Anime Review: Boku Dake ga Inai Machi Episode 7

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I hope everyone is doing well.

Things have been about the same, but nothing gets me as excited as being able to continue on with a simulcast, especially one that has so far impressed me more than the original source.

Today, I will be reviewing the latest episode available, which is Boku Dake ga Inai Machi episode 7.

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

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Having been arrested by the police, but not yet officially charged with murder and arson, Satoru attempts to try to force another attempt to change the past.

However, when his wish is granted, Satoru must come up with a new plan to stay ahead of the person that would eventually frame him for both murder and arson and to make sure that all of the victims of the case from 18 years ago survive.

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I kind of liked this episode.

While I did expect Satoru to return to the past like he did, considering how faithful the anime has been to the manga, I was expecting either one large montage until the new stuff happened, or possibly show an event that may not be important later on.

However, things did not really seem to move too fast or too slow.

If I had to take a guess as to why things did not feel like they were too fast or too slow, I would have to say it is because after Satoru’s desire to try redoing the events of 1988, A-1 Pictures wisely cut some things out and went to the museum scene of when Satoru returned to 1988.

Much like how things were with the scenes from chapter 3 were omitted from the anime, I was kind of happy that the scenes between Satoru trying to force a revival, as it is called in the anime, to occur and finding out that he indeed did return were removed, because things seemed to be a little tedious, though not as much as how the manga version of this series started.

While there may be some that are angry about the fact that things were removed from the anime adaptation, I actually see this as a good thing, because I am not too sure how important the scenes that were not shown will be in the series, even with my knowledge of what is come.

Besides, things can be a whole lot worse, such as how Gin and Vodka did not make an appearance on the train in episode 5 of Detective Conan, which left anime only followers of the series wondering how Jimmy knew the names of the men who poisoned him in episode 54.

Seeing as A-1 Pictures has not committed this kind of blunder quite yet, they actually deserve quite a bit of applause.

Not only did A-1 Pictures wisely cut scenes from the anime, which is to be expected, since this series is only supposed to be 12 episodes long and share the same ending as the manga, but they also even used time skips properly, so as to not make people wonder how things happened.

Now, some people may be wondering why I like the fact that time skips were used, but from my own experience writing, things can get pretty dull if I have to talk about each and every little thing that happens at every second of every day around my characters.

After all, nobody really wants to read pages and pages of a character’s movements and breathing patterns while they sleep, or even repeat everything that happened before without any changes, much like how people have said that the anime adaptation of Haruhi Suzumiya’s endless eight were quite boring by the time it finally ended.

On the other hand, time skips can create a whole bunch of problems, like not being able to understand what a character has gone through, which was a problem when I read the first book of Sword Art Online.

Because of this problem, one really needs to learn when to use time skips and when not use time skips to keep things interesting, and A-1 Pictures does seem to show that their staff, at least the ones they have handling this series, knows when time skips are needed.

I also liked how Satoru kind of learned from his mistakes the first time his ability brought him to 1988.

During his first time reliving his life in 1988, he pretty much tried going it alone, or was pretty much forced to go it alone, since nobody really knew that Satoru, with his memories of what originally happened, was aware of the events that were going to occur around them.

However, this time around, he gets his friends to help him carry out his plans to try and keep Hinadzuki alive this time around, even though he does still technically try to do a few things on his own that would pretty much help Yuuki establish an alibi.

Yes, Satoru did talk to his teacher about his suspicions about what is going on Hinadzuki, but after that talk, his teacher did not really do anything to help get Hinadzuki out of her situation, and instead acted in a way that immediately rose some red flags in my mind, which would have probably been raised even if I had not read the manga before, since some people that I talked to, who do not seem to have an interest in anime, seemed to also think that the teacher’s behavior was creepy when I told them about those events.

It is also true that he tried to include his friends in whatever he was doing with Hinadzuki, but now that they have realized that Satoru is not doing this purely because he is interested in Hinadzuki, it at least makes me happy that Satoru is getting the help that he wanted in the first place.

There were two things that caught my interest the most though.

First, Kenya finally confronted Satoru.

