Nana to Kaoru

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Nana to Kaoru
Nana to Kaoru v1 cover.jpg
The cover of the first volume of Nana to Kaoru
ナナとカオル
GenreErotic romantic comedy
Manga
Written byRyuta Amazume
Published byHakusensha
DemographicSeinen
MagazineYoung Animal Arashi
Young Animal
Original runNovember 28, 2008October 28, 2016
Volumes18
Live-action film
Directed byAtsushi Shimizu
Produced byMitsuru Ohshima
Written byAtsushi Shimizu
Released
  • March 19, 2011 (2011-03-19)
Runtime80 minutes
Original video animation
Directed byHideki Okamoto
StudioAIC PLUS+
ReleasedMarch 29, 2011
Runtime24 minutes
Manga
Nana to Kaoru Black Label
Written byRyuta Amazume
Published byHakusensha
DemographicSeinen
MagazineYoung Animal Arashi
Original runJune 29, 2011April 4, 2014
Volumes5
Manga
Nana Kao Pink Pure
Written byTamami Momose
Published byHakusensha
DemographicSeinen
MagazineYoung Animal Arashi
Original runOctober 7, 2011January 29, 2014
Volumes1
Live-action film
Nana to Kaoru: Chapter 2
Directed byAtsushi Shimizu
Produced byMitsuru Ohshima
Written byAtsushi Shimizu
Released
  • September 8, 2012 (2012-09-08)
Manga
Nana to Kaoru ~Koukousei no SM gokko~
Written byRyuta Amazume
Published byHakusensha
DemographicSeinen
MagazineYoung Animal Arashi
Original runNovember, 2018 – present
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Nana to Kaoru (ナナとカオル, "Nana and Kaoru") is a Japanese erotic romantic comedy seinen manga series written and illustrated by Ryuta Amazume.[1] It was serialized on Hakusensha's Young Animal Arashi manga magazine and is now serialized on Young Animal.[2] 18 volumes have been published so far.[3] Three other manga series have also been released, as well as an original video animation and two live action films.

Plot[edit]

Kaoru Sugimura is a 17-year-old virgin who has an S&M fetish. He has always dreamt about an SM relationship with his childhood friend and next-door neighbor Nana Chigusa, who is looked upon as perfect and is always the target of boys' eyes. Their relationship has somewhat deteriorated through the years, due to them hanging out with different people and because Kaoru is not taking his education too seriously. Nana has become very stressed at school, that a teacher suggests she find a way to relax. One day though, Kaoru's mother gives some of his S&M toys to Nana for safekeeping. Nana finds the leather one-piece that Kaoru bought and tries it on but accidentally locks herself in it and doesn't have the key! After Kaoru frees her of the one-piece, Nana soon discovers that the activity has caused her to relax and improve her academic performance. The two of them start engaging in more S&M activities which they call "breathers." The story follows their activities as they explore the world of S&M while keeping it a secret from some of their schoolmates and family.

Black Label[edit]

Black Label takes place several months after the end of the main series, and follows Nana and Kaoru during their vacation; Kaoru has met his idol; Erotic Novelist, Shuutarou Sarashina, by chance and he has been inspired by Kaoru's youthful enthusiasm on the subject of S&M, and invites him to help on a new book, while Nana has asked Mitsuko to tutor her on various subjects. Unbeknownst to both Nana and Kaoru, Sarashina and Mitsuko are, in fact, lovers and Mitsuko is the main inspiration for Sarahina's novels, but their feelings for each other seem to have become twisted and broken over the years. Over the course of the vacation, Nana and Kaoru encounter severe depths of S&M, that they had never considered before; slowly taking a step forward in their relationship, while also helping Sarashina and Mitsuko come to terms with their own feelings for each other, that they have hidden with S&M for so long.

Koukousei no SM gokko[edit]

A direct sequel to the original manga, taking place during Nana and Kaoru's third year at High-school, but before Black Label.

Characters[edit]

Nana Chigusa

Nana is a very popular and beautiful high school student who excels in all sorts of activities including academics, being vice-president on the student council, and on the track team. With so much riding on her, a teacher suggests she find a way to take a breather to relieve stress. She discovers that participating in the erotic S&M play as a masochist to her next-door neighbor Kaoru has completely improved her academic situation. The two had fallen out of touch to a degree in the beginning of the series, but grow closer as they begin their breathers, with Kaoru helping Nana relieve herself, from the struggles she faces being a "perfect" student. She is supported by him greatly, even when she doesn't realize, and gradually falls in love with him, which she realizes towards the end of the series. Their relationship further develops in the spin-off, "Black label". In the live-action films, Nana is played by Maho Nagase in the first film and by Miku Aono in the second one. In the OVA anime, Nana is voiced by Kaoru Mizuhara[4]

Kaoru Sugimura

Kaoru is a 17-year-old virgin whose main hobby is S&M; in particular, the purchase and maintenance of S&M gear since he does not have a partner. He is secretly in love with his next-door neighbor Nana, whom he has known since they were kids, and becomes secretly overjoyed that Nana has agreed to participate in the S&M play. An average student, he rues the thought of eventually having to let Nana go on with her life after high school. He constantly struggles to hold himself back, when Nana willing gives up herself for their "Breathers". Initially, he holds intensely dark desires to dominate Nana, which he holds back for a while, but eventually realizes he doesn't want to hurt her, and merely loves her and wants her to love him back. He decides to step up and begins to improve himself, in the hopes that he will be able to stand alongside Nana one day. Their relationship further develops in the spin-off, "Black Label" In the live-action film he is portrayed by Rakuto Tochihara. In the OVA anime, he is voiced by Junji Majima[4]

