Bokura starts out with a cozy small town atmosphere, and you don't realise the potaganist is a 16 year old girl until she tells us so herself, because the artwork makes all the characters look rather agelessly middle schooled.
So Nori is on her way to the train station to pick up a boy who is coming to live with his uncle now, due to unknown familial circumstances, only this boy has stayed in this town 8 years ago as well. On her way, she meets up with her friend Kyousuke but his girlfriend seems bent on glaring at Nori until she hastily departs. Hmm, suspcious.
Back to The Boy Who Returns, who has now turned disarmingly handsome, 15 years old Haruna. Though on the way back, he feels unsentimental about the town and has little memories associates with the roads here, soon he and Nori find a place which makes him remember some happy times.
Nori is in her first year of high school while Haruna is to finish middle school this year. In her class, we meet her best friend, the pensive and somewhat in love with her long gone calligraphy teacher, Saeka. She sees through everyone's facades and is always one step ahead of the game. She seems to share some condescending chemistry with Kyousuke, but it's subtle and ambiguous what their relationship exactly is.
So we have these four main characters and the trials and tribulations they face, along with plenty of back stories on each of them and their respective pasts, which have been instrumental in shaping their current personalities. While the plot is simplistic, there is an ethereal feel to the entire storytelling process, supplemented by the atmosphere of the town they live in. So far, in 5 chapters, I have seen no unnecessary melodrama and the dialogue and inner monologue, while pithy is surprisingly precocious for a bunch of 16 year olds.
There isn't much romance or outrageous humour in any situation, rather a scene here or there may be funny or touching, but mostly, it's a look into the lives of youngsters and their motivations. It's not fast paced or terribly engrossing, but it does emanate a sense of content once you read it.
Each chapter comes out slowly but unwraps a new layer to each or all of the characters. It doesn't have any cliched traits or the overbearing sudden-realisation moments of head-over-heels love, yet it isn't replete with annoying shoujo stereotypes such as insecure lovelorn-ness or a pathetic mess of a sobbing girl.
What is of course most touching and engrossing about this gentle read is that each character is evolving, or having made up their minds that they needn't evolve because they are already their perfect versions, make mistakes, and resolve to improve. So even if the events progress might be slow the story is constantly MOVING FORWARD, not just in terms of romantic development which of course any shoujo romance is all about. This plot provides a refreshing look into high school for kids who are obviously too grown up for it!
There are 4 protagonists in this Manga. It shows their point of view with the current situations.
Nori- A very childlike girl. (do not mistake, she isnt like those stupid girls who are shy and cant do anything right) who's childhood friends with Haruna, Saeka, and kyouske. She's more of a happy go lucky girl.
Haruna- A more reserved guy who doesnt want to show his feelings. He came back to the town recently. he was very close to nori when he was a child.
Saeka- A beautiful matured girl who had known kyouske and nori the most when she was a child. she thinks of nori
more than anyone because nori had done her a favor when they were kids.
Kyousuke- He is the school prince and gets everything he wants. But when Haruna comes he starts to get troubled.