Do you like sweet little couples that make you go, awwww?
Well, if you’re the kind that goes for foolish loves, a selfish lover that wants you all for himself, or plainly just a firm believer in the quote “love is blind”, this anime is definitely for you.
Just a warning though, this anime is rather slow-paced, so if you like fast-paced romances, you might not be able to survive through all 26 episodes.
I started watching Bokura ga Ita because of the “innocent, childish love” feel it gave me. The graphics and colours are soft, gentle, and not the intense kind of animes I’ve been watching recently. The couple just looks like they’re match-made in heaven, I mean, just take a look at this.
Aren’t they such a cute duo? It just seems like I copied and pasted the guy’s face onto the girl’s (no I don’t have that photoshopping skillz). Just kidding.
Anyway, they seem like a really childish, sweet, innocent lil’ couple foolishly head over heels in love right? Well I was proven wrong.
Prepare for spoilers ahead!
(don’t expect much of a detailed review because I didn’t like this anime too much. Actually you can expect more of a rant, I’m really sorry. If you’re not interested, or a die-hard fan of this anime, I’d suggest you either don’t treat my post too seriously, or just not read it at all.)
I don’t mean that they weren’t loving, I just meant that they weren’t innocent. I was looking forward to an innocent romance without the mention of sex. I’m sorry to those that are really fond of this anime, it’s not that I’m not fond of it, I just felt that inclusion of a sex scene between these two cute lil characters was totally out of place, especially when they’re in high school (not to mention that the guy had sex in middle school too).
Other than that, I enjoyed the romantic moments between Yano (the main guy) and Nana (the main girl). Yano was rather possessive, to an extent that kind of makes me hate him at some moments. And yes, one of the most frustrating matters about this anime is none other than the main guy, Yano.
Yano can be such a sweetheart at times, treating Nana like a princess, being so cute as to wanting to hold her hand during a movie, making mushy jokes, etc etc, but he really can be a jerk at times. It’s really hard to list out what I don’t like about him, well other than the fact that the list is going to be long, you won’t exactly understand until you watch the anime. Sometimes I would jump up and down in my chair and punch the air in front of the computer screen in anger. Yes, anger. Most of the time, I’m just deciding whether I like Yano or not. He has his reasons for being the way he is, but I really do feel that he can do better than that.
Let’s take for example him wanting to keep his previous relationship from Nana because he doesn’t want to see her cry. Yes, that’s a valid reason. But sometimes I do wonder if it’s because he was too ashamed to bring it up, after all, it was something he regretted. In my opinion, he should’ve let Nana knew from the start about his previous relationship. He was being such a big hypocrite when he was telling Nana that there should be “no secrets between us, okay?”. No secrets? Totally — when your ex-girlfriend’s little sister comes to your house, you violently shove your current girlfriend inside your house and lock her up, so you could have a proper conversation with the little sister. And your current girlfriend is obviously kept completely in the dark, unaware of what you’re talking about outside. Talk about “no secrets between us”. I was really fed up with Yano during this scene.
Furthermore, he keeps mentioning sex which is really irritating as we can tell that Nana is an innocent little girl and all Yano is doing, is polluting her! Maybe it’s normal in their culture there, but I really don’t think you should have sex with your girlfriend when your relationship isn’t even stable in the first place (not to mention you that you shouldn’t have sex with the little sister of your dead-ex). Let’s just take a look at cute, innocent characters in an awkward moment. Don’t worry there’s no porn or anything.
Okay let’s look at the nice side of Yano. He’s really nice, and his mushy lines are a plus point to the anime! Doesn’t everyone love mushy lines? And Nana would just blush and blush and blush and blush; the romance here can’t be better described as “pink”. One of my favourite scenes of Nana and Yano is the scene where they went to catch a movie. The way Yano tried to get Nana to hold his hand was really adorable, one of my favourite romance scenes so far. And after every romantic moment comes more blushing of each character, looking away, or maybe just showing the sides of their mouth curl a little into a smile. Awwwwwwwwwwww.
Okay enough of Yano. Let’s talk about Nana.
Nana is an innocent high school girl that’s cute and all, but she’s rather(maybe much, much more than “rather”) foolish. After being treated so horribly by Yano, she continues to love him (romantic to some, yes I do understand), and goes back to him. She’s just really unlucky to have fallen in love with a guy that has seriously complicated past love issues, and Yano just can’t seem to get over his dead ex-girlfriend, which coincidentally(or maybe not?) has the same name as his current girlfriend. It has been also suggested that he fell in love with current-Nana because of the similarities that current-Nana and ex-Nana share. What do you think?
I admit I’m slightly biased against this couple, though they just look so compatible together, I’d rather Nana go out with Takeuchi, if I were really concerned about her emotional, mental, and physical welfare. At least her life would be so much easier. Takeuchi’s a really nice guy as compared to Yano. He likes Nana too but continues to give in to his best friend, for the sake of the friendship him and Yano shares. That’s just really nice of him, don’t you think?
And then Yano goes to show his “appreciation” by ordering his friends to tie Takeuchi up so Takeuchi won’t be able to confess to Nana. How selfish. Guess that’s why I like Takeuchi so much. He’s just always there, looking out for Nana, taking a selfless position, thinking of the welfare of Nana and his best friend before himself. Guess it doesn’t pay to be nice, does it? Sometimes I wish Nana would just realise how nice Takeuchi is. Poor Takeuchi.
Oh well, I guess that’s why love is blind, after all. No matter how much hurt you’ve went through, you continue to foolishly go back to that same person, only to be wounded again.
For me, I wouldn’t like an anime if the couple that I adore doesn’t end up together. Well, I’m sorry to all Yano and Nana lovers, but I’d prefer Nana to be with Takeuchi, although I do understand that Nana’s heart is with Yano. I don’t know who to hate and who to love!
I’d recommend this to all romance fans that like love triangles, especially with a “best friend character” that’s always going through the “one-sided” feelings. I don’t know why, but I always end up sympathising with these characters, wanting them to get their happy ending too, and even liking them better than the main character.
It’s just me I guess. Who do you prefer Nana to be with? Or would you’d rather her stay single?