Anime of the Week: Bokurano
March 13, 2012 3 Comments
If you thought that I’d be alternating between Manga and Anime of the Week, you’d be wrong. Count on seeing more Animes of the Week than Mangas simply because I haven’t read too many mangas yet. That doesn’t necessarily mean I’m leaving them out. Every now and then I’ll bring one in to write about, just not as often as I’d like.
Anyhow, this week I bring a mecha series that you may or may not be familiar with. Regardless, I highly recommend giving this one a watch. This week, we have Bokurano.
What it’s about: During a summer camp, 15 children are lured by a mysterious looking man man into playing a game. The game centers around each child to pilot a mecha to fight against alien invaders.
What it sounds like: Based on that description alone, it sounds like a silly kids show that would air on Saturday mornings. What it actually is: A mecha deconstruction where each child must face the brutalities and difficulties of their own lives, and learn that the game they play, isn’t what it appears to be.
Why you should watch it: To put it bluntly, Bokurano is a heart-pounding depressing show, but you won’t be able to stop watching it. Almost every episode hits you as hard as the last one, not to mention that the series is filled with many surprising twists and turns. Bokurano manages to successfully set an episode aside for each character a meaning and a special place within the series. For these many characters in a 24 episode series, it might be difficult to keep track of who’s who, but it won’t be long before you can distinguish a child from the rest. Everyone has particularly unique backgrounds and personalities, and even motives that show why they do the things they do in the series. While you may feel more sympathetic towards some characters than others, they all share realistic qualities as any human being might expect from them, given what sort of life and situation that these kids are placed in.
It may not be full of impact as NGE, but it’s a great step in mecha deconstruction. If whiny pubescent teenagers aren’t your thing, I can safely say that there’s more 2.0-Shinjis than original-series-Shinjis in this show. If there’s anything about this show that might throw you off, it’s likely that it’s the mecha CGI. However, the characters themselves are much more significant than the robot they control. They manage to drive the story, and progress the plot fluidly. If the ending seems to be lacking, read the manga. From what I hear, it’s much more darker and grim than the anime adaptation, but the adaptation shouldn’t definitely be ignored.
It’s rather difficult to try and recommend this series without giving too much away. The opening itself is full of spoilers that you won’t be able to recognize until you actually watch the series. Still, this show is well worth your time. Very addicting, very awesome.