Erased (2016)

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Erased (TV Series 2016–2016)
Boku dake ga inai machi (original title)

Struggling manga author Satoru Fujinuma is beset by his fear to express himself. However, he has a supernatural ability of being able to prevent deaths and casualties by being sent back in time before an incident occurrs, repeating time until it is prevented. One day, he is involved with an incident with his mother. Desperate to prevent the incident, he gets sent back in time only to find himself as a grade-schooler. Satoru brings himself to a new journey; using his abilty to prevent the past from changing into a deplorable future.
Japan
IMDb   8.5 /10
TheMovieDb    8.8 /10
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FilmAffinity   7.7 /10
Creators
Creator Tomohiko Itô
Creator Makoto Hoshino
Creator Taku Kishimoto
Information
Release Date2016-01-07
Runtime4h 24min
GenreAnimation, Drama, Fantasy
Content RatingTV-14 (TV-14)
AwardsTop rated TV #212 | 3 wins & 8 nominations
CompanyA-1 Pictures, Aniplex America, Aniplex
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Satoru Fujinuma (10-years-old)as Satoru Fujinuma (10-years-old)
Satoru Fujinuma (29-years-old)as Satoru Fujinuma (29-years-old)
Satoru Fujinuma (10-years-old)as Satoru Fujinuma (10-years-old)
Satoru Fujinuma (29-years-old)as Satoru Fujinuma (29-years-old)
Sachiko Fujinumaas Sachiko Fujinuma
Kayo Hinazukias Kayo Hinazuki
Sachiko Fujinumaas Sachiko Fujinuma
Gaku Yashiroas Gaku Yashiro
Gaku Yashiroas Gaku Yashiro…
Hiromi Sugitaas Hiromi Sugita
Kayo Hinazukias Kayo Hinazuki
Osamuas Osamu
Kenya Kobayashias Kenya Kobayashi
Osamuas Osamu
Hiromi Sugitaas Hiromi Sugita
Kenya Kobayashias Kenya Kobayashi
Kazuas Kazu

Erased (manga)

Erased, known in Japan as Boku dake ga Inai Machi (僕だけがいない街, lit. "The Town Where Only I Am Missing"; abbr. 僕街, BokuMachi), is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kei Sanbe. It was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace magazine from June 2012 to March 2016, and is licensed in English by Yen Press. An anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures aired on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block from January to March 2016, and a live action film was released in March 2016. A live-action drama series was released by Netflix in December 2017. A spin-off manga was published from June to November 2016 and the spin-off novel series by Hajime Ninomae was released in Kadokawa's Bungei Kadokawa magazine from November 2015 to March 2016.


Plot

The story follows Satoru Fujinuma, a young man living in Chiba who possesses an ability known as "Revival" that sends him back in time moments before a life-threatening incident, enabling him to prevent it from happening again. When his mother is murdered by an unknown assailant in his own home, Satoru's ability sends him back eighteen years into the past and Satoru is given the opportunity to not only save his mother, but also prevent a kidnapping incident that took the lives of three of his childhood friends.


Media

Manga

The original manga, written by Kei Sanbe, was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace magazine from the July 2012 issue (shipping date: June 4, 2012) through the April 2016 issue (shipping date: March 4, 2016). The first tankōbon volume was released in Japan on January 26, 2013, and the eight volume was published on April 27, 2016. The series is licensed by Yen Press, who released the first volume in February 2017. The Yen Press hardcover editions combine two of the original volumes per book, while their ebook editions match the original volume numbering. The series is licensed in France by Ki-oon. Sanbe wrote a spin-off manga titled Erased: Re, which was serialized in Young Ace from June 4, 2016 to November 4, 2016. It was published as the ninth volume of the series in Japanese on February 4, 2017, and in English by Yen Press on September 18, 2018.

