COMIC A7 Review - Nanaka 6/17

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    Nanaka Juu-Nanabun no Roku ( ‚È‚È‚©‚U^‚P‚V )
    GENCO/J.C. Staff/TV Tokyo/King Records, 2003
    U.S. Distributor Pending
    Directed by Hiroaki Sakurai (Di Gi Charat)
    Not Rated (Suggested 7+). Contains some violence and mature situations.

    Based on the manga by Ken Yagami (published in the U.S. by IC Entertainment). Seventeen-year-old Nanaka Kirisato is a high school student serious about her studies and goals in life. She frequently criticizes her best friend, Nenji Nagihara, for being a childish delinquent who spends his time fighting other boys. Then one day, after a heated argument with Nenji, she falls off a flight of stairs and suffers a brain injury, resulting in her mind reverting to that of a six-year-old. With this in mind, Nanaka's father and Nenji must keep her injury a secret as she struggles to live a normal life and grow up all over again.

    "Hawawa!" - Nanaka

    Story: B+
    Nothing like a heart-warming tale of childhood life. Ever since I watched J.C. Staff's other anime titles (namely Azumanga Daioh and A Little Snow Fairy Sugar), I've been suffering from the "kawaii anime syndrome." So I just couldn't resist to check out Nanaka 6/17. The story is very light-hearted and six-year-old Nanaka's character develops very well throughout the series. It would be better if the story had more emphasis on the supporting cast, though. At least you get some kicks out of "Magical Domiko," an anime within the anime.

    "Majikaru Domikaru!" - Magical Domiko

    Animation: B+
    After the 2002 runaway hit Azumanga Daioh, GENCO (Please Teacher!, Onegai Twins) and J.C. Staff team up once again for this anime project. While not as dynamic as Azumanga Daioh, Nanaka 6/17 still has some great artwork and decent animation. Nanaka is easily the most kawaii girl with glasses.

    "Ayaya!" - Nanaka

    Soundtrack: A
    What's a kawaii anime without some kawaii music? Once you listen to the opening theme "Sunao na Mama" by Funta, try getting it out of your head. The ending theme "Taisetsu na Negai" by CooRie is also a great listen, along with the tranquil piano music being played in the BGM.

    Cast
    Nanaka 6/17 features Chiemi Chiba (Ojamajo Doremi, Hinako in Sister Princess) as Nanaka, Kenichi Suzumura (Shin in Macross Zero, Hajiki in Gad Guard) as Nenji, Yui Horie (Naru in Love Hina, Ayu in Ultra Maniac) as Yuriko, Sakura Nogawa (Kaorin in Azumanga Daioh, Tsubasa in Tenshi no Shippo) as Kuriko, Kaori Nazuka (Subaru in .hack//SIGN, Kisa in Fruits Basket) as Satsuki, Kazuyuki Shimura as Jinpachi, Takashi Matsuyama (Saizou in Samurai Deeper Kyo) as Taizou, Nobuyuki Hiyama (Shiro in Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, Yushiro in Gasaraki) as Yoshida, Asami Sanada (Di Gi Charat, Chizuko in Mahoromatic) as Magical Domiko, and Mika Kanai (Vanilla H. in Galaxy Angel) as Pikotto.

    The Bottom Line
    Not as groundbreaking as their other works, but GENCO and J.C. Staff really did a good job adapting Nanaka 6/17 to the small screen. If you like kawaii anime, don't miss this.

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