At its core, ERASED is a simple story about a man and his ability to time travel to protect the world around him from harm or incident. I am a sucker for good time travel stories so this show appealed to me right away.
But this anime delves deeper into the psyche of a man who is dealing with a traumatic childhood that follows him into his adulthood and his chance to change his mistakes.
The anime is described as:
Struggling manga author Satoru Fujinuma is beset by his fear to express himself. However, he has a supernatural ability which forces him to prevent deaths and catastrophes by being sent back in time before the incident occurred, repeating time until it is prevented. One day, he gets involved in an incident that has him framed as a murderer. Desperate to save the victim, he sends himself back in time only to find himself as a grade-schooler one month before fellow classmate Kayo Hinazuki went missing. Satoru now embarks on a new quest: to save Kayo and solve the mystery behind her disappearance.
I enjoyed the first two episodes and especially the fact that the main character isn’t freaking out about being back in his childhood in 1988. It goes against a lot of typical tropes which spend episodes about a character adjusting to his surroundings. However, this anime introduces us to the main character who already knows he has these strange time travelling powers.
Also the animation is pretty great. All this adds up to a super promising show.
Here is the OP performed by Asian Kung-Fu Generation
ERASED can be watched via Crunchyroll or Hulu