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Bokurano  
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Description
During summer vacation a group of fifteen children discover a mysterious man living in a cave Surrounded by high tech gadgets, the man claims to be a game developer, creating a video game with a giant robot defending Earth from fifteen alien invaders. He asked the children to test the game for him and they agreed.

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Associated Names
Наше
ぼくらの
地球防卫少年
地球防衛少年
我们的
Bokura no
Bokurano: Ours
Il Nostro Gioco
Sống còn

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Latest Release(s)
c.65 (end) by Hox (2004d ago)
c.63-64 by Hox (2026d ago)
c.62 by Hox (2039d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
11 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at v.1, c.1
Ends at v.5, c.28 (Then continues differently)

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Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (502 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.3 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 17th 2014, 5:23am PST

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Year
2003

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Serialized In (magazine)
Ikki (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (10 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
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Monthly Pos #781 increased(+4)
3 Month Pos #779 increased(+48)
6 Month Pos #754 increased(+22)

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On 598 reading lists
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Deeper than a well with no bottom in sight   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by chaechaeboi
October 2nd, 2014, 9:41pm
The action is not the best, but that is not what makes or breaks this manga. To me the psychological exploration of the characters and their development as they fight for what they hold precious is the main course. This is a sad manga that explores human nature. I watched the anime first and that didn't tell the story of the character as well as this manga. Get ready for a tear jerking, heart pounding ride!
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well.....   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by GOKI408
July 14th, 2014, 6:51pm
Did'nt particulary liked it. at first it looked good, but i'm not really into mecha. but even without that, i did'nt feel any attacment to any of the charactere. they were boring, maybe some did have great backround, but not enought to satisfy me. did'nt even cry or feel sad. it was really without emotion that i read it completly. why? curiosity. i really just wanted to know the story behind everything and what will happen to all of them.
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Existential Battle Royale   
Rating: N/A
by Pacific.Mint
January 21st, 2014, 5:39pm
This work reminds me of Battle Royale, which is great because I loved it and have always wanted to read something like that again. Apart from the play or die situation with kids, there's not much similarity in plot or even atmosphere, but I love that both works focus on each character and we get to know each character intimately. That's what makes survival or apocalypse works awesome for me: the relationships between characters, how they interact with each other, how they think, and how they make the decisions they did.

While Battle Royale explores morality, the decision of whether to play the game or not, friends banding together or turning on another, Bokurano is a quieter work and explores existential questions. The battles in Bokurano are mere plot devices for the characters to explore the meaning of life and other philosophical questions. After reading it, I just felt empty and hollow, which is in line with its existential themes. I don't think Bokurano will make most readers love it, I certainly can't say I did, because you're not supposed to find it "entertaining" or "exciting". It's a journey for both the characters inside the manga and the readers. You will certainly think and reflect on life as you read Bokurano.

Most survival mangas build up momentum toward the climax and the end but like I said, Bokurano is a quiet work. In other survival mangas, you don't know who's gonna die next and that's where the excitement and the momentum come from. However, in Bokurano you know who's going next and all characters have certain death on neck. No matter how much you're rooting for them, they're going to die. Thus, the tone of the manga can be very depressing for some, but Bokurano doesn't glorify the depressing atmosphere; rather it's about finding hope and meaning in face of the finality of death and the futility of life.

I would recommend not to marathon it because like another reviewer said, it could make you numb to the characters' plights. Once you don't sympathize with them and their impending deaths anymore, it will sap the meaning away from the manga's message and the discussion on life and death. Instead, experience it little by little as you also reflect and find your own answers to the questions the manga posed.

... Last updated on January 21st, 2014, 5:56pm
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Bokurano   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by israel8491
April 8th, 2013, 9:24pm
Bokurano is unlike any other manga I have ever read. I haven't read any of the author's other works, but apparently they are in a similar vein.

