The year was 2016. There’s a pretty good chance that we were having fun during this time while enjoying our favorite shows.
Even though the internet wasn’t nearly as big as it is today, there were still conversations about entertainment going around within the fandoms.
Shows like Assassination Classroom, My Hero Academia, Mob Psycho 100, Yuri On Ice, Haikyuu, and many many more bangers aired during this year.
This gave these 365 days a lot more value for the anime community. So amongst this gigantic pool of fantastic anime offered by the medium, there were a few that defined the year.
As said earlier, many anime gained unreal traction like MHA and Haikyuu but one specific series that peculiarly rose the ranks was none other than Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi aka Erased.
Yup, for Erased fans who didn’t know about it, Erased was one of the most popular anime from 2016.
To a lot of extents, it defined the greatness of 2016’s anime catalog. And that’s the reason why YOU had the idea to take a look at it.
Maybe your friend told you that it was an amazing series about time travel and you took a look at it.
Needless to say, soon you realized that yeah, it’s a pretty freaking good anime. So now, you binged the entire series in less than a day and want to enjoy more of it!
What should you do next? Well, as any rational person would do, you started looking for more.
You wanted more of Erased and the search was for a similar experience. So now, you have no other choice but to look out for another season.
Keeping an eye for the second season of an anime that you like is something that MANY anime fans tend to do.
And you are also one of them. So is there anything to look forward to?
Are there any announcements or release dates regarding Erased Season 2?
Similar questions would be popping up in your mind as you have decided to google about another installment from the Erased franchise.
Well, look no further since, in this article, you will be informed about everything you need to know in 2021.
From release dates to manga info, from sales to popularity, this is the comprehensive package of knowledge that YOU, an Erased fan, needs to take a look at.
Let’s dive deeper into it. But before we do that, why not take a look at some current information about Erased that would allow us to be on the same page.
Everything We Know So Far About Erased
Erased or Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi is a 13 episode TV anime that started airing from January 8, 2016, to March 25, 2016.
It is an anime adaptation of a manga series. The manga was written and illustrated by Sanbe Kei.
Sanbe Kei is also known for his works like “Mouryou no Yurikago” and “Hoozuki No Shima”.
Erased is another one of his Mystery, Psychological, Seinen series. The anime on the other hand was directed by Itou Tomohiko and animated by A-1 Pictures.
Itou has given his performance in shows like Death Note as assistant director and Millionaire Detective Balance as director.
A-1 Pictures has also portrayed their knack with bangers like Kaguya Sama, Anohana, and Your Lie In April.
So you can rest assured that the creators of Erased are professionals at work. For shows like Erased, high octane action animation isn’t the requirement.
Rather some sober, tranquil, and emotional visuals are what this series needs. So A-1 Pictures was a great choice since series like Your Lie In April fell under the same radar as Erased.
And the direction wasn’t a question as well because the psychological mystery theme of Erased was in the hands of Itou, the guy who is responsible for Death Note.
I don’t think I need to mention why his performance in Death Note made him a great selection for this series.
Now that we know about the background of the series, let’s take a look at the foreground.
For all of those readers who have kind of forgotten as to what Erased was about, here’s a summary for you.
No need to thank me. The story is about an aspiring mangaka named Satoru Fujinuma who has been struggling to make a living for himself.
He hints that his attempts to become better are being hurdled by his past. The incident that took place 18 years ago has influenced his life to a new degree.
Moreover, our boy isn’t a normal guy either. I mean, he is indeed a normal being like you and me.
It’s just that he has the ability to go back in time. He calls it “Revival”.
When something bad is about to happen, Revival kicks in and gives him a signal that he should avoid the bad thing from happening.
He then travels back a few seconds before something’s about to happen, figures it out, and tries to fix it.
However, his life turns upside down when his mother was killed by someone unknown. To save his mother, Satoru tries to use Revival but instead of traveling back a few seconds, he travels back 18 years and reaches his school days.
It was during these days that Satoru experienced the unthinkable. But is this unthinkable connected to his current life?
