Bokudake ga Inai Machi: On Netflix as "Erased"
August 12, 2018 7:29 AM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

The title's literal translation: The town where I do not exist. Episodes 1-4. When tragedy is about to strike, Satoru Fujinuma finds himself sent back in time. The detached, 29-year-old manga artist has taken advantage of this powerful yet mysterious phenomenon, which he calls "Revival," to save many lives, but that often comes at a personal cost.

Japanese (English Subtitles, English Dubbed)
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Warning: You will likely binge watch this show, so it doesn't make sense to do an episode-by-episode guide. But the show has a lot going on with it, and having one post for the whole season seemed like too much, so I'm breaking the discussion up into three sections that generally align with the three main mini-arcs in the show.

Episodes 1 - 4: Obligatory back story and plot setup.

When Satoru is wrongfully accused of murdering someone close to him, he is sent back to the past once again, but this time to 1988, 18 years in the past. Soon, he realizes that the murder may be connected to the abduction and killing of one of his classmates, the solitary and mysterious Kayo Hinazuki, that took place when he was a child. This is his chance to make things right.

Possible trigger warning: The show does have some scenes of child abuse/murder. They are not gratuitous or overly graphic, but it might be disturbing to some.
posted by forforf (2 comments total)
The first four episodes were a bit hard to get into. The plot seemed a bit forced, and it was a bit hard to empathize with Satoru. But the next few episodes more than make up for this.
posted by forforf at 11:43 AM on August 12, 2018

I really enjoyed this. I thought the kids were fabulous. I still wonder why the journalist and the murderer had similar beards?

I watched a few of the anime episodes after and they were so very similar.
posted by OHenryPacey at 4:03 PM on August 12, 2018

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