January 2020 Anime Challenge: Erased

Our anime challenge this month keeps up with the time theme. It is Erased, known in Japan as Boku dake ga Inai Machi. It is based on the manga series written and illustrated by Kei Sanbe. The manga serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace magazine between June 4, 2012, and March 4, 2016. The anime adaptation was produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Tomohiko Ito and written by Taku Kishimoto, with character design by Keigo Sasaki. It also has a live-action movie and a live-drama series that followed in 2016 and 2017 respectively. It also has a spin-off manga and a spin-off novel series!

The story follows Satoru Fujinuma, a young man possessing a special ability known as ‘Revival’. The ability sends him back in time moments before a life-threatening incident which gives him a chance to prevent the event from happening. Then a major tragedy strikes: His mother is murdered and his ability sends him back eighteen years into the past when he was still in Elementary school. This gives him a chance to prevent a kidnapping incident that ended up in the death of three of his childhood friends, and by preventing this crime also leads him to save his mother.