Bokura Ga Ita (we are here) – episode 1

August 4, 2006 on 1:07 am | In Bokura ga Ita | 3 Comments


We are here! Daichi Akitaro’s new effort is a bit too restrained in its colours for my liking, but it’s still good. In fact, the whole thing is very restrained: animation, voice acting, character.

Takahashi Manami begins high school with the intent of making new friends. She meets Yano Motoharu, the heartthrob of the grade and finds herself sitting next to quiet girl Yamamoto Yuri, who professes to hate Motoharu.
Manami and Motoharu find themselves in the illustrious and enviable positions of class president and vice-president and, much to Manami’s chagrin, she finds that her feelings for Motoharu are growing.

Yes, this is slow stuff, setting Manami up so that people can ask her frequently if she’s an idiot. Case in point:

Manami: Nakama.
Yuri: Baka?

Motoharu is the kind of person whose charm is based on a “you had to be there” sort of conceit, but he’s not a bad person. One can feel as they’re watching that he probably doesn’t pay as much attention to girls as he has to Manami, so she’s not falling into the familiar trap of “falling in love” with him for no reason whatsoever. Two thirds of the girls at his previous school may have liked him, but those are just vague feelings, like one may feel for Mori.

Anyway, we’ve got the idea of two friends of nameless importance, a slow girl discovering her feelings, and a quiet girl and outgoing guy who have a shared tragic past that has damaged their relationship. Some may say it’s “slice of life” (you can apply that to just about anything that doesn’t involve explosions and it won’t necessarily mean anything), but there is a story here, at least at this point.
Plus it actually looks like it might be a good story if the pace could be picked up. Really, who can resist Daichi Akitaro? Only common fiends, that’s who.


  1. that one scene, on the top right of the six pics u posted reminded me of ARIA when i watched that part lol

    Comment by Munto — August 4, 2006 #

  2. Prez Aria ftw. xD

    Comment by kacpy — August 6, 2006 #

  3. ~i love the bokura ga ita,it\\\’s a wonderful story………thank you for the movie of bokura ga ita,it\\\’s so wonderful!!!i love it,i want to know that the season two of bokura ga ita,when it show?because i can\\\’t wait it…….to watch it….o_0

    Comment by maiko — April 25, 2008 #

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