A show that masterfully created suspenseful drama. Productions were top notch–visuals by A-1 Pictures put this towards the top of my list as some of the best animation including its wonderful cinematography! Yuki Kajiura scored a dramatic soundtrack and it pays off! Especially with Kayo’s scenes between her mother and the incredible detail on object framing throughout the kids conversations at school!
We get a realistic perspective on how Satoru grows up through the eyes of a child. If it weren’t for Satoru’s mother, Sachiko, being such a strong parental figure (supporting Satoru’s decision on not abandoning Kayo) in this series I would not have rated this in the 90’s. It’s because of her we understand Akemi’s treatment of her own child, Kayo, and that Boku Machi is more than just a chilling murder mystery series. It is clearly seen by the first half of this anime that the director chose to highlight the friendships (Kayo x Satoru) rather than focusing on Satoru finding out who killed his mom [until towards the end of the anime]. We get a concurring theme of murder mystery that helps him get closer to Kayo–the animation and cinematography were important in getting this across. We see realistic scenes between the two of them from hand holding to birthday parties and while being in his 10-year old self it’s Satoru’s job to protect Kayo it also rewarding that he is learning new things about himself and why he couldn’t connect with his mom and friends before. His revival ability gives him the chance at a “do-over” and it’s amazing to watch it pan out. Offering us well-written inner dialogue scenes from heartfelt moments to comedic scenes.
Director Tomohiko Ito [Sword Art Online] cut out a lot from the manga and still managed to give us an ending that is satisfying. The manga explains that Satoru can rerun moments of time backwards sometimes of his choosing. In the anime, his ability is known as revival where it occurs through a situation that leads to tragedy. In the manga, chapter 3 explores this in detail when Katagiri Airi and he discover a building getting torn down and Satoru has a rerun. He knows something is off and discovers a child stuck in an elevator shaft. After saving the child’s life he discovers that Katagiri’s first name is Airi and they call each other on a first name basis after the incident. In the anime this entire scene is completely removed resulting in a lack of characterization for Airi. And still the anime captured even Airi’s moments nicely. Using her as Satoru’s push forward in the middle of this story worked–Satoru can lean on his friends for help. IF it wasn’t for her punch scene with the manager and the entire fire sequence I don’t think Satoru would have leaned on his friends, especially Kenya, as much as he did in the second half of Boku Machi.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 93/100
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