Title: Nana 2
Release date: 12/9/06
Genre: Romance, Slice of Life
Cast: Nakashima Mika, Ichikawa Yui, Kyo Nobuo, Tamayama Tetsuji, Narimiya Hiroki, Hongo Kanata, Maruyama Tomomi
Plot: Komatsu Nana/Hachiko (Ichikawa Yui) finds herself trapped in a love triangle with Trapnest’s Takumi (Tamayama Tetsuji) and Black Stones’ Nobu (Narimiya Hiroki). When she finds out she is pregnant, it devastates her best friend and roommate, Osaki Nana (Nakashima Mika). Can any of them find happiness in their lives after this?
What is good: Nakashima Mika is still the perfect choice to play Osaki Nana.
What is bad: The actors for Hachi, Shin and Ren were all replaced.
Letter rating: B-
Overall: I was really looking forward to seeing how the movie would handle a lot of the issues in this part of the storyline. The script seemed to be very good but the change in casting was a big distraction. In my opinion, Miyazaki Aoi was perfect as Hachi. Ichikawa Yui wasn’t able to bring the same naviete and innocence to the character. I understand that Miyazaki Aoi didn’t want to tarnish her image with the delicate issues dealt with in the second movie. However, she should have read through the manga to see what the future of her character was before accepting the role in the first movie. Considering how popular the NANA franchise is, I don’t understand why she would have thought that the story would have stopped with the first movie. I also understand that the change in Shin’s actor was due to Matsuyama Ken’ichi being too old for the role. While this is more understandable, since Shin has a larger role in this movie, it was difficult to accept the new actor as Shin.
While this wasn’t a terrible movie by any means, it wasn’t nearly as good as the first one. You’re left expecting more from the actors, more from the two bands and more from the characters. If you watched the first movie, you’ll probably want to watch the second movie to finish the experience. Just don’t expect a whole lot from it.