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Bokura ga Ita (English title: We Were There) is a Japanese romance manga by Yuki Obata, centering around the high school life of freshman girl, Nanami Takahashi. It was serialized in Betsucomi, with the first tankoubon volume released on October 26, 2002. The series, after several hiatus that it approached, finally ended in its 70th chapter, published back in February 2012.

The series is licensed for an English language release in North America by Viz Media. It was adapted into a 26-episode television anime series by ArtLand which aired from July 3 to December 25, 2006. The episodes were released to nine Region 2 DVD volumes by Pony Canyon, with each volume containing three episodes, except the final volume which contained two. The first volume was released on October 4, 2006 and the last on June 6, 2007. It also counts with a film live action adaptation divided in two parts, the first one with a date for March 17, 2012, and the second having a release on April 21, 2012.

In 2005, the manga won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shoujo.


This series contains examples of:

  • Baka: Nanami frequently says "Shine, baka!" ("Die, you idiot!") to Yano, whom she loves, before the two of them start dating.
  • Biting the Handkerchief: Everytime Nana's abusive boyfriend makes her cry.
  • Chick Magnet: Yano. Nanami, Nana, Yamamoto, and Aki all have had feelings for the guy.
  • Class Representative: Nanami didn't want the job, sucks at it, and abuses her power.
  • Credits Jukebox
  • Domestic Abuser: Yano has a hard time trusting Nanami completely, displaying jealousy and possessiveness, even to the point of physically abusing her.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Yuri towards Yano , Take towards Nanami.
    • In the timeskip, Yano starts living with Yuri, but he isn't over Nanami.
    • Likewise, Nanami starts dating Take after the timeskip, despite the fact that she isn't over Yano. However, when Take does propose to Nanami, she turns him down.
  • Jerkass <-> Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yano, constantly going back-and-forth.
  • The Mourning After: Part of the central concept, but the Yano/Nana relationship is more complicated than it first appears.
  • Time Skip: There's a five year time skip in the manga.
  • Stepford Smiler Yano, from time to time.
  • Large Ham: Again, Yano fits this on occasion.
  • Not So Stoic: Yano, yet again. This goes hand-in-hand with donning the Stepford Smile.
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