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Bokura ga Ita  
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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!?

Note: Won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shoujo in 2005.


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สายใยรัก (Thai)
우리들이 있었다
C'était nous (French)
Here We Are (Indonesia)
Olipa kerran me
Tình Yêu Học Trò
We Were There

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Status in Country of Origin
16 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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

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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (781 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.13 / 10.0
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Serialized In (magazine)
Betsucomi (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (16 Volumes - Complete)

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Bokura ga Ita to End in Japan 1854 days, 14 hours, 54 minutes ago
Thoughts on the ending? (spoilers) 1958 days, 15 hours, 47 minutes ago
Chapter 70 2030 days, 12 hours, 49 minutes ago
Bokura ga Ita Manga to End in 2012 2194 days, 20 hours, 7 minutes ago
Bokura ga Ita Gets Live-Action Film 2410 days, 0 hours, 25 minutes ago

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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

EDIT: Reading this again as a college student who is almost 19, I can't remember why I loved it so much. I enjoyed it, but it's SO BLEEPING SAD. Like, the whole time, I kept wanting to hold my arms out to Yano, say "Come here, baby," and never ever ever let him go. I used to want a love like this, but I couldn't handle it. I'm not that strong. It's a good read, but I don't recommend it to people easily depressed. It's like Mars, but all the bad things seem to happen to one person instead of the load being shared. I love it, but the bittersweetness is sometimes far more bitter than it is sweet.

... Last updated on October 10th, 2014, 6:50pm
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Rating: N/A
by aoi_tenshi
February 23rd, 2013, 1:27pm
I've actually bought all the English version of the manga books licensed by Viz Media's Shojo Beat (waiting for the last volume). It's such an emotional roller-coaster, all of the scenes, whether heart-ache or happiness, they're all beautiful. You can really feel the feelings being conveyed, and it makes you want to read on. Yano and Nanami have an unbreakable bond, and I think it's amazing. Obata Yuuki has really done a good job in developing and untwisting each character that you can't really dislike anyone. The reason for Yano's shield toward the world is because of the painful past/present he's had to face, and it's literally made me tearful because it's so beautifully sad. I love Nanami's strong-willed independent personality, a perfect shoujo heroine. I also love how the story began in high school, and finished when they're age 26 (I think?) so it's in sync with how many years the manga had been in Betsu-Comi. It shows, even though love isn't as perfect and cliche as most shoujo manga make it out to be, love can overcome many obstacles, no matter how long it takes, there'll always be a brighter tomorrow. This is by far my favourite manga. 10/10.

... Last updated on February 23rd, 2013, 1:30pm
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For Emotional Mature People   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by boo-bop
January 28th, 2013, 10:47pm
When I first read this manga, I was 13 and I HATED it. I thought it was depressing and I hated Yano for his decisions. But then I decided to give it a try again just last year and started to understand, not relate to because these characters are freaking deep, the characters actions. Yano feels he has an obligation to be with certain people although it may not necessarily be what he wants. He is haunted by his past. I feel that only people who are able to appreciate deep stories and aren't afraid to cry their eyes out and be internally and externally frustrate for a good 40 chapters will enjoy this. Because I can honestly tell you that I did. It's different, original, and if you're looking for a fluffy vanilla manga, I can assure you, you will not find it here.
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Slice of life indeed...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hyunwon88
December 28th, 2012, 10:50am
Bokura Ga Ita is about true love, the "reality of love." So be prepared to cry not because it's depressing but because it's nostalgic & relatable. Anyway It takes a lot of maturity & experience to appreciate this type of story. I recommend this series to people like me who wants deep & meaningful romance. It's a good story, I promise you.
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Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by purfect_kutie64
November 13th, 2012, 10:30am
This series was pretty good up until where the anime series ended. The 30+ chapters after that dragged on for too long. The ending was alright. Takeuchi-kun, I love him. He is too kind.
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Real Life   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mayrica
October 21st, 2012, 2:08am
Its this manga that always made me reflect about what love is rlly all about. Its not about happiness but instead its test you how much you believe in true love. like they said, inside every pain there is glory and this manga potrayed that. The realistic aspects of love, which i myself have experience. if i was to write my own story every bit of words to my story has alrdy been potrayed, with bokura ga ita smile
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Worth the sadness?   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by alex3510
August 29th, 2012, 8:56pm
In essence, this was mostly about being alone and self hatred. The story itself was like getting sucker punched in the stomach a few dozen times, standing back up in agony and experiencing it again. Each blow made it harder to have a chance of ever smiling again during the manga. No matter how many bandaids this author tries to provide for the characters broken hearts, it never did make up for the depression. It's good, just not for someone with chronic depression or suicidal thoughts -_-''.
Didn't make me cry though, but depressed as all hell afterwards.

... Last updated on August 29th, 2012, 8:57pm
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by MySwirl
August 1st, 2012, 6:37am
At first, I read up until volume 3 and couldn't move on because the art was so shabby.
Don't get me wrong, it's still shabby at the end but I've come to realize that it's a great story and that I need to go on reading.
As for the story itself: Personally, I really was surprised by the ending. It moved me to tears and I never expected it to end like this, actually.

I just finished it and during the past 20-25 chapters of it I had to cry so many times. I cried whole-heartedly, over and over again.
When a story made me cry, I feel that I actually loved it. And I really do, I love Bokura Ga Ita!
There were some parts that were too long and there were some things I didn't understand well because it was hard to know who was speaking, at times. Because of this and the art I give it only a 9, otherwise it would have definetely been a 10.
I think the art has to be simple and clear for this story, but it just looks plain instead of simple and sometimes confusing instead of clear.

As for the story: It's just too beautiful. I'm longing for series like this. It's not you all-day-romance. Bokura Ga Ita is SPECIAL!

Edit: I have to make a certain pont totally clear: I absolutely cried and it was overall extremely touching and emotionally.

... Last updated on August 1st, 2012, 6:42am
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Shoujo Gem!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jurippe
July 28th, 2012, 8:04am
This story will always be a favorite of mine and one of my top 10 shoujo manga of all time. I seldom find well paced and rich plot shoujo like this one. It's Dramatic, Romantic and Unforgettable. If you love good romantic meaningful story with a slice of life genre, I recommend this wonderful manga to you.

... Last updated on November 26th, 2012, 12:10pm
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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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