Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (The Town Where Only I am Missing) by Kei Sanbe
Struggling manga author Satoru Fujinuma is beset by his fear to express himself. However, he has a supernatural ability of being forced to prevent deaths and catastrophes by being sent back in time before the incident occurred, repeating time until the accident is prevented.
One day, he gets involved in an accident that has him framed as a murderer. Desperate to save the victim, he sends himself back in time only to find himself as a grade-schooler one month before fellow classmate Kayo Hinazuki went missing. Satoru now embarks on a new quest: to save Kayo and solve the mystery behind her disappearance. (MAL)
Having a unique premise even in anime standards, The Town Where Only I am Missing is a supernatural and psychological thriller written and illustrated by Kei Sanbe. The protagonist is an aspiring manga author whose works are critiqued as empty and ‘not enough,’ a striking reflection of himself. He has the ability to ‘re-run’ or jump back to the past and prevent untoward incidents from happening. After a chain of bloody events in the present, he ‘re-runs’ 18 years back to change the past (and thus the future) as a twelve-year old and finds himself experiencing his childhood again. Murder, mystery, and time-travel, I just had to read this. Continue reading
The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
The teenage lives of an unstable boy and his box-cutter murderer of a girlfriend as they kill men in their apartments.
Sometimes I question my tastes too.
What I like about Ana Satsujin is the chemistry of its characters and how they carry the story in all sorts of twists and turns. Their philosophical babbles are also interesting to read, ridiculous they are at times.
Berserk by Miura Kentarou
Guts, accompanied by a naked elf, travels across kingdoms and lands seeking vengeance against the man that gave him a tattoo.
Shakespeare would have cried manly tears reading this manga.
What did recently finished reading?
A five-year old gets away with murder and damaging properties because she is five years old.
One of my top picks this year. Check out my review of Yotsuba&! here.
I was just kidding at the murder part. No one gets killed here. I swear.
What will you read next?
Monster by Naoki Urasawa
A doctor saves a boy’s life and loses everything he has. The boy later becomes a murderer. Horrible.
It’s been on my my TBR list for a decade and I still haven’t gotten around finishing it. I’ve read a few chapters and loved the grim premise and intense story. I should really start reading it again.
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Yotsuba to! by Kiyohiko Azuma
Yotsuba’s daily life is full of adventure. She is energetic, curious, and a bit odd—odd enough to be called strange by her father as well as ignorant of many things that even a five-year-old should know. Because of this, the most ordinary experience can become an adventure for her. As the days progress, she makes new friends and shows those around her that every day can be enjoyable. (My Anime List)
Childhood is perhaps the most magical stage in life. You could lose yourself in a puddle of water, take all afternoon watching a line of ants, turn a pillow into a horrible monster and savor a glass of milk as if it’s the last drink you’ll ever have. Even if you’re simply staying at home with a pile of paper and a crayon, you could make the best out of it.
This is the premise of Yotsuba to!, the everyday life of a six-year old which we all could relate to. Yotsuba’s pleasures are eating dad’s homemade curry, drawing her neighbors, catching cicadas, as well as vandalizing, shooting people, slapping adult goats for eating the younger goats’s carrot, and climbing electrical posts because she love cicadas. Each day is an adventure for a child.
1. The Art and Making of Hannibal
2. Big Ideas Simply Explained
3. Grimm’s Complete Fairytales
4. Neil Gaiman stuff- Hansel and Gretel, The Sleeper and the Spinner, The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Sandman Graphic novels
5. The Guardians by William Joyce
6. Calvin and Hobbes Collections by Bill Watterson
7. Game of Thrones, The Noble Houses of Westeros
8. Shingeki no Kyoijin Colossal Edition by Hajime Isayama
9. To Kill a Mockingbird Leatherbound Edition by Harper Lee
10. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
What about you guys? Feel free to leave your TTT on the comments below. Happy holidays!