For a manga about massive mecha battles, Bokurano is a surprisingly quiet manga. The battles aren't truly important, it's the children and how they mentally prepare for them. Fifteen children, faced with an awful and inescapable fate. They can't run away, all they can do is decide how they will rise up and meet their deaths - and rise they do.

This is what the manga is truly about, dealing with a horrible situation and trying to make the best of it. It is about finding humanity in the most desperate of times, of trying to find meaning in a life that is about to end. In some ways, it reminded me of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, which is about a girl living with terminal cancer. Her primary concern is her parents, and how they will deal with her inevitable death. Some of the children spend their last days trying to make things easier for their families and friends. The boy who doesn't want his younger siblings to know that he died. The boy who wants to save his friend's life as his dying wish. The girl who fights so that her baby brother will have a world to grow up in, even if she can't live to see it. Others try to find some kind of peace with themselves and accept their fates as gracefully as they can. But these are children, and sometimes it isn't possible to do this. Some children, futilely, try to run away. Others use the mecha as a means of enacting personal revenge, even at heavy costs.

At one point, one of the boys is debating whether or not to fight when his turn comes. He explains to a police officer that he never understood films where a lot of people are killed by a monster or natural disaster, but so long as the hero is alive and laughing at the end, everyone considers it a happy ending. If even one person dies, he considers it a tragedy. The only difference between the hero and the anonymous casualty is that the narration follows the hero, but it could just have easily followed the victim who died. He makes us, the readers, aware of the immense casualties these mecha battles have caused. Early on, numbers of death tolls are thrown out so casually we breeze past them in our hurry to find out what happens next. But the manga reminds us that even the anonymous victims were people who had lives, who thought their own existence was valuable. And they died. That is a tragedy. Even if one of the fifteen survives, Bokurano cannot have a happy ending, because too many have died to reach that ending.

Bokurano is a quiet, sad, surprisingly existential and thought-provoking manga. It won't be to everyone's taste. But that's just fine. Most of modern day manga is cheap, quick entertainment, and that's fine too. Manga is entertainment, first and foremost. But it is such a joy to discover a manga that looks deeper and asks the reader difficult questions, ones I'm not sure how to answer. How do you live when you're going to die? I don't know.
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Classic Kitoh   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by You Say
January 26th, 2013, 2:05am
Bokurano was written by Kitoh Mohiro. That sentence is summary for the whole series. Kitoh Mohiro has a very unique style of storytelling, characters, drawing and almost everything which you can think of. His works are depressing and even when there is a joke or heart-warming moment you feel like it's just a small spark of hope in a huge sea of hopelessness and tragedy. His stories are psychological and readers are not supposed to enjoy them but to think about them.

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In Bokurano author introduces us to fifteen children who are going to die. They aren't big pals or overly happy kids and each of them has its flaws. Some of them has their small or big problems but they still feel kind of real. As the story goes we get to slowly know about story of each child. This manga isn't about unfolding the mysteries but about how each child faces his or her time before death and the death itself.


One shouldn't ask "How will this end?", "Will they win?", "Is there goind to be some crazy plot-twist?". Instead one should be thinking and wondering about the nature of each child and his/her attitude to family, world, life and death.

Kitoh Mohiro works doesn't force people to think but are written in a way reader wants to think about them. If you like style of Kitoh Mohiro you may like Bokurano. If you don't like his style you won't like this piece either. If you are new then prepare for sober look at given theme and perfectly fitting drawings.
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excellent   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by whitespade
January 23rd, 2012, 4:29am
the characterization, the plot, the pace, the atmosphere, the conclusion, etc all is excellent. this story might be depressing, but you dont want it any other way. the only gripe i have is the art where all the kids have the same face, but it is okay since the hairstyle is different enough for me to make a guess. this is a must read.
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good way to end this   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by dremondtanic
April 9th, 2011, 1:06pm
yeaaaa i was not really expecting this mang a to have a happy ending nor did i want it to have a happy endiing. but anyway i dont really have nothing to say other than this was a nice manga, worth reading, and would kinda confuse you in the ending. yayyyyyyyy

