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Erased Season 2 - What We Know So Far

There are plenty of hidden anime gems on Netflix, but "Erased" is particularly loved by fans. Yet with only 12 short episodes, the unique time-traveling story leaves viewers wanting more. Is there more to the story? Here's what we know.

The sci-fi series follows 29-year-old Satoru Fujinuma, who can go briefly back in time when someone's life is in danger; he uses an ability called "revival" to save peoples' lives. But after his mother is murdered, he's sent back further than ever before — 18 years into his past, to when he was in elementary school. Now, his mother's fate is tied up with that of his three classmates who were kidnapped and killed.

Titled "Boku dake ga Inai Machi," or "The Town Where Only I Am Missing" in Japan, "Erased" began as an eight-volume manga series, but has since been adapted into a live-action movie, an anime show, and a Netflix live-action series.

Here's everything we know about Season 2 of the anime version of "Erased."

When will Erased Season 2 release?

There is no news yet as to whether "Erased" will get a second season, so a release date is currently unknown. It's now been five years since the anime concluded, though its move to streaming on Netflix has brought in new fans. It's possible that if fans show enough love toward the series, Netflix and animation studio A-1 Pictures will take notice and produce the second season that fans want. After all, Netflix has taken a particular interest in anime as of late, producing plenty of their own.

Still, if they do renew "Erased" soon, it could be a few years before fans see it. The original "Erased" manga, written and drawn by artist Kei Sanbe, first came out in June 2012 and then concluded in April 2016. The anime and live-action film both came out in March 2016, before the ending was printed. Thus, the 2017 Netflix live-action series is actually the only adaptation to stay true to the manga's ending, according to Crunchyroll. However, despite that, the anime is still well-loved.

What will be the plot of Erased Season 2?

Even though the anime did not fully stick to the manga's story, it did end the murder mystery and resolve the loose ends. So, what else has to be covered for a Season 2? Well, of course, the writers could come up with a new story centering on Satoru's time-traveling ability that is separate from the source material. However, the manga did have a spin-off novel that delved into what happened after the events of "Erased" and further explored the killer's motives.

It's possible "Erased" Season 2 could use this material, though the format of the series would probably be quite different from Season 1. Additionally, the original author wrote and illustrated a spin-off manga, titled "Boku Ga Inai Machi: Re," which focuses on Kayo Hinazuki, one of the original child victims, as the main character. So while the main story may be over, there is plenty of source material to supply a new season — it would just be a little different.

Who is in the cast of Erased Season 2?

Since Season 2 has not been announced as of yet, the potential cast is still a mystery. it would entirely depend on what the plot would be, and thusly, which characters feature in it. "Erased"'s first season has two voice actors playing the main character as he exists in two very different ages, but this might not make sense for further episodes.

In the English dub, Ben Diskin voices Satoru at 29, while Michelle Ruff plays him at 10 years old. Both are prolific voice actors in both Western animation and anime English dubs. Fans have most certainly heard Diskin before, perhaps as Sai in "Naruto: Shippûden" and "Boruto" or as Joseph Joestar in "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure." Ruff, meanwhile, voiced Kaori in the sci-fi anime classic "Akira" and Fujiko Mine in "Lupin the Third," among many other roles. It's possible either of them could come back, but it depends on the anime's plot.