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Bokura ga Ita  
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Description
From Hanashi:

The start of high school life. To the girls, that also meant the start of their love lives. For brand new first year student, Takahashi Nanami (Nana for short), it was no different... She happens to end up in the same class as the incredibly popular Yano Motoharu, who rumors say that two thirds of all the girls are guaranteed to fall in love with. But will that hold true for Nana, who says that if she had to choose between like or dislike, she'd say she dislikes him!?

In 2005 Bokura ga Ita won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shoujo.

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
僕等がいた
我们的存在
สายใยรัก (Thai)
우리들이 있었다
C'était nous (French)
Olipa kerran me
Tình Yêu Học Trò
We Were There

Groups Scanlating
Bebexiu©Shoujo
Hanashi
Iridescent Scans
JShojo
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Latest Release(s)
c.70 (end) by bxsmanga (888d ago)
v.16 c.69 by bxsmanga (952d ago)
c.68 by bxsmanga (1020d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
16 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 8, Chap 31

User Reviews
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Forum
11 topics, 52 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (703 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.24 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 10th 2014, 8:31am PST

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Year
2002

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Serialized In (magazine)
Betsucomi (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (16 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #637 increased(+135)
Monthly Pos #1039 increased(+77)
3 Month Pos #1065 decreased(-5)
6 Month Pos #1062 increased(+30)

List Stats
On 1468 reading lists
On 1144 wish lists
On 1045 completed lists
On 207 unfinished lists
On 386 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Bokura ga Ita to End in Japan 712 days, 11 hours, 48 minutes ago
Thoughts on the ending? (spoilers) 816 days, 12 hours, 41 minutes ago
Chapter 70 888 days, 9 hours, 42 minutes ago
Bokura ga Ita Manga to End in 2012 1052 days, 17 hours, 0 minutes ago
Bokura ga Ita Gets Live-Action Film 1267 days, 21 hours, 19 minutes ago

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Enjoy a little pain?   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by voraciouszest
May 30th, 2009, 8:08am
Bokura ga Ita is a slow-paced shoujo manga that follows the story of a shy and reserved schoolgirl named Nana and her first love, the bright and outgoing Yano. Beginning as friends, Nana and Yano eventually find themselves in a relationship. Though the audience wishes the best for them both, it is almost impossible from the very beginning.
Regardless of the fact that this series was on hiatus for quite some time, the story itself is more frustrating than the wait. Nana and Yano are adolescents; ignorant, clumsy and immature. For those of you who are older than 16, the clumsiness and carelessness of the two protagonists will often pain you. Firstly because it is reminiscent of your own adolescent experiences and secondly, it will pain you because you know better and reading about it is like stabbing yourself in the eye.
Bokura ga Ita's biggest downfall lies in its storyline. The development of the characters, their emotional reactions and their adolescent logic all create a strong base for the series. However, the mangaka wastes all of her hard work on ridiculous, lengthy storylines and hateful side characters.
I have to admit that I rarely read Shoujo manga for the very reasons why I can't fully enjoy this series. Why write it in 12+ volumes when you can do a decent story in less than half of that? Bokura ga Ita loses a big chunk of points in my rating simply for selling-out. I'd rather read a short series with integrity than read one of the many series that has been stretched too thin to earn more money.
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The BEST manga I've read so far   
Rating: N/A
by shojofrik
August 3rd, 2009, 11:54am
This is honestly the best manga i've red so far, it's so full of tragedy that are realistic and could happen to anyone. Nanami is plain so any shoujo readers out there could easily walk in her shoes that is what makes this manga so painful to read but I enjoy the drama in this manga. Another thing that is so different about this manga is that the author deliberately avoids cliches such as things like when one of them gets a fever because of the rain, or when couples stay strongly in love when they are a distance apart. it's just a normal high-school characters, with a normal life but somewhat a different degree of pain and suffering, but still a realistic one. Another thing that is extraordinary is that as readers, as we go on we QUESTION things, it's not predictable AT ALL, although when you get to know the characters well you'll be able to A LITTLE, but things are still in question, we are SO UNSURE about who or how it's going to end.

