January 2020 Anime Challenge: Erased

Our anime challenge this month keeps up with the time theme. It is Erased, known in Japan as Boku dake ga Inai Machi. It is based on the manga series written and illustrated by Kei Sanbe. The manga serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace magazine between June 4, 2012, and March 4, 2016. The anime adaptation was produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Tomohiko Ito and written by Taku Kishimoto, with character design by Keigo Sasaki. It also has a live-action movie and a live-drama series that followed in 2016 and 2017 respectively. It also has a spin-off manga and a spin-off novel series!

The story follows Satoru Fujinuma, a young man possessing a special ability known as ‘Revival’. The ability sends him back in time moments before a life-threatening incident which gives him a chance to prevent the event from happening. Then a major tragedy strikes: His mother is murdered and his ability sends him back eighteen years into the past when he was still in Elementary school. This gives him a chance to prevent a kidnapping incident that ended up in the death of three of his childhood friends, and by preventing this crime also leads him to save his mother.

Week 1 January 06 – 12, 2020

Episodes 1-3

Konnichiwa minna, it is week 1 of our Erased Anime Challenge. The Erased or Boku dake ga Inai Machi anime adapts the full story of the manga, but it condenses and transforms the events that take place in volumes 6 to 8. A very interesting fact about the anime is that all moments taking place at the start of the story in the present are presented in full screen 16:9 aspect ratio, while all scenes set in the past or Satoru’s childhood are presented in cinematic widescreen 2.39:1, a nice trick to add not only to the atmosphere but also guide us in understanding where we are in the timeline,

The anime’s opening theme is “Re:Re:” by Asian Kung-Fu Generation (ep 2-12), which also served as episode one’s ending theme. “Re:Re” wasn’t written for the anime specifically but licensed for the show instead, while not unheard of it is rather unusual!

The ending theme is “Sore wa Chiisana Hikari no Youna” by Sayuri (ep 2-12).

Well we are having a mellow musical start to the challenge this week, next week we’ll share more interesting facts on Erased (Boku dake ga Inai Machi). For this week’s challenge, we’re watching episodes 1-3. Enjoy the anime and have a super sugoi week minna!

Week 2 January 13 – 19, 2020

Episodes 4-6

Konnichiwa minna, it is the second week of our Erased Anime Challenge. Did you know that the series composer is the very popular Yuki Kajiura. She is a music composer that believes in doing her homework before composing music for a series, in fact, she read the Boku dake ga Inai Machi manga prior to being hired and reread it again when she was hired to to the OST (official sound track). Some of the acts she is associated with are FictionJunction, Saeko Chiba, Kalafina and See-Saw.

Yuki Kajiura was born in Tokyo on August 6th, 1965. She is known as a musician, composer as well as record producer. She has many anime OST under her belt such as the final Kimagure Orange Road movie, Noir, .hack//Sign, Aquarian Age, Madlax, My-HiME, My-Otome, Pandora Hearts, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle and the Kara no Kyoukai movies, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. She also composed music for games such as Xenosaga II and the entire Xenosaga III and music for the NHK’s morning drama Hanako to Anne.

Canta per me from Noir

A Song of Storm and Fire from Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

Fake Wings from .hack//Sign performed by Yuki Kajiura & Emily Bindiger

We hope you enjoyed the music and our deeper look into behind the scenes information on Erased (Boku dake ga Inai Machi). For this week’s challenge, we’re watching episodes 4-6. Enjoy the anime and have a super sugo week minna!

Week 3 January 20 – 26, 2020

Episodes 7-9

Konnichiwa minna, welcome to week 3 of our Erased Anime Challenge. To prepare for the English dubbing, our guest this week watched the show beforehand. Erica Mendez, who played Kenya Kobayashi’s English version! She admitted to having nightmares afterword, and this voice actress is no lightweight. She is used to playing characters in dark anime. She played Gon Freecss in the 2016 Hunter x Hunter series and Emma in the Promised Neverland anime, both very dark series, yet Erased gave her nightmares.

She has voiced English dubs for Funimation, Bang Zoom! and Studiopolis and studied graphic design for three years in college prior to becoming a voice actress. Her first major voice role was Pac-Man in the Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures video game in 2013. Followed in 2014 by the role of Aladdin in the Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic series, Some of her other major roles include Haruka Tenoh/Sailor Uranus in the Viz Media English dub of Sailor Moon, Maki Harukawa in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, Yuuki Konno in Sword Art Online II and Retsuko in the English dub of Netflix anime series Aggretsuko.

We hope you enjoyed the our deeper look into Erased (Boku dake ga Inai Machi). For this week’s challenge, we’re watching episodes 7-9. Enjoy the anime and have a super sugo week minna!

Week 4 January 27 – February 02, 2020

Episodes 10 – 12

Konnichiwa minna, welcome to week 4 of our Erased Anime Challenge. The series was truly a roller-coaster ride of mystery, action, time travel and murder and this week we will see how it’s end unfolds. If you are an Erased junkie and want to see more there is good news for those of you addicted to live-action horror, Erased or Boku Dake ga Inai Machi have a very good live-action Japanese movie which premiered throughout Japan in 2016 and it is a must-see.

The movie features Tatsuya Fujiwara and Tsubasa Nakagawa playing the character Satoru Fujinuma at ages 10/11 and 28/29, Kasumi Arimura as Airi Katagiri, Rio Suzuki as Kayo Hinazuki, Yuriko Ishida as Sachiko Fujinuma, Seiji Fukushi as Kenya Kobayashi and Kento Hayashi as Jun Shiratori. 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.

We hope you enjoyed the our Erased (Boku dake ga Inai Machi) challenge and will give the live-action movie a try. For this week’s challenge, we’re watching episodes 10 – 12, the final episodes in the series. Enjoy the anime and have a super sugoiweek minna!