Bokura ga Ita - 01 [FIRST]

August 12, 2006 on 12:01 pm | In Bokura ga Ita |

Episode One

Love, comedy, painful memories? Do I smell a Suzuka plot?

  • Synopsis

“Nanami Takahashi welcomes the start of her high school life with great expectations of making as many friends as possible. There is much talk among the girls about a popular boy, Motoharu Yano, who has 2/3 of the class liking him. Nanami is completely clueless of who Yano is until the day of the class nomination when she made a fool of herself by calling the name of her new friend wrongly. It turns out that Nanami has actually met the guy himself along the corridors (unaware of his true identity) and Yano has provided Nanami with a random name, resulting in the embarrassing incident in class. Nanami was mad at Yano for tricking her, but subsequently, after a few encounters with him, she begins to see Yano in a different light and starts to find herself liking him…” (Anime News Network).

  • OP/ED Songs

Nothing very special about the OP, but it is the kind that will grow on the viewer as episodes go by. I enjoy the first episode’s ED a lot more than the OP, even though it’s by the same artist. The music is pretty simple, but it is performed in that simple light punk, J-rock style I like. It is not amazing, but I like it more than most other ED.

OP:Mi - “Only You… (君だけを…) “

ED #1 (ep. 1): Mi - “Aishiteru (アイシテル)”

ED #2:Kaori Asou - “Koko ni ite (ここにいて)”

  • First Impressions

I just got home from China about two days ago, so I am obviously behind on the whole anime blogging scene. I looked around on some blogs and found reviews of this anime, and the screenshots and general reviews seemed to my taste, so I decided to try it out. The anime’s first impression did not disappoint. The anime is very much a bittersweet love comedy with the usual romantic struggles and painful past. The kind of high school drama I enjoy. The plot seems very similar to that of Suzuka, except that the roles are reversed; the female is chasing an elusive male with a mysterious past. The male character, Motoharu Yano, is definitely a much more approachable and kinder person than Suzuka ever was, though. And about his past, I cannot say more about it in the first episode without spoiling it completely.

  • Animation Review

Bokura ga Ita’s characters are drawn in a very manga style, with round eyes, dashed blush marks, and dots for noses. The face profiles are what really struck me, as the style of the noses seems really strange to me. At certain angles, the faces look as if they are constructed completely normally, but their side profiles reveal really bubbly, big noses that don’t seem to fit the rest of the animation. This is something to get accustomed to, but it’s not like it’s as bad as the noses from Escaflowne or anything. I think the style is very cute and fits the piano backgrounds and charming 懐かしい high school theme.

Overall, I like the animation style. It has a few of the gimmicks I appreciate, such as funny sweatdrop faces paired with bouncy sound effects, blinking arrows, and fun backgrounds. It doesn’t include nearly as many comical gimmicks as, say, Fruits Basket or Ouran High School Host Club (the ones that do it best, in my opinion), but it still provides enough relief from any drama in the plot.

  • Voice Review

It is hard to believe that this is Sasaki Nozomi’s debut as a voice actress. Her voice is very cute, quiet, and perfect for the character of Nanami, and it sounds like a regular anime voice. I tried searching for where I had heard it before, but apparently Nozomi is new the anime business? I am not as seiyuu-savvy as most, unfortunately. ;P I still can’t put my finger on it, where I have heard her very down-to-earth, cute, human voice before…Either way, she is perfect for the part, and I hope this debut helps her career and that we can hear her in the future.

Yano’s voice actor, Hiroshi Yazaki, also sounds familiar but is new. Hiroshi pulls off the nonchalant, irresponsible, carefree high school boy well. His character’s confident personality comes off strongly, and I especially enjoyed his “殺す” when Nanami asked Yano what he would do if he was dating an overspirited girl.

I am a pretty easy one to please when it comes to voices, so I am pretty happy with the setup. I am surprised that there aren’t many familiar voices (except Shimizu Kaori, who played Motoko in Fruits Basket), though. The cast seems relatively inexperienced, but that doesn’t affect the quality of the series to me.

  • Character Review

Takahashi Nanami: The well-meaning cute high school girl, with an impossible crush on an irresponsible boy in spite of herself. Nanami is very human and thus very likeable. She is overall very average, though, and there seems almost no reason for her not to fit in with other girls at school. Maybe identifying qualities will spark up later in the series, but for now, she is just a cookie cutter main character. Cute, shy attitude. Fails at math.

Yano Motoharu: Yano is a lot more interesting to me. He is the elusive crushee and seems to have no real sense of responsibility or regard for others, yet he actually cares for his classmates and has a kind heart. He is popular, confident, and he acts conceited about himself, but does not alienate anyone. The friendly popular guy. He also smiles without a care in the world, though the viewer knows he is hiding things. Maybe not extremely original, but I like Yano more than Nanami.

Yamamoto Nana: By far the best supporting character. She holds a painful past concerning her sister, which seems to have a negative affect on how she interacts with others. She is terse, down-to-earth, honest, and straight to the point with her comments. Merciless. The kind of female, monotoned character I like. Not very different from her Fruits Basket counterpart, Motoko.

Okay, I have to say it. What’s with all the Nanas?!! I am on Nana overload.


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