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Synonyms: Bokuraga Ita, We were there
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 4, 2006 to Dec 26, 2006
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.691 (scored by 40313 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Nov 6, 2010
The first half of the show (up through episode 12) was simply wonderful, hovering between 8/10 and 9/10 for me. I don't even mind what happened on episode 12 — I thought they were both right and both acted right.
Between episode 13 and the end, it kept drawing out, and out... and out. It became a true shoujo soap drama where one character picks on the tiniest little things and makes the relationship unnecessarily difficult, while the other character can't get away from the past. It was slow and tiresome. I just didn't enjoy this second half very much, but it was still watchable, and you will probably be able to stick through it. Unfortunately, the ending is nothing really worth waiting for anyway.
The main girl, Nanami, plays it so perfectly in the first half though. The way she talks... if I hadn't seen the second half, she'd easily be one of my favorite characters. Animation: low-budget mediocrity galore with mostly static frames, but they do try to be artistic with it (e.g. all the bubbly framing around key scenes, or how they occasionally blank out one eye for effect). Pacing: slower than average. Music: gently compliments every mood, insert songs never feel unwanted or out of place, and they cycle through a remarkable number of ending themes (9!).
All in all, I definitely recommend at least starting Bokura ga Ita, and if the front half leaves enough of an impact, perhaps try a bit of the back half for yourself. It's certainly not awful, but just nowhere near as alluring as the front's wonderfully carefree slice of life, and far more irritating. And it may leave a bad aftertaste.
P.S. — If you do watch the entire thing, be sure to check the manga for the last episode since they leave out a key line after the anime's final scene. (It's in the last few pages of Chapter 31. You'll know it when you see it, but feel free to ask me if you're uncertain.) And if you're up for it, there are 39 more chapters to Bokura ga Ita after this. read more
Jan 10, 2007
The story revolves around Takahashi Nanami and Motoharu Yano, two high schoolers who unexpectedly fall in love. As the series moves on, we get to see the ups and downs of their relationship that eventually climaxes when both of them must truly mature or move on - the choice being particularly difficult for Takahashi. Throughout the story, the viewer is introduced to various problems every couple faces from past influences to jealousy -in the end it's quite a simple plot outline with very gripping dialog (for a drama, that is).
Animation is taken care of very well - there's a water color-esque feel akin to Honey & Clove mixed with standard inked anime. The animation won't wow you but it's still nice to for the eyes.
Insert songs create a perfect scene where emotion must strike a chord. Music can make or break a scene and although the songs are prevalent during climaxes, they always seem to get the job done.
There's about 4-5 main characters that truly effect the plot - a couple of them are boring and static however the three main ones are the ones you'll come to love or hate. BgI is the type of anime that makes you feel for the character and sympathize with them; although you may not be in Takahahi's shoes, she'll often narrate her thoughts and feelings to you.
Overall, I'd suggest this for romance/drama lovers - I truly enjoyed every second of this anime and I'm searching for the manga right now. The plot, while simple provides a lot of entertainment for the viewer - whether you cry or laugh, Bokura ga Ita delivers what it's good at. read more
Aug 5, 2014
Despite the technical flaws with the show, Bokura ga Ita is a very enjoyable series. It has a lot of the cute, "aww" worthy moments that fans of the genre know and love. It answers the question of "how to keep a relationship alive". However, if you are expecting high quality animation or intense character development and plot, then don't waste your time. If you accept the issues and see the show for what it is, you will find that it is a great romance series. Bokura ga Ita is a must watch for fans of romance/drama and here is why:
What I like about Bokura ga Ita is that it explores relationships.Unlike a lot of anime where the majority of the story revolves around "how" and "if" the two characters end up together, Bokura ga Ita focuses on "when" and "after" they decide to start a relationship. This anime shows the delightful moments as well as the obstacles that Motoharu Yano and Nanami Takahashi come across in their relationship. Although some of the simple problems they face are blown out of proportion,remember this is a DRAMA, so it is to be expected. The interactions between Yano and Nana is what really shines through in this anime. You can't help but feel bad when they are fighting and when they aren't at each others throats, you will find they are the sweetest thing on earth. That being said,I did enjoy this anime however like any other show it has its flaws.Some may be able to accept its flaws while others may have a harder time. Whether you decide to look past this show's problems and start watching or to skip it because of them is entirely up to you.
