Thursday, December 20, 2012

Bokura Ga Ita by Yuki Obata

Happy Holidays~ 
Ms. Lee Min Ho and I watched the Bokura Ga Ita live-action movie several weeks ago so I decided to review the anime, since things with real human beings are more Ms. Lee Min Ho's district. Anyway, to be blunt, I hate the art, the standard slipping quite often throughout the series. The characters’ sometimes look like they have pig noses and it often looks like they are unfinished. It was very difficult for me to get past the art and watch the anime, but it was worth it since the plot is adorable and heart-warming.
                The sweet and innocent Nanami “Nana” Takahashi is a first year high school student who ends up in the same class with the incredibly popular Motoharu Yano, who she keeps hearing rumors about from her new classmates. When she first meets him, she can’t tell whether she likes or hates him. But eventually she realizes that she’s completely smitten with him and works to become his support, which wins him over. But as a couple, they struggle with trusting one another, especially Motoharu whose ex-girlfriend was with another man at the time of her death. He’s terrified of being betrayed again and abandoned by Nanami. Plus there his ex-girlfriend’s younger sister, Yuri Yamamoto, who believes she understands Motoharu best, relying on him often and attempting to get between the couple. But they are able to overcome these challenges because even if they fight, their love for each other draws them back together.
Again, the arts pretty bad, but the story itself is beautiful, cute, and sentimental since the couple really is in love. I love Nanami since she sounds so much like a guy at times, saying she’ll be support him, protect him, and watch over him. One of my favorites is:
Yano. The person whom you really, really love may not be here anymore. And you might feeling lonely, but, there are people in this world who really, really love you, so shouldn't that equal it all out? So, please don’t ever think that you’re alone. I’ll be watching over you. I’ll always be watching over you. I promise to always watch over you. You’re not alone.”
She’s always there for him, strong enough for the emotional weak Motoharu, another reason I think she makes such an interesting protagonist; that and the fact she isn't all that shy about her feelings for Yano. I mean she doesn't outlandishly flirt with him or anything, simply lets him know that she likes and cares about him. Then there’s Motoharu, who’s rather possessive as a boyfriend and is somewhat annoying since he keeps letting his past hurt Nanami, choosing to avoid it instead of confronting it like a man. But with Nanami’s help his able to confront his past and feelings for his ex-girlfriend, finally able to truly move forward. Though sometimes he comes off as self-centered and somewhat cold, he really does love Nanami and is usually very amorous towards her. He’s happiest and strongest when he’s with her, telling her once that all he want is a “reality where I exist and you’re right there next to me”.  They’re an adorable, lovey-dovey couple that is able to overcome many obstacles together. Though the art is pretty terrible, amateur at best, I still recommend getting past it and focusing on this sweet, yet dramatic love story.

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