Ai Yazawa End-of-Book Notes 1-21

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!

Volume 1

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!”

Volume 2

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).”

Volume 3

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

Volume 4

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

Volume 5

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

Volume 6

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

Volume 7

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

Volume 8

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

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[My MMD Academia] Hero Grumps

I wasted 10 hours of my life to make this.

tbh i want more epsilon characterization where he isn’t just like church to fit in bc he was expected to. like s7, where he’s more upbeat and just wants to be worshipped and shoot lasers, or really anything where he’s less of everyone’s replacement for alpha church yknow?

like every member of the bgc pretty much just views him as alpha. the only main person he interacts with who doesn’t see him as church (right away, anyway) is carolina, and that’s because she never met alpha
even wash eventually just reads him as Church, and wash knew him during pfl (if u count dying as getting to know someone, i guess)

anyway in summary: let epsilon develop his own personality that isnt “replacement for alpha,” cowards


Freddie Doing His Thing: A Tribute to Fred Astaire

I’ve tried to show him the way I see him—wild and gentle, playful and eccentric, casual and relaxed, charismatic and spirited, often with a boyish smile, always with style. Most of all I hope to have captured his genius, and the happiness he’s brought into my life.


marblehornetz  asked:

sigma's idea of becoming metastable by forcing everyone into the meta was inherently flawed, considering that it had been years since the end of project freelancer when they were all reunited. all the fragments had grown in different ways and gained their own personalities, apart from their designations (logic, trust, deceit, etc) and couldn't ever have been one single unit anymore, all just because they had grown and gotten solid personalities. also they were missing eps and he's essential

I don’t have any fun headcanons for sigma because he’s a rude baby but I think he likes fashion and tries to dress as best as he can when he’s not a NAKEY FIRE HOLOGRAM

dexter youre saving my Life with the ai content

but i agree? both on the metastability and on the fact that hes fuckin naked put on some clothes loser (im jokin bc he probably has more fashion sense in his hand than i do in my whole body but he never utilizes it bc hes fucking nakeD)


Just an appreciation post for some of my favorites on this website. Please feel free to check out each and every one of them. They’re all so talented and kind and I love them so much. You’ve all made this fandom my home and I’m so grateful to have you in my life. 

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