During a summer camp, 15 children, 8 males and 7 females, find a grotto by the sea. Deep within they discover working computers and some electronic equipment, and later the owner, a man who introduces himself as “Kokopelli”. Kokopelli claims to be a programmer working on a brand new game, in which a large robot has to defend the Earth against fifteen alien invasions. He persuades the children to test the game and enter into a contract. All but one of them agree, and a moment later they mysteriously awaken on the shore, believing what happened was just a dream.
That night, two giant robots appear suddenly by the beach. A small creature calling himself “Koyemshi” appears and claims to be their guide. He then teleports the children into the black robot. They find Kokopelli already inside and controlling the black robot in order to defeat the white enemy robot. During battle, he gives the children a brief tutorial on how to pilot the robot as he destroys the enemy. Once he has finished, he tells the children that they are on their own now and sends them back to the beach. As the children are teleported out, one child observes Kokopelli whispering “I’m sorry.”
Each story of Bokurano: Ours tends to focus exclusively on one character – the next pilot. It starts with some background information on the character and their underlying motivations while building up to their battle. The episodes themselves are named after the character currently being focused on.
Takashi Waku is the first pilot of the robot, which is named “Zearth” by Maki Ano. Upon winning the fight, Waku is accidentally ‘knocked’ into the sea by Jun Ushiro. The second pilot, Masaru “Kodama” Kodaka, dies unceremoniously after defeating his opponent. Koyemshi explains to the children that Zearth runs on life force, and the cost of every victory would be the life of its pilot.
The next two pilots, Daiichi “Daichi” Yamura and Mako “Nakama” Nakarai, lose their lives similarly. Daichi protects an amusement park so his siblings can go there and Nakama uses Zearth’s abilities to help save a classmate of hers. Before her victory death, Nakama manages to give the others some pilot costumes that she sewed herself. Through Takami “Komo” Komoda, the military finds out about the children’s connection with Zearth, and they are brought together for their own protection. The next pilot, Isao Kako, becomes too cowardly to fight. Chizuru “Chizu” Honda kills him, and becomes the next pilot. Before fighting the enemy robot, she seeks her revenge on the teacher who had abused her sexually. While attempting to kill him, she is stopped by her sister. Both her life and her unborn baby’s life are taken as Zearth’s payment, revealing that there is another person besides Kana Ushiro who is exempt from the contract.
During Kunihiko Moji’s fight, it is revealed that Zearth’s cockpit looks just like their enemies’ weak points. Maki, the next pilot, realizes that they are in an alternate universe when an unknown fighter jet attacks them. She pries open the enemy’s weak point and reveals the human pilots inside. Koyemshi explains that these battles are meant to weed out parallel universes.
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