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Bokura Ga Ita

Translated in English as We Were There, it is a Japanese romance manga by Yuuki Obata, centering around the high school life of young freshman girl, Nanami Takahashi. It was adapted as a television anime which began airing on 2006-07-03.

Bokura Ga Ita (We Were There) is probably a typical shoujo anime or manga for hardcore anime fans or enthusiasts. Simply because, all the elements of a hopeless romantic and melodramatic tale are there – a brooding, emo, snobbish yet adorable teenage guy meets a sweetie-pie, cutie-pie, crybaby for a girlfriend; with a close-to-perfect third party which happened to be the boyfriend’s bestfriend; and a mysterious dark past that unfolds before them.

(Shoujo, defined as an anime and manga written for an audience of young girls but can appeal to boys as well. While most shoujo manga tend toward romantic themes, the content can vary from science-fiction (They Were Eleven) to the macabre (Vampire Princess Miyu) to the cute and inane (Fairy Princess Minky Momo). –

As if the Filipino audience hasn’t had enough of romantic telenovelas from Korea, Taiwan and Mexico, here comes another one that offers something different yet very familiar, too familiar indeed that it brings back that not so distant past some people call, first love.

Still Different

Like probably most of the Pinoy couch-potatoes, it is the first time for me to watch an anime that is closest to reality. None of those superpower stuff, alternate universe, robots, monsters, aliens and talking cute pets. Even if Hana Yori Dango was shown on local TV, it still would not surpass the popularity of its real life, non-anime version, Meteor Garden that arguably paved way for the Asian Invasion on Philippine TV few years back.

Hopefully, Bokura Ga Ita could still make it into the consciousness of the viewers. First and foremost, it is a great tearjerker and some people may need that sappy feeling from time to time. It may be an anime, which caters to the teenage demographic but still hopeless romantics are across the board, especially to Filipinos. Not to mention, some of the story plots really call for certain degree of maturity.

Not your typical first love

That first crush, first kiss, first touch, first heartaches and that first goodbye… yet everything seems to last forever with the innocent and frail mind of the adolescent. And the flashes of memories would just make one smile even when alone or still shed some quiet tears.

Bokura Ga Ita does just that. It relives and brings some of those moments back for the young at heart while it probably reflects what the present young hearts are facing of the moment. Although of course, you should discount some of the tragedies that are too serious to handle, even for adults. (Bokura, reminds me of another manga which later on became of the most highly rated Taiwanese TV drama, God Mars (or Mars))

Picture – perfect moments, a soundtrack that you can get hooked on, cute characters, a heart-wrenching storyline with the Pinoy touch of script and voice – acting… all in one ride back to those years when everything is new.

Of course, not everyone probably has been there, or has done that… but this is perhaps the closest thing to experiencing it.

Prepare those tear ducts, everyone!

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