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Bokura No

Bokura no simply put is a tragedy. Not like “a real cryin’ shame” tragedy, but a tragedy of cosmic proportions. It truly asks the impossible of your mind and hence asks the same questions for the characters. What would you do if facing a lose-lose situation where the stakes are pitted against you in such stacking odds that you’d be faced to make decisions regarding the entire world that even most adults never have to make?

At the beginning, 15 children of introduced to a “game” in which they are to defeat fifteen monsters to prevent the world’s destruction. The price of winning is just as unsavory as the price of losing.

Herein lies the beauty of this show. Ordinary children living ordinary lives… and their reactions and separate emotions with each varying personality. Episode to episode typically focuses on one child to examplify their personality and background, though some of the episodes towards the end spend more time on a few and the story arc.

Some elements were introduced, such as the overall reason and cause for these series of events taking place in the first place, but hardly followed up on, mostly due to the characters’ inability to due so. While this DOES follow the continuity of the show itself, it does leave one wondering some questions at the end.

Gonzos animation is extreme quality here. The style is done in a very realistic, almost hand-drawn fashion and mirrors our world quite well. What stands out the most is how nothing stands out – everything looks ordinary (which I’ll comment on later), quite fitting as it seems to be a common theme throughout. At some points the backgrounds were nicely made, but I believe the attention was almost fully focused on the characters. Speaking of characters, they were perfectly proportioned to real life. Great job on the animatics.

The opening theme was catchy, I immediately liked it right away and would even watch it through on some episodes instead of skipping it. The rest of the music didn’t seem to phase me as much; there were battle themes and sorrowful slow themes that were there and seemed to fit, just nothing impressive.

I sure liked the controversial aspect of the series. It’s not really about kids piloting transforming robots and happy-go-lucky protect the planet from evil aliens. It is also thought-provoking in a way, as it does make you think and feel strange about the situations the kids are thrown in.

And now the nasty part. This series is based too much on shock value. It leaves you with a vivid impression because of the horrible things that happen in it. Yet at the same time, it has very little to back it up. The second time you try to watch it, you clearly see it ain’t so dramatic and the actual plot is peanuts. Also, the focus on character exposition is pretty amateur’s work, as most feel like stunts for most of the story until magically thrown to the position of Main Hero for the sake of… well, dying. Character exposition moments before dying?

While this anime is note one of the most popular ones around i liked this series really much. I has it’s very unique and different story. i belive it to be the most thought-provoking series around from the year it was made. Other then a little more character development here and the the rest of the show made up for all that was on that part.

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