The anime adaptation of Boku dake ga Inai Machi is now leading the winter 2016 line-up when it comes to popularity and critical reception. Also known as ERASED, the anime has been on the top spot of the season for several consecutive weeks with its mesmerizing mystery drama and romantic story. Now, the anime inspired an upcoming live-action film which is slated to open in Japanese theaters on March 19, 2016; coincides with the ending of both the manga and anime version of Boku dake ga Inai Machi.
The live-action film is based on Boku dake ga Inai Machi (The Town Where Only I Am Missing) manga by Kei Sanbe. The behind-the-scenesvideo for the ERASED live-action film were posted by animeanime.jp on Monday – February 15, 2016. The video shows Tatsuya Fujiwara playing Satoru Fujinuma (the main protagonist) is discussing with the director Yūichirō Hirakawa how his character should react to discovering his mother’s body.
The manga’s story follows Satoru, a struggling manga artist who has the ability to turn back time and prevent deaths. When his mother is killed he turns back time to solve the mystery, but ends up back in elementary school, just before the disappearance of his classmate Kayo.
Narrator: A masterpiece mystery manga that won many awards gets a long-awaited film adaptation.
Satoru: It happened again. Time turned back. Revival.
Narrator: If he doesn’t stop an incident, time turns back.
Narrator: A man who is wrapped up in a phenomenon called “Revival.”
Satoru: Mom, don’t you feel anything weird?
Narrator: If he only knew the future, he could save the lives of those he loved.
Satoru: Time is moving again. Mom noticed something.
Satoru: Mom! Come on, Revival, just work!
Text: 18 years ago.
Satoru: No way. Why am I back in elementary school?
Teacher: What’s wrong, Satoru? Take your seat.
Satoru: I know. I came back to before Kayo Hinazuki was murdered.
Text: A classmate killed during his boyhood years.
Kayo: Don’t come any closer.
Narrator: To solve the mystery of both cases.
Airi: Why would they suspect you, Satoru?
Narrator: He travels between past and present.
Satoru: Why is Airi being targeted?
Narrator: He must protect the ones he loves.
Satoru: This time, I’ll finish what I started.
Text: To protect you…
Airi: Satoru didn’t do it!
Satoru: Thank you, for believing in me.
Text: I’ll redo the past.
Mother: Don’t give up halfway.
Satoru: I just feel like making you happy.
Text: Even if the future changes.
Satoru and Logo: Boku dake ga Inai Machi
Boku dake ga Inai Machi live-action film cast includes the following:
Tatsuya Fujiwara as the protagonist Satoru Fujinuma
Kasumi Arimura as Airi Katagiri, Satoru’s part-time job coworker
Yuriko Ishida as Satoru’s mother
Mitsuhiro Oikawa as Satoru’s elementary school teacher
Rio Suzuki as Kayo Hinazuki
Tsubasa Nakagawa as elementary school age Satoru
The film is directed by Yūichirō Hirakawa with off scripts written by Noriko Gotō.