Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like ERASED (Boku dake ga Inai Machi). This list is made by my personal opinion and If there’s a particular anime that you feel deserves to be on this list, leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list. Also, keep in mind the list is in no particular order. Enjoy!

10 Anime Like ERASED (Boku dake ga Inai Machi)

10. The Perfect Insider
9. Charlotte
8. From the New World
7. Detective Conan
6. Death Note (TV)
5. Orange (TV)
4. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
3. ReLIFE
2. Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (TV)
1. Steins;Gate

10. The Perfect Insider


Synopsis – In a research facility hidden away on a remote island, genius programmer Shiki Magata has lived as a recluse for years. She rarely sees guests, but associate professor Souhei Saikawa and university student Moe Nishinosono still seek her out. However, their meeting is cut short when they are caught up in a locked-room murder mystery.

Everything is not as it seems, and many secrets are hidden. Within an isolated facility, a seemingly impossible and gruesome crime takes place, and Saikawa and Moe must unravel the truth behind the murder and Magata’s shrouded past.

Similarity –These are both really intense psychological, mind-fucking mysteries and I would highly recommend either one of them if that’s the kind of show you’re looking for at the moment. If you would like a psychological, mind-fucking mystery that has more innocence, feels, and lots of empathy and attachment to the characters, then watch Boku Dake ga Inai Machi. If you are looking for something that is more mature and involves a lot more intense logical problem-solving along with the murder and the who-done-it, watch Subete ga F ni Naru.

9. Charlotte

CharlotteSynopsis – While on the surface Yuu Otosaka appears to be just another charming and intelligent teenager, he has a secret—he has the ability to slip into people’s minds and fully control their body for five seconds at a time. Yuu has been using this skill for years to gain the highest grades, which allowed him to enter a prestigious high school.

When the enigmatic Nao Tomori catches Yuu using his power, she coerces him and his sister Ayumi into transferring to Hoshinoumi Academy, a school for students with supernatural abilities. The student council of the school, led by Nao, is tasked with secretly tracking down adolescents who abuse their powers. Yuu is forced to join the student council and together, they face formidable challenges that bring him closer to the shocking truth that his own, seemingly incomplete ability, might be more powerful than he could have ever imagined.

An original story from Jun Maeda, creator of Angel Beats and Clannad, Charlotte explores the supernatural lives of these teenagers and the price they must pay for being special.

Similarity – A boy who suffers a great tragedy attempts to redirect the course of his life through supernatural means. One-cour length series shows initial promise but is ultimately crippled by inadequate development of characters; ineffective communication of overarching themes; and a hollow, abrupt timeskip conclusion with feel-good intentions that fails to deliver.

Also read,10 Anime Like Charlotte

8. From the New World

Shinsekai yori (From the New World)Synopsis- Following a sudden outbreak of psychokinesis in 0.1% of the population, a rapid transformation swept the world. The godlike ability to manipulate matter remotely turned many power wielders to violence, inciting a long period of upheaval. Finally, after a chaotic era shaped by the rise and fall of oppressive regimes, the psychic humans were able to achieve a fragile peace by isolating their society, creating a new world bound by complex rules.

In the town of Kamisu 66, 12-year-old Saki Watanabe has just awakened to her powers and is relieved to rejoin her friends—the mischievous Satoru Asahina, the shy Mamoru Itou, the cheerful Maria Akizuki, and Shun Aonuma, a mysterious boy whom Saki admires—at Sage Academy, a special school for psychics. However, unease looms as Saki begins to question the fate of those unable to awaken to their powers, and the children begin to get involved with secretive matters such as the rumored Tainted Cats said to abduct children.

Shinsekai yori tells the unique coming-of-age story of Saki and her friends as they journey to grow into their roles in the supposed utopia. Accepting these roles, however, might not come easy when faced with the dark and shocking truths of society, and the impending havoc born from the new world.

Similarity – Both anime done by A-1 Pictures feature supernatural powers and a cast of adolescent children. Both are a mystery anime of sort where the characters tries to figure out the culprit. In both anime, students disappear from their academy and the MC tries to figure out why. Both have their own psychological elements and have appealing art styles.

7. Detective Conan

Synopsis – Shinichi Kudou, a great mystery expert at only seventeen, is already well known for having solved several challenging cases. One day, when Shinichi sees two suspicious men and decides to follow them, he inadvertently becomes witness to a disturbing illegal activity. When the men catch Shinichi, they dose him with an experimental drug formulated by their criminal organization and abandon him to die. However, to his own astonishment, Shinichi is still alive and soon wakes up, but now, he has the body of a seven-year-old, perfectly preserving his original intelligence. He hides his real identity from everyone, including his childhood friend Ran Mouri and her father, private detective Kogorou Mouri, and takes on the alias of Conan Edogawa (inspired by the mystery writers Arthur Conan Doyle and Ranpo Edogawa).

Animated by TMS and adapted from the manga by Gosho Aoyama, Detective Conan follows Shinichi who, as Conan, starts secretly solving the senior Mouri’s cases from behind the scenes with his still exceptional sleuthing skills, while covertly investigating the organization responsible for his current state, hoping to reverse the drug’s effects someday.

Similarity – Adult in a child’s body solving crimes.

Aside from that, they are very different. The case in Erased is very dark though, much like the earlier Conan cases before people decided brutal gorey murders aren’t suitable for a prime-time children’s TV show.

