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. – My Anime List
Based on 31 review scores:
In the end, the biggest compliment I can give this series and its production is that there is never a moment, a crack in the armor where the series waned in quality enough for me to really notice, or feel even remotely uninterested. Even at its lowest moments, which largely equate to “good” rather than “oh my God Amazing!”, Boku Dake ga Inai Machi is a show that is better than most of its peers, both in the past and present, and potentially even in the future.
Dr Animaniac Unscripted
So yea, I loved this anime to an infinite level and it was the best of the season easily. I know many people feel it’s overhyped and I can understand that notion as I felt that way with OPM, but I’m proud to be in the reverse situation, I’ll be on this hype train forever. This delivered in everything I desire in an anime. A bit of action, mystery, suspense, romance and a touch of comedy. It was the perfect recipe for success and it delivered. I feel that the people who had the biggest issue with this anime were the manga readers who hated the adaptation. I’ve been there with other series and totally understand, so I won’t criticize those complaints. However, as an anime only viewer, I thought it was amazing and whatever changes they made, I feel they paid off. There was a big point of controversy with this anime though, that ruffled a lot of feathers in episode 11 and I have thoughts on that, but will give them in a separate discussion as this review must stay spoiler free. Overall, Erased was an anime worth watching and I’ll recommend it forever more, as it’s now become one of my favorites of all time.
If you’re looking for a near perfect mystery anime, then you need look no further. Erased will keep you on the edge of your seat each episode, and leave you with an incredible sense of satisfaction at the end. While it might not be an anime you’ll return to often, it’s one that you won’t soon forget. Seriously, watch this show.
This was a brilliant show that is worth re-watching (I mean, it only takes 5 hours).
Not really going to do a review of the show, lots of those already.
I will say though that as a married older anime fan who’s not particularly into scantly clothed anime girls(to each his own) popping up every few minutes, this show seems right up my alley. Also seems like it will continue to be very intriguing and could quite possibly be the best of the year if the rest of the show continues to be as good as episode 1. Should be a great anime for us older folks.
All The Nerds
I loved Erased and would recommend it to everyone, Anime lovers or not. Now any other anime I will watch will be boring because my standards are so high, Goddammit! Oh well, it’s way worth it
The Reading Belle
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 really think this is a show that everyone needs to see regardless of their interest levels in anime. It’s good in every way, regardless of the medium.
Excellent Anime For Girls
ERASED was a fantastic show, I’d recommend it to just about anyone. From the captivating premise, to the in-depth characters, great visuals, and fantastic story-telling; ERASED is definitely deserving of all its glory. I will admit that ERASED doesn’t quite measure up to some of its counterparts, but that doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of the anime itself. Definitely check it out.
Blue Nimbus Media
Erased is a perfect example of what makes anime shine. Yes, the clichés are there. Yes, it is a different style from our Hollywood way of telling a story, but a great story is a great story no matter where it came from. Erased told a great story with awesome characters. Everything was there: interesting story, character development, and a strong message. The execution of Erased was near perfect.
A tense, atmospheric thriller that largely delivers on the boundless potential of its early episodes thanks to a powerful story and strong direction.
The first episode was a promising setup that was well written and made great use of its 20 minute time slot.
Geeked Out Nation
Erased is a great series for anime fans looking for something new and different. It’s a tight thriller that doesn’t feel like most other anime series that have found huge popularity. It absolutely proves how serious anime can be as entertainment and as a storytelling device. Erased is special and even for those who’ve never watched a full anime series, this is a perfect entry point to what anime can be.
Anime News Network
ERASED is definitely not as good as the show it could have been, but it’s still a very reasonable show. There were certainly hills and valleys throughout – the first four episodes were terrific, while the mid-season return to the present and thriller shenanigans near the end were pretty regrettable. The show didn’t need its bright red eyes, and it certainly didn’t need its villainous speeches. But its aesthetic strengths can’t be denied, and at its best, the show pulled off some genuinely affecting human moments. I’m a little sad it wasn’t better, but that’s only because it often demonstrated an ability to be remarkably good.
