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English: Bokurano
Synonyms: Bokurano: Ours
Japanese: ぼくらの


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 9, 2007 to Sep 25, 2007
Premiered: Spring 2007
Broadcast: Mondays at 01:30 (JST)
Licensors: Discotek Media
Studios: Gonzo
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.711 (scored by 34,766 users)
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Ranked: #11102
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #931
Members: 115,753
Favorites: 1,002


Bokurano and Madoka both feature young people in a serious situation that may affect the world. In both series, the children must fight and win at all cost. The characters in each are also guided by a mysterious being throughout their course.  
report Recommended by Tsukari
Eva and Bokurano deconstruct the mecha genre by adding layers of extremely dark psychological content. Both are highly visceral, the action being centered around children who are forced into a conflict of literally cosmic proportions. In these series the nature of the enemy is ambiguous to the extreme, which makes the whole experience all the more poignant. Eva's latter episodes focus heavily on existential topics, which are replaced in Bokurano with a more psychological approach. The limitless situations the casts are subjected to and the depth of characterization makes these anime masterpieces, with an appeal that goes beyond the giant robot niche.  
report Recommended by Nocturnal
Both Bokurano and Gantz are about a dreadful game that entraps its players and submits them to inhuman torment. Gantz is considerably more violent in terms of credible gore while Bokurano is more pervasive insofar as the violence is mostly psychological yet in both there is an overwhelming feeling of unfairness and unavoidable doom. The mystery that surrounds the nature of the game is similar in both series, Bokurano eventually provides an explanation that ties up with larger than life consequences while Gantz remains enigmatic through and through. 
report Recommended by Nocturnal
Kids fighting for their lives, knowing full well most of them won't make it out alive. While Mirai Nikki is a bit more violent, both have their fair share of nightmare fuel and horrifying revelations as the stories unfold. 
report Recommended by lithiumflower
Settings of these shows are quite diffenent, Bokurano with its sf-mecha elements and NTHT's harsh fantasy world. Both series show the more evil twisted side of human nature. And the most important point: the main protagonists are all kids. These kids have to deal with the "adult" situations and the consequences of their actions in a cruel world. 
report Recommended by DarkLaila
I've been passing this recommendation around in my head for a while and I figured why not put it out there. The similarities might not hit you right off the back, they are structured completely differently, Bokurano is based around small arc for each of the pilots, while Infinite Ryvius focuses on the whole plot, but once you get underneath, they both are very similar. Both shows present a large cast of unique children placed in a perilous situation against their will or better judgment. But mainly they share the same themes, responsibility, loss of innocence, power, and politics. You get many different ideas on each  read more 
report Recommended by TheWestExit
Both series from the same mangaka so there is alot of similar things. Character types, themes, approach, the structure of the story line. 
report Recommended by led
In both series, a group of young kids has their lives certainly changed when they are dragged into a twisted game that depends on survival. Rather, they must fight to survive and wrong decisions will led to consequences - being death. The main antagonist of the series also has some similarities. Koemushi and Monokuma both are sarcastic but wields considerable powers that makes him fearful. As such, he also acts as a sort of moderator of the game and the kids are the players. 
report Recommended by Stark700
High quality sci-fis. There aren`t much similarities except the most important thing:the unique atmosphere is present in both.  
report Recommended by faye
Both are disturbing tales about a group of children with special powers, forced into a situation they did not choose for themselves—with severe consequences. 
report Recommended by Oriolidae
Both RahXephon and Bokurano deal with children who are tasked with protecting the world from "aliens invading the earth". However, things are not quite that simple in either show. Both deal with issues of humanity and loss as their respective plots develop. 
report Recommended by slax
Similar stories, both feature a wide range of characters who fight to protect what they consider precious. In both anime many characters will die because of the mystifying "game". 
report Recommended by ayEwyllie
The same feeling of "someone else is controlling my life" even though Bokurano as of yet is a lot darker than Kokoro Connect 
report Recommended by CatchMyHead
In both Anime, the characters who are mostly children get involved in some kind of game without knowing the serious consequences, and in both shows the kids are not necessarily friends or don't become ones (which makes them different from MadoMagi & YuYuYu and others) 
report Recommended by Ajuma
Group of kids forced to pilot a mecha to fight some unconventional enemy, the enemy in both anime holds darker secret behind them. 
report Recommended by millo
Fafner and Bokurano deal with young pilots who are forced to ride mechas in order to defend their homes at all costs. Fighting an enemy whose true nature proves to be ambiguous, the children in both series are manipulated by corrupt adults and must find the strength to deal with the chaos and violence that threatens them. Bokurano is perhaps a greater tour de force than Fafner (with its relatively tame content), but in both cases the personal relationships established between the pilots, each other, and their loved ones are at the forefront of the narrative, providing a solid emotional background for the action. Both  read more 
report Recommended by Nocturnal
In essence, both series features are comparable to a game in which survival is absolute and lives will be lost if the wrong moves are made. Both series has different ways of presenting the action but have supernatural features. There's also a main cast of characters focused on survival. There's also some mystery regarding the origins of the situation the characters are in. Both series also features some horror and violence dealing with the reality of death. 
