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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translation Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 16+
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 8.99
  • Pages: 210
  • ISBN: 978-1421520193
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

We Were There Vol. #02

By Erin Jones     February 12, 2009


We Were There Vol. #02
© Viz Media

The second volume keeps everything that worked about the first, and even has a few extra appealing additions.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Yuki Obata
Translation: Tetsuchiro Miyaki
Adaptation: Nancy Thistlewaite

What They Say
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.

You know, that guy...He doesn't seem to need anybody else.I don't know how to put it, but...No matter how much we talk or what we do...It doesn't reach him.

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. 

The Review!
Summer break, usually a time of relaxation and enjoyment for high school students, has left Nana in despair.  The reason?  She no longer gets to see Yano, who even skips out on the rehearsals for the class play.  Takeuchi's suggestion that he may be having a hard time with the anniversary of Nana-san's death prompts Nana to suck it up and go check on him at his house.  Lo and behold, he appears at the rehearsals the next day, although he teases Nana for her promises to watch over him no matter what and insists that she doesn’t need to defend him.  The play ends up going well, despite the fact that Yano ad-libs throughout the entire play even though he’s the main character.  And at the night festival, he admits to Nana that he likes her, as well.  Their life as a couple is uneventful, but Yano repeatedly doges the question of what he wants for Christmas, finally deciding he wants Nana to promise that she will never leave him or cheat on him: the same promise that Nana-san broke.

We Were There's second volume is even better than the first, as careful links back to things that happened earlier in the story serve only to enhance its depth and detailed storytelling.  For all of the drama involved in the story, it manages to tread carefully and avoid the pitfalls of  the shojo drama genre.  No character is overly quirky or stereotyped; only two volumes in, and they are all distinct individuals with their own personalities.  Nana is the perfect narrator as a normal high school girl confused by the strange nature of the boy she likes, while Yano's personality is explained a little more via flashbacks.  Even Nana-san, who only appears in Yano's dreams, has been made into a three-dimensional, sympathetic character who contrasts well with Nana-chan.  Although the two Nanas are both well-intentioned, slightly dense girls who say more than they mean to, Nana-san's two definitions of happiness, which are heartbreaking in their sheer contrast, highlight the similarities and differences between the two girls perfectly.  A subtle, moving, and highly recommended series.

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