Nana is a very compelling chronicle of friendship and love set amid Tokyo's rock music scene. But it's such a universal coming-of-age story, that it almost seems as if it could have been set anywhere and anytime. (Imagine it in America's swing band era, or turn-of-the-century Paris and Impressionism, or even aristocratic Russia ala Tolstoy!) Almost everyone has lived similar events or known similar people, so we're immediately swept up and identify powerfully with everything that happens. The art, animation, voice acting, and music are all excellent in service of Ai Yazawa's classic tale. I'm very happy to have a few drawings from this exceptional anime!