Bokura ga Ita (We Were There) Vol. 1

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Summary: You know, that guy…He doesn’t seem to need anybody else. I don’t know how to put it but… No matter hw much we talk or what we do….It doesn’t reach him.

Review: Bokura ga Ita, has slowly become one of my favourite series of all time. I have watched the anime before, laugh at the cute moments that Yano and Nana-chan has, and cried when their relationship starts to fall. I had no doubt that I would pick up the manga once it got liscensed by Viz. I have to admit, that the anime has captured the mellowness of the original manga. I have always been a fan of drama, in fact I kind of prefer drama over completely random, plotless, comedic shoujos.

In this volume, we find Nana-chan desperately wanting to see Yano during her class’s rehearsal for a play they are putting on during the school’s festival. Even though Yano plays the main character in the play, he never showed up to any of the rehearsals. One day, her friends invited her to a night festival, and hinted that Yano and his friends might be coming along. Nana being excited, decided to wear a yukata for him. But disappointment fell upon her when she realizes that Yano didn’t come. During the festival, she did meet Takeuchi, who being the smart guy he is, took a picture of her in her yukata.  Takeuchi also told her that last summer, Yano who lost his girlfriend died and that was probably why he was mopping around. Near the end of their summer vacation, Nana gets her courage up and visits Yano and ask him if he was okay. Yano replies that this time of the year is a tough year for him. Nana, then told him that he’s not alone, and that she will always be there for him.

Yano finally shows up to rehearsal, thanks to Nana. He comments that Nana looks very cute in a Yukata, and told her Takeuchi sent him a picture of her. He later on thank her for what she told him, at his house earlier, and that it made him very happy. Yano later on, told Nana that he liked her during the school festival.

At the end of the volume, Yano made her promise that she would never leave him, and that she wouldn’t cheat on him.

Conclusion: I feel bad for Yano, who is haunted by his past. I’m also worried that maybe Nana-chan might end up number two compared to Nana-san. Who knows? Yano is nice now, but sooner or later he’s probably going to crack…

Overall Grade: B+

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