Nana to Kaoru/YMMV

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.

  • Cult Classic - The manga has a small, but very devoted fanbase. Most like it for its fairly realistic depiction of BDSM as a specific branch of sex play that requires a lot of effort (particularly to avoid any harm) but rewards with a lot of pleasure.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse - Mitsuko Tachibana, the porn store manager. Such joy. Such perversion. And so informative too. SHE MUST LOVE HER LIFE!!! In the Time Skip pseudo-sequel series Nana to Kaoru: Black Label, it turns out that she's the wife/personal slave of Kaoru's favorite BDSM author... who then invites them to a countryside retreat.
  • Hollywood Homely - The live-action Kaoru is taller than Nana, and at worst could be considered "ordinary-looking."
  • Narm Charm: Amazume manages to make an anal suppository heartwarming.
  • Values Dissonance: The lack of Safe Words may raise some eyebrows amongst American readers - they're far less common in the European and Japanese S&M scenes, where considerably greater responsibility is placed on the dom for the safety and enjoyability of a session.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion - Tachi never mentions her actual gender, thinking that it was obvious... Even though, in her jogging suit, she's masculine enough to fool everyone who sees her.
  • The Woobie
    • It's hard not to feel bad for Kaoru when he starts talking about how utterly unworthy he is to ever be around Nana, despite being obviously in love with her.
    • It's easy to feel bad for Nana as well. As readers, we see Kaoru's inner thoughts and more sympathetic sides, but to her he must seem like a horrible person with a Hair-Trigger Temper, who unashamedly cheats on her with Tachi and insists on being a sadistic bondage-master to her without any actual affection.
    • It's pretty evident that everyone is judged by Kaoru to be unworthy of Nana, including himself.
    • Poor Tachi. She likes Kaoru, isn't embarrassed or ashamed in the least to admit it, is a willing and enthusiastic sub who openly appreciates all Kaoru does and has to offer as a dom... and he considers her an annoyance because she's not Nana.
  • Moe: When Karou finally - awkwardly, painfully - tells someone that he loves Nana, admitting it to himself in the process. "The pitiful kind of moe", indeed.