report Recommended by Stark700
Both have children as the main characters, some kind of missions and high technologies. Also, a bit dark story line. 
report Recommended by miiyo
Both are pretty depressing and about childhood friends. Bokurano includes a different plot surrounded by mechs, whereas AnoHana was more about finding what was lost and coming together. 
report Recommended by swittx
Both of these anime have an enticing plot, unexpected plot twists, complex character backstories and a relation to unexplainable powers that make all involved have to take some really interesting choices. Also, if you are a fan of anime music, the soundtrack of Bokurano and Durarara is great, the songs fit perfectly with the anime's atmosphere. I strongly suggest both of them if you are searching for an impressive plot and some thrilling fight scenes. 
report Recommended by LoneObserver
Both have a certain plot twist in common. Both contain mechs. Both become very dark as the plot continues, though Nadesico is more of a comedy and stays light hearted a lot longer than Bokurano. 
report Recommended by M0richild
Both series have a very cynical outlook of human nature. 
report Recommended by Valkqt
Both are dark in tone. They both require the viewer to make an effort to understand the message that is being conveyed to them. It is not your typical "MOE MOE, TSUNDERE," these shows were both made for mature audiences.  
report Recommended by PoeticJustice
If you're a masochist who enjoys consuming nihilistic material, then both of these series will probably be to your liking. 
report Recommended by AmbiguousMonster
Both series: -Have a somewhat episodic structure that becomes more cohesive near the end -Place a large cast of interesting characters in precarious, morally gray, and often no-win situations -Are utterly tragic at times and genuinely uplifting at others 
report Recommended by Gallowglas
Things that are sopposibly programmed in a computer come to the real world, and it's up to a bunch of kids to save the world. This disprition could fit both Bokurano and Digimon: Our War Game. Sure, the kids in Bokurano are older, and the series is darker. 
report Recommended by Ameonna93
Both shows are about kids in a dark setting where they are in a situation without much hope. In both shows the kids seem to face something similar to aliens or mosters but in a totally different way. 
report Recommended by DaCraziGuy
-Both anime has concept of multiple Earths/worlds and sci-fi based. -Enemy from different Earth comes to this Earth and people fights it. In World Trigger,it's people in Border Defense fights with a special weapon called "trigger." In Bokurano,it's 15 kids fights with a huge robot called "Zearth"  
report Recommended by Nekoutsu
I'm really surprised no one has compared these here before. While the details of the similarities in plot are in spoiler territory, they have a lot in common. Both of them have similar wide reaching consequences and both of them have the same mecha related despair and slow realization that things are lot worse than initially suspected. The feeling of desperation and insignificance faced by the protagonists of both shows is very similar as well. 
report Recommended by chiricoS
Extremely dark psychological content (showing both the good and bad of humanity), both involve children/teens who are forced into a conflict of literally cosmic proportions, and both have depressing ends. 
report Recommended by kaypeace17
Both series are consist of a series episodic plot involving gruesome, violence texture to reveal the dark side of human nature with a tragic and devastating main story.  
report Recommended by ys19931006
Children making tough decisions in an apocalyptic scenario? Death everywhere? Potentially-backstabbing adults? There are few anime series to turn to when sick of high school-aged or even young adult main characters, and that's exactly why both of these series are gems. Will the children fight for freedom or accept the life they've been dealt? Bokurano is an amazing series that you should definitely look into if you are enjoying Owari no Seraph. 
report Recommended by VanadiumV
Planet With = Bokurano Light Both are mecha series with a strong focus on adolescent character development and intentional theme exploration like, the importance of looking at things from new and different perspectives, the power of empathy AND sympathy, and recovering from past tragedy. Bokurano is significantly darker, and would not be an appropriate show to show someone under the age of 14, while Planet With takes a much more child/family friendly approach to its themes, yet both have a similar tone and atmosphere that will probably endear them to anyone who has seen and enjoyed one or the other.  
report Recommended by relyat08
They both feature plots revolving heavily around divergence theory, though in very different ways. 
report Recommended by NavyCherub
MSG Victory and Bokurano both feature children as mecha pilots. They are forced to face the reality of saving the world from invaders with the former being attacked by a spaceborne empire and the latter being parallel Earths. The main difference is only one mecha is available for a particular Earth while MSG Victory of course being part of the Gundam metaseries features many. Also, both shows feature tragedy, sadness, depression, the relationship between relatives, friends and families and some level of comedy. All in all, both shows feature one infamous feature and that is called 'KILL EM ALL' wherein one or more characters are  read more 
report Recommended by FalloutShounen3
Both have the mecha factor in them, but also a nice dose of slice-of-life themes. Cool-ass fights, robots, characters with background stories and nice plots. 
