best part of it all is that they meet halfway to hug and say goodbye, because yes they have had a very rough beginning, but who said that they couldn’t have a nice ending (or a new start? who knows… all i know is that i am crying again).
i’m just saying that they are both killing me at the moment.
do you ever stop to wonder how much more Neil smiles now? this boy has a new family, people who actually care about him, people who have his back, and he knows this. he’s safe. he’s okay. now he doesn’t have to worry so much and he can sit back and enjoy the little things.
imagine Matt tries to drink milk one time and laughs so hard at something that the milk comes out of his nose. how much do you think Neil laughed because he was able to. he was able to enjoy that little moment because he made room in his memory for it. he got to genuinely smile at something stupid that his friend did.
just…give me more smiling Neil. Neil being genuinely happy. Neil loving his friends. Neil enjoying himself because he can.
I know the actual quote from it’s always sunny is ‘science is a liar. sometimes’ but my brain has chosen to bastardized that with the liberal use of science making famous scientists it’s bitches in that episode into ‘science makes bitches of us all…sometimes’ which is actually my predominant emotion right now, because science has presented me with a weird and ultimately trivial mystery to solve before I can move on with my work and dammit, if science isn’t making a bitch of me right now I don’t even know what it’s doing
one last thing before I log off forever of tumblr:
I am so proud to call myself a juventina. I’m proud that I’m loyal to my club. Juve could lose all the finals in the next 10 years, I would still be here wearing our colours and singing our hymn until my very last breath. I'm proud to support Juve and not any other Italian club, or Spanish or German or English club. I don’t care if they have more trophies, more fans, more money, more success, whatever. I owe Juve so much, I owe especially Gigi Buffon so, so much. As many times I wanted to forget about juve, there are as many times where I wouldn’t still be here without them. For nothing in the world would I want to love a different club other than Juventus.
Everyone stop what you’re doing and go read the Splintered series by A.G. Howard. I promise that you won’t be disappointed. Everyone loves an interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. EVERYONE LOVES ALICE IN WONDERLAND. EVERY. ONE.
Hey my dude!! Do you have any anime recommendations that will make me emotional?
Sword of the Stranger (the final fight scene/ending gave me chills and also I literally cried for ten minutes), Kimi No Na Wa, Silent Voice (it’s actually kinda happy but it hit too close to home and I cried a lil)