Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi (Erased) Review
I know it’s early to be saying this, but “Erased” is in the running to be the best anime of 2016. It’s actually comes from the same Director who did Sword Art Online, Tomohiko Ito. Nothing I’ve watched so far in 2016 comes close to how gripping “Erased” was. Each episode is chilling and dark with an intense cliffhanger at the end of each episode. Part of the reason why I was so damn hooked was that the main character Satoru had this incredible ability to travel back in time just minutes before a tragedy, which he calls Revivals, but it’s not until Satoru is wrongfully accused of murder do we see the series take a sharp left turn in to his past.
After we are taken 18 years into the past with Satoru we start to see all these connections and possibilities form. I don’t want to give too much away but “Erased” dabbles with alternate timelines and a form of destiny. With this ability Satoru only wants to do one thing, and that is to save his friends from a kidnapping serial murder. But theres only one problem he doesn’t know who the murder is, so it’s up to him to find out and change the past.
That being said, I recommend that everyone reads “The Spider’s Thread” before watching episode 11, because with the themes of that short story in mind the series’s method of time travel will make more sense. In other words Satoru travels back in time for a reason that is not random. In fact his destiny is connected to the murder’s path through time and space.
Personally, I love stories with time travel and mysteries in them, but even more so when there is a dark twist that keeps you at the edge of your seat. The bottom line is that “Erased” was excellent and I have no complaints except that it was too short. Now, with that out of the way I have to say that I was satisfied with the direction of the series and I can’t wait for the English release on Blu-Ray. Hands Down 5 out of 5!
Thanks for reading my review, and please let me know what you guys thought of the series and any theories you might have about the Spider’s Thread and how it relates to time.