Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi – Review

As my first entry, I’d like to review an anime I watched recently. It was so good, that I watched all 12 episodes in a row, which was my first time to do such a thing. My head was spinning afterwards, but I felt good!

Boku dake ga Inai Machi starts out being about a young man named Satoru Fujinuma, who really wants to become a good manga artist, but he fails every time he hands in an idea to his boss, who tells him to dig deeper into himself when creating a story. Because he cannot live on being a struggling manga artist, his main job is delivering pizzas, which he seems quite content with. One day, as he is out delivering a pizza, he notices a sparkling blue butterfly and time jumps a few minutes back, which allows him to avoid an accident, and rescue a little boy from being run over by a truck, driven by a dead driver.

He is the only one who gets injured, and ends up in the hospital, where we get to know, that these time jumps are nothing new to him, and he has named them ‘Revival’. They occur every time something is about to happen, and he gets the chance to change the outcome of the situation he is reliving, as long as he can spot what is wrong with the picture.

He continues living his everyday life, until he finds his murdered mom in his apartment, and since he has blood on his hands from trying to wake her up, a neighbor who happened to stop by calls the police, and the hunt for him begins. Of course he wants to change this situation, and for the first time, he forces a ‘Revival’ upon himself, wanting to change the future, and bring his mom back to life by avoiding her murder.

He succeeds in doing so, but ends up as his elementary school self in the past, where the murder on his mom seems to have its roots. It’s around the same time, as his classmate Kayo disappears, only to be found murdered later the same year. Kayo was the first of 3 victims, and Satoru sets out to rescue all of them, as he believes this will change the future, and also spare his mom from death, if he can find the culprit behind this string of murders.

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That about wraps up the first episode of the series, as well as what the rest is all about. Every episode has a highlight, where we get to know a little bit more of what happened in the past, and no second of the entire series seems like a waste of time or filler. I was hooked to my chair the entire time, and even skipped the openings and endings.

The characters are all wonderful and divergent, and all have their own place in the story. You want to like them all, but you also know that one of them is the murderer, and get an uneasy feeling when someone says or does anything suspicious, even if it’s just a kid. The reveal of the culprit doesn’t really come as a big surprise, but it doesn’t matter, as the big twist in the story is being shown afterwards, using the last 2 episodes to turn the story once again, and leaving the viewer think about what actually happened in the past, and why.

Boku dake ga Inai Machi is quite similar to The Butterfly Effect and The Girl Who Leaped Through Time, as it is a story of jumping back in time to rewrite the future. It also doesn’t hide that it’s about the butterfly effect, as Satoru sees a blue butterfly every time ‘Revival’ happens to him, and it shows both his success and failure in doing so.

Overall, it’s a very dark series, but it has some fun moments, and surely leaves you thinking about your past actions in your life. If you like drama, thriller and mystery genres, this might be a series you’re going to enjoy just as much as I did!

Have you already watched it? What’s your opinion on it? If not, do you want to watch it now? 🙂

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Well hello there, and welcome to my little place on the net!

If you are wondering what kind of place this is, I cannot give you an answer just yet. My plan is to just let my heart bleed, play and cry here. What my heart contains is usually something creative, so expect DIY stuff, graphics, written words, and my brain fighting itself.

Up until now, I’ve only had German anime GFX and fan sites, which was fine for like 10 years, but now I’ve had it. I still love anime, and I still love graphics, but it’s not that big a part of my everyday life anymore. There was a time, when I’d sit in front of the PC until the sun would rise again, watching anime, playing MMO’s, and chat with someone. But at some point, I felt that it just wasn’t my kind of thing anymore. Thus, I started a lot of creative hobbies, and they slowly took over my PC time. Thinking about how my old site was drowning in nothingness, I decided to just quit it, and start blogging about whatever occupies my mind. And here I am!

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But who am I? I’m a 31 year old Danish female (yes, I’m a cake!), and I’ve decided to never fully grow up. It’s a trap anyway, and who likes to walk into something, when they know it’s a trap? I’m both a girlfriend and a mother, but also my own creative self. I like creating things, be it crafts or digital things, and I’d like to share my thoughts and experiences with you.

You are always more than welcome to throw me a comment, since I’m always happy to get some input. You can write me in English, but also German and Danish, if you feel more comfortable with any of those languages.

I hope to settle down here very soon, and to see you again when it happens!

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