Volumes

No.Original release dateOriginal ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1January 26, 2013978-4-04-120557-0February 21, 2017978-0-316-55331-5
  • 01. "Life Flashing Before Your Eyes, May 2006" (走馬灯 2006.05, Sōmatō 2006.05)
  • 02. "Death Row Convict, May 2006" (死刑囚 2006.05, Shikeishū 2006.05)
  • 03. "Grim Reaper, May 2006" (死神 2006.05, Shinigami 2006.05)
  • 04. "Attempted Kidnapping, May 2006" (誘拐未遂 2006.05, Yūkai-mizui 2006.05)
  • 05. "The True Culprit, May 2006" (真犯人 2006.05, Shinhanin 2006.05)
  • 06. "Fugitive, February 1988" (逃亡者 1988.02, Tōbōsha 1988.02)
2June 2, 2013978-4-04-120701-7February 21, 2017978-0-316-55331-5
  • 07. "Lost Time, February 1988" (失われた時間 1988.02, Ushinawareta Jikan 1988.02)
  • 08. "The Town Within Me, February 1988" (私だけがいない街 1988.02, Watashi dake ga Inai Machi 1988.02)
  • 09. "The Beginning of Failure, February 1988" (失敗の始まり 1988.02, Shippai no Hajimari 1988.02)
  • 10. "Christmas Tree, February 1988" (クリスマスツリー 1988.02, Kurisumasu Tsurī 1988.02)
  • 11. "Repeated Scene, February 1988" (くり返す光景 1988.02, Kurikaesu Kōkei 1988.02)
  • 12. "Birthday Party, March 1988" (バースデー・パーティー 1988.03, Bāsudē Pātī 1988.3)
3December 2, 2013978-4-04-120911-0June 20, 2017978-0-316-46844-2
  • 13. "Whiteout, March 1988" (ホワイトアウト 1988.03, Howaitoauto 1988.03)
  • 14. "Under Siege, May 2006" (四面楚歌 2006.05, Shimensoka 2006.05)
  • 15. "I Want to Believe, May 2006" (信じたい 2006.05, Shinjitai 2006.05)
  • 16. "Mother, May 2006" (母親 2006.05, Hahaoya 2006.05)
  • 17. "Slight Clue, May 2006" (僅かな手がかり 2006.05, Wazukana Tegakari 2006.05)
  • 18. "Time for Farewell, May 2006" (別れの時 2006.05, Wakare no Toki 2006.05)
4June 3, 2014978-4-04-101742-5June 20, 2017978-0-316-46844-2
  • 19. "Last Chance, February 1988" (ラストチャンス 1988.02, Rasuto Chansu 1988.02)
  • 20. "Superhero, February 1988" (正義の味方 1988.02, Seigi no Mikata 1988.02)
  • 21. "Hiding Place, March 1988" (隠れ家 1988.03, Kakurega 1988.03)
  • 22. "Refuge, March 1988" (カクレガ 1988.03, Kakurega 1988.03)
  • 23. "Going Outside the Loop, March 1988" (輪の外へ 1988.03, Wa no Soto e 1988.03)
  • 24. "Mother and Mother, March 1988" (母と母と 1988.03, Haha to Haha to 1988.03)
5December 28, 2014978-4-04-101743-2November 7, 2017978-0-316-46845-9
  • 25. "'Back Then' Doesn't Exist Anymore, March 1988" (「あの頃」はもう無い 1988.03, "Ano Koro" wa Mō Nai 1988.03)
  • 26. "Miscarriage of Justice, March 1988" (冤罪事件 1988.03, Enzai Jiken 1988.03)
  • 27. "Abduction, March 1988" (誘拐の条件 1988.03, Yūkai no Jōken 1988.03)
  • 28. "Welcome Home, March 1988" (おかえりなさい 1988.03, Okaerinasai 1988.03)
  • 29. "I'll Be Right Beside You, March 1988" (すぐ側にいる 1988.03, Sugusoba ni Iru 1988.03)
  • 30. "Hunch, March 1988" (確信めいた予感 1988.03, Kakushin-meita Yokan 1988.03)
6June 5, 2015978-4-04-103134-6November 7, 2017978-0-316-46845-9
  • 31. "Defeat, March 1988" (敗北 1988.03, Haiboku 1988.03)
  • 32. "The Spider's Thread, October 1971 – April 1987" (蜘蛛の糸 1971.10~1987.04, Kumo no Ito 1971.10–1987.04)
  • 33. "Waking, August 2003" (目覚め 2003.08, Mezame 2003.08)
  • 34. "The Locked Door, August 2003 – February 2004" (閉ざされた扉 2003.08~2004.02, Tozasareta Tobira 2003.08–2004.02)
  • 35. "The Key, April 2004" (鍵 2004.04, Kagi 2004.04)
7December 25, 2015978-4-04-103675-4April 10, 2018978-0-316-46846-6
  • 36. "Starting Point, May 2005" (始まりの地点 2005.05, Hajimari no Chiten 2005.05)
  • 37. "Footsteps, July 2005" (足音 2005.07, Ashioto 2005.07)
  • 38. "Courage, August 2005" (勇気 2005.08, Yūki 2005.08)
  • 39. "Airi, August 2005" (愛梨 2005.08, Airi 2005.08)
  • 40. "The Anticipated Future, August 2005" (待ち焦がれた未来 2005.08, Machikogareta Mirai 2005.08)
8April 27, 2016978-4-04-103915-1April 10, 2018978-0-316-46846-6
  • 41. "I've Kept You Waiting, August 2005" (待たせたね 2005.08, Mataseta ne 2005.08)
  • 42. "Target, August 2005" (目標 2005.08, Mokuhyō 2005.08)
  • 43. "Confession, August 2005" (告白 2005.08, Kokuhaku 2005.08)
  • 44. "The Town Without Me, January 2012" (僕だけがいない街 2012.01, Boku dake ga Inai Machi 2012.01)
9 RE:February 4, 2017978-4-04-104879-5September 18, 2018978-1-975-30174-3
  • "RE: Kayo Hinazuki"
  • "RE: Kenya Kobayashi, Part One"
  • "RE: Kenya Kobayashi, Part Two"
  • "RE: Sachiko Fujinuma"
  • "RE: Aya Nakanishi"