An issue that many people have with this show, even before watching it is the animation.The animation is average for its time with some scenes appearing lazily done. For example, background characters would be gray blobs in some scenes. However, the show is very bright, colourful and appealing to the eye especially in the major scenes. I believe that it's possible for most to look past the (sometimes) iffy animation because it is not the main focus of this show. The animation isn't AMAZING but for a show of its genre, it doesn't have to be. Bokura ga Ita's simplistic yet artsy visuals get the job done. Like the animation, the sound also fits the show well, complimenting the art style. There aren't any outstanding tracks which you would want to download to your iPod, but none of the songs felt out of place, and the music in each scene sets the mood almost perfectly.
The story circles around four main characters and through this series you will learn the back stories of certain characters which are rather interesting. The development between Yano and Nana is really the main focus of this show. Their love for one another is put to the test when things like jealousy, past experiences, broken promises, and secrets get in the way of their relationship Their interactions are cute and endearing and will legit make you envy the bond that they have. One problem is that certain characters will sometimes act out of character (if that makes sense) doing things that seem like they wouldn't do just to add more drama into the mix. This is a minor issue though, as this is easily overshadowed by the cute and funny interactions between all characters.
Bokura ga Ita is a bit unnecessarily lengthy, as it gets drawn out a bit towards the end. It could have been a few episodes shorter, but nevertheless fans of this genre will surely enjoy the long ride. If you are wondering whether or not you should watch the show because you are not particularly a fan of the romance shojou genre, I recommend watching the first 3 or 4 episodes as it gives you a general idea of how the series will be like.
Dec 1, 2013
Story (8): The beginning of BgI has a good pace and draws you into the story. It's pretty straight to the point and focuses on important events. The middle to around the end drags a bit and might frustrate you, but it didn't keep me from continuing. Around the end, it picks up pace again (which I really appreciated). You might not like the ending, but I thought the emotions it expressed were worthy of watching (yeah I cried).
Art (7): The art isn't amazing, and it distracted me a bit in the beginning, but throughout the anime I got used to it. It has a slight pastel/water-color feeling to it, which I thought was cute.
Sound (10): I personally felt that the sound was what kept me watching. The girl's voice was cute and soft, and had a relaxing aura. The music was cute and soft as well, and I thought that it helped establish the mood very well. It was soothing and drew me into the story. The music also left a big impression on me after I finished the series and I kept remembering it when I wasn't watching it.
Character (9): In the beginning, I really loved the girl's personality. The way she thinks, the way she talks; it's very realistic. Toward the climax she was a bit frustrating, but that didn't stop me from watching. The main guy's personality might come off as weird, but I thought that it was understandable, judging from what he's been through. Overall, the characters are realistic and the way they develop is understandable.
Enjoyment (8): Overall, I enjoyed BgI. Some parts dragged a bit, making it difficult to focus, but it wasn't unbearable. The ending left me hanging, but it was satisfying enough.
Overall (8): I loved the soothing feeling in BgI and it kept me watching. As I keep repeating, some parts dragged, but it didn't stop me from continuing. It's very worthy of watching.
Mar 20, 2007
First, Bokura ga Ita is drama. Drama, drama, drama. If you don't want to watch a couple go over countless drama scenarios over and over and over, then don't bother with this show.
Second, and this might be a slight spoiler, but if you like one of the male leads more than the other, this will make or break the series for you. The male lead that I liked a lot didn't win out in the end, so naturally, I'm a little bitter (okay, more than a little).
Third, don't expect real life situations or problems. I don't believe Nanami or Yano handled a lot of their situations like a normal couple would. I'm definitely no expert on relationships, but sometimes you know how things would have happen. It's TV folks, expect some "Ooooookay" scenes.
