Anime Review: Boku Dake ga Inai Machi Episode 5

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Sometimes, things can be really annoying, huh?

I recently got a new computer because my old one was giving me some grief, though it still works.

Fortunately, the change in computing device did not inhibit my ability to cover simulcasts, and I can continue on with the one I chose to follow.

Today, I will be reviewing the latest episode of that show, which is Boku Dake ga Inai Machi episode 5.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

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Having failed to protect Hinadzuki and capture the one who really killed his mother, Satoru finds himself back in the present and is on the run from the police.

While on the run, Satoru finds out that Kayo Hinadzuki was killed on a later date than what he remembered from the past and realizes that his ability can actually change future.

However, since Satoru has no control over when his ability activates, he must continue investigating his mother's murder in the present.

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I kind of liked this episode.

While I was kind of expecting him to remain in the past, especially because A-1 pictures did remove some content that was present, which I am actually happy with, I knew that Satoru had to return to the present.

After all, Airi seems to be an important player in the series, according to what happens in the manga, though I cannot say how because it would probably be a major spoiler and translations of the manga are kind of sporadic, so even I do not know what her role is in all of this mess.

Fortunately, since this anime adaptation has made me feel things that I never got from the manga, Airi's importance to Satoru might become a bit more clear here, as long as A-1 Pictures can give me the kind of quality that I have seen up to now.

Speaking of Airi, I really liked her this episode.

Even though she and Satoru only knew each other as coworkers, seeing as she did not know that Satoru was the mangaka that she had a few titles from, she stood up for him and tried to protect while everyone else thought that he was guilty of killing his mother.

While it may seem like a normal occurrence in manga and anime, things like this do not really happen in real life, at least too often.

In our society, when somebody, commits a crime, most people think that the person that the police have an interest in, or even arrest, is guilty.

Unfortunately, the only ones that will really ask questions and try to find out the truth of whether or not that person is really guilty or not are family members and close friends, who want to believe in the innocence of the one they care about.

Yes, it is the responsibility of the police and other members of the law enforcement community to try to piece together what exactly happened, but even they tend to arrest, and convict, individuals for things they did not do, otherwise there would not be groups like the Innocent Project, who try to free wrongly convicted people.

In the case of Airi, since she has not been around much, due to the fact that some events from the manga were never shown, such as the building incident from chapter 3 of the manga that I talked about in my review of the pilot, I do not really know what kind of relationship she has with Satoru beyond a cowork and that she respects Satoru as her elder, so she does not really have much reason to protect Satoru.

Because of this fact, I think that Airi might actually be a better person than I am, though I would definitely strain myself if I tried to be more like her.

Besides, the only ones that I would try to protect are those that I consider my friends and family, just like the rest of our society.

Another nice thing was how Satoru ultimately failed to save Hinadzuki.

In a lot of anime, the protagonists sets off to do something and ends up coming back after succeeding, and the writers give them a different adventure and goal, much like Naruto and Bleach, or, even worse, Sword Art Online, as that has continued way past the point it was good and to the point where the title just does work for the series anymore.

Here, however, the fact that Satoru failed actually makes me want to see how he will bounce back and resolve things, even if I already know that he is going to return to the past again one last time before this series ends.

In fact, people in real life do not always accomplish their goals on their first attempt or two, unlike Kirito from Sword Art Online, who seems to always succeed whenever he shows up.

Seeing as the mystery introduced in the first episode of this series has yet to end, and is even the main focus of the series, I have to give some major props to A-1 Pictures.

Then again, this is to be expected if the anime is going to have the same ending as the original manga, which itself has yet to end.

Still, that does not mean that A-1 Pictures should not be praised for their good work.

There were two things that really caught my interest though.

First, Satoru ended up back in the present after he had failed to accomplish all of his goals in 1988.

Now, not many people know this, though it has probably been implied in the previous episodes, but what usually happens when Satoru fails to bring about a happy ending or notice something, he is practically forced to do things over again, until he gets things right.

However, unlike those other failures, some of which were not shown in the anime, he ends up back where he started.

This makes me wonder how Satoru's ability actually works, because he is is surprised about what had happened, even though he knows quite a bit about how it works, and, as a result, I want to find out more about how Satoru was cursed with such an ability by watching the next episode already.

Unfortunately, like the rest of you, I have got to wait until next week to see where things go from here.

Still, A-1 Pictures is doing a pretty good job with this series, even knowing what to keep and what to take out.

The second thing that interested me was that Satoru actually changed the future.

Seeing how his ability technically forces Satoru to repeat things until he notices and/or does something, this does not seem to be too far-fetched, but everything that we saw prior to Satoru going back to 1988 was something that he had no memory about, nor were the incidents written down.

Here, however, because of what Satoru did in 1988, he delayed the demise of Hinadzuki by two days.

Now, the fact that Hinadzuki died two days later than she originally died is still a failure, but, just as Satoru himself noticed, it means that he can actually succeed in changing things into a somewhat happy ending, at least if he could learn to control his ability using what he knows about it already, which I do not really think that he will.

For now, I am just looking forward to seeing him return to 1988 and watch his next attempt, since he obviously wants to go back based on the realization that he could change the future, even if I already know whether he will succeed not the next time he goes back.

Yet again, I have give A-1 Pictures some major respect, because I am even more excited about seeing the next episode, especially because I do not really remember if I wanted to just continue on with the manga after reading through these events, though by this point in time the quality of the manga drastically improved from the tedious it suffered.

Outside of those things, I cannot really think of anything else that really stood out to me.

The fact that Airi stood up for Satoru, despite not having much more of bond, at least right now, than just respect for each other and being coworkers and that Satoru was able to change the future that had been written and he remembered, as well as the fact that he failed the first trip to 1988, made this episode very enjoyable.

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Although I liked the episode, there are some issues.

However, nothing really bugged me too much while watching this.

As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that things are getting interesting and that A-1 Pictures is still handling this show pretty well, this was definitely worth watching.

I recommend this to everyone, even though that want to try something different.

What are your thoughts on Boku Dake ga Inai Machi episode 5? Did you like it or hate it? Was there something you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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