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Erased is a Japanese manga series that came out in 2012, and was written by Kei Sanbe, and then turned into an anime series in 2016. In Japan, it had a different name, which was Boku Dake ga InaiMachi, which means the Town Without Me. The show was about a man named Satoru Fujinuma who could go back in time a few seconds prior to someone about to be killed, and then try to stop the event from occurring. In one episode, for instance, he saves friends from his childhood when he goes back 18 years to when the three friends were about to be kidnapped.

Some of the main characters in Erased besides Fujinuma are his 10 year old self, Airi Katagirl, Sachiko Fujinuma, Hiromi Sugati, Kenya Kobayashi, Kayo Hinazuki, Osamu, Kazu, Jun Shiratori, and Gaku Yashiro. These were featured in the animated version of the show.

The show lasted one season and had 12 episodes.

Friday 12:55 AM et/pt on Fuji TV
1 Season, 12 Episodes
January 8, 2016
Animation & Cartoon, Drama, Fantasy
Cast: Ben Diskin, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Michelle Ruff, Minami Takayama
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Erased Full Episode Guide

  • Finally Satoru regains his memories and faces off against the culprit!

  • After revealing who he really is, the kidnapper leaves Satoru to drown… Is it all over for Satoru?

  • Three people, including Hiromi, were murdered the first time around, but this time, the targets were moved out of the killer’s sights. However, Satoru is worried about whom the killer will go after next in place of his intended victims.

  • After being "missing" for three days, Kayo returns home. Her mother, Akemi, sees Satoru and Sachiko standing a few paces behind... Will Kayo be safe at last?

  • Instead of going home, Kayo has spent the last few days in a disused school bus while being supported by Satoru and the others. Only Sachiko and Yashiro begin to realize that something is going on when they observe changes in Satoru’s behavior.

  • After getting caught by the police, Satoru has only one wish… to have one final Revival to make things right!

  • It turns out that Kayo, absent from school, has disappeared after all. Satoru is tormenting himself with the thought that he should have been able to do something more. On top of that, Aya Nakanishi from the nearby elementary school has vanished too!

  • Satoru invites Hinazuki to the Science Center so she won’t be alone. He suspects that he’s riding the same pre-Revival rail of time, and before he knows it, X-day has arrived...

  • Satoru is determined to prevent Kayo from getting kidnapped before her birthday. He goes to her place to see her, but… is he too late?

  • The year is 1988... Satoru is back in elementary school. Now, he has a chance to change the future!

  • Satoru Fujinuma is a struggling manga artist who works at a pizza parlor. Ever since he was a kid, he has been holding himself responsible for a kidnapping incident. Finally, the time has come for the truth from his past to be revealed...

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