And as for my last point. The series was good enough to watch, but not good enough to warrant a "go see it now" from me. As I said, I was dissatisfied with the Anime ending, so I will most likely pick up the manga to see where it leads. Judging by my desire to read the manga after watching of the Anime, I should think that says it did well enough to see. á read more
Jul 24, 2009
First off, the story. At some point, the constant break-ups and inner controversy of the main characters start confusing the watcher. Even though some real-life problems and issues are included, the storyline develops somewhat inadequately compared to what would happen in reality. 6/10
The art... When it comes to diversity and awkwardness, I'm usually in. But I got tired of the characters only having one eye most of the time, of the faint colors and lack of details.. Some watchers may not like the unusual way the noses and mouths were drawn. 4/10
When it comes to the sound, it was pretty good. The songs, even though not everybody's type, were well chosen and suited the anime quite alright. Thumbs up 8/10
The hardest part would, unanimously, be the characters. Even though it was obvious the authors wanted to accentuate on their qualities, no matter how I look at it, they lacked any sense a lot of the time. I failed to see the male main character's determination and for one reason or another, had the idea of him being a fraud all along. None of the characters seemed to care to listen to one another in crucial moments and seemed to overreact too much. And drama is about real life, after all... 4/10
Enjoyment. A hard one too, heh... in the beginning, the story grabbed me quite much. After the second half though, I gradually became unable to follow it. I felt like skipping the parts that were repeated more than once, as well as the countless flashbacks... I still had to finish it though, so it's a 6/10. :]
The overall would be around 6/10, and I am trying to be as realistic as possible about it without praising or disliking it.. I just didn't feel moved like I always do. read more
Jun 24, 2009
Story: 9 (Manages to suck me in to this story from the very beginning and somehow forces me to find out whats next)
Art: 4 (its just damn awkward staring at characters for long periods of time without eyes.)
Sound: 5 (Not every scene when the on screen characters, gasp, gulp, groan, or preforming an act of moe, needs to buzzed in.)
Character: 6 (The fantasy slowly and effortlessly turned into reality.)
Enjoyment: 6 (No matter if you're a drama buff or feeling nostalgic of that love lost, this is indeed a drama roller coaster.)
Overall: 30/50 = 6.0 (...What is happiness to YOU?)
This review is coming from a person who is not entirely into the Romantic Drama genre (prefer romantic comedies). So lets get to the brass tacks of this heart wrenching tale of an 'ordinary' girl and her boyfriend. Clearly the most important part of any deep seeded, plot twist driven, emotional roller coaster is the story. If you have watched any soap opera, telenovela, or romance anime/manga, you know how they normally go, Point A, plot twist, point b, repeat. This works perfectly fine in this show. And it even manages to suck me in to this story from the very beginning.
They perfectly sugar coat a taste of things to come, when you realize that such an important thing happens very early in the anime. I laughed a lot and cried a lot and even got pissed alot, but the story story still kept me wanting to know, 'whats going to happen next?' Behold, the power of the 'next episode' previews and skillfully placed teasers throughout the ending credits. Never have I experienced such a perfect mix of ending credits, cliffhangers, and music mold into such a unique experience, that I realized that i had spent over 10 hours watching this show.
Aside the standard 'shoujo style' of drawing, the art direction is actually very 'unique' to say the least. It's sort of hard to describe the awkwardness I kept feeling when ever I tried to determine the feelings of the characters on screen. The first thing that will stick out the most is that 90% of the time, you will see all the characters with either one eye or no eyes. Now I don't know if this is to avoid "watching" their emotions like we normally do and instead, watch their emotions through sounds via the voice acting and chance flags. Whatever the reason, its just damn awkward staring at characters for long periods of time without eyes. Sometimes its just downright scary. And a large amount of the time, its not even necessary.
Sometimes I thought this was just a move to save time and money since you will also realize that they do A LOT of flashback inserts, especially during the later episodes. If you take a technical standpoint to that issue, from episodes 15 through 26, a full 8 minutes is wasted to the last episode recap, opening theme, and flashbacks to previous episodes. That is disappointing to say the least. But in their defense, each episode is riddled with so many plot and emotional twists that most viewers would easily forget why they are acting 'that way.'
Another useful 'cost cutting' technique that they seem to over use would be the pan and scan shots. Which means they draw an 'elaborate' drawing, then they pan and/or zoom the camera up, down, left, right, in and/or out to get the most effect of the drawing. In small doses, this is perfectly fine like in very important (emotional) scenes. But they do take this technique to the Nth degree. Do we really need to see a pan-shot of Nanami's face with no eyes for a full 8 seconds? There are many artistic flaws like that.