6. Death Note (TV)

Death Note
Synopsis – Yagami Light is an ace student with great prospects, who’s bored out of his mind. One day he finds the “Death Note”: a notebook from the realm of the Death Gods, with the power to kill people in any way he desires. With the Death Note in hand, Light decides to create his perfect world, without crime or criminals. However, when criminals start dropping dead one by one, the authorites send the legendary detective L to track down the killer, and a battle of wits, deception, and logic ensues…

Similarity – Death Note and Boku dake ga Inai Machi both deal with the matter of death and feature detective-style mystery. In particular, they share the same dark feel in both animation style and plot, though Death Note is undoubtedly even darker. If you liked that side of ERASED, then you will like Death Note as much, if not more

Also read,10 Anime Like Death Note

5. Orange (TV)

Anime Like Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)
Synopsis –Naho Takamiya is a timid 16-year-old girl. One day, she receives a letter from her future self-detailing actions she must take to prevent Kakeru Naruse, the new transfer student, from sinking into depression and taking his own life.

Similarity – In Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (Erased) the main character goes back in time to prevent his childhood friend from dying. A similar occurrence happens in Orange when the main character receives a letter from her future self-warning her of her friend’s death and guiding her toward changing it. Both anime involve a character who feel worthless and have a rather… dysfunctional life, as well as a character who is looking to save said character.

4. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai
Synopsis – Jinta Yadomi is peacefully living as a recluse, spending his days away from school and playing video games at home instead. One hot summer day, his childhood friend, Meiko “Menma” Honma, appears and pesters him to grant a forgotten wish. He pays her no mind, which annoys her, but he doesn’t really care. After all, Menma already died years ago.

At first, Jinta thinks that he is merely hallucinating due to the summer heat, but he is later on convinced that what he sees truly is the ghost of Menma. Jinta and his group of childhood friends grew apart after her untimely death, but they are drawn together once more as they try to lay Menma’s spirit to rest. Re-living their pain and guilt, will they be able to find the strength to help not only Menma move on—but themselves as well?

Similarity – Both are series that explore the past and the results of a traumatic childhood event. The animation is very similar and while watching the series it often reminded me of Ano Hana. Characters in Boku Dake ga Inai Machi are much more fleshed out in my opinion.

3. ReLIFE

ReLIFE
Synopsis – Dismissed as a hopeless loser by those around him, 27-year-old Arata Kaizaki bounces around from one job to another after quitting his first company. His unremarkable existence takes a sharp turn when he meets Ryou Yoake, a member of the ReLife Research Institute, who offers Arata the opportunity to change his life for the better with the help of a mysterious pill. Taking it without a second thought, Arata awakens the next day to find that his appearance has reverted to that of a 17-year-old.

Arata soon learns that he is now the subject of a unique experiment and must attend high school as a transfer student for one year. Though he initially believes it will be a cinch due to his superior life experience, Arata is proven horribly wrong on his first day: he flunks all his tests, is completely out of shape, and can’t keep up with the new school policies that have cropped up in the last 10 years. Furthermore, Ryou has been assigned to observe him, bringing Arata endless annoyance. ReLIFE follows Arata’s struggle to adjust to his hectic new lifestyle and avoid repeating his past mistakes, all while slowly discovering more about his fellow classmates.

Similarity – If you liked ERASED you will probably have fun with ReLIFE. I see a similar premise, the idea of turning back time (less literal in ReLIFE), and themes in these two series. ReLIFE is a bit more lighthearted than ERASED, though I suppose both have a heartwarming side.

2. Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (TV)

Re ZeroSynopsis – Subaru Natsuki is an ordinary high school student who is lost in an alternate world, where he is rescued by a beautiful, silver-haired girl. He stays near her to return the favor, but the destiny she is burdened with is more than Subaru can imagine. Enemies attack one by one, and both of them are killed. He then finds out he has the power to rewind death, back to the time he first came to this world. But only he remembers what has happened since.

Similarity – While ERASED is set in our modern world and Re:Zero is in a fantasy world, both anime have the basic premise where the protagonist has the ability to reset their experience to a certain point in order to avoid a dead end. Further similarities lie in the fact that both characters have very little control over this phenomenon. Note that the series focuses on using this ability to avoid bad end, rather than getting the bottom of this mysterious phenomenon.

Also read,10 Anime Like Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World

1. Steins;Gate

steins gateSynopsis – Rintaro Okabe is a self-proclaimed “mad scientist” who believes that an international organization is conspiring to reshape the world according to its own interests. He and his friend Itaru Hashida inadvertently create a gadget able to send messages to the past. The discovery and experimentation of this instrument become the catalyst of fundamental alterations to the present. Oblivious to the consequences of their actions, Rintaro and his friends end up creating modifications of grievous proportions. He must then try to find a way to return as close as possible to the original timeline in order to save his precious lab members.

Similarity – I found that when I first started watching this anime, it instantly reminded me of Steins;Gate. The concept of going back in time and altering the past, and also with the incidents involving the protagonists I found were similar in a sense. Both have the male protagonist going back in time. This leads them to the future to see how what they have changed in the past has affected future events. However, I believe that Erased is more emotional and much shorter than Steins;Gate.

Also read,10 Anime Like Steins;Gate

Credits – MAL

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