Yano goes on a long date all day with Nana in preparation for leaving for Tokyo, causing Nana to become emotional at the thought of being without him.
Wow, Iâ€™m just dumbstruck. Thatâ€™s not what I expected at all. However what has me even more confused and thrown off is what the manga version of Bokura ga Ita deals with the scene and afterwards. Thankfully the sub group that released this included the scene from the manga and what happens right after it, explaining that this scene is not the end of the manga but after it leads to a three year jump. Anyways, as for this version, this episode, it wasnâ€™t that bad. I mean, its left fairly open but I think it would have been worse for them to have to change the manga completely to make an ending for this. I think it was a good idea to stop it and leave it open ended, wondering what is going to happen to everyone after high school, and however it did leave for some loose ends.
As far as the manga, thatâ€™s where I got thrown off. The anime leaves everything open ended. Itâ€™s up to you whether Nana and Yano get together one year later, go to the same school, and what not. However the manga doesnâ€™t. Apparently in the manga it shows three years later and Nana says that she hasnâ€™t seen Yano since then. Sheâ€™s at college and gets a text message from Take so they are obviously still in contact with each other. That just leaves you to think that Yano went to college in Tokyo where Yuri went. Therefore just form that information which was all that was given it seems like the manga starts to point in a Yano x Yuri and Nana x Take ending. Which surprised the hell out of me. Now, it could easily do a whole Suzuka thing where they switch partners like three times for lots of weird drama, but from the looks of it that combination is much more possible
However, this is the anime so I canâ€™t really judge it based on the manga. The ending in the anime was fine. In fact, considering how the manga goes they did a great job with it. If they were to have give the above information and then end, leaving us to wonder what those hints mean it would be way worse then leaving it up to us. The way it ended we can decide that Nana and Yano get together right away or whatever. They did a good job of showing all the characters in the end, and showing them reacting to everything rather nicely because one thing this series did greatly was the side characters.
Iâ€™m not really that familiar with many Shoujo shows like this one. Bokura ga Ita defiantly was Shoujo, from the fact that it comes form a manga from basically a Shoujo magazine to just the way they dealt with the plot. Not only that, but the art was decidedly different form most shows, which set it apart. Now, I donâ€™tâ€™ have much to compare this to other shoujos but as far as Iâ€™m concerned Bokura ga Ita did a great job showing the relationships and characters. They didnâ€™tâ€™ drag out too long about Nana and Yano getting together, which seems to be what Shoujo is about. I enjoyed seeing the problems they had to get over though that. However, as Iâ€™ve said above what impressed me the most was the side characters. It wasnâ€™t just centered on Nana and Yano, but Yuri and take, to side characters played almost as important of a role as the â€œmain charactersâ€ did. Not only did they have personalities and backgrounds that were unique and explored pretty well, but they had an actual impact on the relationship of Nana and Yano, causing drama from both of them as there was a whole love square going on, that constantly had an effect that was interesting.
I have to mention Bokura ga Itaâ€™s art because I know early on hearing people talk badly about it. There are several scenes where they will show a character with only one eye, or they will show a person and just the immediate area around them would have a background and the rest would be whited out. People kept saying how bad this was, but I didnâ€™tâ€™ really see a problem with it. It was just a different art style, and in some cases I think it really worked. It allowed for someone to focus on a character because that was what was important in the scene. Not where they were, but that it was them. It may not have been the best, it may be odd and leave backgrounds and the setting of the show to be neglected but I think it worked fine for the plot given.