A little bit off topic but, this series does lend itself to very beautiful still shots worthy of any picture frame. Just google search the images for this show and you will understand what I am saying. Ironically, that is the reason why I started watching this show is because of all the artwork depicting this show.
As with any drama, there is a wide range of emotions being displayed through all the characters. Some of them play it out very well, some of them not so much. But any show that manages to get the audience to relate or feel the same way as the characters on screen, should be commended. They did a great job in creating such a wide range of emotions by not only voice acting, but the music and sound effects played a large part into pushing that emotional envelope.
The various songs portrayed in this show all came in at perfect times and never felt like it was awkward or forced. The lyrics to all 9+ songs are sure to bring tears to any drama lovers eyes. As it did with me numerous times. There is nothing really wrong I can say about the music in this show. Its all very appropriate and at times, too appropriate.
Again, with such a great execution of song usage, they manage to screw things up with using the same sound effects over way, way, WAY too much. As seasoned, anime fans would know, when a chance time (or flag) occurs, a 'pleasant' beep would go off. It sounds harmless at first, until you realize they are going to use the same sound effect 10-15 times in every episode.
Not every scene when the on screen characters, gasp, gulp, groan, or preform an act of moe, needs to buzzed in. Granted, half of the time the characters don't have eyes (the most predominant way to read their emotions), but at least let the audience realize these flags on their own instead of literally chiming in for us.
Love them, hate them, or both, they do pull off their lines with ease. They can pull of their personalities with perfection, but for some reason, I had no connection to the characters after watching for a while. I grew to love Nanami and the other cast of characters early on (remember sugar coating), but the plot twists weren't living up to my expectations later in the series that I just gave up cheering for them. The fantasy slowly and effortlessly turned into reality. That's when I started to become disappointed with it as it started feeling like high school all over again. Take that however you may (good or bad) I'm sure you're like me and just end up wanting to watch what happens next 'just because'
It's also a little hard for me to feel an attachment to the characters when they appear not to have any eyes for no apparent reason. I feel like this show would feel much more complete if they completed drawing their eyes, no matter how ugly they are. Kudos to the main cast though as they did manage to just keep it somewhat interesting from beginning to end. Hell, I even caught myself yelling at the screen from time to time at how irrational this drama can be. But hey, that's life right?
No matter if you're a drama buff or feeling nostalgic of that love lost in your past, this is indeed an emotional roller coaster for the soul. Be prepared to cry tears of joy and sadness, and reflect on things that could have been that never were. You will most likely experience all of those things. But sadly the production value and direction they took this show is what ultimately gave me this score. I really wanted to give this show a 9 or even a 10, but the excessive nuances are just too much bear for this poor soul. Maybe they might do a re-release down the line. I'm sure that's just wishful thinking on my part. And on that note...
...What is happiness to you? read more
Nov 1, 2007
A girl falls in love with a popular guy through which the guy falls in love with her as well and then they started going out. Then things start to take a turn for the worse as the girl begins to question the guy's past which shakes their relationship. A story of love, heartaches, sercrets, dreams, etc. This is a show which couples can relate..or even those who still couldn't find love...you'll know the hardships of being in a relationship as well as the things that make it so wonderful. The series also has a bit of slapstick comedy to lighten up the mood. Quite a nice touch in my opinion.
Well, I couldn't say much about the art..it's simple. The characters don't look that cool or awesome as other animes, but they are characters which will be remembered. The bakcgrounds are simple, almost like they were just watercolored.
But despite the simplicity of the art, it's realistic. The characters clothing is a big example. They change clothes every episode or even during an episode. and the designs for the clothes are nice too.
Since this is a romance series, expect that there'll be a lot of drama and sad moments just as much as happy ones. The background music really goes well with the mood of each situation and just at the right time. I almost shed a tear at one point in the series coz of the situation and the music was just sad...I give the music team a thubs up! no two! XD
The reason why this anime is great. The plot alone isn't enough to make you interested in watching a series, the characters do. And here the characters make you hate them at some point, or feel sorry for them at other times. There is no real antagonist in this story coz all of the characters are acting out of their feelings, and when you're in love, sometimes it's hard to see if what you did or said is wrong until you see the result..and there's also character development especially in the two main characters (Yano and Nanami).