Anime is simply amazing…In less words.It has a great plot and the in very first episode you will love the main character and his uniqueness.While watching anime you will be getting the feeling of watching a movie this the first i’ve seen which delivers that.There are scenes which will make at the edge of the seat before you know it.The voice actor of the protagonist (Shinnosuke Mitsushima) was his debut and he nailed it and he deserves a special applause.This anime will keep your mind in the story till the end of the episode and that’s a big thing.It has great opening and ending song even though i don’t understand Japanese the songs are good to hear.Their are no negatives i can point out in the anime.Art is great and it has nice background music.Anime overall is a must watch anime if you are looking for something good!! there hasn’t been anime like this in a while..Must watch!
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Erased had some potential, yet failed in executing the basic elements of the show, which was due to the little issues that ultimately snowballed into bigger ones – which is a shame, as its direction and usage of animation was befitting and well executed. I quite honestly did not enjoy the series at all, despite being intrigued by the first batch of episodes: the characters, lack of expansion upon key elements as the villain or time travelling gimmick are just a few of the many issues that made it a bad anime. It fails in providing a good mystery with cheap cliffhangers and shock factor to accomplish tension. It praises itself on being a human drama, but it equally lacks in said theme. Now I will admit I never have been a fan of drama, which made it more difficult to enjoy that genre. I personally do not recommend this anime, unless you aren’t bothered by the above mentioned problems – which in turn, can make for an intriguing ride. Boku Dake Inai Machi is ultimately a show that feeds itself on cheap emotions and thrills.
Sae Chao Circulation
ERASED tells a thrilling mystery revolved around family abuse, kidnapping and fixing issues. It`s held up with smooth animation and a cool winter tone. However it`s held back with it`s completely rushed last leg of the anime.
The Latest Pull
Erased is full of wonderful moments but falls just short of being a great mystery.
ERASED had massive potential to become something really special and the first few episodes were really spectacular. But it failed to deliver in some accounts. Nonetheless ERASED is an extremely good anime and one of the better anime of Winter 2016. It is definitely worth giving a shot and I assure you that you’ll enjoy it.
Erased is indeed a time travel story done right. It’s not perfect for sure; the writers could have made the narrative more intriguing, or making Satoru more deductive rather than responsive as a detective. Plus, it’s tempting for many people to compare it to the more superior Steins;Gate, a series that explores time travel from all angles and led by a hero who recognizes what it means to change history. But doing so would unfairly discredit the merits of Erased, a show I believe is one of the best this season and even the year.
I do see a lot of hate comments on forums and blogs but I think you can’t probably ditch an anime for one fuckin episode and ignore all the nice aspects of it that the rest of 10-11 episodes carried. Moreover, I enjoyed Erased, to the point that I re-watched it again. Its simple for me, if I enjoy something from my heart, I give it a good score and only I know how closed Erased was from a perfect score if it approached the ending in a better way.
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The Anime Newbie
I feel like I hit the jackpot when I selected this show to be one of my series to watch this winter season. I am struggling to find anything wrong with “Erased”! This series has a lot to offer; comedy, drama, mystery and philosophy. What’t not to love?
Definitely worth the watch!
The ending failed to meet my expectations. Although I spoiled a lot I still left out many details. I still recommend you watch it for yourself.
Overall I’d still recommend Erased, and in spite of a long list of flaws it’s ultimately worth watching through. For those looking for a satisfying mystery, or clever time travel mechanics, it largely disappoints, but as an exciting thriller it’s one of the more distinct shows in recent memory.
Boku dake ga Inai Machi is emotionally, a success. I can understand many people getting an emotional high off the series because I’ll admit that it was very satisfying to see Kayo get saved, but it’s still impossible to overlook the shortcomings of the series as a whole. Though it was definitely the best of the Winter season, the bar was not set too high in the first place. A lot of the problems I had with the anime were apparently mostly addressed in the manga which makes it even more confusing why they a.) made the anime end several months before the manga did and b.) why they didn’t just make the anime follow the manga a little better. Boku dake ga Inai Machi had the potential to be a much better anime, but it is ultimately just an overhyped incomplete series that needs work before it can be critically considered as a “good” anime.
Erased fails in everything besides emotional manipulation. It had a premise where a good hearted man tries to save his mother and a cute girl the viewers feel sorry for. As soon as both these issues were solved in episode 9, the interest in the show immediately evaporated and what followed was a bullshit killer revelation and a retarded time skip nobody could take seriously.