Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 by Rafael Motamayor
(Welcome to Ani-time Ani-where, a regular column dedicated to helping the uninitiated understand and appreciate the world of anime.)
Everyone wishes they could rewind time and fix their mistakes, hoping that by fixing just one thing, your entire life would be better. What if you could actually do it? What if you could pinpoint the exact moment things started to go wrong for you and your friends, and you could go back and prevent it all from happening?
That’s the life of Satoru, a 29-year-old manga artist and pizza delivery driver who’s at the center of an anime called Erased. He also possesses a special ability he calls “revival.” When tragedy is about to strike, Satoru is sent back a few minutes before the accident, which he’s used to save many lives — think Final Destination without the Death-coming-back-for-payback part.
The problem comes when Satoru is wrongfully accused of murdering a person close to him. This prompts him to be sent back to the past again, this time 18 years to the past — to 1988. Here, Satoru realizes the murder is connected to a series of child kidnappings and killings that terrorized his hometown, and he’ll do everything he can to prevent the death of one of his classmates. From there, Erased becomes as much a sci-fi murder-mystery as it is an exploration of trauma, child abuse, and loneliness, and it is one hell of a nail-biting thriller.