The story follows Satoru Fujinuma, a young man who somehow possesses an ability known as "Revival" which sends him back in time moments before a life-threatening incident, allowing him to prevent it from happening again. When his mother is murdered by an unknown assailant in his own home, Satoru's ability suddenly sends him back eighteen years prior to when he was still in elementary school, giving him the opportunity to prevent a kidnapping incident that took the lives of three of his childhood friends, two classmates and one young girl studying at a different school nearby.
Erased was a surprising anime that blew me away. It is probably best going in with no expectations. I love the opening song “Re:Re:” by Asian Kung-Fu Generation, one of my all-time favorite band.
Don’t be fool by the slice of life type of animation tone and vibrant colors used, this is a dark anime. Erased and can feel depressing at certain points, but stick with it. I don’t want to say too much as it may lead to spoiler territory.
I highly recommended Erased, but please be aware this is rated TV-MA, and may not be appropriate for children.
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