[Looking for nominations!] Intermediate Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: セーラー服と機関銃



Author: 矢沢 あい
Page count: 184
Natively: Level 29



幸せの名をもつ少女が自らの意志で、運命を、切り拓く…。小松奈々と大崎ナナ…同じ名前を持つ2人の少女が繰り広げる、感動の恋のストーリー! 2人の「ナナ」、それぞれの幸せはどこにある…?


A girl with a happy name creates her own destiny by her own will… Nana Komatsu and Nana Osaki… A touching love story of two girls with the same name! Two “Nana”, where is the happiness for each of them…?


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Personal Opinion

This is my personal favorite and one of the reasons for which I am learning Japanese is to re-read it. I think I am about to be ready for it, so I thought why not nominate it and see if there are more people who want to read it together.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club


  • Very popular series, quoting Wikipedia: " In 2002, Nana won the 48th Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo category. As of September 2019, the manga had over 50 million copies in circulation, making it one of the best-selling manga series."
  • I never know what to write in pros / cons, if anyone has an input I’ll be happy to edit the post!


  • The first volume doesn’t really have chapters and page numbers are not always visible
  • A bit old (2000), I haven’t reread it as an adult and not sure if it is one of those that have aged well
  • The series is unfinished, the last volume came out in 2009


First Three Pages of Chapter One

Additional Pages

Difficulty Poll

How much effort would you need to read this book?

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  • Moderate effort
  • Significant effort
  • So much effort my head might explode
  • I don’t know
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