Saturday, November 19



Also known as Boku dake ga Inai Machi.

There have been quite a few anime series playing with different forms of time travel this year.  MariWaka, which is full of stable time loops, Re:Zero, with its rather unfortunate reset mechanism; Orange, I think (haven't watched it yet), and this one.

It starts out as a kind of anime version of Tru Calling, but quickly flips to something different and larger.  

Our hero, Satoru, a 29-year-old failed manga author, has the ability sometimes to skip a few minutes backwards in time and avert an accident.  When one such "revival" just leads to further tragedy, he finds himself skipping back years and having to rewrite his own life to prevent the circumstances that led up to this in the first place.

Solid so far.  And it has a terrific opening credit sequence, which for me is 90% of what makes anime great.

Watching it on AnimeLab, the Australian streaming service run by MadMan Entertainment, which is so much better at this than Netflix.  One click and I have instant perfect 1080p video.  Netflix has to think about it for quite a while before it upshifts from third-generation VHS.

Update: Finished, and recommended.  Not perfect - the pacing is a bit off here and there - but very good.  Apparently they cut a few episodes worth of material out of the manga, including much of what happens in the present day, but it works very well as it is.  And the actors who voice the main character both do a great job.

It also has the least misleading opening credits I've seen for years.  The entire story is in there, but you can't see it until you've watched the whole thing.

There's also a live action version.  Don't know if I want to watch it; the story is intense enough when the characters are animated.  Also, the trailer is loaded with spoilers.

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1 There's also the not-quite-time-travel in ReLife.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Tuesday, December 06 2016 05:29 PM (vZvpB)

2 Yes, I watched that thinking it was going to be another time travel show.  It isn't, and the premise is really dumb, but the story is well done and I enjoyed it in spite of the dumbth.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, December 09 2016 11:57 AM (PiXy!)

3 If I link from Facebook to an image I uploaded to, does that get blocked? I have one friend who says he is, and another who says he isn't.  I thought FB would load once and cache such things.

Posted by: Mauser at Sunday, December 25 2016 09:30 AM (5Ktpu)

4 I'm not sure what Facebook does in that case, so it's possible it would get blocked.  I can probably turn that off; bandwidth is a lot cheaper now and it's not likely to be a problem.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, December 25 2016 03:53 PM (PiXy!)

5 Seems more like it was an issue with his mobile browser. (To be fair, it was that enormous catsuit zippering .gif) but ISTR Facebook caches a lot of that kind of stuff. When I changed my book cover, FB showed the old one for ages.

Posted by: Mauser at Tuesday, December 27 2016 06:40 AM (5Ktpu)

6 Why is this so fricking expensive to buy?

Posted by: Kurt Duncan at Sunday, January 01 2017 08:47 AM (QKmzp)

7 Yeah, I heard about that.  Crazy.  But it's on the Crunchies.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, January 03 2017 01:22 PM (PiXy!)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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