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Boku dake ga Inai Machi

Alternative Titles

English: ERASED
Synonyms: The Town Where Only I am Missing, BokuMachi
Japanese: 僕だけがいない街


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 8, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
Premiered: Winter 2016
Broadcast: Fridays at 00:55 (JST)
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.541 (scored by 518,464 users)
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Ranked: #872
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Popularity: #35
Members: 824,944
Favorites: 25,208


When someone you hold dear is met the fate of losing their life, and you have the ability to go back in time to that moment to try and save them, do you have what it takes to do it? In Steins;Gate, science is used to create a time a machine, rewinding the clock and changing the course of fate and time by saving the one life (or two) In Erased, it is a slightly more chaotic as there is no science involved, only a lingering sense of guilt and the ability to rewind the clock before a drastic event occurs. These parallel lines were what  read more 
report Recommended by Midori-tan
Imagine a world where fate demands to be corrected and it is willing to go through an endless binding cycle to achieve that purpose. The curse of time travel being portrayed at its best where the ones involved either witness gruesome deaths or experience it themselves. Happy endings are hard to come by but the future remains uncertain, it is up to the individual to decide the closure they deserve. ‘Boku dake ga Inai Machi’ showcases a game of cat and mouse that has seen it being dragged on for over 10 years in which all the tragedies that unfolded before us are planned by one  read more 
report Recommended by ShanaFlame
Both series feature a main character that, through a miraculous event of self-justice, are put in a youthful setting in hopes to solve a major problem in their lives. While Erased focuses on the character progression of those around the main character, ReLIFE is primarily focused on the main character himself. Although both stories are presented as a mature personality in a younger body-- there are still clear differences in the tone, considering Erased is based on a middle school life, while ReLIFE is set in a final year of high school. Tension is much lower in ReLIFE, since it's not a  read more 
report Recommended by ishJJx3
In Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (Erased) the main character goes back in time to prevent his childhood friend from dying. A similar occurrence happens in Orange when the main character recieves a letter from her future self warning her of her friend's death and guiding her toward changing it. Both anime involve a character who feel worthless and have a rather... dysfunctional life, as well as a character who is looking to save said character. 
report Recommended by Sydnie
Both of them have a main character who regrets a certain thing that happened in their childhood involving a girl, and they both try to "fix" it. Both of them are dramatic, thrilling, psychological and emotional. AnoHana and Erased have brilliant directing and production, they have the same director, stunning visuals, detailed backgrounds and some hidden stuff in their op and ed, and they're both made by A-1 pictures. 
report Recommended by Meip
In both cases the main character becomes a child after get involved with a criminal act. Then, he has to discover the reason behind with help of their "new" friends, hiding the true of himself and what he really knows. 
report Recommended by DJackerick
Both are anime about how to find the criminal among usual people and to prove his guilt. Also, both have supernatural moments, though Boku is a smarter one. 
report Recommended by Laora-inn
- Both share psychological and supernatural genre. - Both are trying to explain the disappearance of children. - Both reflect the differences between the mind of a child and the mind of an adult. - Both are destined for mature people (R+17 ranking). - Both made by A-1 Pictures studio. 
report Recommended by Tomaton
There are several factors that provide some similarities between both shows. For one thing, the main protagonist's have a mental age that surpasses far more than they appear to be, giving them the advantage of years of experience and wisdom. The key theme between the two is mystery solving for the purpose of finding out the truth and uncovering the culprit behind the murders and preventing it by whatever means possible.  
report Recommended by IchiroEX
Very similar. Extreme plot twists and many other similarities that I can't say without spoiling one or the other. If you like one, you're sure to like the other! Lovable characters and great, captivating, gripping plotlines. 
report Recommended by PoptartGladiator
-Both anime are full of mystery and suspense. -Both share psychological genre. -They both deal with serious topics (murder in Subete ga F ni naru & murder/child-kidnappings in Erased) -Both have great soundtracks. -Also, both are from "A-1 Pictures" studio. 