If you love romance, or romance anime to be particular, this is a definite must watch! read more
Mar 9, 2010
The story is pretty good (9), its very entrancing and you just need to know what happens next. Overall it was really depressing at times, but there was comedy used at the exactly right time so it kinda balanced it out.
The art...was a little weird so I gave it 6. But you do get used to it.
The sound -in the anime- made it all the more enjoyable. Props to the composer. Gave it a 9.
The charcters were the best. I gave 'em a 10. They're all increadibly likable (except one purple haired person) and you can get really attached.
For enjoyment I gave a 9 - because although this anime will stay with me for a long time, and is one of my favourites, it left me increadibly overwhelmed. I was honestly depressed for a whole day after I finished because ...well *sniff* its just that powerful. Although it probably is just me.
But really, I totally recommend eveyone who enjoys shojou to watch this. Because its brilliant. read more
Nov 24, 2010
We Were There, what can I say. It made me happy, sad, angry, laugh(a bit) and at the end it made me feel...a little empty. I know it sounds bad but it isn't not really. Read on>
Nanami is starting her high school life. Her first day there isn't going as smoothly as she would want; she forgot a classmates name and was given the wrong name by a guy she met, she also happens to start liking the same boy who caused trouble for her. She knows it's a bad idea. Can she win the heart of Yano and make him forget his past love?
Nanami, the lead girl who just wants to make the boy she likes happy and make him look at her, see her, for who she is instead of always comparing or living in the past. She's proof that you can't control who you start liking. she is honest about her feeling from the start. You'll feel sorry for her and at the same time a bit angry that she takes so much crap. I mean, come on!
Take who's only fault is that he fell inlove with his best friends girl friend. But, does he do anything about it? No, not really, not while they're together. He is there for her to talk to her when she feels lost and doesn't know what to do. He was probably one of my first friend-zoned characters in anime for me, and it's a shame really..not gonna say anything more on that.
Yano is unbelievably sweet (sometimes) but he is so dense. He's the type of person that if he's good, he's so good, but if he's bad, he should get kicked in the balls for what an insensitive ass he is. You just want to scream at him, "Move on Yano!" Gonna be honest, he just made me angry, maybe I need to drink more tea or something.
Sometimes you have to lose something to notice it's true value, but do you have to lose something multiple times? Come on!
The video quality wasn't bad, to put in in one word would be mellow. Like the soundtrack, and their voices were genuine to their character and not annoying. The art is different, and a little old fashioned but pleasant. It wasn't like regular bubbly anime that focuses on girls boobs or really huge eyes and I thought that was nice. Reminded me a little of "Lovely Complex"
The beginning it's better then the end. Maybe better isn't the right word. It's sweet. You expect it to end differently. I wasn't happy when I finished it but now that it's had time to settle, it ended just as it should have. Bittersweet.
Now why did it left me feeling empty/a little depressed? Because they don't give themselves a break. They have the worst timing and even though they love each other it's just never ends happy. They expect for it to be 100% ok and life isn't 100% ok. You have to know some things are messed up and you have to move on! Me frustrated? Pfft
Why an 8 if I sound so unhappy with it, heck if I know, the anime is like a worm that crawls into your brain and cleans up so that it can be the one to mess things up. cooks for you and things. When it leaves it makes you a little sad that it did, just proving that it wasn't so bad. I just gave a worm analogy that I'm not even sure of. I need to reduce my caffeine...
But then again, when she said at the beginning the lline, "..this is definitely going to be the worst mistake of my life..." you can't really expect for it to be sunflowers and chocolates.Yum chocolates.
May 18, 2010
The storyline, I will give 4/10. The idea is somewhat original and is pretty realistic, a characteristic that you don't find in many animes.
As for art, 1/10. Watch 5 minutes and you'll know what I mean.
The sound is decent, though it could have been a lot better.
The characters are pretty interesting, despite the poor quality of this show.
