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Again the fate of the world is in the hands of 14 kids (Bokurano)

Its been a while readers, 7 days to be precise, and as we all know, 7 days on internet may as well be a lifetime. I won’t labor you with the details, but suffice to say that this gradual slow down in blogging is sadly down to cliche reasons; I have found a new job that forces me awake by 6:30AM- an ungodly and surreal time to be conscious when to my horror even the moon is still mockingly pinned up in the night sky.

Being too tired to watch much anime I’ve still found the time to maintain a heathly staple of Enel-flavoured One Piece and even discover a brand spanking new manga series to read; Bokurano.

I’m not a regular manga reader by any means, but there were a few things that forced me into checking this out – an anime adaptation has just been announced and will be directed by Studio Ghibli’s up and coming Hiroyuki “The Cat Returns” Morita, further more it’s a story penned by Mohiro Kitoh; the man responsible for inflicting Shadow Star Narutaru on unsuspecting Pokemon fans – in Kitoh’s Narutaru, the Pokemon kill, are killed and torture their innocent trainers; in other words, the author is pretty twisted, unpredictable and has a real nasty streak. By now you should have picked up that I enjoy horror.

Bokurano continues his favoured trend of throwing kids into bizarre and horrific situations. The story is basically that 14 children, who think they are simply signing up for an elaborate video game, naievely agreeing to protect the Earth against a force of invading aliens. In these regards Bokurano is very similiar to Neon Genesis Evangelion; the aliens, who attack one by one, are giant monsters with extremely variable fighting styles. The kids fight in a giant robot.

Set against what they at first brush off as simply a game, the 14 children begin to die off either in battle or straight after. Then once the fighting is finished, they return to their every day lives to face up to devestation left behind; in one such city-centred clash, 40,000 civilians were killed (most likely squished) in the carnage.

Ultimately the kids are going into each battle knowing that one of them will die and that along the way thousands of innocents will perish too – if they refuse to fight, the world will end. As they say – no pain, no gain.

From the very first few pages I’ve been in love with Bokurano. At once a heart breaking drama and compelling sci-fi mystery, Mohiro Kitoh’s refusal to pull punches makes this a shocking and captivating read that gets better with every chapter. Indeed it is giant robot manga, but given its ultra realistic take on both the characters and the consequences of giant mecha combat, Bokurano feels fresh and exciting. It will be a massive hit as an anime series, so get in now on the ground floor and discover Kitoh’s twisted drama nice and early, I’m looking forward to be able to say “the manga is better”.

Comments

Sasa says:

> It will be a massive hit as an anime series
An IKKI manga series as massive hit? Is that even possible? Oh well…

minikui says:

thank you so much for reminding me of this manga XD Narutaru was awesome, but somehow i forgot to look for new stuff by Kitoh.

I read that the anime will be made by GONZO though, so i’m not expecting much …

flou says:

I can’t wait to see the anime adaptation, but I also have my doubts with Gonzo producing it, but also how much will be censored out of the animated version, especially with Chizuru’s arc.

bateszi says:

GONZO are capable of pulling out a good adaptation. NHK! ni Youkoso is an example of "solid" work from them and I sense that they feel with Bokurano they may have a winner on their hands – hence a Studio Ghibli graduate in Hiroyuki Morita taking the directorial reigns.

To be honest I can’t wait to see this animated, anxious even, and I’m certain that it could be great. Lets hope there is a decent animation budget in place to do justice to the grandiose visuals.

Martin says:

Even a quick read though what this manga’s about is enough for me to be really optimistic for Morita’s upcoming effort. A mecha story that throws some unusual aspects into the mix can only be a good thing.

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