report Recommended by vishalingle92
Both have suspenseful themes revolving around the mystery of the death of a person. Even though Boku dake ga Inai Machi has a more supernatural sense, I believe that the two are alike due to their similar "dark" themes. 
report Recommended by Dignity
If Steins Gate and Higurashi had a child, it would be Boku dake. Boku dake has the same dark vibes as Higurashi. The aim of both is to stop a tragedy by gaining new knowledge with each iteration of events that have happened. 
report Recommended by xxwattcherxx
Both these shows kind of give off the same vibe. Something weird is going on due to the past events of character's childhood. Mystery and serious undertones.  
report Recommended by Lylaaz
-Both are about the male protagonist trying to save the heroine from the clutches of the opposing force -Both have a similar time travel element to them -Both have characters that are likeable when you're watching, but forgettable, and most likely within a week, if you didn't enjoy the show, you won't remember their names 
report Recommended by thelectricow
Erased is faster paced and not all the plot development is as justified as ghost hound. Both psychological mystery anime, both have similar looking MC, both do a good job at a similarly creepy and atmospheric feel. 
report Recommended by jetkn
Both are thrillers/mysteries featuring MCs who can manipulate time. 
report Recommended by me_here_me_there
Boku dake ga Inai Machi involves a main male character who is working things out mostly by himself and solving a mystery. It is suspenseful and psychological. Gosick is similar in the aspect that there is a main male character, and there are many mysteries to be solved, although the main character does not do it alone. Time is a key element in both shows, and flashbacks and other imaginings are common in Gosick. Some female characters show resemblance in both shows, and one of the only major differences is the time setting.  
report Recommended by cleokei
The main character causes a mistake in their past they need to fix, but don't know what exactly it was. They spend their time in a child's body during elementary/middle school but with a different mentality than what is expected from other students of their age. Both have a heroine who lives a troubled life and the protagonist tries to get them out of that situation. The major difference in Erased is that the protagonist is still alive in the present, while in Colorful they are in the afterlife.  
report Recommended by Jerkhov
Both series rely on the concept of 'Time Travel' and 'Time Leaps'. Anyone with a thing for time travel should watch this series. 
report Recommended by CELL-MAN
Both mystery series are prime examples of plots that bite off far more than they can chew and, in the end, have disappointing conclusions. Both series have engaging premises and well-developed build-up; however, in both cases, a proper ending is missing. Both series flourish with intriguing questions, but fail where it really matters - the answer.  
report Recommended by Ariscottle
Both anime have to do with time travel and changing the past. tatami galaxy is more comedic and erased is more serious. Both are very enjoyable. 
report Recommended by Weeaboi420
Both the series involve a person going back in time to change events, both have a main character who is unfulfilled in life. 
report Recommended by Darksbane
Surprised there aren't more people drawing connections between these two... Similar in terms of genre and tone (psychological suspense/thriller), in addition to overall visual style (initially thought they might have been the same studio). In terms of plot, both follow the travails of powerful children facing dark/sinister, still-more-powerful antagonists, which leads to the cat-and-mouse pacing of each episode. Prime differences would be in setting ("Boku dake..."/"Erased" is more realistically grounded, despite the key plot device motivating the central arc of the story, vs. the futuristic sci-fi/fantasy world of "Yakusoku..."/"Promised Neverland"), and protagonist focus ("Boku dake..."/"Erased" largely centers on the perspective of one MC, vs. "Yakusoku..."/"Promised  read more 
report Recommended by KVM117
She stood alone with the lamplight and snow fluttering down onto her in the glittering darkness of the night. If I call out to her will it change our fate? Thought the male leads of both series. Serial murder mystery, temporally nonlinear plot riddled with suspense, and beautiful music by Yuki Kajiura make both of these worth the watch. Where the series differ: the Kara no Kyokai movies offers a philosophical perspective on murder and a kick-butt female lead; while Boku dake ga Inai Machi focuses on the male protagonist trying to prevent its own serial murders with time travel. 
report Recommended by mantisx
Psycho-Pass and BokuDake are dark shows involving crimes. The tone is dark in BokuDake, but slightly lighter in Psycho-Pass. Both shows feature the MC attempting to stop someone. 