Was the reason for his mother’s murder, connected to his 18-year-old past? All these questions would be answered as you watch every episode that comes.
This is just trivia but Erased also had a live-action movie adaptation in 2016 and a live-action TV series adaptation in 2017.
So that sums it up and now I can be confident that we are on the same page.
Now that we know everything we have under the title of Erased, it is time to move on.
Let’s take a look at what season 2 has to offer. Or is season 2 ever going to happen in the first place or not.
Release dates, announcements, we are going to discuss it all. Let’s do it!
Official Announcements And Release Date Of Erased Season 2
As you guys know, official announcements and release dates are our prime source of confirming another season.
If we have an anime that is loved by fans and deserves a second season then creators might be up to it.
However, is that the same case with Erased? Did the creators show any notion towards the sequel?
Are there any official statements? Well, the answer is no. But Wait! Don’t dishearten yourself just yet.
You see, just because an anime hasn’t received an announcement of the sequel yet doesn’t mean that the anime wouldn’t get it at all.
That’s not how it works. For a series to never get a sequel, the idea of a sequel must be canceled by the staff members as well.
In other words, even though Erased isn’t confirmed to have another season, it isn’t canceled either.
So there are plenty of opportunities for the creators to wake up someday and put up an official statement.
We never know. However, what we do know is the success, sales, and stance (alliteration intended) of Erased.
Based upon that, we can try and figure out the chances of the next season.
Yup and this process of figuring out wouldn’t be fruitless at all. They would not only give you guys a vivid idea of the sequel’s chances but also tell you the reasons for the same.
Seems like a win-win situation to me. Shows like Vinland Saga and KonoSuba received anime adaptations after we posted our discussions about them.
And we had a positive notion towards both of those series in the articles as well.
So I hope you understand the importance of these speculations. Now let’s dive deeper into every detail that could define the making or breaking of Erased Season 2.
More Source Material Information On Erased Season 2
The source material is an essential component in the making of another season. It’s the foundation that decides whether the series would even stand straight or not.
So to look out for the possibilities of a sequel, we need to know about the source material of Erased.
As you guys already know, Erased is an anime adaptation of a manga series. So let’s have a look at the manga with a bit more detailed eye.
Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi or Erased was written as well as illustrated by mangaka Kei Sanbe.
The manga started publishing on June 4, 2012 and concluded its publications on November 4, 2016.
The manga was serialized in Young Ace and fell under the genres of Psychological, Mystery, supernatural, and seinen.
There are a total of 49 chapters of Erased compiled in 9 volumes. The anime adapted all the chapters/volumes of the manga.
However, there were major alterations during the adaptation of Volume 6, 7, 8, and 9.
The series gave its own ending which wasn’t available in the manga. The ending in the manga was a lot more fleshed out one and we would discuss this point in detail, later in this article.
Coming back to the manga, the award catalog has also been quite favorable for this series.
It was nominated three consecutive times for the Manga Taisho Award. This happened during the 7th, 8th, and 9th occurrence of the same and it ranked 2nd, 4th, and 4th respectively.
Moreover, it was also nominated for the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Reader Award. To add it up, the manga ranked 16th, 9th, and 10th in the Kono Manga Ga Sugoi! rankings (male) from 2014- 16.
The manga was also adapted into a Japanese live-action movie back on March 19, 2016, and a Netflix live-action TV series back on December 15, 2017.
The anime and the movie adaptation had alternate endings but the Netflix adaptation was the closest to the manga.
Moreover, a novel adaptation of Erased also took place which was handled by Hajime Ninomae.
I think this amount of trivial knowledge would be enough for us to have an understanding of the source material.
And based upon all of it, the most concerning aspect is none other than the fact that the manga has ended AND the anime adapted it completely.
If you guys don’t know, when a manga stops publishing, it puts a definite conclusion to the actual story.
Just like in the case of the KonoSuba light novel, the series has received a definite conclusion that can’t be altered.
