Sunday, July 25, 2010

We Were There Volume 1

            Nanami Takahashi just started high school. She’s been nervous about it for awhile and is struggling to make friends. Many of the people that go to her high school have had the same friends since middle school and alliances have been formed. She eventually hangs out with a group of girls that are already in the swing of their friendships and are very familiar with each other. All of these girls are very similar leaving Nanami to still be a bit of the odd one out. She even tries to make friends with the shyest and most anti-social girl in the class that no one else likes. To avoid not having any friends at all she sticks with these girls and even joins the student council hierarchy.
            Like many other girls in her class she develops a crush on Motoharu Yano. He’s always been popular with students and teachers and has been worry free for most of his life, not even worrying about grades. He often sleeps through class and does very well on tests despite this. Nanami really wants to get to know Yano despite him being a jerk to her in every way he can. As she gets to know him she discovers that he was dating the anti-social girls older sister, who died in a car accident the year before. She was Yano’s first love and she had cheated on him. The day she had died in the car accident he had discovered she was cheating on him and they had gotten into a fight. He blames himself for her death despite the fact there was nothing he could have done to prevent it.

The art is usual for a manga, well done and enjoyable. 3.5 out of 5.

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