Shojo Beat

The first issue of SHOJO BEAT (previously mentioned here) is out in the US and Canada. It leads off with 100 pages of NANA. Here’s a review of the first issue.

When I was at Junkudo the other day, I noticed they had quite a few volumes of NANA in French, and so grabbed the first book and read about half. I actually got into it, and really dig Ai Yazawa’s art on it. Very clean lines, with a certain realism that I didn’t previously associate with the genre. I’ll probably go back and read some more.