Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED) is the most popular series of winter 2016. I am in love with this anime. Probably one of the best anime in a long time.
The story is based around a 29 year old man named Satoru who is a manga artist and a part-time pizza delivery guy. He has a special ability called Revival, which flashes him back 1 to 5 minutes before a life threatening event is about to happen. He then has an opportunity of changing this event before any fatal occurrence happens.
EPISODE 1 – FLASHING BEFORE MY EYES
In episode 1, Satoru is making a pizza delivery when his revival phenom hits. He flashes back a few minutes before a life threatening incident is about to occur. We witness Satoru saving a little boy from being hit by a truck whose driver died from a heart attack behind the wheel.
Later in the episode Satoru’s mother Sachiko comes to town to visit him. She reminds Satoru of an incident that happened 18 years ago where a classmate named Kayo Hinazuki was kidnapped and killed when he was a kid. There was a serial kidnapper/killer and the police arrested Jun Shiratori who Satoru hung out with many times and trusted.
While shopping for groceries Satoru has another revival in the parking lot . He asks his mom if she sees anything suspicious. Sachiko sees a man with a little girl that looks like she is about to be abducted. Sachiko realizes that this man must be the serial kidnapper, but she brushes it off as just a hunch.
SPOILER ALERT ***
Towards the end of the episode Sachiko arrives back to Satoru’s empty apartment and she is stabbed from behind. It turns out to be the man she spotted in the parking lot at the grocery store. She tries to grab her cell phone to call Satoru because she knows who the killer is. Unfortunately, the killer takes her phone before she can.
Satoru arrives home to find his mother lying on the floor in a pool of blood. He goes to her lifeless body and then jumps back in fear.
A neighbor comes to the apartment and sees blood on Satoru’s hands and screams.
She calls the police and now Satoru is on the run as a suspect in his mother’s murder.
Filled with so much fear and anxiety his revival flashes him back 18 years to his elementary school when he was 10 years old.
EPISODE 2 – PALM OF THE HAND
Episode 2, Satoru wakes up in his apartment to find his mother cooking breakfast for him. He remembers that he is 10 years old. He is happy to see his mother alive. He also realizes his revival sent him back to the time of the serial kidnappings and killings. He has a chance to save his mother and his classmate Kayo.
He heads to school and sees many familiar faces. His old friends, classmates and even Kayo.
He notices that Kayo has bruises on her body. He begins to form a friendly relationship with her and decides to invite her to his birthday party.
EPISODE 3 – BIRTHMARK
Episode 3, Satoru is in an ice skating race with a fellow classmate. He loses on purpose to not alternate the future too much. Later he finds out that Kayo has the same birthday as him. He begins to put together a timeline of when Kayo was possibly abducted based off her birthday. Satoru does everything in his power to try and change the kidnapping of Kayo.
You do see Satoru hanging out at Jun’s house to prove to himself that Jun is not the kidnapper/killer.
After hanging at Jun’s place Satoru decides to go to Kayo’s house only to find her beaten and left in her family’s shed with little clothes on in the cold. He understands the situation that she is being abused by her mother.
The next day Satoru speaks with his teacher, Gaku Yashiro about Kayo being abused by her mother. Gaku noticed the same thing where a year ago he tried to report the incident but was unable to prove it.
Through the rest of the episode you start to see Satoru and Kayo’s friendship blossom. One day he stands up for her when she is wrongly accused of stealing the class’s lunch money.
EPISODE 4 – ACCOMPLISHMENT
Episode 4 Satoru takes Kayo to the local science center. He begins to since a familiar feeling about this trip. He realizes that he has been here before with Kayo and he wants to try to do everything to change the future. His friends show up at the center which eases him because now this event is not repeating itself.
Later Satoru figures out that Kayo was taken on March 1st. So he decides to stay with her the whole day to ensure her safety. When the clock strikes midnight he breathes a sigh of relief.
The next day Kayo and Satoru celebrate their birthdays together with some of their friends from class. After, Satoru walks Kayo home feeling really happy.
The next day at school the teacher takes attendance and Kayo is not in class.
EPISODE 5 – GETAWAY
Episode 5 Satoru is upset that he was not able to prevent Kayo’s death. After Kayo’s dissapearance another girl goes missing a few days later.
Satoru walks by Kayo’s house and sees her mother throwing out her belongings. His revival hits and brings him back to his present life as an adult. Back to his life on the run for the murder of his mother.
He seeks help from his manager and stays at his place. Satoru sees himself on the news and finds out that his manager contacted the police. They are outside his apartment. Satoru leaves out the back and find his co-worker Airi there with her scooter to take him to safety.
He stays at her place for the night. He leaves the next morning.
Their manager comes to Airi’s apartment because he suspects her of hiding Satoru. Airi stops her manager from reporting him.
Later that night Airi receives a text from from Sachiko’s phone. Later we see Airi trapped in her house because the killer started a fire.
This anime keeps you on the edge because you are rooting for Satoru to change the future. I can not say this enough that Erased is one of my favorite Animes. I love the originality of this show, the storyline, the characters.
I like the mystery of trying to figure out who the real killer is. Why is the killer targeting Satoru?
Can Satoru’s revival save him and others in the long run?
I can see why it is the most popular series for Winter 2016. It’s been a long time since an anime has me this excited.