Anime

An anime television adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures aired on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block from January 8 to March 25, 2016, and was simulcast on Crunchyroll, Daisuki, Funimation and AnimeLab. The series was directed by Tomohiko Itō and written by Taku Kishimoto, with character design by Keigo Sasaki. The opening theme is "Re:Re:" by Asian Kung-Fu Generation, while the ending theme is "Sore wa Chiisana Hikari no Youna" (それは小さな光のような, It's Like a Small Light) by Sayuri. The series is licensed in North America by Aniplex of America, in Australia by Madman Entertainment, and in the United Kingdom by Anime Limited. Aniplex of America announced that the series would receive an English dub in May 2016. The series was simulcast in certain countries in Southeast Asia with English subtitles on Aniplus Asia and is available to stream on Iflix in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Brunei with English subtitles.

Episode list

No.TitleDirectorWriterOriginal air dateRef.
1"Flashing Before My Eyes"
Transcription: "Sōmatō" (Japanese: 走馬灯)
Tomohiko ItōTaku KishimotoJanuary 8, 2016
In the year 2006, Satoru Fujinuma is a 29-year-old struggling mangaka in Chiba who occasionally experiences a phenomenon he calls "Revival": when a fatal incident is about to occur near him, he is sent a few minutes back in time to prevent it. He uses this to save a boy from a runaway truck, though he is hospitalized for a few days as a result. As he recovers, his co-worker, Airi Katagiri, praises him for his life-saving efforts. Later, he is visited by his mother, Sachiko, who reminds him of an incident that happened 18 years ago in their hometown in Hokkaido: an adult named Jun Shiratori (nicknamed "Yuuki"), whom Satoru had trusted, was arrested for the kidnapping and murder of three local children, two of which were Satoru's classmates. The next day, as Satoru experiences another Revival, Sachiko takes note of a man who seemingly attempted to kidnap a child. Looking into the matter, Sachiko deduces that the man was the true killer from 18 years ago, but before she can inform anyone, she is murdered in Satoru's apartment. Just as Satoru discovers Sachiko's body and is accused of killing her, his Revival sends him all the way back to 1988, when he was a 10-year-old elementary school student in Hokkaido.
2"Palm of the Hand"
Transcription: "Tenohira" (Japanese: )
Toshimasa IshiiTaku KishimotoJanuary 15, 2016
As Satoru becomes bewildered with the situation he is been put in, he finds comfort in being able to see his mother again. Realizing being sent to this period by Revival is connected to Sachiko's future murder, Satoru takes notice of Kayo Hinazuki, one of his classmates who were killed by the serial kidnapper, noticing a bruise on her leg. Upon the suggestion of his friend Kenya Kobayashi, Satoru reads an essay written by Kayo, which further hints at her troubled life at home. Wanting to understand Kayo more, Satoru decides to invite her to his birthday party, hoping to change the future so that she will not be killed.
3"Birthmark"
Transcription: "Aza" (Japanese: )
Takahiro ShikamaYutaka YasunagaJanuary 22, 2016
During an ice skating race against a classmate, Satoru holds back from winning to avoid inadvertently trying to change the future, angering the classmate and disappointing Kayo. After learning that Kayo's birthday is on the same day as his, March 2, Satoru deduces that she will be abducted on March 1, as the abduction was in March but before her birthday. Satoru spends some time with Yuuki, still convinced that he is not the kidnapper. Afterward, Satoru finds Kayo beaten up in her home's shed, learning of the full nature of her abusive relationship with her mother, Akemi. The next day, Satoru speaks with his teacher, Gaku Yashiro, who explains how he has suspected Akemi of abuse for almost a year but hasn't been able to find proof to convict her. Later, Satoru stands up for Kayo when she is accused of stealing the class' lunch money, before taking her up a mountain to show her a frost-laden "Christmas" tree.
4"Accomplishment"
