MyAnimeList Synopsis: 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.
Aired: Jan 8, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
Normally, I don’t watch psychological anime, but I decided to give Erased a shot. It’s only twelve episodes long, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Also, I haven’t read the manga, so this is my review on the anime only.
Have you ever wished you can go back in time and alter your history? Do you have regrets about your past actions? I know that I do. If so, I highly recommend watching this anime. Why you may ask? The protagonist Satoru has an ability to travel a couple minutes into the past, he calls this phenomenon “Revival”. He goes into a revival to alter a couple things here and there. He has no control over when the revival activates. When Satoru’s world is turned upside down, his revival has taken him back to his childhood days before the murders from his past happens. Even though Satoru is in his child body, he still has the mind of his adult self.
Satoru is cynical and bitter 29 year old when he is first introduced, and is not supposed to be “likable”. I thought his personality was refreshing for me and realistic. His dreams of being a mangaka have been crushed. He works for a small pizza delivery company, and his life has not turned out as he had hoped. He was really relatable to me. When Satoru was younger, his personality was more vibrant and positive. It feels like he is two completely different people. When Satoru realizes that he has to save his classmate Kayo Hinazuki from being murdered, he starts changing his ways. He knows that in order to save her, he needs to become a hero and mature.
As for the other characters, I really liked Kayo and Kenya. As for Kayo, she had a tragic backstory and has the most apperances than any other character. Kayo is an outsider and really shy. She has no friends at school, but everything changes when Satoru starts to befriend her. Satoru promises to never lie to Kayo and becomes her guardian. Satoru’s friends tease him since they believe he likes Kayo in a romantic way. Kenya is the serious observant one from Satoru’s group of friends. He notices the changes in Satoru and helps him in any way he can. Even though Airi was important to Satoru, she was hardly in the anime. I’m certain that Airi plays a larger role in the manga than in the anime.
The storyline is amazing. Each episode had me hooked because it was a murder mystery. I had my suspicions on the murderer as the episodes progressed. The animation was beautifully done! Though I would have liked for a second season of Erased because it did feel rushed at times. I’m sure that the manga goes more into detail. Take for example, I felt that the murderer’s backstory and motives were never explained. Another example that I can think of is why does the revival happen and when did it start for Satoru. The anime never answers it, but I’m sure once reading the manga, I’ll be able to know the answers I am seeking. The friendship in this show was so cute. Friendship plays a big role in this anime. As for the ending, I was satisfied!
I love the OP especially since it is Asian Kungfu Generation:
Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.75)