Anime Review: Boku Dake ga Inai Machi Episode 6


I hope that everyone is doing good this week, as Valentine’s day is drawing near.

I do not really have anything big planned, but I am grateful that I can continue following a show that I have been thoroughly enjoying thus far.

Today, I will be reviewing the latest episode that is currently available, which is Boku Dake ga Inai Machi episode 6.

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


After receiving a text message from Satoru’s mother’s phone number, Airi’s house is engulfed in flames, and Airi herself is found in the midsts of those flames.

Upon finding herself in the hospital, Airi and Satoru are both determined to bbring the real criminal to justice.

Unfortunately for them, nobody seems to believe that Satoru is innocent, and Satoru notices that the real culprit is actually much closer than he had originally thought, when Satoru is surprised to see his face among the crowd of officers looking to arrest him.


I really enjoyed this episode.

From the moment the episode began, I was very interested in finding out whether or not the man responsible for killing Satoru’s mother back in the first episode was responsible for setting Airi’s house ablaze, and attempting to kill her.

Seeing as it was already made known that the chances are quite high, since only the killer would have had the phone that originally belonged to Satoru’s mother, it is kind of obvious, but there are not too many details about the murder and kidnapping cases from 1988 to be able to connect it with the case currently enveloping Satoru and those he cares about.

I also liked how believable things were during the course of this episode, especially seeing the hard time Airi was having of convincing people of Satoru’s innocence.

Much like everyone in our society, when Airi awoke in the hospital, they were telling her that Satoru was responsible for her situation and that she was just seeing things at the time that she thought Satoru rescued her.

Now, it is possible for people to hallucinate when they go through the kinds of things that Airi has gone through so far, but during the scenes where Airi was being rescued, she was not the only one who saw Satoru, since their manager saw Satoru too.

Taking this into account, it is quite obvious that Satoru was indeed there, and makes me want to see that Satoru proven innocent all the more, though, if the police were as compotent in fiction as they real life, they would be familiar with stories in the mystery, detective, and crime fiction genres where the protagonist ends up being evil all along, much like Hiroyuki from Yoshiki Tonogai’s Judge ended up being the true mastermind behind the titular game, so I doubt that they are going to let Satoru off too easily.

I also liked how it was revealed that the real culprit was up to his usual tricks by putting the blame on Satoru for the crimes he had committed.

If the police were truly incompotent, like they usually are in the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres, this would not be too much of surprise, because they seem to just go along with whatever trick the criminals setup.

However, the person responsible for the death of Satoru’s mother and the fire that started in Airi’s house seems to have quite a bit of experience because he had gotten away with a ton of murders, some of which most likely will not be mentioned in the anime until the identity of the one responsible for the events of 1988 is revealed and confirmed, though I already know who the criminal is from reading the manga.

The thing that caught my interest the most though is that the one who killed Satoru’s mother showed up when Satoru himself was being arrested by the police.

While this did happen in the manga, I do not really think that I was as surprised as I was when I watched the same events unfold in this episode, and it makes me really want to find out if the culprit is actually working with the police to arrest Satoru, which some people seem to believe, but I could not say for sure, since the criminal has not really been revealed to be with the police at the point of the manga that I am at right now.

Still, that does not change the fact that I want to watch the next episode right now, in order to find out if the criminal is part of the police force or somebody else that deals with criminal investigation, though I suspect that Satoru’s final trip to 1988 will occur in one of the episodes to come, if not the next episode, so it might be a while before things are answered.

All I can say though is that A-1 Pictures still seems to be doing an impressive job with this series, because I have wanted to watched each and every episode after the last one I had seen, which means that A-1 Pictures does know how to start and end an episode properly.

Outside of those things, I cannot really think of anything else that I particularly liked about this episode.

The fact that things seemed to be very believable in the episode and that I really want to know if the true culprit is indeed part of the police made this a fairly interesting episode.


Although I liked the episode, there are some issues.

However, since my only gripe with this episode was that none of the characters did anything that could reveal the killer and arsonist quickly, and the criminal may actually be smart enough to not have Satoru’s mother’s phone on all the time, I cannot really think of anything that would actually diminish the quality of this episode.

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

Considering that this episode was relatively interesting and brought more questions to my mind than what I got from reading the manga, this was definitely worth.

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

What are your thoughts on Boku Dake ga Inai Machi episode 6? Did you like it or hate it? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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