As for enjoyment of watching this, it might make you depressed. There is not much of a plot in this romance story, and the guy's controlling behavior makes you want to punch him half the time. Overall, I give this anime a 2/10. read more
Jul 2, 2010
Let's start with the problem of the plot itself. Why is it that it's always a popular boy with a problem who is admired by some timid girl? Yes I understand that the popular boys are the ones with the traits us girls like but it's not like we strive to date a popular guy. I can almost guess that the friend of the popular Yano, Take will most likely fall in love with Nana at some point in the story. Maybe it was suppose to be that obvious within the first episode already but I seriously doubt they wanted the plot to be exposed before we've gotten a grasp of the characters.
The characters are just so cliché that I count even count how many animes have the exact personalities of Nana and Yano. Nana, the girl who just about fits in with the crowd, doesn't really stand out and is a total pushover when it comes to class related situations. The common "Nana" always depends on the "Yano" to come to her rescue like some prince charming. Corresponding to that, the "Yano" of the galaxy must always come save the damsel in distress "Nana" even though he finds it rather needy. But the "Yano" type of character must always help out the dependent "Nana" because he's just the type of guy every girl wants, helpful, charming and kind.
The art was another story. If I really wanted to see this kind of art, I’d re-watch Lovely Complex because the art is pretty much just a better version of the art in Bokura Ga Ita. The character designs are rather simple and bland for my liking and the colors aren't bold enough to be eye catching and comfortable. It's pretty much like looking at a canvas painted a beige so light it looks like nothing but white.
All in all if there was a sequel I’d say "didn't like the first, don't plan on watching the second."
May 9, 2010
anime Bokura ga ita
In other words a waste of time on useless characters - children and their inclinations emovskih
(All bad, he does not love me, etc.)
Start honestly intrigued me, because I have always liked romance, do not know if the creators
confused her, instead of romantic melodrama, they have done "a la Santa Barbara", whether it is anime constructed
only for girls who love this genre and from that strange and appreciation of the anime ...
Story: 1 (boy, girl meet, then parted, then again there are - for mneya is quiet
horror of snot and confusing emotions)
Art: 1 (The most terrible show-off that I've seen, although I do not care for showing off extreme, but constantly
closed bangs when they have problems and not middle of painting the characters of the second plan, it is my vyvorazhivaet)
Sound: 1 (tedious music, all I can say)
Character: 1 (I do not understand the nature of these characters, I can kind of person who over trifles
do not survive, and if there was love, you can find another, but probably not destiny)
Enjoyment: 1 (It was a feeling of "When will it end, and when finally one of the protagonist'll bet
girl and make her truly happy? ! !)
Overall: 1 No comment
Jun 17, 2014
After each fight, they would make up and the same thing would happen again. Neither one seemed to try harder to make it work. They just wouldn't get it into their heads what they needed to do. Both Yano and Nanami were making me frustrated throughout the whole anime. Yano wouldn't let go of the past and Nanami had major trust issues. In order for their relationship to go farther, they needed to fix these flaws and it was quite obvious.
Anyway, you get the point that they had problems. It was majorly disappointing to see their pitiful relationship. I just could not enjoy the story and I did not have feelings for either of the characters. Rather than enjoying the anime, it was as if I was being socked in the face over and over with the painful drama cycle. It would have just been easier and a lot less miserable if they broke up and never got back together if they're just going to contiue fighting. Nanami and Yano didn't seem to have true feelings for each other, because if they did, they would want each other's happiness. This was no romance anime, it was a war zone.
I would be lying if I said that I didn't like anything from it, though. It had nice music and the art wasn't too bad. There was some good comedy in there as well. But if I knew of all the craziness I was getting myself into before watching this, I wouldn't have touched it. It's probably a more realistic view of high school relationships, but I think I prefer ones that I would enjoy. If you like drawn-out drama and heartbreaking romances, then you may like it. read more
Oct 14, 2007
The characters are the usual clueless filled with uncertainty, fighting over small things and dwelling too deep, trying to attach meaning to things that are much simple, dragging the show into an overextended carrousel that could be done in much lesser episodes, theres the usual love triangles and lots of unrequited love but their just treated as secondary characters mostly. The drawings seem way too simple at the beggining but their more detailed on the crucial scenes and on the closeups, I'm not sure if its an artistic choice or just a way to produce faster but it looks decent enough and in this genre its not really the main concern anyway, it does a good job conveying the feelings of the characters and portraying them to the viewer and thats what matters here. One of my favorite details on the characters is definitely the cuteness in the girls, the clothes, the expressions and even the weird hairstyles of the lead female.