So KonoSuba anime must know that there is an absolute ending within the story. But in the case of Erased, the situation is quite different.
As said earlier, the anime adapted all the volumes of the manga which means that there is no more content available for the creators to adapt.
In other words, Erased might never get a second season because we know that it has already concluded itself.
Wait! Don’t leave just yet. I want to remind you about a few series. Ever heard of Fruits Basket or Fullmetal Alchemist?
Yup, even after completing the series, the franchises made a return with a REMAKE.
In our case, the example that would fit in the best would be Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood because just like Erased, it changed the events of the manga to a certain degree.
The manga readers of any franchise are like the existing fanbase that is taken into consideration first.
So if you make an anime that doesn’t satisfy the manga readers then it’s a problem.
The source material fans might end up boycotting the series as well just how it happened with Classroom Of The Elite.
And to be honest, even though Erased anime wasn’t nearly as much criticized as Classroom Of The Elite, it was still subjected to it.
So if we want another installment from the franchise, we should hope more for a remake than a second season.
Because with no source material to cover, it’s horribly unlikely that creators would come up with an entirely new season that isn’t covered by Manga.
To be honest, if that happens, it wouldn’t be Erased anymore. It would turn into an original anime that follows its own story.
That covers it up, I suppose. Now is the time to look at the popularity of Erased to get an idea about its success.
Popularity Information Of Erased Season 2
Popularity is another essential element that decides the possibility of another season. If the show is popular enough, creators are more likely to give another installment from the franchise.
It’s as simple as that. So what do we have here? How popular is Erased?
Well, to judge that, we need to take a look at 3 different criteria. Those being Google Trend, Twitter, and Google Searches.
These three aspects would give us a considerable idea as to how popular Erased is.
Let’s take a look at them individually.
Google Trends is a graphical representation of search consistency regarding a certain topic.
If Erased season 2 has been in conversations for a while, there’s a chance that creators might end up taking a look at it and do something about the same.
However, that’s something that can only be said if verified with positive notions. In other words, we need to look at Google Trends to understand how constantly Erased Season 2 is being searched by fans.
Let’s have a look. Ok so right off the bat, we can say that these aren’t exactly the best results possible.
There are anime like Vinland Saga and KonoSuba where the search for the next season is much more consistent.
Talking about Erased specifically, it seems that fans don’t talk about the sequel as often as we thought.
The graph is mostly located between the measurements 25-50 which is low in itself. It first spiked from 6th to 12th September in 2020 and another spike took place on 7-13 March 2021.
But other than that, it seems like the topic of Erased Season 2 hasn’t been trending enough.
Although, it kind of makes sense considering that many people would have looked at Erased season 1 and considered it as the definite ending of the same.
This is understandable and looking at the situation from that standpoint clears out such low Google Trends.
Overall, Erased and ist sequel is still in talks despite having an acceptable conclusion. Goes to show that fans want another season or remake nonetheless.
The next platform that we are going to look at is Twitter. If you guys don’t know, Twitter is the platform where anime fans, as well as anime creators, hang out for fun.
Yup! If you like a certain Mangaka or any other person related to the anime industry and you want to connect to them then Twitter would be your best bet.
Therefore, if Erased shows a green signal on Twitter, it would give us a clear idea as to how popular it is on the platform.
Not to mention, if Erased fans have shown their support directly to the creators then they would be more inclined to consider making the next part.
So let’s have a look at what the Twitter fandom has to say about the series.
Alright. The official Twitter page of Erased has around 33.3k followers. That’s not an encouraging number.
Why? Because for popular anime accounts, the average follower count is over 100k.
Shows like Bunny Girl Senpai and Mob Psycho 100 have Twitter accounts with over 100,000 followers and they STILL haven’t received a sequel yet.
Not saying that it is solely based on follower count but for our current analysis, it does stand true.
However, don’t be disheartened just yet. Anime like Vinland Saga got a sequel despite having almost the same number of followers as Erased.
So there is still a possibility that creators would take a look into the matter.
