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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.

Notes: Received Excellence Prize from Japan Media Arts Festival in 2010

Type
Manga

Related Series
Bokurano Alternative (Novel) (Alternate Story)

Associated Names
Bokurano: Ours
Sống còn
ぼくらの
地球防衛少年

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

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 5, Chap 28 (Changed story with a different continuation)

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (669 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.22 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 4th 2020, 1:35am PST


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Year
2003

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Ikki (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (11 Vols - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #639 increased(+46)
Monthly Pos #970 increased(+320)
3 Month Pos #1599 increased(+165)
6 Month Pos #1855 decreased(-14)
Year Pos #1999 decreased(-189)

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On 1311 wish lists
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An interesting one, to say the least.  
by Crenshinibon
January 9th, 2009, 5:34am
Rating: 8.3 / 10.0
Bokurano is daring, if nothing else. It's willing to explore themes that are as negative as you can really imagine, and then somehow become more bleak with each passing chapter. The mangaka seems to have a fascination with the concept of life having no "magical solutions," but his attempts to convey this message often result in extremes.

Regardless of that, Bokurano is a pretty interesting story. There's a lot of strong character development with a variety of different personality types, and I'm fairly certain that almost anyone who reads this will find at least one character that they can project themselves into a bit. The essential conundrum and overlaying theme of powerlessness can get overwhelming at times, but on the whole I find myself enjoying this series every time I read a new chapter. It's worth a read if you don't mind feeling a little depressed, and it might just give you some cynicism to ponder a bit.

... Last updated on March 5th, 2009, 12:02am
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From a mecha fan  
by kaloo
December 10th, 2008, 11:04pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
This series is depressing as hell. That is probably the best way to start. For some reason though I couldn't stop reading it. The plot was interesting. The characterizations were unique. The mechs were beautifully designed. I need to go find something happy now to get out of the foul mood it put me in though. Though with the plot it'd be hard not to be a bit sad as you read it.
The ending is satisfying.

... Last updated on June 26th, 2009, 9:29pm
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Great Psycological Manga  
by markdarkangel
August 2nd, 2008, 4:54pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
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Well considering i hate reading mecha manga, i find this... pretty good. The psycological is amazing, ur always asking yourself what kind of story will the other characters have behind them. It has a twisted sence of fate and the plot... well it not much of a plot but to just to fight for the earth. I wouldn't recommend this for any who likes happy/ slice of life that makes you feel good, but i recommend for people who will enjoy a great psycological manga with depressing stories and not nice people.
Overrall, the down side to it is that the art is...bah, but i recomend you get started on reading this.

EDIT: I don't think i would recommend watching the anime for Bokurano. It's completey way off track from the manga and the rules changed in it because the director hated the manga because he didn't want all of them to die. Also, it's lifeless and would not entertain you like the manga would.

Edit after ending: The ending was really good, can't imagine it any other way. I'm just glad the author didn't come with some half-assed ending to revive everyone which would have taken away from the story itself.


... Last updated on July 19th, 2009, 4:51pm
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Good for a read  
by barbapapa
April 1st, 2007, 10:12am
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
It's an intriguing, dark take on the genre (call it mecha if you like, though it's unlike anything you've read/seen before). In a way it's a collection of stories about 15 (give or take) children, all tied together by the red line running through the story. As more and more information gets out about what's behind Zearth and it's opponents, things turn out to be very different than they seemed at first.
I have to say I'm not a big fan of Mohiro Kitoh; he can get extremely preachy in his storytelling. And the art is very minimalistic and sterile, though I'm not sure if I would call it bad. It's an acquired taste, which will probably appeal to seinen fans who consider good writing more important. I do however like the designs of the "robots"; very slender, insect-like contraptions.
All in all it's a decent manga, that manages to fascinate and bore me equally. It's really hit and miss with the backstory of a pilot.

... Last updated on April 1st, 2007, 10:15am
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Pretty good  
by MisterX
March 14th, 2007, 7:56am
Rating: N/A
Wellm subject says everything.. its great. If you like psychological drama, go for it - altrough its pretty depressing at times. Plus, I think they should make kids younger, because their minds are pretty mature and they must deal with mature matters in story.. so why not make them two or three years older?smile
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AHHHHHH  
by ares6
January 18th, 2007, 7:18pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
HOLY CRUD!!!! THIS IS SCARYYYYY!!!!!!!
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a mecha unlike any other  
by Anonymous
June 5th, 2006, 1:14pm
Rating: N/A
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From Narutaru mangaka Mohiroh Kito comes yet another enthralling manga. I read up to chapter 30. It shares much in common with Narutaru as it delves into the psychology of each teenager and the problems they face before they're forced to pilot Zearth. Because even if they win not a happy ending awaits them. In the end of volume 5 more about the game's plot is revealed. The manga will probably have as many volumes as Shadow Star and till know it is as good as the former in making the reader feel like reading a psychological thriller.
Character developement is outstanding as each character has a distinct personality and psychological problems.Some of them manage to overcome them, others dont.

If you liked Narutaru I'm sure you'll enjoy this even more. In terms of character developement it's on par with Evangelion manga and even better in some cases. I dont like mecha manga or anime but for this I'll make an exception
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