I'm really upset that it's on hold though, if i'd knew that earlier I wouldn't have start to read this series in the beginning.

it's too much to endure this long awaited manga. It's such a great creation, I'm serious. I think I wouldn't recommend it currently, only because it's TOO GOOD, I don't want others to feel the pain I'm suffering because of the hold. this is a MUST READ I think Obata Yuuki is such a genius for creating such a manga, I hope she can pull the ending off though because every chapter of this manga so far is flawless.

... Last updated on August 25th, 2009, 11:46am
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Unique   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by RedHot_105
March 23rd, 2008, 12:51pm
This manga is amazing, especially when you progress further and further into the story. The characters become more meaningful and the plot more heart wrenching. SO SAD!!!!!!!!! Definately a must read.
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umm.. currently not recommended   
Rating: N/A
by Licia Valentine
July 13th, 2008, 11:22pm
The anime version is ok. Had me hooked. But, currently, I don't recommend reading the manga if you don't want to be disappointed. I currently AM. I sadi currently because it is not yet finished and the author seemed to have "paused" writing the rest of the story and at a bad part at that! I don't like the latest chapter until chapter 52 (which is the current chapter as I was writing this). Believe me, you won't either.
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70 tear-jerker chapters   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Aimet
May 23rd, 2012, 11:51am
The difference between a Josei and a Shojo manga is the seriousness of its contents. Bokura ga Ita, a tragic and obscure story of betrayal, manipulation, loneliness, hate, guilt, death, pain, existentialism and idealistic love, is in the borderline between those two genres.

The first chapters are there to show you why love is beautiful, magical, special and heart-warming... the later ones to teach you why, in reality, it is not always so. The brutal helplessness, desperation, frustration and even depression the characters go through is so realistically based that you can easily relate to some of it, making you feel their anguish to the brink of tears – and, one of this story’s most outstanding characteristics, is that not always if you fight for something with all your might, you will get it.

Plot: 10/10
The plot by itself is very well thought, interesting and easy to follow, with a deep search of the meaning of one’s existence and that every action we take, every decision we make, for the better or worse, is an important lesson…

Characters: 9.5/10
For a Shojo manga, in which is more likely to find strong willed, happy characters, it was refreshing to see only three of this type (Nanami, Takeuchi and Akiko), the others having a dark, messed up side that most people have in real life… Though some of them lacked any common sense at all to the point it was frustrating seeing them make a decision.

Art: 9.5/10
The art in a manga is not really that important if the story is good… though a MUST feature it has to have, is that it could easily convey every feeling the character is having. Though at very few times the art was so poor one couldn’t exactly tell what was happening… This requirement was INCREDIBLY WELL fulfilled.

So, despite having such a heavy emotional load that will make you cry most of the series, I highly recommend this story.

... Last updated on May 23rd, 2012, 1:57pm
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Realistically Slow Romance Story   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by charsiewpau
October 18th, 2009, 11:29am
One thing this manga can lay claim to is realism. The premise, the locale, the characters all exude realism from their presentation and actions.

However, like in real relationships, this story is also realistically slow. Perhaps subtle is a way to put it, but when even the most mundane of actions take 2-3 pages, it can get old pretty fast, as I kept wanting to skip those pages and go straight to the conflict or plot devices the author wishes to present in the story.

Still, if readers like slow paced romance stories, this is recommendable, and since the manga demographic is aimed at females, I think this is the kind of stories they'd enjoy.

As a guy though, I think this manga is a bit too slow because it uses so many pages on mundane actions which doesn't really contribute to the character or story progression.

A tear-jerker this manga definitely is.
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This is very good.   
Rating: N/A
by yumemiru
July 7th, 2009, 6:00pm
Personally, I really like Bokura Ga Ita. And if a story is good enough right from the beginning, I'll keep on liking it no matter what, even if it has been stretched out. I mean, people do what they can, right? And I don't mind seeing more of these characters. It's no pain to me.

