[Sci-Fi Fall 2018] Like Boku dake ga Inai Machi? Watch This!

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi was really popular for a lot of reasons, one being the incredible mystery and danger surrounding a group of children one person is desperately trying to keep alive with his limited powers. Danger looms everywhere and there’s no one threat that can be eliminated to ensure their safety.

Another cause of the show’s appeal was the concept of manipulating time and how small occurrences could change history. Alternate realities and multiple timelines are great for keeping the audience intrigued because of the vastness of possibility. If these are the things that piqued your interest, check out our recommended anime for Boku Dake ga Inai Machi.

Liked Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (Erased)? Watch RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida (RErideD: Derrida, Who Leaps Through Time)!

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: September 2018 - November 2018

Robots have become a huge convenience to humanity, and engineers Derrida and Nathan hope to continue that by creating an even more capable robot. Their creations, called DZs, are put in the market early by their company Rebuild despite both Derrida and Nathan strongly warning against a bug in the software that could cause the DZ to turn against humans. The next day, they are attacked suddenly for knowing too much and Nathan’s last words are him begging Derrida to take care of his daughter, Mage. Unfortunately, Derrida ends up in a cryostasis machine and wakes up 10 years in the future, where the DZ have indeed turned against humans. With only the protected inner cities safe from the murdering robots, Derrida has little hope of finding the child he swore to protect.

Major Similarities Between Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (Erased) and RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida (RErideD: Derrida, Who Leaps Through Time)

1. Kayo and Mage look very similar

We’re talking eerily similar. They have the same hairstyle as well as dark hair and wear a long red coat with a yellow scarf. At least the mysterious Mage-looking person that appears periodically to Derrida has the same empty stare as Kayo does as if both of them have seen too much in their short lives.

2. The drama starts immediately

It cuts quickly and it cuts deep. With Subaru’s mother being murdered in the first episode, it sets the tone of perpetual danger. In the first episode of RErideD, Derrida’s long-time friend is murdered after Derrida’s father. Knowing a child is going to have to deal with her father’s death alone makes Derrida’s disappearance all the more tragic.

3. Save the girl to save them all

The pretty immediate goal in both of these shows is ‘save the girl’. Both are young girls who are marked for death through no fault of their own. Subaru and Derrida both have to save a young girl who ends up being their age in their own time skips, Subaru turning back to Kayo’s age and Mage growing into an adult while Derrida doesn’t age. Both girls hold the key to saving much more than their own lives and can help clear the names of those falsely accused of murder.

Liked Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (Erased)? Watch Akanesasu Shoujo (Girl in the Twilight)!

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: October 2018 – currently airing

At 4:44, the Crystal Radio Club holds a special ceremony they read about online to connect them to another world. The 5 friends have never been successful until one day they happen upon the right frequency and are teleported to an unfamiliar place. There, they meet fluffy yet violent creatures and the leader, Asuka, finds someone that looks just like her. In this strange world, they may share more than just looks.

Major Similarities Between Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (Erased) and Akanesasu Shoujo (Girl in the Twilight)

1. There are multiple worlds of possibilities and timelines

Akanesasu Shoujo is about parallel worlds and Erased is more about changing one specific timeline over and over but both shows present us with differing worlds changed by the slightest thing. It shows just how much environments and relationships can change even when so much else stays exactly the same. Different branches of reality are explored with differing outcomes for those involved and Akanesasu Shoujo continues that exciting feeling of wondering what sort of reality we will see next.

2. The disappearance of a child is linked to a greater mystery

Both anime present us with an initial problem that needs rectification. While following one mystery, an older, seemingly unrelated mystery is brought into the light. For Akanesasu Shoujo, that is the sudden disappearance of her younger brother who was never found. It just so happens that the other world’s Asuka also had a brother that disappeared at the same time. Just as Kayo’s disappearance shouldn’t have anything to do with Subaru’s mother’s death, we may find these seemingly coincidental disappearances in parallel worlds are more than coincidences!

Final Thoughts

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi gave us cute children we were constantly afraid would wind up dead. Even the most seasoned fans are often more worried about a kid’s death than a regular character’s because of the helpless feeling it instills. Even more than that though, it gave us a universe to ponder over. It forced us to think about the consequences of our actions and to think about how any small detail can change the world around us. If you’re looking for new, strange worlds of consequence and coincidence, check out RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida and Akanesasu Shoujo!

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Author: May

Hey friends! I reside in Georgia and use my degree in Japanese primarily to (barely) read doujinshi that hasn’t been translated. Beyond deciding who is best girl in whatever I happen to be watching, I really enjoy ballroom dancing, reading, crying over dating sims, karaoke, and being surrounded by beautiful things~ (You know, scenery, décor, boys, stuff like that). I also love talking about passions with others!

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