Name: Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy
Author: Kei Sanbe
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
Original Runtime: June 4, 2012 – March 4, 2016
Boku Dake Ga Inai Mashi follows Satoru Fujinuma who is a struggling mangaka. Satoru possesses a supernatural power called ‘Revival’ which enables him to prevent deaths and disasters by travelling back in time. But he is unable to control this power at will and whenever something bad is about to happen he is automatically sent back in time to prevent it from hapenning. How does this ability affect his life?
The story of Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi is interesting to say the least. It is captivating and draws the readers in. It creates a solid foundation at the very beginning and really does a fantastic job in hooking the reader. Each chapter is delicately poised and you never know what is going to happen next. However, such an excellent execution of story is difficult to continue and Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi fails to maintain the consistency towards the closing stages. The finishing is not only abrupt but also sort of frustrating. It left a gaping hole in my heart.
The story of Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi is really good throughout three quarters of the manga but it feels like the mangaka gave up trying towards the end. Another thing to add here is that I found the plot to be somewhat similar to Steins;Gate. But nonetheless despite the drawbacks the story is exciting, enticing and immersing.
Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi has a fairly big set of characters. But most characters are there just to make up the numbers. There are basically 6 really significant characters and characters who are the focal point of the show. But even then those 6 characters were not explored properly. In terms of character development Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi is average. The main antagonist is the one who truly showed some sort of development. Other than that most characters in Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi more or less stay the same from start to finish.
Here are some notable characters form the manga:
The art of Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi is okay at most. The color panels are nice to look at. However, the drawing is plain. The panels are hazy at places and it can get on your nerves at times. The anime did a much better job with the art than the manga.
Here are some art samples from the manga:
One thing is for sure, Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi doesn’t lack entertainment value. The manga really knows how to keep you hooked and wanting for more after every chapter. You simply be at awe at how captivating this manga is. However, it just didn’t have the same quality towards the end. Nevertheless I really enjoyed reading Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi.
Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi was a potential masterpiece. Irrespective of its similarities to Steins;Gate, it did a tremendous job in going toe to toe with some amazing works. However, what truly separates a masterpieces from others is the ability to keep the consistency throughout the story and execute the ending masterfully. This is where Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi lets you down. It is definitely a fascinating manga but it failed to fulfill the promise of the initial stages. Nonetheless I will recommend this everyone who is looking for great and immersing mystery manga.