NANA – 09
The night Hachi came back to their room and found Nana sleeping, she wondered about the tattoo of a red lotus on Nana’s arm. The next morning, she wakes up and finds that her alarm says that it’s already past 11AM. She thinks she’s late for work, but Nana points out that it’s only 7AM. The clock hadn’t moved from when Hachi had originally set it last night, so it’s probably broken. With nothing in the fridge, the two girls set out and find a bakery. They buy some bread and eat it by the river where Hachi asks Nana if she’s going to get a job. Nana responds by saying that she’s got something better than a job to look for.
Hachi goes to work at the Sabrina store and is paid a visit by Junko who tells her that Shouji spent the previous night drinking with Kyousuke. Junko notices how well Hachi and her boss Mizukoshi are getting along and later comments on Hachi’s love sickness. Junko is worried about Shouji, since he was grumbling all last night, but she also says that it can’t be helped since Shouji likes Hachi so much. She warns Hachi to treasure Shouji and their relationship more. Hachi spends the rest of the day thinking about what Junko said; those words even make her turn down an offer to dinner with Mizukoshi. On the way home, she decides to call Shouji, but gets his voicemail instead. She begins to think about how she can’t have everything she wants and what it is exactly that she wants.
At home, Nana has nailed together a table and some chairs and has also cooked dinner. While soaking in the bath, Hachi thinks that she’s having so much fun with Nana despite the fact that their personalities are so different. After she gets out, Hachi asks Nana if she’s going to become a pro guitarist. However Nana isn’t actually a guitarist, she’s a vocalist. Hachi is really impressed, but Nana tells her to save those words until she’s heard Nana’s singing. Over dinner, Hachi asks Nana about the tattoo and Nana says that it’s Ren’s flower. But the “Ren” Nana refers to is not what Hachi thinks it is.
The doorbell rings with a deep voice announcing that Nana’s luggage is here. The girls think it’s Yasu, but Nana opens the door and finds Nobu standing there. She’s really pissed off that he’s here: she kicks him in the head when he complains about her stew and even dumps beer on his head. Nobu wants to stay over, but she wants him to go home because she feels that Nobu has a future ahead of him in his parents business and doesn’t want him to throw that away. Nobu says that he’s happy playing his guitar with Nana singing, words which really seem to have an impact on Nana. She’s still angry when Yasu calls on the phone, but he suggests that she start a band with Nobu instead of singing solo. Yasu also mentions the song that Nobu wrote, and Nobu has her listen to that song on tape.
After listening to the tune, Nana gives Nobu his guitar and makes him play that song for her. She puts on her jacket and gets on the table, welcoming Hachi as Blast’s only fan present for their first Tokyo live. Nana says that this will be a night Hachi will never forget. With the lights off and Nobu playing the guitar, Nana starts singing. Hachi thinks retrospectively that she still hasn’t forgotten what happened on that night. Because the song had no lyrics, Nana made up some random English words to go with it. Hachi feels like she was put under a mysterious spell and became a prisoner of Nana’s voice. Nana had the table as a stage, the phone as her microphone, and the crescent moon as her spotlight. Hachi believes that even now the only person in the world capable of such magic is Nana.
Bleh, I was spoiled by last week’s 1024 resolution raw. This looked horrible in comparison. Having said that, this episode was done stylistically very well, from the kick to Nobu’s head (that made me actually laugh out loud) to the special ending. Well, special ending/OP, since it is the OP song. I’ve said this before, but I had hoped this series would have lots of good music. I had the “LOVE for NANA” albums in mind in terms of music variety and quantity. So I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m a bit disappointed that they haven’t introduced more music past the opening and ending theme songs. Maybe that’ll happen when Trapnest becomes a bigger part of the story (or so I hope).
And for those of you who haven’t heard, it was announced that Nana is tentatively scheduled for 50 episodes. That number was quite an eye-opener, but I guess it makes sense if they want to try to cover all the material. To look at it positively, there’s a lot of good story we can look forward to now.
Ooo, I think next week is introductions for both Shin and Sachiko (yes that’s right, she’s not just a figment of Nana’s imagination :) ).