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We Were There, Vol. 1

(We Were There #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  5,201 ratings  ·  158 reviews
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.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by VIZ Media LLC (first published October 26th 2002)
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Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
If you got here, and you haven´t read this manga, then STOP RIGHT THERE.

If you like the romance where girl and boy love each other and do everything to make the other happy, altough sometimes they act like fools, then go and read something else. THIS is not for you.
But, if you like idiot girls in love with boys that treat them awful and don´t deserves them, then keep going and cry a river with this.

Now, the review:

DIE YOU SON-OF-A-B**CH!!! Argh!!! I´m sorry for the flame, but this guy is the
Jan 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is a big "no" for me. I am very picky about romance in my shoujo, I know that. But I think it should be a general rule of thumb that, when a guy casually tells you that he would kill any girlfriend of his that cheated on him, and then grabs you by the throat to prove his point, you should run. Run like the wind. Yano, the apparent love interest, was so disturbing to me that I had to force myself to finish this volume. No more. ...more
May 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2020
This is one hell of a no from me. The guy she's supposedly in love with, even though she's only said 5 sentences to him, is a complete jerk. He's manipulative, rude, and at one point grabbed her by the throat? Get the hell out of there, girl. ...more
Rating Clarification 3.5 Stars

We Were There by Yuki Obata was my first shojo manga, and I have to say I enjoyed it very much. I’ve read a couple of graphic novels before, but this was a different experience as the reading flow is a bit more unique because it keeps with the original Japanese format.

I was impressed with the art work that complimented the engaging storyline. I will admit that I made a few mistakes with the reading flow and had to go back for a redo for a page here and there, but i
Dilushani Jayalath
Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
I still don't know why I started this book. I didn't want to read it after seeing some comments on the anime. It was supposed to be a sad one and I normally stay away from sad manga and anime.
Th drawings are acceptable. Not my style though. But the story is interesting.
Rose  Heartfilia
The anime was not satisfying enough, the manga was, especially after the timeskip that they entered. This is definetely one of my favourite manga of all time and worth the read and time.
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have watched the anime 4 times. I really got excited when I found a free and safe app to read manga.
Laura (ローラ)
I read this series because I'd been recommended it so often, and also because I own the series, and I owe it to my money to read the manga I buy.

Unfortunately it's not the series I had hoped it could be. Every time you were left with a hanging question about where the story would go, I predicted the outcome. It was NEVER the outcome I'd hoped for. The outcome was always convenient. Always expected. And never profound.

The characters are weak. I think this is the overall problem I have with the s
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
We Were There is about Nanami, a first year high schooler, who develops a crush on a seemingly carefree boy in her class. Her feelings are conflicted and confused as she starts to find out more about the boy, and the happens of his mysterious past.

I bought We Were There on a whim because the art on the cover looked interesting and the title seemed like it would make a good story-- I honestly didn't know what to expect! The novel ended up being a pleasant surprise though and I ho
Feb 28, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Shoujo
Recommended to Joyzi by: Crunchyroll
I love this anime, it's very realistic and it also talks about very sensitive issue about love, relationships and premarital sex. Romantic and emotional, and definitely at the beginning it's full of twists and turns that it might confuse you at first but that makes it more compelling. I have not read the manga entirely but only the latter volumes. ...more
Lorena (Pink Hummingbird)
Christine Salek
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
oh no someone wrote a manga series about me in high school
Mizuki Tobari
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Theresa ♫
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fellow humans in search for a beautiful love story capable of making you cry
This review is for the anime...Apparently the way the anime and the manga ends are different--but this review is for the anime...

I can't describe Bokura Ga Ita. I've only watched the anime, but still....
Anyway, I just finished the anime within the hour that I'm typing this review. I can't describe the way this story made me feel.

This was officially the first ever series capable of making me cry. And even though I'm super childish and emotional and overreactive, I don't cry much over books and mo
Garden of Eden
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not for those who has 'faint heart'. I mean this manga got suicide in it, sex in such young age, cheating, etc. For me, I may become annoyed with some of the characters, but come to think of it, it's reality. Nothing goes sweet all the time. Human sometimes makes bad choices. That's what the mangaka wants to emphasize in this.

Overall it's a great manga.
Oct 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
It's rare that I don't like a sappy shoujo manga. This is one of those occasions. I found both central characters uninteresting and not worth following. So glad that I just got this book from the library. ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
This was interesting. I like Nana but Yano not sure about.
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review is for the entire series, which I binged from start to finish over the last 2 days.

