Satoru Fujinuma is a 29-year-old who works part-time as a pizza deliveryman in order to make ends meet due to his unsuccessful career as a mangaka. But there is more to this struggling adult than meets the eye, as he possesses a mysterious ability which takes him back in time right before a life-threatening incident occurs. When "Revival," as he calls it, triggers, it will continue to send him back again and again until he is able to save the lives of the individuals involved.
But Satoru's life is about to take a turn for the worse when a loved one is killed by an unknown man and he is framed for the crime. Desperate to get away so that he can assess his situation, he is inexplicably sent 18 years into the past—right before the disappearance and death of his classmate, Kayo Hinazuki, an event that has plagued him since childhood.
Satoru, now an elementary school student, must get his wits together and save the young girl from an untimely demise by figuring out the identity of the person responsible. But just how is Kayo's murder connected to the present?
Boku dake ga Inai Machi was nominated for the 7th, 8th, and 9th Manga Taisho Award, where it ranked 2nd, 4th, and 4th again, respectively. The series was also nominated for the 18th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Reader Award and appeared on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! rankings in the male readers category from 2014 to 2016 where it ranked 16th, 9th, and 10th, respectively.
A live-action movie adaptation was released in Japan on March 19, 2016. A spin-off novel, Boku dake ga Inai Machi: Another Record, written by Hajime Ninomae was serialized in Kadokawa's Bungei Kadokawa digital magazine between October 2015 to January 2016.
The series has been published in English as ERASED by Yen Press in 2-in-1 omnibuses since February 21, 2017. It has also been published in Spanish as Desaparecido by Norma Editorial since September 25, 2015 and in Argentina by Editorial IVREA since October 2016.
This manga is one of those rare gems that you sometimes stumble across. To be honest, I did not expect much, especially because the title isn't particularly catchy nor is the artwork especially powerful or elaborate. But within the first five pages, this manga had me hooked: I had this uncanny feeling that I was reading something that was bigger than life. Boku Dake ga Inai Matchi reads like a Greek tragedy; by going back to save lives, to save himself, the protagonist destroys his own future.
Although the panels are very clean, almost to the point of being bare, the mangaka managed to keep the
speed in the story, without relying on dazzling effects. It is the dialogue that cuts into you like a sharp razor.
This is one of the best mystery/crime stories I've read in a while - because despite the fact that you know the identity of the culprit (because it just had to be that person, in an ugly, hopeless way), it is still a gripping read. Unlike in other mysteries, I cannot find any fault with the protagonist for not figuring it out earlier... there is a reason, a very human reason for him not making the connection. Because it hurts to be betrayed by those that you look up to. At the same time, the story makes you feel guilty for judging a person without any evidence other than this horrible premonition. And, of course, Satoru doesn't have any time to stop and think things through... he is unable to realize that with each person that he "saves", he is painting a large target on his own back. Due to that, the reader begins to feel the noose tighten around their own neck.
The last selling point of this incredible manga is its depiction of women. I've read lots of manga, and I am fairly used to Japanese stereotypes. Despite the fact that this is essentially a story about a guy saving girls from being preyed on, it doesn't feel like the female characters are weak at all.
At first, the protagonist, Satoru, is merely a struggling mangaka, working part-time as a pizza delivery boy. But then it is introduced that he has a peculiar, interesting ability. Specifically, before something like a 'preventable crime' or 'preventable death' is about to occur, the scene will replay in his mind several times, in which he has to find what is out of place and save the situation if he can. Key words 'if he can'--this is a chance, not a prerequisite.
Okay, cool. So, is this going to be some episodic story dealing with all the people he meets after saving them with this ability
of prevention? Nope. Instead, Satoru is hurtled back into his elementary years just before a series of kidnappings occurred that resulted in the death of three young children--two of which were his classmates. This is another result of his 'replay' ability--proving that these deaths are three that he is capable of preventing.
Despite how it seemed, Boku Dake ga Inai Machi has nothing to do with the protagonist being a mangaka, but instead a murder mystery that Satoru has to solve--and perhaps even prevent altogether.
Let me say this that I had no other expectations from this because I saw the trailers of the anime before reading this.
This manga is simply legen... DARY! First of all, the art was amazing and played in tune with the mood of the story. When the story went to the past, the art looked very nostalgic. Next, the story, is great as the build-up is fills you with suspense and the characters were mostly great. What I liked in this story was that the women actually played a very important role in this story and weren't exactly damsel in distresses. The suspense was amazing
as twists and turns filled every chapter. Although the mystery was already solved when a certain character had candies in his car. The heart of the entire story is Satoru's development and his relationship with Kayo because it gives the reader hope for a better ending and their romance/close friendship was fully developed which makes me love it if they have a romance.
I love the characters as Satoru provided the backbone to this story and throughout the series showed development. Kayo, was just amazing and I really felt for her and I hope she will be with Satoru in the end. Airi was amazing and she's a badass just like Satoru's mom. My favourite character is Kenya because he is the perfect sidekick and can become the main character.
This manga does have some flaws, (SPOILERS AHEAD!!!)
The teacher being the serial kidnapper and killer was very very VERY expected. He is just psychotic with the strings and he didn't give any reason for me to like or hate him because he's one-sided. Also I didn't like it when the author made Satoru go into a coma and he wakes up because it felt rushed and HE DIDN'T SAY THE TEACHER'S NAME.
Anyways the story was great and I hope that there will be a good ending but if it doesn't happen at least Satoru and Kayo end up together because their story is the heart of the entire story.
Before I begin my review, I want to say that my reviews are not the best. If you want a in-depth review on the series, I probably will not to be able to deliver, but you can stay around if you want.
Boku dake ga Inai Machi is a really interesting series. It's concept is pretty interesting and it's like nothing I've ever seen before. I came across this manga series after looking at the anime for the next season. Boku dake ga Inai Machi was in there, so I looked at the synopsis of it, and decided to read the manga. Was not disappointed.
is the most interesting part about this series. A struggling manga author by the name of Satoru Fujinuma has an ability to prevent deaths by going back in time to find what is wrong. These are called 'reruns' and they happen every time someone is about to die. Something bad happens and Satoru is getting framed by a serial killer who murdered someone close to him. After that, he is sent back in time to 1988 to prevent the death of his classmate, Hinadzuki Kayo.
The art style of this manga is very good, because it actually fits with the series. It goes very well with the series, and I don't know how else I could describe it.
The characters are all pretty good, I like most of them, except for the bastard serial killer that I have no idea who he is. Hinadzuki Kayo is the one that went in my favourites list, because, I don't know, I couldn't choose, and Hinadzuki has no favourites, so I decided to give her some love.
Overall, I'd give this series a 8/10. I ended up putting this series in my favourite mangas. This series is very interesting and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes Mystery. (at least I think it's a mystery)
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