story wise- this manga is awsome
art wise - kinda different than the others but you get use to it so nice art for me
character - i didnt like that every single femal character look almost like guys especial when they all are flat chest "every single one of them" but o well

i give this manga a 9.5 because i kinda got confuse with the ending but in a way kinda understand what the author was trying to say
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Repetitive action, but stay for the existentialist themes   
Rating: N/A
by emkat
February 12th, 2011, 12:37pm
First of all, let me get this straight: the plot is very repetitive. There are a lot of robot battle scenes that aren't particularly exciting. The plot is woven around the individual pilots, to the point where they seem like individual independent short stories that have been tied together.

What's the point of reading this then? Well if you're looking for a simple thrill this manga is not for you. The manga really shines in its dialogue, its exploration of the humanity behind each of the characters. I was surprised that such an existential manga existed. Of course, the manga leaves you empty and kind of hollow, and there is no resolution; but this is so with any existential work.

I was very impressed by the author's treatment of existential dialogue. Spoiler: Upon learning the true nature of the "game", that is, every pilot is to die, each pilot deals with this crisis differently. The most important parts of this manga has to do with the fundamental points of existentialism: why them? Why not anyone else? Kirie mentions that in a movie, anyone's death is equal to the death of the hero - and that is the idea that the existence precedes essence; just essence of the "hero", created through the construct of the movie, is no better than an extra in the same movie. It is a biased viewpoint. The extra has probably validated his existence through his choices and his behavior.. just because the movie dictates that these are the ones to root for, which is their "essence", does not mean that their death is more tragic than the others.

This dialogue is especially brilliant, because it pertains directly to the heroes of this manga.

Other existential themes involve the absurdity of life. We learn that *SPOILER* every earth is going through the same thing, and Kokopelli did the same thing for his earth as well... it is an endless cycle. The way that the manga ends is perfect, with the dungbeetle sitting, starting a new cycle, over and over again. The world is neutral, it is not biased. It goes on, no matter the thoughts and the beliefs of the people. They ask who it was that made this game, and dungbeetle can only claim that it's always been like this... and so it is with the futility of life.

And of course, like any good existential work, it is all about death. In a cyclical world that seems without purpose, everyone in the manga still cherish life, as this life is given meaning by the finality of death.
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Bakurano   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Phooeyish
February 8th, 2011, 7:21pm
This manga is definitely a painful and tragic story, but also beautiful in the way that it is told. While the plot does possess many unlikely and unexplained circumstances, and starts off roughly in the beginning, after a couple of chapters I became hooked.
The issues it explores are dark and bleak, but nonetheless riveting and raw. Each of the characters have a story behind them, and the way they respond to their powerlessness over their situation is not only realistic, but heartwrenching. Even though there is a lot of morbidity/death involved, the story is interwoven with hope and bravery that the main characters display. And although it is depressing to read since the fate of each of the characters is already pre-determined, I found myself captivated with every chapter of this manga. I highly recommend it to people who don't mind tragic stories and are unafraid with unpleasant realities.

... Last updated on February 8th, 2011, 9:08pm
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It gets better   
Rating: N/A
by intemango
February 8th, 2011, 3:36am
It definitely looks like Evangelion at first glance. But things change pretty quickly. This guy wrote Narutaru, I already expected it to happen. There is no main protagonist, there is no villain, there is no deus ex machina to save the day. Everyone is the lead character of their own life. Who will you shed tears for (or care for, if you're the machismo type) in this story ? How ridiculous (and in some cases, hypocritical) are you for doing that ? These questions will haunt you as you read this series.

There is more existential pondering here than most. What happens in this fictional universe is already beyond common sense and societal restrictions, but in the end, infinitely human. This is the biggest reason why I read manga, especially this kind of manga. Of course, you might as well claim that every death in fiction is a huge cliche with a finite set of recurring themes. But then you might as well claim every life is a cliche.

It's how the story is told that makes it worth reading.
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