Kei Sanbe’s manga Boku dake ga Inai Machi (The Town Where Only I Am Missing) is being adapted into a Noitamina anime series and a live-action film, both to be released in 2016. The manga, which was nominated for the 2014 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize ‘Reader Award’ and this year’s Manga Taisho Awards, has attracted some serious talent to both projects. While the movie will star Tatsuya Fujiwara, known for playing Death Note’s Light, and Kasumi Arimura who also starred in When Marnie Was There, the anime will involve Blue Exorcist’s character designer Keigo Sasaki and Sword Art Online’s director Tomohiko Ito, as revealed in the new preview now streaming on the anime’s website.
Here’s the series’ first key visual, as it appears in the preview:
Taku Kishimoto of A–1 Pictures, who wrote for the anime Silver Spoon, is in charge of series composition as well as writing the screenplay, which will follow the story of Satoru, a struggling manga artist with the power to turn back time. In the manga, when he uses his power to try and prevent his mother’s death, he winds up back in elementary school. But curiously, he finds himself there just before his classmate Kayo disappeared.
While the anime has been vaguely slated for this winter, the movie’s been confirmed as a spring release opening in Japan in March 2016.