Transcription: "Tassei" (Japanese: 達成)
Shinya WatadaTaku KishimotoJanuary 29, 2016
With help from Sachiko, Satoru manages to invite Kayo out with him to the local science center. During the outing, Satoru feels a sense of déjà vu, becoming worried that he's repeating the same things. After March 1, the day Kayo originally disappeared, passes without incident, both Satoru and Kayo are able to celebrate their birthday the next day, with Satoru confident he has managed to change history. The following day, however, Satoru is shocked to find Kayo has not come to school.
5"Getaway"
Transcription: "Tōbō" (Japanese: 逃亡)
Makoto HoshinoTaku KishimotoFebruary 5, 2016
As Satoru becomes angry that he was not able to make a difference about Kayo's disappearance, another schoolgirl goes missing several days later. After witnessing Akemi throw out Kayo's belongings, Satoru suddenly finds himself back in 2006, still under suspicion of Sachiko's murder and forced to go on the run from the police. Satoru soon comes across Airi, who believes him to be innocent and lets him stay at her house, where he learns the details of Kayo's disappearance did change slightly because of his actions. The next day, as Satoru investigates as much as he can, Airi stops her manager from reporting Satoru to the police. Later that night, after helping Satoru hide elsewhere, Airi receives a text from Sachiko's phone before becoming trapped in a house fire.
6"Grim Reaper"
Transcription: "Shinigami" (Japanese: 死神)
Daiki MoriTaku KishimotoFebruary 12, 2016
Coming across the burning house, Satoru rushes in to rescue Airi, who slips her phone into his pocket before the manager takes over the rescue. Finding the message left on Airi's phone, Satoru calls a number that Sachiko had left behind, arranging a meeting with a journalist acquaintance of hers named Sawada. Sawada tells Satoru about the last phone call he received from Sachiko, in which she claimed to know who the true kidnapper was but was unable to tell him before she was killed. He also explains the reported details surrounding Kayo's death, noticing Yuuki's framing matches with another kidnapping incident in a nearby town and deducing the true kidnapper was the one who killed Sachiko. While Satoru looks up Sawada's findings on the kidnapping incident, including a list of previous suspects, Sawada goes to the hospital to meet with Airi, only to discover that her mother has swapped places with her so she can prove Satoru's innocence. Airi meets with Satoru, informing him of a mysterious man named Nishizono who may have been responsible for the fire, but the police arrive and arrest Satoru. As he is taken away, Satoru spots the man he saw leaving his apartment on the night of Sachiko's murder.
7"Out of Control"
Transcription: "Bōsō" (Japanese: 暴走)
Toshimasa IshiiYutaka YasunagaFebruary 19, 2016
Determined not to let things end the way it is, Satoru successfully triggers his Revival through sheer willpower, returning him to February 28, 1988. During school the next day, Kenya confronts Satoru about Kayo's situation at home, admitting that he has known for a while now about the domestic violence, and offers his assistance. Following the birthday party on March 2, Satoru throws a rock through Yuuki's window to bring about the police, providing Yuuki with an alibi for his whereabouts. Afterward, Satoru seeks out Akemi and comes close to pushing her down some stairs, but is stopped by Kenya, who convinces him to choose a different course of action. Instead, Satoru decides to "abduct" Kayo with her permission, taking her to an abandoned bus to hide out for a few days until she is confirmed to be safe. On the night of March 3, however, an unknown intruder enters the bus while Kayo is sleeping.
8"Spiral"
Transcription: "Rasen" (Japanese: 螺旋)
KosayaYutaka YasunagaFebruary 26, 2016
