Aniplex of America Acquires ERASED/Boku Dake ga Inai Machi Anime

posted on by Karen Ressler
Time travel series to premiere on Crunchyroll in January

Aniplex of America announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the upcoming anime series ERASED (Boku Dake ga Inai Machi, or "The town where only I am missing"). The series will premiere streaming on Crunchyroll on January 7, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. EST, the same day it will debut in Japan on Fuji TV's Noitamina block.

The cast includes:

  • Shinnosuke Mitsushima as Satoru Fujinuma (age 29)
  • Tao Tsuchiya as Satoru Fujinuma (age 10)
  • Aoi Yūki as Kayo Hinazuki
  • Chinatsu Akasaki as Airi Katagiri
  • Yō Taichi as Kenya
  • Akari Kitō as Hiromi
  • Ayaka Nanase as Osamu
  • Yukitoshi Kikuchi as Kazu
  • Takahiro Mizushima as Jun Shiratori
  • Minami Takayama as Sachiko Fujinuma
  • Mitsuru Miyamoto as Manabu Yatsushiro

Tomohiko Ito (Sword Art Online, Silver Spoon) is directing the series and Taku Kishimoto (Silver Spoon, Haikyu!!) is handling series composition at A-1 Pictures. Keigo Sasaki (The Seven Deadly Sins, Blue Exorcist) is designing the characters for the anime and Yuki Kajiura (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Sword Art Online) is composing the music. Other staff members include:

  • Prop Design: Masafumi Yokota
  • Art Director: Masaru Sato
  • Background Artist: Hiroyuki Hasegawa
  • Color Design: Azusa Sasaki
  • Director of Photography: Toshiaki Aoshima
  • CG Director: Shinji Nasu
  • Music: Yuki Kajiura
  • Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami

The manga's story follows Satoru, a struggling manga artist who has an ability that forces him back in time to prevent deaths. When his mother is killed he's sent back in time to solve the mystery, but ends up back in elementary school, just before the disappearance of his classmate Kayo.

Sanbe began the manga in 2012 and it is currently serialized in Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine. The manga was nominated for the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize 'Reader Award' in 2014 and this year's Manga Taisho Awards.

A live-action film adaptation starring Tatsuya Fujiwara and Kasumi Arimura will open on March 19, 2016.

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