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Boku dake ga inai machi 

29 year old Satoru Fujinuma is sent back in time 18 years to prevent the events leading to his mother's death, which began with a series of kidnappings in his 5th grade year.
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 Satoru Fujinuma (29-years-old) 12 episodes, 2016
Shinnosuke Mitsushima ...
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 Satoru Fujinuma (10-years-old) 12 episodes, 2016
Minami Takayama ...
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 Satoru Fujinuma (10-years-old) 12 episodes, 2016
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 Gaku Yashiro 10 episodes, 2016
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 Sachiko Fujinuma 10 episodes, 2016
Mitsuru Miyamoto ...
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 Kayo Hinazuki 10 episodes, 2016
Christine Marie Cabanos ...
 Hiromi Sugita 9 episodes, 2016
Ayaka Nanase ...
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Yukitoshi Kikuchi ...
Akari Kitô ...
Erica Mendez ...
 Kenya Kobayashi 8 episodes, 2016
You Taichi ...
Bobby Thong ...
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 Akemi Hinazuki 6 episodes, 2016
Jade Dennis
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 Airi Katagiri 5 episodes, 2016
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 Jun 'Yuuki' Shiratori 5 episodes, 2016
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Struggling manga author Satoru Fujinuma is beset by his fear to express himself. However, he has a supernatural ability of being able to prevent deaths and casualties by being sent back in time before an incident occurrs, repeating time until it is prevented. One day, he gets involved in a catastrophic affair that turns him into a criminal. Desperate to prevent the incident, he gets sent back in time only to find himself as a grade-schooler. Satoru brings himself to a new journey; using his abilty to prevent the past from changing into a deplorable future.

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Whenever Satoru is in the past, the show is in widescreen format. On the other hand, when he's in the present, it's in a typical aspect ratio. See more »

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[repeated line]
Kayo Hinazuki: Are you stupid?
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Remade as Bokudake ga inai machi (2016) See more »

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A gripping one which falls short on many aspects
25 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

How I felt about the characters?

Now, coming to a very important part of the anime; the characters. The characters turned out to be bland and puppets made of clay moulding themselves to the convenience of the story. The anime fell short of characters which aren't so good like you remember them forever like Light Yagami( Death note) and Natsu Dragneed, Happy and Gray (Fairytail). The viewer doesn't feel at home with the characters. They sometimes behave awkward with respect to their ages too.

The 29 year old Satoru was boring and wasn't interesting at all while his childhood self was lively and happy because of his friend Yuuki, a friend of his way elder to him but was always good to Satoru. I never understood why he becomes dull in the present.

Kayo Hinazuki, the first girl out of the three girls who go missing and found murdered was abused by her mother. The depiction of the scenes was mortifying and moved me. But Kayo was one character I liked a lot. She is simple naive and was in need for a friend. Satoru was a support for her through her bad times. But, sometimes I felt that Kayo's character and back-story had little to do with the story.

Sachiko Hinazuki, Satoru's mother; she is one caring mother. Honest with her son and supports him with what he wants to do! She could've been the mother of the year (if and only if my mom wouldn't participate)

The villain had a little screen space for himself too but we still don't get a complete picture of him.

Lines on the Storyline

Here I can assure you that I won't divulge any details that would hamper the Erased experience!

The series has a light humour where Satoru talks stuff out loud which he was just thinking placing him in awkward situations.

The characters sometimes seem too mature for their age. I don't think Satoru's friends (11 year olds) would help him in all his endaevours. They are kids after-all, they don't have huge attention spans and kids fool around which they seldom do! While Satoru behaves like a kid sometimes even though he has the maturity of a grownup. A grown-up wouldn't trust just anybody who is sweet.

Kayo was given a lot of screen space. But there was no back-story or anything much related to the other two victims! They just have about two episodes with very little mentions for each of them.

The series seemed hushed and was finished just so that the story could be wrapped up in 12 episodes. I felt that a 16 episode series would've done justice to this anime.

The story becomes a little boring around the 8th episode. The story goes on like a flip-book made by a twelve year old!

There is no mention of Yuuki who was the primary suspect of the missing girls. I vouched something good happens to him and I am left with an empty void as to what happened to him.

Now, the villain. He/she wasn't portrayed quite well. His/her character seemed to contradict his actions. There wasn't any real reason shown for him/her (I'm not giving you a clue about the villain).The motive isn't quite clear and satisfactory too.

Now we come to the last two episodes of the anime and then again bang! The tempo is raised and heart-beat rises and you are left in awe.

After a while when you reminisce, that's when you would feel the little shortcomings in this anime.

What I thought of the anime

Now that I warmed you up, or rather I think I warmed you up. Here is what I thought of the anime.

Just as much I am full of praise of the first three episodes, I could praise it until the 7th episode. The story becomes hazy, the pace becomes too fast with very less descriptions and loses the charm it held. Well not all of it, but only in a few aspects.

The art and the animation of the anime seemed apt and perfect for the setting and themes in this anime. The backgrounds and the light shades of colour are pleasing to the eye and also the expressions and the drawings of the characters were great except, whenever I saw Satoru's mothers pout always made me cringe.

The music and the opening song is very pleasant and I would like to download the opening track and add it to my albums!

It falls short with it's original theme as a psychological thriller too.

It story is in bits and pieces which haven't been merged properly with thin strands of logic connecting each other but barely.

The over-all series is just alright, thanks to the climax that spiked a little interest back into the story.

Would I recommend it? Well, it is a good anime and could be in the best anime in the year, but I would say that you could add it to your must watch list, but not necessarily in the top.

Oh! Before I forget, If you felt that I missed out something or would like to know more about this post, please do let me know!!


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