The plot evolves into countless break ups and getting back together, it prolly was meant like that but their always contradicting themselves and falling in the same mistakes not learning but also not giving up, it portrays how clueless a teenager can be and how the events in his life make him grow into a stronger adult, but its far from a reality scenario, I personally didn't like it, I don't mind fantasy but when your revolving around human emotions there should be some reality basis there and the show just seems to twist them as they want and in the end their feelings don't evolve much, definitely the weak point here, not so much the story but the development is flawed turning into a loop trying to better explain things and dragging out for too long.
The music is one of the good parts, calm and tender, well placed in the emotional moments soothing the mood. The voice actors sound just right on the characters in all the moments.
Overall Its a decent show but mostly for fans of the style, it doesn't shine as a great anime, its not original and has some considerable flaws. The art is.. diferent but like-able and the sound is good so technically its good raising its ratings, but the development is way too slow and I feel it wasted allot of time going over and over where it could have been resumed without hurting the context, it also has plenty of repeated flashbacks wich might be acceptable for someone who watches the episodes spaced out but for someone who devours it quickly will make you feel like skipping some parts specially in the second half of the show.
Jun 5, 2008
The story may be a bit cliche, but i think it was portrayed quite well. and if you are a romance-drama fan like myself then you would not mind. I think that the story is quite realistic and this is something i look at because then you can empathize with the character, even if you don't it grips you because you cannot really tell what will happen because reality is harsh and thats a fact. The complications that arise from the supporting characters makes the story interesting and the twists kee p you on the edge of your seat.
The Art was great i guess, im not so particular about the art but i think they were able to bring out the mood of the story quite well, and the scenic drawings are quite nice
The songs were great. They definitely suit this anime, being sentimental. The drama is brought out thanks to the songs and the insert songs are done up very nicely, you may even like some of the songs as you go along especially since there are like 8 different songs to end the episodes, and they are not in consecutive order,they are selectively used to suit the ending of the episode,which is quite rare in an anime so the sound was astounding.
The characters are of course important in the story with the supporting characters playing fairly big roles and are not left out at all like some other animes, they get a good deal of showtime. I myself found that i preferred one of the support chracters to the main chracter and it had me going like how sad it was for him...well i won't spoil it so go found out yourself...the main chracter Nanami is the narrator of the story and it is important as we get inside the mind of the chracter and see things from her point of view mostly, but its interesting too.
I thoroughly enjoyed the show being a drama-romance addict. The show also had its fair share of comic relief from time to time so its not serious everybit of the way. Its one of those shows where every episode leads to the next so your constantly watching non-stop(caution:once you start make you sure you have several hours ahead of you free).
The show really pull at your heartstrings. It is a very touching and meaningful story, you will definitely regret it if you don't watch it, its not everyday that you can find an anime like this. A second season will be out in june 2008 so i'm really looking foward to it, you will be too when you finish watching it. :) read more
Oct 28, 2008
The story was really good, very interesting and it was realistic. This story in Bokura ga Ita can really happen, so I found the anime really great. It was really well imagine how you would act itself.
The character was really great. There were what you did not like, but otherwise it was great. About some people have much to learn about some not, but it was good.
Especially the two main people liked it, the two are really sweet.
The drawing style is perhaps a bit of getting used to, but if you look at it appeared then that is no problem, because you become accustomed to it, the story is really good and realistic. It's just not as a style as today's animes but good.
The music in the anime was also great, there were always beautiful music to the relevant scenes. I very much liked.
Who likes romances and dramas can only recommend it, it is realistic and well done. A must for those of the romances and dramas like. read more
Jan 3, 2009
Bokura ga Ita to całkiem niezła historia romantyczna opowiadająca o związku szkolnego idola i przeciętnej dziewczyny. Wbrew pozorom ten ograny schemat wyszedł twórcom naprawdę dobrze i na pewno pod względem fabularnym jest innowacyjny. Otóż bowiem anime nie skupia się na męczącym zdobywaniu swojej upragnionej miłości przez dwadzieścia parę odcinków, ale pokazuje co się dzieje później i jak ciężko wśród niedomówień i przypadku utrzymać prawdziwe uczucie. Obserwujemy więc 3 lata wspólnego życia bohaterów, bardzo ładnie zamknięte przez twórców.
