Review: We Were There Volume 1

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Nanami Takahashi falls for Motoharu Yano, the most popular, carefree boy in class. For Nanami, it’s first love, but Yano is still grieving the death of his girlfriend who died the year before.

Nanami starts high school with high hopes of making lots of friends. She develops a crush on the enigmatic Yano, but he may have too many secrets for her to handle.

Nanami – or Nana for short – is a sweet and kind-hearted girl who finds herself being roped into all kinds of things.  Partly becuase she’s a good person and partly becuase she’ can’t tell the other person to do it themselves.  Which I can relate too all too well some days.  I know a lot of people might be annoyed by Nana, but I love her character, even when I wish she could tell Yano to stuff it.

Yano, on the other hand, starts out to be quite aggravating.  He’s still pretty obnoxious by the end of this first volume, but you’re starting to get some insight into why.  I’m anxious to get into the next volume to find out what the real story is with Yano.  I have this feeling that he’s using his jerkiness as a defense mechanism and that there might be more to his girlfriend’s death than we know.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how wonderful the artwork is in this manga.  It’s very light and muted, which is a nice change from the last few manga I’ve read (Vampire Knight, The Innocent).  All in all, this is a very enjoyable story with interesting characters and pleasant graphics.  I need to hit the bookstore soon and see if I can acquire myself the next few volumes soon.

5/5

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