report Recommended by kurieta
Piloting mechas that take something from you .. Recommending Valvrave season 2 because it's the darker and somewhat more psychological one, but of course one should start with S1. 
report Recommended by Sixshot
They both have a gigantic robot-guardian of Earth ridden by a 15 year-old. The fights are episodic with different opponents. And in both animes the military is trying to meddle in and trying to take control of the robots. The plots are generally quiet different, with Bokurano having more thriller and drama elements, more main characters and different stories intertwined. Reideen is mainly revolving around one boy's life and the story is filled with more action. 
report Recommended by poljaff
Both deal with a group of children thrust into dangerous and traumatic situations because they have been "chosen" to protect their world.  
report Recommended by kasumisama
Bokurano and Saikano do not appear very similar on the surface but they share the same overreaching theme of foreboding doom, subjecting their respective casts to situations of intense despair. Both deal with the end of the world as we know it; in Saikano due to human folly and war and in Bokurano due to a bizarre game of fatal consequences. In both anime the protagonists are very young people forced to deal with extreme situations in which death is ever present and annihilation threatens. Saikano has an element of romance while Bokurano deals with family and friendship relations first and foremost. These are anime  read more 
report Recommended by Nocturnal
Bokurano and Fafner-Right of Left are mecha titles in which the robots serve to develop the characters. In both series children are forced to wage an excruciating battle with an aura of bittersweet tragedy that weights upon everyone. Bokurano does an exceptional job in fleshing out a rather vast cast while Right of Left focuses more exclusively on two characters; in both the human element is much more important than the action and these somewhat underrated titles deserve considerably more attention than they receive.  
report Recommended by Nocturnal
These series aren't alike at all really. But at the same time there is something that sort of reminds me of the other. While in Higurashi the characters are close they aren't so much in Bokurano. There is an hanging feeling of hopelessness and despair in Bokurano because of what happens to the pilots of the Zearth the same hopelessness and despair is easily found in Higurashi too.  
report Recommended by Niacinamide
So, uhh, maybe it is kind of impulsive to compare Monster to Bokurano? But these two shows have incredible twists that might break your momma's back. (And a few Bokurano kids act about as bad as some of the kids from Monster.) They're both not 100% pessimistic, however, which is meant to be some kind of reassurance, right...right?  
report Recommended by zewho
Both are EXCEPTIONALLY dark mecha shows with aliens and young protagonists. Thematically similar, but vastly different in terms of plot. 
report Recommended by slax
Both involve threats to the world, and both involve a large group of people - mostly children as leaders - taking on the threat, and being unable to rely on government institutions which even actively get in the way of their progress. 
report Recommended by antipopulace
In both Bokurano and Chikyuu Bouei Kazoku, a group of people are given a task to protect their Earth, and as story progresses, each character's dark background expands. 
report Recommended by BritishPie21
When I was watching the third episode of SAO- I thought of Bokurano. I don't know exactly why, maybe it's the atmosphere? Anyway, they both explore death. In Sword Art Online, 10,000 people are trapped in the game world. If they die in game, they die in real life. For Bokurano, 15 kids agree to play a game that later turned out to take place in reality. If they lose, everyone dies. Both anime's deal with having death smacked into plain view, and how the characters deal with what stands right before their eyes. 
report Recommended by DarkAngelz
-Shounen -Human(s) gain amazing power -Fight to save the world -Evil non-human comic relief character (Ryuuk and Dung Beetle) -Many people die -Suspensful -Thrillers 
report Recommended by SugarNSpice
Both involve alternate universes being manipulated into fighting each other for a third alternate universe's benefit. 
report Recommended by grond
Kids controlling 'gods' and using them to fight against other 'gods'. Chiaki Ishikawa sings all the songs too. 
report Recommended by siutou
Both Bokurano and Higashi no Eden revolve around a game which has certain number of players and all that there is for the losers is death. 
report Recommended by Ritsuka
The plot of Digimon Adventure and Bokurano both start with children being chosen during a summer camp to represent and protect their planet. There is also a reason for those children being chosen, but in Bokurano it's shown sooner. These series also involve parallel universes connected somehow, and what is done where children are brings consequences to their universe or world of origin. Children in both anime fight for some reason alongside with beings (in the case of Bokurano, just one being, Zearth) that are not common in their world. At first, children think that's not real (in Bokurano, a simple game, and Digimon Adventure,  read more 
report Recommended by Likinhz