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.
The series was adapted to a TV anime series, a live-action movie released in Japan on March 19, 2016, and a live-action Netflix TV series released on December 15, 2017. As the other adaptations have altered endings, the Netflix series remains the most faithful to the manga. A spin-off novel, Boku dake ga Inai Machi: Another Record, written by Hajime Ninomae was serialized in Kadokawa's Bungei Kadokawa digital magazine.
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 by Norma Editorial since September 25, 2015, in Argentina by Editorial IVREA since October 2016, and in Polish by Wydawnictwo Studio JG since April 28, 2017.
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.
I've longed to read the manga since the moment I had finished watching the anime. I had the feeling something wasn't right about the way anime ended. Fortunately, I was right.
The story begins quite smoothly and slowly giving the time to get to know the characters, their way of thinking and living.
There are some things which are just given to a reader without any further explanations. You just have to assume them. I wouldn't say I liked it but that's not the most important part here so let it be.
The story tells us about a "detective game", involving time traveling. The most
part of it is dedicated to monologues of the main character which makes the story very engaging. There's not much action in it, but that's for the greater good.
It's smartly constructed. There are in general 3 large parts of the story which are deeply connected with each other. Lots of minor details which seemed to have no significance eventually turned out to be very important.
You'll think with Satoru. You'll analyze with Satoru. You'll find the culprit with him. You'll feel yourself in his shoes.
To be honest, art isn't something to admire here. It has its own style which I would call as "a bit edgy". It makes a good job of conveying emotions, actions and thoughts. So I wouldn't count it as bad either. Also, there are some frames which are just great.
It makes its job in a proper way.
I guess you would never forget Satoru, Kayo, and Satoru's mom at least. They became quite real for me. Besides them, lots of another cool characters out there. Characters are a core of the manga. Everything's based on them. A reader has the opportunity to see how they grow supporting each other. Such thing as a "friendship" is showed here in a right way. It's not that pretentious as it might be in some shounen manga, yet very gorgeous and simply a nice thing.
To add more, few characters have their own philosophy. I've found some interesting thoughts.
The antagonist deserves some praise. I didn't understand to the end his philosophy but it was the interesting one without a doubt.
I like stories like this one. Very much do. It's not perfect. To some degree, it may be even absurd. But, what's more important, it gives a reader something to think about. Something to live with.
It's sincerely kind.
I would recommend it to anyone. Especially to those, who are, alike me, unsatisfied with the way anime ended. You'll find a gap and a proper ending right here. And don't forget about additional 5 chapters, please note, they are very important!
This manga has had it all for me, up until nearing the end of the story.
It was perfect. I was excited and wanted to know more, wanted there to be more of what I'd grown to thus far like.
It was even good after the "major change" in the story, but that was only for a short while.
In the last few chapters my connection with the story dropped.
I was attached, but then that what I was attached to disappeared.
I just think that this manga, this story has had something perfect up until a point, but then had unsuccesfuly taken a turn, aiming for an effect
that with me was a failure which almost ruined it all.
For me the effect was negative.
It decided to break its course from the well-established one that I'd grown to love.
It bugs me because I, now that I think of it, feel as if the story that I fell in love never got finished and that I was left with a single option which is to read another story with the same characters and that serves as the continuation to the story that I love(the remainder of the chapters).
I think it could've been done much better, albeit that would probably also mean very differently..
It's not like my displeasure is caused because "omg my favoruite ship didn't set sail", it's that I think that the last arc is poorly done.
I mean, I have enjoyed the story so much until that certain point. Then when the event occured, my connection to the story grew even more, but that only lasted for a short while because I had begun realising that.. How do I say it..
The story simply started kinda heading for another focus, a focus which was not what it had had built up within me up until that point as the focal point of the story.
The following 1 sentence is spoiler-ish:
10/10 untill the "river dip" and shortly thereafter.
6.5/10 from there-on.
The characters are all loveable, and how loveable they all are and what they had is what I grew to love, the story connecting them.
This manga has it's thing, but it turned out that I myself have misunderstood the manga and that it is actually something slightly different from what I had grown to see it as before the end-game chapters. :/
Regarding the side-stories, which don't have a dedicated listing on MAL but are accounted for in the listing of the main manga(the ERASED manga has 44 chapter, and it has 49 chapters here on MAL because of the 5 chapters from the side stories volume being accounted for in it) they continue on in the perfection which to me was this manga before the final arc, so the side stories are a 10/10.
I guess I've missed the intended focal point of the story..
"A city where only I am missing".
Still, I think that the ending arc is shabby, so I will bump the overall score from 8 only to a 9.
I stick to what I've said, this manga has something perfect, up 'till the part where it turns out I missed the intended meaning..
Would've been all 10s had it stuck to what I thought it is, or, had the final arc been done somehow "better"..
It's a great story overall, now that I've changed how I view the story, but the end arc is somehow not on par with what everything before it is.
Beautiful story. Extremely creative. Left me in tears. Read it a few more times. Very clean art, not too gory, good for readers that like to read something that challenges their minds/mystery. Overall one of my favorite mangas/animes of all time. Satisfying ending. I really recommend it.
No big titties or booties. No sexual tension, not much romance, really something different and outstanding. This deserves more attention!!! I definitely wish the story could further continue. Characters have a lot of personality, a lot of depth, and there are definitely some plot twists/big reveals in there, which I enjoy. Now stop reading my review and go read
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