Z powodu niskiego budżetu, grafika nie stoi na wysokim poziomie, jednak mi przypadła do gustu. Zwłaszcza ciekawy efekt "ucinania" połowy twarzy. Na początku irytuje, potem nawet znośne. Z braku środków, stosuje się też duże rozmycie tła, aby ukryć małą liczbę elementów, ale to tylko dodaje uroku w serii romantycznej, takiej jak ta.
Postaci również jest niewiele. Tak naprawdę wszystko kręci się wokół piątki, szóstki bohaterów w całym anime! Ale i tu duże brawa dla twórców. Jak sami zobaczycie tyle postaci potrafi narobić i tak sporego zamieszania.
Na koniec kilka słów o muzyce. Nigdzie w anime nie spotkałem tak romantycznych i nastrojowych ballad jak tu. Przewijają się one przez całą historię, a dodatkowo całkiem ładnie kończą poszczególne odcinki. Reszta tła muzycznego - raczej uboga.
Podsumowując. Jeśli szukacie dobrej historii miłosnej, prawdziwej i mogącej mieć swoje odzwierciedlenie w życiu, z całą odpowiedzialnością polecam to anime. A uboga grafika? Potraktujcie ją jako ciekawy styl kreski, formę retro. read more
Jul 11, 2009
It is about the relationship of Yano and Takahashi, the two main characters, and that may sound a little plain and possibly predictable. But the characters are so loveable that you can’t help but get even a little attached and that alone will blind you from any predictability in the series. It is relatable to everyone who has been in or out of love and this series almost perfectly depicts how astounding first love can really be. And that’s my favourite part of the series: how amazing the love was between the two characters. The series also adds some mysterious elements to it as Takahashi tries to dig up Yano’s past. (So their relationship isn't all sunshine and daisies because Yano's past wasn't either.)
The only downside to this may be the art. I find that the art isn’t as colourful or detailed as something as Clannad, for example. There are some funny times when the characters have only one eye. =P
I love the music in the series and it was nice how they inserted music over certain moments in every episode. It really helped to emphasize the meaningfulness.
Overall, I feel that it is an amazing series and I recommend it to anyone who loves romance with a little bit of comedy. I can even slightly compare this to Twilight (only a little bit) so if you liked Twilight I guess you'll love this series(?)
Jul 28, 2013
Also, this is my first review, so please check it out.
The story is really interesting, but there are some main problems : In this anime everything is about a girl's crush and his past girlfriends. They see neither the present, nor the past and the only thing that happens is that the girl is hurted. There aren't any other couples' stories. Also, The first series of the anime are dinamic - especially the 1st one - then, untill the middle of the anime, the plot gets slower and slower and in the last series of the anime you're like "It's so boring, let me finish it faster so I could start another one".
The art of the anime is special by itself, it's different and some scenes (usually scenes are not fully drawn and there are some kind of pink baloons surrounding the characters) show how does the main character feels.
Thats what the bad thing about art is, too. It's really driving you crazy when there are people with one eye or with no eyes. And these baloons are usually made to miss parts of scenes which makes the anime less real.
About music: Music was fitiing well, theme songs and openings were really good as well, but in the second half of the anime, as lots of boring and filler episodes start to appear, sound changed a lot, too. For example, Nana's (she's a main character) voice couldn't be compared with what it was in the first series.
The whole plot is about 3-4 characters only. The good thing about them: They are little as a number, but they are done very well. Their nature is very good and each of their stories is exciting.
Bokura ga Ita starts very well but it continues like a long soap drama. Music is good, but bad art makes enjoyment less.
Bokura ga Ita isn't as good as it is supposed to be.Sometimes it is too cliched and predictable. It's good for people who like good romantic soap dramas, but for these who's searching for exciting animes, it's really a waiste of time, especially in the end. The plot of the story is pretty interesting, but it would fit better in 12-13 episodes than in 26. Sound was good and enjoyment is different about each one.
I hope I helped! Sorry for my mistakes, again! read more