We Were There 14

May 10, 2012

Yuuki Obata – Viz – 2012 – 15+ volumes

Oh, this series. I still haven’t really gotten over the fact I hate Yano. Regardless of his circumstances (and he explains in this volume that they were more dire than simply not being able to leave Yamamoto by herself), he’s still a complete jerk, and this whole thing where he has to suffer for… something is really annoying.

And yet, I keep coming back to We Were There. It’s very good, even still, and this has been the best volume in a long time. Nana and Yano talk a lot here, and there are things settled between them. There was some closure, and better yet, some direction for the future. While I love and adore the fact the characters grew up and we’re still following their lives, I was having trouble wading through the past few volumes of self-pity and indecision. Drama and melancholy are the dominant traits of this series, but there just aren’t many series that can pull it off as heartbreakingly realistic as We Were There.

Nana and Takeuchi also have more than a couple talks in this volume. Nana is right, in some sense, in that she’s doing the same thing to Takeuchi that Yano is doing to her. But Nana is less of a jerk about it, and can at least admit to Takeuchi’s face that he isn’t the one for her. Takeuchi is nothing if not patient, however, and there’s more to it than that. More than the much-needed conversations with Yano, it’s these delicate and very heartbreaking moments with Takeuchi that made this volume a good read. Takeuchi doesn’t even have that many appearances, or even much dialogue. But he’s still the star of this volume for me, and I feel terrible for him. And really, Nana, if you can’t be with the one you love, honey, love the one you’re with.

We only get one volume of this a year now, and my interest was waning after the past few mopey, directionless volumes. The story was working its way slowly to this, though, and the wait was worth it. It’s great stuff, much deeper than most of what you’ll find in shoujo manga. It’s probably a bit too depressing for some, but it’s good stuff. Even after all these years.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

One Response to “We Were There 14”

  1. […] because in the end I feel like neither of them are at fault for their relationship failing. While some may blame Yano for deciding to abandon Nanami and his friends after his mother’s suicide, all I wanted to do […]

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