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Erased Season 1 Review
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僕だけがいない街 (Boku dake ga Inai Machi)

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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.

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ERASED, known in Japan as Boku dake ga Inai Machi (僕だけがいない街, lit. The Town Without Me), is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kei Sanbe, which was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace magazine between June 4, 2012 and March 4, 2016 and is licensed in English by Yen Press. An anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures aired on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block between January 8, 2016, and March 25, 2016, and a live action film was released on March 19, 2016. A live-action drama series was released by Netflix on December 15, 2017.

TL;DR Review

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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  1.  “Re:Re:” by Asian Kung-Fu Generation

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  1. “Sore wa Chiisana Hikari no Youna” (それは小さな光のような It’s Like a Small Light) by Sayuri
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Satoru Fujinuma
"Every day, the words cross my mind. "If I had done this back then..." but they don't take the sincere form of regret. The words are just an excuse that come to my mind then disappear."
Hinazuki Kayo
"When I get bigger, big enough to go somewhere by myself, I want to go to a land that’s far away. I want to go to a faraway island. I want to go to an island that has no people. I want to go to an island that has no pain or sadness. There are no adults, children, classmates, teachers or my mom on that island. On that island, I can climb a tree when I want to climb, swim in the sea when I want to swim, and sleep when I want to sleep. In the island, I think about the town that I left behind. Kids go to school, as if nothing has changed. Adults go to the office, as if nothing has changed. Mom eats, as if nothing has changed. When I think about the town without me, I feel a sense of relief. I want to go far, far away."
Satoru Fujinuma
"Believing in someone." That's a weird phrase, isn't it? After all, if you truly believed in a person, you wouldn't need to say, "I believe you." It's like saying, "I believe in air." I don't mean to say that "believing in something" is like a lie. "Believing" is really a term of hope of wanting to believe."
Satoru Fujinuma
"To get what you want, you put up with something, make an effort, learn a skill, and inspire yourself. Is that how it is with Hinazuki too? Right now... I can tell she's enduring something. Just the opposite of me, she is pretending to be indifferent. She pretends to feel nothing, but a 10 year old girl isn't that strong."
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