That being said, I like the way this mangaka draws and her style of storytelling. It makes me feel like I'm reading the old-school shoujos, the ones that are real and very magical to read still, even without all the magic wands and costumes that are more frequently seen in shoujos today.

Things move slowly and are very difficult even, but I believe that that's realistic. It's the way things are, in real life, and it's true-to-life.

I'm glad this series has been picked up by JShoujo, where hopefully, they'll finish scanlating the series. It would be a pity for people to miss out on reading this series.
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Weee~   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by momo48
December 4th, 2006, 10:07pm
WOW, I love this manga! <3
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My favorite manga!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Eddieasaur
September 25th, 2010, 2:10pm
I literally go crazy waiting for the new chapters to come out. The plot isn't very fast paced, but that's what makes it so realistic. For girls who love misunderstood boys, this is defiantly a must read. Yano is a very hurt and misunderstood being, and this story is sure to make you laugh, smile, and cry. I adore it.
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Oh my goodness gracious   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Imsexyandiknowit328
March 9th, 2013, 10:10pm
I honestly loved this. There were a few chapters
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namely the flashbacks from Aki's point of view
that felt like they were seriously dragging on, but the rest was really good. I almost cried at several points. Honestly, I have watched the first episode of the anime and read the first six or seven chapters of the manga many times, but never got past them because Yano pissed me off. When I finally stuck with it and just kept going, I didn't regret it at all. This is such a beautiful story about life, love, and tragedy.

Time for the breakdown! (If you don't want to read all this, just skip to the very bottom. I'll tell you if I recommend it or not.)

Plot: 9.5/10
This was a really good story. It wasn't quite "cute" -- more along the lines of "tragically beautiful." So much happened in Yano's life, and Nanami was there for him when she could be. Of course, Nana has feelings just like everyone else, and I really liked how she reacted just like I would.
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Honestly, if your boyfriend called you to cancel a very important milestone in your relationship to be with another girl (whom he has a history with, no less) without explaining things properly, wouldn't you be hurt, too? And her reaction to everything that happened in the second half of the manga was really realistic, too, seeing as it was depressing as all get out.
Everything was really realistic and beautiful, but tragic and painfully sad, as well. I didn't cry except for once, at the very end, because it was just too sweet how
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Yano's knees gave out when he saw that she wasn't hurt nearly as bad as everyone was making it out to be and he just kind of sat there and bawled.
My -.5 on this was because of a few chapters that seemed to drag on forever

Characters: 10 (This one was difficult to grade, honestly, because they're all well-rounded characters, I just hated one of them: Yuri. She's the type of person you want to sign up for a session with a psychiatrist, ASAP. But when I took a step back from my personal feelings for her and looked at all the characters logically, they were very well done.)
Okay, where to start? Yano was so sad and sweet and romantic and just so... Yano, I guess, that I wanted to hug him. Nanami was an awesome character, very cute but still realistic. She wasn't always cheerful and pure of heart, and though she cried a lot, she never shed tears where they weren't appropriate. I would have cried at all the same times as her, even if tears didn't actually fall. Yano cried, too, so that's what made this manga so much more endearing to me. Take was so sweet and kind and gentle. If I didn't love Yano so incredibly much, I would have wanted Nanami to end up with him. All of the other characters were great and well-written as well, including unloved Yuri and even dead Nana. All in all, very well done.

Art: 9.5/10
The art was very beautiful and showed the characters' emotions very well. I loved the scenes when Yano and Nanami would just kind of stop and smile for a while all goofy-like at whatever they were doing, portraying that feel-good atmosphere very well. However, in the later chapters, there were a few pages and even a whole chapter (chapter 59, I do believe) where the art was completely unfinished. It looked like a rough sketch that the mangaka didn't even bother completing. It took a lot away from what happened right then, but luckily it was only a few times so it didn't harm the story. Other than that, the characters were very attractive and the art in general was very appealing.

All in all: 9/10. Definitely recommended. smile
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