Although, to be fair, Erased was one of the most popular anime of 2016 so seeing it NOT having a massive fan following seems rather upsetting.
But for now, we can’t do anything about it. Overall, the Twitter account of Erased doesn’t seem to have a lot of followers.
Although, this might only be a hurdle that the creators might overcome in the future.
Search In US, UK
And last but not the least, we are going to analyze the search volumes for Erased Season 2.
This is probably the most important one here. You see, search volumes and popularity are somewhat proportional.
If a show is popular enough. It is bound to be searched by fans around the globe.
So if Erased season 2 is famous enough, fans are bound to search it multiple times.
It’s not as simple as it sounds though. Before I show you the numbers, I do want to mention something important.
You won’t be searching for Erased Season 2 IF you are already satisfied with Season 1.
The conclusion for Erased is the core reason why people don’t talk about it in recent times.
So if the search numbers are low, it’s because people aren’t talking about it much now.
And it makes sense. Now let’s look at the numbers. Alright, so it turns out that the numbers are indeed low.
Erased Season 2 has around 20k searches monthly throughout the globe. This means that the sequel to our beloved Erased franchise is looked upon by a small number of fans.
But as I said, it makes sense. In fact, you might have ended up forgetting about the sequel of Erased because you had an ending to go by.
We will discuss the ending later in the article but for now, just remember that it’s been over 5 years since the series began.
Millions of people have watched it and enjoyed it to their heart’s content. We can’t deny their love.
Even if the search numbers are low, the love was back when it aired so we can be somewhat positive about its sequel.
Overall, the series isn’t talked about much now and the search results aren’t fantastic but they still exist.
This means that many are still hoping to watch more of Satoru and his adventure.
That’s positive in itself. Across the board, we can say that Erased was popular back when it first aired but now it has lost traction and from its fandom.
The reason is simple but quite impactful. Although, shows like Vinland Saga had similar stats and they still managed to return so there’s still a ray of hope.
Let’s see how it goes.
Expected Plot Of Erased Season 2
Now if Erased season 2 does take place, what will be the plot for it?
What is going to be the base story for the upcoming season? Well, the answer is rather complex.
As you guys know, the anime is an adaptation of its source material. This means that the core content for the series is taken from its source material aka Erased Manga.
Now as stated earlier, the manga has ended and the anime has adopted the entirety of the manga with alterations for the climax.
Therefore, from a logical point of view, it is impossible for Erased to be an “Adaptation” and bring a new plot to the table.
The thing is, the manga is concluded so season 2 can’t have anything new and fresh.
All that can be done is making a remake of the original series in a loyal manner.
This loyalty has to be shown to the source material and thus, the remake should have the same events in the manga being adapted.
In other words, the changed ending from the actual season should be trashed and the series should go for the actual ending.
If that happens, then the expected plot is more concentrated on the villain. I will try to explain the plot without falling too much into the spoiler territory but basically, the murderer waits for 15 years as Satoru wakes up.
Now they both go on a final chase where the murderer does his signature kidnapping and have one final face-off between him and Satoru.
Will Satoru be able to save this new life on the line or will the murderer triumph?
The mystery is yet to be solved and the plot is expected to revolve around the same.
If a remake does take place then the plot would be the same as the first 10 episodes and then, it would start with a final battle between killer and Fujinuma.
So that sums it up as the expected plot for the next part of Erased.
Now this expected plot would come into action when fans would watch the series. So let’s take a look at their reactions to know what they think about Erased season 2.
Online Reactions To Erased Season 2
This is the segment where we are going to look at online reactions for the sequel of Erased.
This would give traction to the search for a clear idea about what fans think about it.
Let’s dive deeper.
The first platform we are going to look at is Twitter. The home to many anime fans will give us a great idea as to what the fandom has to say about the sequel.
Well, the results are not heavily positive. There aren’t many memes or discussions about Erased season 2.
Most of the topics are other shows like Epithet Erased or Erased series. But the second season of Erased anime isn’t talked about much.