report Recommended by -Hyper-
Basically same story but Madoka is much darker and depressing. 
report Recommended by DeidaraSanji
If Winter 2015 has DEATH PARADE, well, Winter 2016 has ERASED. Both anime employ the mysterious and psychological atmosphere in their respective series. Because of the mystery content of these animes, you will be looking forward to watch the succeeding episodes to unlock your curiosity.  
report Recommended by salamander02
They may not be the same , but both have mystery and thriller in their genres, and both have a deep story plot that would make one glued to it.  
report Recommended by La_Matona301
They're similar in how both of the main characters are isolated from most people and often have inner narrations throughout the story. They both have events in their past that are often brought up and are relevant to the plot. They share psychological and seinen genres, which makes them feel similar as well. Not to mention, both series deal with very dark topics, like suicide (NHK) and kidnapping (ERASED). 
report Recommended by PaperCutAssassin
Both these series play with the idea of time travel and its consequences. Both deal with interpersonal relationships as well as the loss of a loved one really well. Honestly, both had me on an emotional roller coaster and were good at investing the viewer into their world. They reminded me of each other not only plot-wise, but atmosphere-wise as well. If you like one, try the other.  
report Recommended by typicalotaku
Different settings but sharing the thriller suspense, pyschological drama, and a bit of hope and emptiness, with great character development. 
report Recommended by PxHC
The protagonist almost shares the same ideology as the protagonist in this anime has. This is also an interesting anime to watch as it may complement each other. 
report Recommended by Pandellon
In both anime time travel use to save someone. In Boku dake ga Inai Machi to save his mother but in Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete to save his friend. Also,Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete is a romance and comedy anime. 
report Recommended by hunterking
Both heavily use time travel as part of the actual plot to save someone. There is also romantic elements involved in both of these anime. However, Boku dake ga Inai Machi does a much better job 
report Recommended by RishRaff
Both stories present a relation with something that happened in the past and both protagonists have to solve all the problems that the past left. Furthermore, every chapter, specially in Boku dake ga Inai Machi, leaves you with an intrigue that urges you to see the next chapter. 
report Recommended by Kenel
Both are Mystery, School, and Slice of Life. Not only that, but they are almost identical in terms of the old mystery being solved in the future. Both are terrific anime. 
report Recommended by Puritenda
The main similarity between both these animes are the fact that the character(s) are placed in a strange situation (exchanging bodies, etc... / leaping in the character's personnal timeline) and are going throughout the series to try to understand what's going on and solve the problems created by these anomalies. The drawings are quite similar too. 
report Recommended by biguest
Both shows deal with the topic of family bonds and how important they are. If you look for something more in anime than just comedy or action, then both of these masterpieces are labelled 'must-watch' for you.  
report Recommended by chvdy
> The MCs are adults who become young again to resolve the problem. > Both have likeable characters and similar vibes. > Different genres, but both manage to combine dramatic scenes with comedy. 
report Recommended by Miachh
Mystery thriller, keeps the person watching in suspense. It also deals a lot with the events of the past and their relationship to the present and the future. 
report Recommended by Xiandu5000
Fate is a major part of both of these series. Both revolve around actions taken place in the past, and the consequences those have had on the present.  
report Recommended by TheJCLoser
Both protagonists travel to the past for saving someone. Both anime have a beautiful artwork.  
report Recommended by Cold_Raw
- Both have Junior School Romance - Old Childhood - Most romantic in episode - Maybe netorare xD 
report Recommended by Shirokuza
it reminds me of Chuunibyou because he slips goes into a different time randomly theres good characters and dat good stuff 
report Recommended by TheSpeedOfSound
Well, those two shows doesn't look the same for the scenario but have some similar points. 1- Those two shows speak about child harassment. The main character will try to save or to redeem himself from the other main character, the girl. 2- The atmosphere is oftenly sad but got some funny moments. In those two shows, the main character got a good friend who'll be helpfull (Nagatsuka and Kenya). 3- Minor characters look pretty similar, for exemple: the mother is there without her husband and try to help her son. 
