I Can't Get 'Erased' Out Of My Mind

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Boku dake ga Inai MachiBoku dake ga Inai Machi (Erased)

Studio: A-1 Pictures
Producer: Aniplex, Dentsu,Kadokawa Shoten, Fuji TV, DAX Production, Kyoraku Industrial Holdings, Kansai Telecasting Corporation
Genre: Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural, Seinen
Episodes: 12 
Episode Length: 23 minutes per episode

When tragedy is about to strike, Satoru Fujinuma finds himself sent back several minutes before the accident occurs. The detached, 29-year-old manga artist has taken advantage of this powerful yet mysterious phenomenon, which he calls "Revival," to save many lives.

However, when he is wrongfully accused of murdering someone close to him, Satoru is sent back to the past once again, but this time to 1988, 18 years in the past. Soon, he realizes that the murder may be connected to the abduction and killing of one of his classmates, the solitary and mysterious Kayo Hinazuki, that took place when he was a child. This is his chance to make things right.

Boku dake ga Inai Machi follows Satoru in his mission to uncover what truly transpired 18 years ago and prevent the death of his classmate while protecting those he cares about in the present.

This anime seemed to go under the radar for me. I didn't hear too much about it, but I saw that it had amazing ratings. This got me intrigued. So I started to watch it.
Rhis anime pulls you in. You can't help but binge watch it. (Which is what I did.)


  • The art is gorgeous. I loved the character designs. The young Kenya was adorable. (Admittedly, he was my favorite character. A genius and a cute one to boot.) And the gloves! So adorable. I wanted a pair. Knitted gloves...a great present. (Though, I'd prefer a jacket over gloves any day.)
  • Murder mystery? Hm...interesting. This definitely intrigues my inner murder mystery fan. (I do love Castle and NCIS and all.) But...I guessed who was the murderer early on. The red eyes were pretty obvious. (Not that the main character could see it.) I didn't like the lack of clues, though. I wanted more murder mystery. The story revolved around the prevention of the murder. But there was no mystery to solve. I love solving mysteries! There just wasn't enough of the mystery. Even though I loved the little wisps of mystery we had.
  • The emphasis on friendship and family was amazing. Friends can pull you through things. That's true. So I was happy that this anime had the element of friends. And the power of mothers! Wow. I loved how the main character's mom really stood up for him and plowed through his problems. Respect.


  • The supernatural elements were confusing. I really didn't like the Revival. There were many questions. How did it work? Why? What changed? Can anyone else do it? And the switch back to reality in the middle was even more confusing. Why did it happen? Why didn't it happen again? I wanted the reasons why. There has to be a reason.

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