While I was expecting this to happen because it even occurred in the manga, I never really got too much of a feeling that Kenya was aware of what was going on, and by this point in the manga, I had pretty much forgotten a lot of the events that occurred the first time Satoru relived the events of 1988.

In this episode, however, I get the strong feeling that Kenya has been paying attention to things from the very beginning, and not just because of the fact that Kenya, himself, said that he noticed Hinadzuki’s injuries.

It really seems like I am reliving the experience that I had with A Certain Scientific Railgun S, because I remember getting quite a bit more feelings during the anime adaptation of Railgun’s Sisters arc than I had when I read the manga version of those same events, and that this is coming from A-1 Pictures, who made the widely hated anime adaptation of Sword Art Online, makes me even more pleased.

This is what I wish television shows were like these days.

Unfortunately, the quality of television shows has been going down the drain because there are still plenty of shows out there that do not have an overall story, nor do they seem to invoke the kinds of emotions that I have gotten from watching this show.

The other thing that caught my interest the most was what happened after Satoru kidnapped Hinadzuki.

After Satoru took Hinadzuki somewhere to hide and a few days passed, Hinadzuki sees a strange man, whom she first believes is Satoru, come into her hiding place for some reason.

Even though I know exactly what will happen already, I am wondering whether or not Satoru is going to fail to save Hinadzuki from the person responsible for the crimes in 1988, as well as the arson incident at Airi’s house and the murder of Satoru’s mother.

In fact, I want to know so bad that I already want to see the next episode, even though I have to wait a week to find out whether or not Hinadzuki survives, just like everyone else.

While this did happen in the manga, I do not think that I was as excited to continue to with things because the chapter that those events occurred in continue on from where that point and really took away the tension.

However, because A-1 Pictures wisely ended this episode around the time that the unknown person came into the place where Hinadzuki was hiding, I am actually much more excited to find out what had happened next.

Because of this fact, A-1 Pictures deserves a great amount of applause because they have been able to give me the kind of excitement that I have only found in a few other titles, such as Pandora Hearts, which means that they know when to end an episode.

After all, like books, if episodes drag on, things continue to just go downhill, instead of maintaining any excitement.

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

The fact that this episode did not feel like it was either too short or too long, since A-1 Pictures wisely cut out a few scenes again, as well as knew when to put in time skips, and that the way this episode ended makes me want to watch the next episode right now made this really enjoyable.

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Although I liked the episode, there are some issues.

However, aside from some instances that make me wonder if the master video may be bad, which I most likely cannot find out until next week, since both Daisuki and Funimation do not seem to get the episodes until Crunchyroll makes the episodes available to those who are not subscribers, only one thing really bothered me.

While I did like that the episode did not really beat around the bush between the time Satoru was trying to force a revival, which may mean that it is possible for Satoru to control his ability, and successfully returning to 1988, I did not really like how it dropped me right to the point after he and Hinadzuki entered the museum.

Throughout most of the series, whenever Satoru goes through a revival, the events keep repeating from the beginning until he gets things right.

Because of this fact, I was expecting Satoru to arrive back at the same point that he was at when he first relived 1988, with a few time skips to keep things from becoming dull.

However, instead it jumps right to the aforementioned museum visit.

As much as I want to blame A-1 Pictures for deciding to start off Satoru’s second chance to relive 1988, I cannot do that because the manga started off Satoru’s attempt at the same place, though it did seem to have a somewhat useless flashback between the events.

As a result, the only one that can be blamed for this issue is Kei Sanbe.

Having read a few other works from Kei Sanbe, I am kind of disappointed that why Satoru returned to this particular in 1988 was never really explained.

On the other hand, seeing as this series is still ongoing, Kei might explain things later on, since pretty much both of the works I read before this one explained how things occurred, so I cannot be too mad at him yet.

Still, that does not change the fact that it did not make too much sense that Satoru returned to the point in 1988 that he did, so I am just labeling this as a minor annoyance.

While there was not really too much that bothered me about this episode, the fact that Satoru ended up at a different point of time in 1988 than he did last time did hurt my enjoyment of the episode a bit, though not enough to hurt its quality.

Despite the fact that there was one thing that bugged me, the good outweighed it enough to make this worth watching.

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

What are your thoughts on Boku Dake ga Inai Machi episode 7? 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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