report Recommended by _Rayx_
Both anime share a similar plot: time-travel and mystery, but boku dake is by far a better show. 
report Recommended by Kona64
- The Main Characters get the chance to fix something in the past with a mysterious power. - The Main Heroines have problems with their parents, Main Heroes try to save them from that. - Boku dake ga Inai Machi is darker, because it involves mystery & murder. 
report Recommended by renzospark
dimentional/time travel is mentioned in both anime. the MCs in these two anime is able to save someone by using their special abilities. - In erased the MC save only 2 person, while in KFOS saves multiple people and make all the girls to be part of his harem. - In erased, is more serious and thrilling while in KFOS is started to be funny but later on it became serious and dark.  
report Recommended by Luuji222
Both shows have a number of important similarities despite having opposite and completely different themes with Sangatsu being more light-hearted compared to BokuMachi's serious content. The male protagonists wear eye-glasses and tend to be silent or serious. They have their own dark and trouble pasts that often keeps on haunting them and they have to face them before moving on. They have friends who are ready to support them when they are sad and troubled. Aside from characters, there is also symbolism portrayed on both shows. If you like Sangatsu No Lion but want a more serious twist, then I recommend watching BokuMachi.  
report Recommended by FalloutShounen3
I don't like anime with silly characters where decisions don't really make sense and their thinking seems random. Both these anime have intelligent characters, where you can only be pleasantly impressed with their decisions and thinking patterns. I guess both have a psychological aspect. They're not at all similar in terms of the plot. It's weird to say this since they both involve supernatural elements to the plot (time travel for Boku Dake, and Ajin creatures in Ajin), but they're both very realistic in a sense, I guess because of the way the characters respond to situations and the internal consistency. You won't feel like  read more 
report Recommended by Yoyogamura
These two Animes both resemble the pain of being parted from their dear friends.The plot of these stories are great!! 
report Recommended by aneendyadg
They both have very interesting and well thought out plots. Both series has a thriller aspect to it. One difference is that Eden of the East's plot has more of an impact on Japan and the world compared to Erased which is self contained between a few characters own issues. 
report Recommended by Immovable_Object
Two short animes about love, friendship, supernatural stuff and serious topics that aren't usually mentioned in anime. 
report Recommended by Sir-up
T R A G I C 
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True arts works with captivating characters and a lot of opening a suppositions , with an ending that may be disappointing , but very good subjectively . 
report Recommended by FilipeJourney
Mature titles which have similar dark and deep atomosphere and feature protagonist who can see future in a form of visions-warnings. Both titles focus on protagonist's feelings towards this ability. Is it future so inevitable or you can change it if you know it? 
report Recommended by BEPA
-Both male protagonists have the same view of the world and its people although one of them tries to compromise while the other tries to fix the problems of others his own way. -Both of them make great monologues and comments about currently happening events. -Both series makes you think about the nature of human relationships. 
report Recommended by --blueRose--
Mousou Dairinin is probably what you should get as a rebound for Erased if by chance you get hung up when Erased finishes. Both these mysteries are about a serial killer (as what most mysteries are. Actually in Mousou Dairinin's case, it's more of a serial knocker) and revolves around kids...-ish. What makes Paranoia Agent (english title) unique is it's more psychological than Erased. And oh yeah, no time travel. And while Erased is heavily focused on just one victim (two including the mom but that's a bit of a stretch), Paranoia Agent explores the daily life of the victims of Shonen Bat (the series'  read more 
report Recommended by Cludensyo
Persona 4 is based on a game with a silent protagonist and the anime style reflects that. Lots of puzzle solving and game-like dialogues. Erased is on anime original but the style is very similar to a visual novel. In both the characters are developed through dialogue with the protagonist and you get the feeling that there are certain set routes one could go down through interaction choices. Persona adds a battle system to the mix as oppose to being purely puzzle-based. - Mystery solving - Murders - VN/game-esque style - The main antagonist share similar characteristics/motives 
report Recommended by Lemon
The only reason why I say it's similar is because of the character dynamics between Satoru and Airi feel much the same as Yato and Hiyori's relationship. Other than that, one's a on-off serious fantasy, one's a supernatural mystery show.  
