Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Bokura ga Ita [we were there]

We Were There (僕等がいた Bokura ga Ita?) is an on-going Japanese romance manga by Yuki Obata, centering around the high school life of freshman girl, Nanami Takahashi. It has been serialized in Betsucomi since 2002. The series went on hiatus in early 2008, but resumed publication in June 2009. 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 which aired from July 3 to December 25, 2006.

In 2005, the manga won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo.[1]


Written and illustrated by Yuki Obata, We Were There has been serialized in Betsucomi since its debut in 2002.

The series went on hiatus after the January 2008 issue, and resumed serialization in the July 2009 issue.[2] The individual chapters are collected and published in tankōbon volumes byShogakukan, with the first volume released on October 26, 2002.[3] As of October 2009, 13 volumes have been released.[4] Scanlations are available up to Chapter 67 of the series.

The series is licensed for English language release in North America by Viz Media, which released the first volume on November 3, 2008 under its "Shojo Beat" imprint.[5] As of May 2009, four volumes have been released in English.[6] It is licensed for regional language releases in France by Soleil Productions, in Germany by Egmont Manga & Anime and in Argentina and Spain by Editorial Ivrea.[7][8]

ANIMEWe Were There was adapted into an anime series by ArtLand which premiered in Japan on July 23, 2006.
[32] It aired for twenty-six episodes until its conclusion on 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.[33][33]


In May 2011, production on a live-action film adaption of the manga was announced and the film will be released in two parts.[34] The film is being directed by Solanin and stars Ikuta Toma andYoshitaka Yuriko.[34] It is expected to be released in Japanese theaters in the spring of 2012.[34]


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