|There's some evidence that yes, Nana was self-consciously an influence of O'Malley's when plotting SP. (Admission: I haven't read it, but since Scott's adventures have irreversibly refashioned my tastes in clothes, music and women over the last eleven months, I guess it should go in the hopper.)|
Manga proper is kind of a non-starter for discussion on this forum, for no adequately understood reason. I guess if it weren't, we wouldn't have to bemoan the fact that the anime-related threads in FTVT seldom have more than half a dozen contributors.
I don't think I'll be able to hold out 'till August. I'll be in Japan by then anyway, so it looks like I'm just screwed.
On the upside, you will, you fortunate swine, be in Japan, where all of the women look, dress and act like Knives, Ramona, Envy and Kim... in my fevered imagination.