僕等がいた 16 [Bokura ga Ita 16] (We Were There, #16) by Yuuki ObataSo i was reading along, thinking this would be your average slice of life shojo manga. I generally like that genre, and even though the guy love interest was a little needy and annoying and there was some slut shaming of his dead girlfriend i was managing to enjoy it enough to continue.
Then the big gap happened. If youve read it you know that theres a five year period where boyfriend just drops off the map, doesnt tell anyone where he is, if hes alive, anything. Just gone. Now if it were me, that would be the point where I say forget that loser, Im better then this and move on, but noooo. Apparently boyfriend is so special and damaged that she cannot forget him and chastely waits until he will some day come back. And I use the word chaste on purpose here, because despite the fact that they dated for over a year they do not have sex. They almost do, twice, but never actually get there. And then since shes waiting for him she still doesnt have sex, even after she starts dating his best friend and pretty much living with him. With the fact that the first (now dead) girlfriend is painted as a whore (the word is actually used by boyfriend in regards to her) it makes for some creepy parallels.
Oh and the reason boyfriend ran away? It seems to be a mix of needing to be needed/help the emotionally weak and also a fear of being actually loved. Hows that for baggage? Yeah, I think teens would like this series, but it was too melodramatic and had way to many broken relationships/people for me. Real adult relationships are so far away from whats shown in this book that they look like completely different species.
I guess I did find it entertaining enough to finish it though...
Bokura ga Ita Chapter 10
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It has been serialized in Betsucomi from to The series went on hiatus in early , but resumed publication in June It was adapted into a episode anime television series which aired from July 3 to December 25, Nanami Takahashi, a teenage girl in her first year of high school, hopes to make new friends quickly. The center of attention at her school is Motoharu Yano, a very popular boy, whom Nanami dislikes at the beginning, due to his apparent superficiality. However, she soon falls in love with him, but Yano is still affected by the loss of his girlfriend, Nana Yamamoto.
Chap 15 Nanami: You told me not to betray you but here you go and betray me. Motoharu: Betraying someone isn't like that. Shall I tell you what it means to betray someone? It is when you never treat someone special, tramp all over him, tear him to pieces and then abandon him. Can't you tell how special you are to me? Can't you tell how hard I'm trying to keep us together?
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