When the Boku dake ga Inai Machi (or ERASED) manga ended in Kadokawa’s Young Ace magazine back in March, a spin-off written by its original author Kei Sanbe was announced for this month, tentatively titled Boku dake ga Inai Machi Gaiden (Side Story). It seemed a long way off then but, as ever, time has flown and the new series, Boku dake ga Inai Machi: Re, began in Young Ace‘s June 4th issue. (Be wary of spoilers if you’re not caught up with the anime’s later episodes.)
It’s been revealed with the first chapter that the story takes place while the main character, unwitting time traveller Satoru, is still in a coma which lasts for 15 years. The focus shifts instead to Kayo Hinazuki, who is now a junior high school student after her disappearance was prevented by Satoru.
The ERASED anime adapting the manga premiered in Japan on January 7th, directed by Sword Art Online‘s Tomohiko Ito and produced by A-1 Pictures. Crunchyroll and Daisuki both streamed the series to the UK as new episodes aired, and Crunchyroll describe the story of the anime:
Satoru Fujinuma is a young manga artist struggling to make a name for himself following his debut. But, that was not the only thing in his life that Satoru was feeling frustrated about…he was also living with a strange condition only he was able to experience. – REVIVAL A strange phenomenon where one is transferred back to the moment right before something life-threatening occurs. This continues to happen until the cause of the threat is erased. It is as if somebody is forcing Satoru to stop it from happening.