This manga is something different compared to what I've read before. It has an intriguing and unique story that sets the tone for a roller coaster of events and emotions. This manga's story is so dark that it becomes almost lighthearted. It uses its dark elements to create irony and some incredibly dark humor. This manga has a level of realism that many manga wish to obtain. It's intense and keeps you on your seats to what will happen next and makes you feel angst, dread, uneasy, and uncomfortable. The story's realism is used as many events happen unexpectedly and leaves the audience fearing for
what will happen next. The art fits in with the story very well and uses facial features as a main focus in the comedy and lets you feel the emotions from the characters. Though, it's not the best art I've seen, it has many moments which makes my stomach drop and anxious as the scenes play out. HOWEVER, the art and the story (no matter how unique it is), does not make the manga what it is. The characters do. The way the main cast of characters start out and how they become at the end are very realistic and relatable and makes you question your friendships, sanity, and the world itself. The characters use money as a way to escape the guilt and reality. Then, reality comes crashing down at them and forces them to accept their actions and consequences that come with it. The way the characters react to situations and move forward makes this manga worth my time. The manga makes you conflicted for the characters since they deserve everything that is happening, but at the same time, you feel for the characters. Overall, I loved this manga very much, but it was not for the feint hearted.
I've been a fan of Kaneshiro Muneyuki for some time now and Bokutachi no Yarimashita is no exception. Dark and ponderous, it follows four high school boys after they carelessly commit a crime that goes on to torment them for the rest of their lives. It's certainly not your typical manga. The characters are all incredibly flawed and the events and message are uniquely grim. However, like Kaneshiro's other works, it shines in how it forces the reader to rethink the meaning of life and the world around them.
The story begins with Tobio, an ordinary high school boy who spends his time with three other
questionable friends, including the shrimpy, gossipy Maru, the incredibly lustful Isami, and last but not least, the much-older high school dropout Paisen who throws around his money in order to keep his friends around. When Maru is attacked by a gang from a nearby high school, Tobio and his friends decide to bomb the school as revenge (all over the course of a couple chapters, which goes from 0 to 100 real fast.) Although they commit the crime jokingly, they quickly see the consequences: the death of four students and a hunt for the criminals.
It's incredibly clear from the start: Tobio and his friends are, to be frank, assholes. They're immature. They're materialistic. They care about money, sex, and having fun, without ever really thinking their actions through. However, after their crime, they're forced to develop and change as they run from the law. They each come upon their own answers for right and wrong and struggle to live when burdened with incredible guilt. They don't magically end up good people, and they don't magically end up happy. Even many years after they graduate, they're still plagued with the consequences of their mistakes and unsure with how to move on. However, the change they each go through as they find meaning in their lives is remarkable. Each one of them has personal adventures and personal turning points in their character, including an unexpected pregnancy and a confrontation with parental neglect. What's interesting is how they approach these issues. They each go through their own personal journeys and character arcs and thus end up different places. Kaneshiro Muneyuki carefully illustrates how their lives change as a result of the single incident and turns the four boys into real people, however flawed they may be. He explores their relationships with the people around them as well as one another, and although he covers many honestly terrible things, the raw emotion and the reader's immersion in the story makes it new and thoughtful, rather than graphic and dark simply for the sake of being grotesque.
I have to say, I'm not really huge on the art. However, I also have to admit that it suits the story perfectly. The expressions of the characters in particular are incredibly well-drawn and always go a long way in telling the story since they're just so in-your-face. The art is graphic when it needs to be and subtle when it needs to be. It honestly just works. I'm reminded vaguely of the art in Imawa no Kuni no Alice (Alice in Borderland), my favorite psychological manga, with some of the stylistic decisions (and even some aspects of the character development).
To conclude, Kaneshiro Muneyuki does an excellent job of developing the four friends into their own individual people. Although the series is dark and many of the events are graphic and grotesque, the uncomfortable feeling the scenes leave you with also serve the story's purpose: to make you think about how you're living your life. In this case, each character asks himself the same question: what is the meaning of life and how can you move on from your past? As much as they try to move on from their mistakes, they are forced to confront them and deal with their feelings of remorse and guilt indefinitely. It ends with a note of hope as they each continue to struggle through life. However, no matter how much they progress, they will always remember the bombing and the fact that they were the ones who did it.
This one is a good example where the manga is ruined by said "comedy".
Boku-tachi ga Yarimashita is one of the strangest manga I come across. It’s so unique, but I don’t mean it in positive or negative way. To be honest, I don’t know why I keep reading this manga considering it has a long chapter and it also doesn’t even have anything redeeming except for its not-so-common theme that executed quite well and few adult hot scenes.
Despite it’s supposed to be a comedy manga, I don’t find this manga funny at all. The author’s attempt to create comedy is only by making his
characters do some “funny” pose or make a weird expression that aren’t funny at all. You can’t be funny just like that, it’s the situation that makes something funny. That’s said this manga has some kind of weird humor if it was really supposed to be a comedy manga.
This manga started on by youngsters committed a crime and try to run. But the focus of the manga isn’t on the crime itself but how the characters and their relationship changes afterwards, mostly about their responsibility, friendship between them and their romantic life. Talking about romance in this manga, it’s full of adult scenes and uncomfortable scenarios including cheating with sex.
The thing that may be disturbing is those mistakes seem like jokes for it not being taken seriously, but I believe it’s for a reason because the manga hasn’t finished yet (Chapter 62). They haven’t taken responsibility or got what they deserved. But there’s a sign already that some characters will soon come to an understanding of their mistakes and take responsibility. After all, this manga is a coming of age manga. It deals with some mistakes that youngsters may commit, how those mistakes could affect them and how they learn from those mistakes. I actually enjoy such a theme and I like how some popular authors keep making something about the theme in account, but this one is bad for its try hard attempt to be funny that fail.
That’s said. I don’t enjoy this manga thanks to the said “comedy”. But the cheating-sex scene was hot af. Well, if you are into it, you’ll find some chapters in this manga as amazing.
Bokutachi Ga Yarimashita, more than anything, is a coming-of-age story about coming to terms with the decisions you make. It forces the audience to confront some disturbing themes with it's almost grotesque artstyle and out of place humor. The exaggerated faces present give a constant sense of unease even in the more lighthearted moments sprinkled throughout.
The characters in this manga are some of the most relatable and human characters I've ever come across in any fictional work ever. They start out as dumb highschool (or ex-highschool) kids who, after a series of unlucky events find their lives spiralling out of control and becoming complete chaos.
All of the main characters at some stage fall to greed, money, lust and revenge as a way to cope with having being responsible for atrocious events. In a way I can see the comparison to Oyasumi Punpun but Bokutachi Ga Yarimashita uses humor to contrast the serious moments. This contrast makes these moments hit even harder as they come unexpectedly and for many scenes I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see where Kaneshiro would take the story next. From chapter 50 onwards I read entirely in one go and though I can't go into detail about the ending, I can guarantee you it was well worth the payoff. Plotlines do get tied up but that's not necessarily the main goal of the ending, rather to show the almost cyclical nature of the attitude of these boys. Eventually somebody will end up doing something similar to them because of distaste with the world or revenge and their life will be turned upside down for it. One minor gripe I had with the manga was that the comedy almost entirely uses references from Japanese game shows etc but you could still find these funny if you're a fan of absurd poses and faces. Translator notes always explain these but without properly searching for the context the humor is lost on any non Japanese readers.