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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.


Related Series
Bokurano Alternative (Novel) (Alternate Story)

Associated Names
Bokurano: Ours

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Latest Release(s)
c.65 (end) by Hox over 8 years ago
c.63-64 by Hox over 8 years ago
c.62 by Hox over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
11 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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

User Reviews
Bokurano by bully_jesus


User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (612 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.31 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 4th 2017, 1:11pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Ikki (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (11 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #386 increased(+172)
Monthly Pos #708 decreased(-15)
3 Month Pos #819 increased(+77)
6 Month Pos #904 increased(+46)
Year Pos #938 decreased(-23)

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On 685 reading lists
On 1248 wish lists
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ares6
January 18th, 2007, 7:18pm
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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.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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Loved it   
Rating: N/A
by Onizuka89
March 25th, 2010, 7:39am
This manga is wonderful.
I loved reading it every bit of the way biggrin
I can not even express how much I connected with a lot of the characters, it truly is sad but it really makes one think about how much we might take our lives for granted. If you just want action, this is surely not for you, sure there is action, but it is not the real exciting part of it.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Suxinn
August 1st, 2015, 7:46pm
Now, I'm not usually one to throw around the word, "Masterpiece," lightly. In fact, this is only the second time I've ever rated a series a perfect ten. But, Bokurano is, no doubts about it, a manga that I can find no faults with. It's also the manga I would pick every time if I was asked, "What manga would you recommend to everyone?"

When I first read this, years ago, it blew me away, and it was deeply influential to my own sense of morality. Now, rereading it years later, with the Viz editions in hand, it still delivers, maybe even better than I remember.

Bokurano is, at its heart, a story about humanity. It's about the actions of humanity when faced with pain and destruction, death and despair. Ultimately, it's about finding hope, even at the most difficult of times.

Bokurano is composed of a fairly big cast, around 20 significant people, give or take, not including the families of the pilots. While not all of these people are sympathetic, they are all so very human, so much so that it's difficult to fully hate any of them, even when they do terrible things. And one of the things Bokurano is best at is giving its deaths weight, even when there's so much of it. It complicates what it means to live, and what it means to die.

It's a story without any real answers, and some may call it bleak for that, but the ending nevertheless fills me with hope. It's about making a better tomorrow, no matter how difficult that may be.
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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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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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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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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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One of a kind   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tsunade666
March 20th, 2010, 5:56am
first of all this manga is just too heavy for one to read just for joy. So emotional and dark and its fun reading but if you try to think more into it its too deep and sad.

Totally recommended but the same time not recommended for all. I recommend it to to those who are just sitting in front of their computer. its good a read to make you understand things more. I don't know much but it sure had lots of things it can taught a person with.

I rarely give 10 to a manga but this one's worth it. Its better than other manga's that are current airing and doesn't have an ending if you ask me.

Great Read
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Quick Review   
Rating: N/A
by Skits
September 29th, 2009, 12:18am
After starting this manga, I was a bit confused by the plot. It sounded too simple. I was very wrong. The story has me on the verge of heart wrenched tears. This is a must read, and so far a depressing one at that.
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