I wasn't the biggest fan. I remember watching the anime when it first came out way back when and really liking it even though it was bittersweet, but I was frustrated so many times reading this manga. I did not like Yano from the start; he made fun of Nanami and was downright mean to her so many times, yet she kept on forgiving him after seeing his smile. This boy was also obsessed with sex; it was kin
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Lou (Lou and Life)
This book was another one of my purchases from the second hand shop and then I ended up buying a bunch of other 1st volumes to different series to see if I'll find any new favourite shojo mangas. Unfortunately, this series is another one where it let me down. I think the premise is interesting of a girl falling for a guy who already had is heartbroken by his ex-girlfriend who died last year. It does set the tone for a slightly more darker shojo manga, but I think what we actually got with the st ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Ok, I lied I only read the 1st chapter but usually that's what makes or breaks it for me. In this case, I probably won't be continuing with this series. As mentioned before I'm quite a shipper and love complicated ships. Yet, In this case, it's pretty set in stone. And it's the girl who has fallen first. I don't know why I find it more entertaining when the guy falls first... maybe because in society nowadays I only see it the opposite way around. Anywho it seems pretty typical... the only thing ...more
Jenny Clark
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: shojo-beat-manga
This is a kinda rare one. I picked it up on a whim, thinking it would be a nostalgia read, back when I was into the cutesty high school love stuff. Most of the mangas I have read where the characters are 15/16 they can be kinda immature, which is to be expected at that age. This one, however, they are a bit more mature than usual, having had tragedies and realizing some of thier flaws early on. This is one that blurs the line between for girls and for women, which is refreshing. Yano... is creep ...more
Kia Thor
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rate this as a 5 because I love the story line of the main characters, how they slowly develop their bonds for each other and also slowly knowing each other background despite the bad or good. It first began off two young person whose 15, one is Nana, she planned to make many friends at her first day of school and met this guy name Yano who was popular. At first, Nana hated him because he lied to her about a girl name that Nana wanted to vote for in the class but when they both kept on meeting ...more
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
We Were Trash

What a garbage hero. And what an idiot heroine to fall for him before he does anything worthwhile. Yano is a lazy blackmailing jerk who somehow charms nearly everyone he meets. Including the stupid heroine Nanami, who sees him as a jerk at first and yet inexplicably falls for him.


I rarely get the urge to give up on a volume of manga, as they're quick reads, but this one I nearly quit multiple times, and it was a waste of my time to finish.

Do not recommend. A jerk and
Apr 10, 2021 rated it liked it
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Kitty Marie
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga, 2019-manga
The art isn't special. Neither is the storyline or characters, aside from some foreshadowing of the love interest's troubled past. I'm going to continue just in case it gets better, as this series was the 2004 winner of the Shogakukan Shoujo Manga award. It tied for first place with Sand Chronicles, which I remember to be more beautiful art-wise and having a much more punchy and evocative first volume with better writing. That said, I've read unappealing first volumes of eventual good/great seri ...more
This one really didn’t work for me; I had to force myself to finish just this first volume, so I will not be continuing. I’m struggling with some serious fomo regarding this series, though, because a lot of people recommend it, but I’ve found my tastes in shoujo have gotten stricter as I’ve gotten older, and this just doesn’t make the cut.

I just need to keep reminding myself that it’s okay not to read or like every manga in the world. Just focus on the ones that I am genuinely interested in and
Bryn (Plus Others)
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shoujo-manga
I am surprised I'd never heard of this before Goodreads recommended it to me -- it is exactly the sort of thoughtful and emotional shoujo manga that we really like. There was nothing surprising in this first volume, but I still (view spoiler) I hope it stays strong in future volumes! ...more
Carly Faith
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
i'm so angry with how this ended.

i also hate that i couldn't really keep my attention to this volume. i'm afraid that i won't be able to for the second one so i'm afraid to even pick it up. :/ it had hope and just kept getting there and dropping the ball. it had a lot of happy hustle high vibes so i think i'd just stick with that manga instead. shame.
ρɦαɳƭσɱ (ժαղcҽ's ճαճ)
Um how about no...this was just plain awful... I normally don't read sappy love stories I'm lying, I do but this one I can't condone because this girl doesn't understand how much of a psycho this guy is and the plot is just slow and obvious. ...more
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Yuuki Obata (小畑友紀) is a Japanese mangaka.
She won a Shogakukan Award for New Mangaka category in 1998 through her first creation, "Rain Drops".

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