Kayo manages to hide from the intruder who exits the bus, leaving behind a footprint on a box he kicked. The next evening, as Yashiro goes with some people from the Child Consultation Center to investigate Kayo's house, Kayo tells Satoru and the others about the previous night's intruder. Looking into a rucksack that was left behind, they find tools that Satoru recognizes as the ones used to implicate Yuuki for Kayo's murder, as well as a briquette presumed to belong to the killer. Realizing he is still stuck in the loop of abduction murders, Satoru takes Kayo to spend the night at his house, where Sachiko had been expecting them. The next day, Kayo has her first home-cooked breakfast in her life, leading her to start crying. Satoru and Sachiko later accompany Kayo back to her house to confront Akemi.
9"Closure"
Transcription: "Shūmaku" (Japanese: 終幕)
Tomohiko ItōTaku KishimotoMarch 4, 2016
As Akemi reacts violently to the accusations of Satoru and Sachiko, she is caught red-handed by Yashiro and the consultants, who suggest that Kayo be taken into custody. Just as Akemi prepares to storm off to the police, she is approached by her estranged mother, who regrets not being able to support her after having her divorce her abusive husband and raise Kayo on her own, leading Akemi to lament her own actions. With Kayo going off to live with her grandmother, Satoru turns his attention towards the other two potential victims; Hiromi Sugita, his classmate, and Aya Nakanishi, a student from the neighboring school. While keeping a watch on both Hiromi and Aya, Satoru discovers a stash of candy in Yashiro's car when being given a ride home by him. Later, Satoru goes with Kenya and Hiromi to inspect the bus, the contents of which have now been removed.
10"Joy"
Transcription: "Kanki" (Japanese: 歓喜)
Takahiro ShikamaTaku KishimotoMarch 11, 2016
Satoru and his friends approach Aya, and despite some initial resistance, she starts joining them at their hideout. Later, Satoru shadows Misato Yanagihara, who has kept to herself since being accused of framing Kayo. She seemingly disappears after going to the bathroom. Satoru then notices a truck belonging to Yuuki's family leaving the scene and he asks Yashiro to follow it in his car. Along the way, Yashiro reveals himself to be the killer and that he realized that Satoru was the one thwarting his plans. He explains that he used Misato as bait to lure Satoru into the stolen car, which he then rolls into a frozen lake with Satoru trapped inside.
11"Future"
Transcription: "Mirai" (Japanese: 未来)
Makoto HoshinoTaku KishimotoMarch 18, 2016
Following Yashiro's attempt to kill him, Satoru wakes up in the year 2003 after spending fifteen years in a coma. His body continued to grow and his mother cared for him daily. However, he has lost his memories of past events. Satoru is visited by Kenya and Hiromi, as well as Kayo, who has become Hiromi's wife and mother to their baby. Some of Satoru's memories begin to return due to his friends' visits. Later, he meets a leukemia patient named Kumi, who is about to undergo surgery, as well as Yashiro himself, who changed his name to Nishizono and became a politician. Two days before Kumi's surgery, Yashiro takes Satoru to the rooftop, where he confirms Yashiro's suspicions that he has regained his memories.
12"Treasure"
Transcription: "Takaramono" (Japanese: 宝物)
Toshimasa IshiiTaku KishimotoMarch 25, 2016
A flashback shows that Satoru's memories returned after the visit from Kayo, and he told Kenya and Hiromi that Yashiro was the killer. Back on the rooftop, Yashiro boasts that his past crimes have already passed the statute of limitations and he cannot be arrested. He reveals he has arranged to kill Kumi with a sabotaged IV drip and to frame Satoru for her murder. Yashiro threatens to throw Satoru from the roof and make it look like a suicide. However, Satoru calls Yashiro's bluff, stating that Yashiro can't live without him. This seems true when Yashiro initially stops Satoru from rolling his wheelchair off the roof. However, Yashiro lets Satoru drop and prepares to commit suicide himself. He then discovers that Satoru has been safely caught by his friends, and Yashiro is finally arrested for attempted murder. Several years later, Satoru has become a successful manga artist. One day, Satoru surprisingly encounters Airi under the same bridge where they earlier used to sit, and where he disappeared during his last Revival.