report Recommended by Saikaici
Both have similar dark themes, Ranpo Kitan: Game of Lapace is more about solving murders but they have similar vibes. 
report Recommended by Nezumi-Chibi
Both have aspects of redoing past events to correct a problem or an issue 
report Recommended by Batbatman
Both stories are focused on the MC being tasked with saving or guarding a young girl. Both main characters have a super-human ability of sorts that really just functions as a plot device. If you enjoy the "bodyguard" style of show, both of these shows are great examples of that genre being done right. 
report Recommended by Srakin
Both stories involve crimes - murders and the story development in both animes is similar. At first you can see there's some kind of mystery in the whole enviroment and story and you go from one case to the next, but then, the characters show a bit more of themselves and we start to follow a grand scheme. The chara design is a bit different between those two, Sakurako-san being much more pleasing to the eye and the colors are more vivid, and Boku Dake being more dark and in faded colors, but they both have their charm. I recommend you to watch it  read more 
report Recommended by micc
It's a bit of a stretch, but nevertheless, there is an uncanny similarity between the characters of Hinazuki Kayo (BokuMachi/Erased) and Isurugi Noe (True Tears). Both anime are emotionally intense, and share that certain / get it right / feeling. True tears is more of a Romance, but Erased has it too, in a way. Great stories. Relatable characters. Feels. What else do you need, srsly? )  
report Recommended by jokengle
Same feeling of helpless excitement/tension. Both bring a certain sense of relief when things go right and a feeling of dread when it goes wrong. MCs are a lot alike too. Helpless at first but well rounded and tactical later on.  
report Recommended by seventhproxy
The protagonist can go back in time, to stop a catastrophe. 
report Recommended by OtakuNote87
If you want excellent character development, a flair of supernatural, and plot-driven tension that's a bit faster than the Natsume Yuujinchou series, PLEASE watch Boku dake ga Inai Machi (in English: Erased). There's a similar rural/psychological feel, and the protagonist also is a highly empathetic, responsible individual who is trying to protect people.  
report Recommended by Sorelliena
The main character tries their hardest to save a person but for different reasons in each anime.  
report Recommended by Niveen_Sleem
There's NTR somewhere in both series 
report Recommended by ThatOneBoi
- They showcase both main characters embarking on a quest to save their closest loved ones as well as solving mysteries behind certain occurrences in both series. - Both series show a certain psychological sense of tension. - Both Main characters have a certain ability that enables, or rather, forces both of these characters to prevent incidents and deaths. - Both share different dark themes to one another in Common.  
report Recommended by 1nfiniteXcaliber
Both anime involves timetravelling and correction of either past mistakes or realities. In both a male character tries to figure out how everything shoild be instead of what there is. In both cases the key is a girl.... Anyway both really worth watching due to its its tricky plot and touching story. 
report Recommended by Nikkicat
Erased (Boku dake ga Inai Machi) and Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko) are two anime that are on two different ends of the drama spectrum, as one is a Slice of Life, and the other is Psychological - Though I do have a few reasons to find them similar: - The two main characters are a young boy and girl, who become/are close friends and the anime somewhat focuses on their relationship. - Similar art-style, both different compared to most shows, while having qualities alike to one another. - Doesn't shy around sensitive and heavy subjects (Erased: Murder, Child Abuse, School bullies, etc - Wandering Son: Transexuality, School bullies,  read more 
report Recommended by puckerjugs
Time Travelling within Supernatural power and both share similar concept .. Both MC are get back to their childhood for saving a girl and changes the future .. In Monogatari 2nd - Kabukimonogatari, MC use Legendary Vampire's power for travelling time, but in ERASED the MC have a unique power that makes him able to repeating moment before the tragedy from the past for save the future... 
report Recommended by ExTz_Thomazz
In both shows main character is framed for murder he did not committ and use his supernatural powers to find the true culprit. 
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