Mitsuko Tachibana

Tachibana runs the S&M store that Kaoru frequents. She has vast knowledge of S&M and also teaches Nana about various things involved in the lifestyle. Little is said about Tachibana in the main series, save that she has in-depth knowledge about the workings of S&M; however, in the spin off "Black Label" more is revealed; She is lovers with the much-older, erotic novelist, Shuutarou Sarashina. While she loves him dearly, she fears if he might leave her, so she does anything she can to make herself his "perfect woman", in a sense, binding him to her. However, she and Sarashina eventually come to terms with each other and they truly admit the love they hold for each other. She majored in Japanese history at Todai, studying culture and customs since the Meiji period, where she first discovered S&M, in forms of torture. She even went to graduate school.

Ryoko Tachi

A girl Kaoru meets one day while he is on one of his early morning stamina building runs. Kaoru mistakes her for a boy until she mentions participating in a heptathlon. Annoyed at the misunderstanding and/or her lack of an obvious chest, she shows him her modest cleavage as proof of her gender. After learning of Kaoru's secret hobby, she develops an interest herself and tries to have Kaoru involve her in some of the activities. Unlike most characters, she seems to be able to switch from being a submissive to a dominant, but is clearly more appreciative of her submissive side. It is implied that she also loves Kaoru, but is aware that he will never see her in the same way as Nana.

Shuutarou Sarashina

An erotic novelist; while mentioned several times in the original series, he never appears in it. Mostly, his books are only referenced by Kaoru, in an attempt to better act as a dominant or in order to learn certain acts of S&M. He makes his official appearance in the Spin-off, Black Label, where he meets Kaoru by accident and invites him to help on his latest book. He and Mitsuko are lovers; Having met when Mitsuko was a college student. They bonded through S&M, but the years have taken a toll on them, and twisted their feeling for each other from love, into a darker obscure feeling of possession. However, with Nana and Kaoru's help, they both eventually come to terms with their feelings and truly admit their love for each other.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The manga is published in France by Pika[5] and in Italy by Panini Comics.[6] It is also published in German and Korean.[citation needed]

Nana to Kaoru Black Label is set 8 months after the events in Nana to Kaoru.[7] The first volume was published in June 29, 2011 and the series ended on April 4, 2014.[8][9]

Nana Kao Pink Pure, a yonkoma spin-off manga by Tamami Momose, started being serialized on Young Animal Arashi on October 7, 2011.[10] A single complete volume of the series was published on January 29, 2014.[11]

Volumes[edit]

Nana to Kaoru[edit]
  • 1 (November 28, 2008)[12]
  • 2 (May 29, 2009)[13]
  • 3 (January 29, 2010)[14]
  • 4 (May 28, 2010)[15]
  • 5 (October 29, 2010)[16]
  • 6 (March 29, 2011)[17]
  • 7 (October 28, 2011)[18]
  • 8 (April 27, 2012)[19]
  • 9 (September 28, 2012)[20]
  • 10 (April 26, 2013)[21]
  • 11 (July 29, 2013)[22]
  • 12 (January 29, 2014)[23]
  • 13 (August 29, 2014)[24]
  • 14 (December 26, 2014)[25]
  • 15 (April 28, 2015)[26]
  • 16 (December 25, 2015)[27]
  • 17 (April 28, 2016)[28]
  • 18 (October 28, 2016)[29]
Nana to Kaoru Black Label[edit]
  • 1 (June 29, 2011)[8]
  • 2 (May 29, 2012)[30]
  • 3 (February 28, 2013)[31]
  • 4 (December 27, 2013)[32]
  • 5 (July 29, 2014)[33]

Live action films[edit]

Two youth romance erotic films based on the manga were released, both directed by Atsushi Shimizu. The first, on March 19, 2011 and the second, Nana to Kaoru: Chapter 2 (ナナとカオル 第2章), on September 8, 2012.[1][34][35]

Anime[edit]

An original video animation produced by AIC PLUS+, directed by Hideki Okamoto and with character designs by Atsuko Watanabe was released on March 29, 2011.[36]

Reception[edit]

Volume 3 reached the 30th place on the weekly Oricon manga chart and, as of January 31, 2010, has sold 25,008 copies;[37] volume 5 reached th 22nd place and, as of October 31, 2010, has sold 34,146 copies;[38] volume 6 reached the 15th place and, as of April 3, 2011, has sold 34,792 copies;[39] Nana to Kaoru Black Label volume 1 reached the 23rd place and, as of July 3, 2011, has sold 33,619 copies;[40] Nana to Kaoru Black Label volume 2 reached the 28th place and, as of June 3, 2012, has sold 21,655 copies;[41] volume 9 reached the 24th place[42] and, as of October 7, 2012, has sold 55,005 copies;[43] Nana to Kaoru Black Label volume 3 reached the 46th place and, as of March 2, 2013, has sold 18,741 copies;[44] volume 11 reached the 22nd place and, as of August 4, 2013, has sold 40,873 copies.[45]

At Manga Sanctuary, two of the staff members gave the series a combined grade of 5.5 out of 10.[46]

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