Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi (僕だけがいない街) is also known as Erased and is based on a manga with the same title serialized on Young Ace by Kei Sanbe (story and art). It’s been running since 2012 and it appears that the series ending this March 2016. It makes sense for the anime series to start running on this winter 2016.
Satoru Fujinuma is a struggling manga author who makes a living as a delivery guy for Oasi Pizza (word play on Oishi?). He has a supernatural ability called “Revival” to prevent incidents or disaster by being sent back in time repeatedly until the said incidents or disasters are prevented. Because his supernatural power, he’s able to save a little kid from being hit by a truck whose driver falls asleep. Unfortunately, he got into an accident as well but luckily, he’s fine.
Satoru’s mother, Sachiko, came to visit her son and made sure that he’s ok after the accident even though it’s more of an excuse for sightseeing. When Satoru was in 5th grade, there’s an incident with three missing kids from his neighborhood and one of them was his classmate, Kayo Hanazuki. This was something that buried inside his deepest memory and it was recalled when his mother saw the news about missing kids on the news and asked him if he remembered what happened when he was in 5th grade.
Next day, Satoru went shopping with his mother and he had “Revival” episode but he couldn’t figure out what/where the incident was about to occur. Unfortunately, he got involved with an incident which framed as a murderer and as a result, he was sent back in time only to find himself as a grade-schooler one month before a fellow classmate, Kayo Hinazuki, went missing.
Based on first three episodes, each of them was content heavy and there’s no filler episode at all. The story itself was what sold me on this anime and content packed first three episode would definitely give a lot of potential for this anime series which prompted to keep watching. It’s very unlikely that I would drop this in the middle of the season.
With twelves episodes, I believe it would be enough to cover the entire manga considering we’re on episode five this week and it’s already up to chapter 15/16 on the manga. I’m super excited to see how the story unfolds and am trying my best to not read the manga yet but it’s getting tougher and tougher each day.
For fans of Steins; Gate or anything with a similar genre, I highly recommend this anime and it’s worth it to be in your winter 2016 anime watch list. Even if you’re not a fan of Steins; Gate or supernatural/psychological genre, I still recommend you to watch this anime.