Live-action adaptations

A live-action film adaptation of Erased featuring Tatsuya Fujiwara as Satoru Fujinuma debuted in cinemas throughout Japan on March 19, 2016. The theme song is "Hear ~Shinjiaeta Akashi~" (Hear 〜信じあえた証〜, lit. Hear ~A proof that you could trust~) by Chise Kanna.

In March 2017, Netflix announced a live-action adaptation of the manga series, co-created with Kansai TV. The Netflix Original series was released worldwide on December 15, 2017. Unlike the anime and live-action film, the live-action web drama covers the manga fully and does not deviate from the source material. The drama stars Yuki Furukawa as 29-year-old Satoru Fujinuma, Reo Uchikawa as Satoru as a child, and Mio Yūki as Airi.

Novel

A spin-off novel titled Boku Dake ga Inai Machi: Another Record, written by Hajime Ninomae, was serialized in Kadokawa's monthly digital novel magazine Bungei Kadokawa from November 2015 to March 2016. A volume collecting the chapters was released on March 30, 2016.


Reception

Volume 4 reached the 12th place on the weekly Oricon manga chart and, as of June 15, 2014, has sold 73,983 copies.

The manga was number sixteen on the 2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey. It was nominated for the 18th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Reader Award. It was also nominated for the 7th Manga Taishō, receiving 82 points and placing 2nd among the ten nominees. It is nominated for the 8th Manga Taishō.

The staff at manga-news.com gave the French edition a grade of 17.33 out of 20. On Manga Sanctuary one of the staff members gave it an 8 out of 10.