Bokurano is a 24-episode anime produced by the studio who fancy dark stories (like this), Gonzo. It is an adaptation of Moshiro Kitoh’s 10-volume manga. This anime has mecha and lots of drama.
While on a summer nature school in Mitomi Island, fifteen kids discovers a cave by the sea. They meet a man, who claims to be a programmer, named Kokopelli. He persuades them to try his game by entering a contract. The game is about defeating 15 alien invasions using the robot which the kids named Zearth.
The first pilot, after successfully defeating the first enemy, “accidentally” falls from the robot. The kids discover that Zearth runs using life force, meaning, a pilot will die after every battle. KAY, survival tiem.
The story is sort of sadistic. The children entered the contract, terms are not explained. The chosen pilot fights and wins, then dies. The pilot loses, his Earth dies. The pilot will not fight, his Earth dies. The kids have no option, and there’s no way to escape the contract. And heck, the fights usually occur in a city so there is a great deal of wrecking and destroying involved.
I’m not impressed plz. However, the style they used on the robots is awesome. Unfortunately, the robots here are very lame and not that kickass type we see on Gundam. I was really disappointed. Since it is sort of mecha anime, I was expecting good animation.
I was really affected by this show. Actually I was thinking about making my last will because I realized there’s really no way to know when you’ll die. Hahaha. I enjoyed this show because of its lessons and excellent portraying of real life.
The sound sucks, the art sucks, THE ROBOTS SUCK. However, this show gives many life lessons. Plus, [WARNING: SPOILER AHEAD] the seiyuu of Ushiro Jun (the last pilot) is Junko Minagawa! Yes, yes, the woman behind Ryoma Echizen’s voice! Anyway, Bokurano is a must- watch if you are into dark, serious, deep, twisted and crazy stories.