This shows that fans over on Twitter don’t have a craving for the next part of Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi.
The next platform is the very popular, Reddit. This is the home to many anime fans across the globe. 2.2 million to be more specific.
So the fandom on this platform would give us a great idea about what people think about the sequel of Erased.
Alright, so Reddit users seem to be doing what they are known for, theorizing the possibility of season 2.
One of the users claims that in the end, Satoru witnesses a new butterfly which could be an indication for the continuation of the story.
Although it could be true, based on the manga, it isn’t. At the end of the day, it’s the manga that is adapted so if it’s not in the manga, most likely it’s not going to be adapted.
The theory is good though. So we can say that fans on Reddit are more interested in Erased than the ones on Twitter.
They are speculating whether it would be a sequel or remake, just like us.
The final platform we are going to look at is the question house, Quora. This platform is used by many to find answers to their questions so Quora users would have an answer for season 2 as well, right?
Well, yes they do. The anime fandom on Quora seems to have a rather fearful perspective towards the sequel.
They aren’t as positive about another installment as fans on Reddit but they do seem to consider it, unlike Twitter.
These fans are seeking answers for a sequel and seem to be getting logical ones from other fans.
Therefore, it seems that a positive notion can be seen on Quora as well. Even though the number of responses is low, they do exist so we can be certain that they are worth looking at.
Across the board, the online reactions seem to be positive. Other than Twitter, both Reddit and Quora seems to be looking forward to another season.
Why Do We Want A Second Season So Badly?
Another question that might summon up in your mind is why do people want another season of Erased so badly.
And the answer to that is simple. The story of Erased was so captivating that even after having a finite first season, people STILL want to enjoy more of Satoru and his search for truth.
The anime was an alluring experience so fans want to have it again but in the form of another installment rather than rewatching.
Many people are asking for a remake while many are asking for a sequel. Either way, fans want to enjoy the most from this series and that stays undeniable.
Ratings And Reviews Won So Far By Erased
Now let’s talk about the ratings and reviews gained by Erased. Positive responses on these aspects would leave a great impression on the series.
Which could potentially be used as a factor of judgment while deciding the sequel. So let’s have a look.
The universally loved IMDb website has almost every medium of entertainment, including Erased. So let’s look at what viewers have to say about this series on this platform.
Alright boys, good news. The first season of Erased has been blessed with an incredible score of 8.5/10.
Oh yeah, I am happy as well. The reviews here are very positive highlighting the great direction and story presentation by the series.
The elements of emotions and rationality are portrayed beautifully. Thus, we can say that IMDb users are loving the series.
Now let’s look at the website used by hardcore anime fans, MyAnimeList. This is the website where weebs all around the world come together to talk about their favorite anime.
Let’s take a look at what fans have rated our beloved series. Just as you would expect, Erased has been given a fabulous score of 8.34/10 on MyAnimeList as well.
Reviews are positive as always however many reviews claim that the rush during the last couple of episodes significantly degraded the quality of the series.
But apart from that, Erased is undoubtedly an amazing watch as approved by IMDb and MAL.
Profit And Sales Details Of Erased Season 2
SALES! That’s an important word. Extremely important if you are talking about sequel making. If a series is making enough money, it is bound to get another season.
So if Erased makes a considerable amount of money, it will most likely get a sequel or a remake at the very least.
But did Erased actually make that much money?
Manga sales help us to get an estimate of how much money a series might have made before/for its production.
In the case of Erased, it’s rather positive. The 8th volume of Erased had around 208,000 copies sold in just one week.
This made it the highest-selling manga of that week. Not to mention, by that time, the total sales seemed to have gone over 3 million.
That’s more than enough to make a season or 2.
Even though they are out of fashion now, Bluray sales are an important sector for an anime to earn money.
If we talk about Erased, it had total sales of 3,332 for its second volume which is a great number.
That’s because the Bluray discs are not bought much by the viewers. So a number as low as 3000 is worth talking about.
Live-Action And Netflix Series
The live-action adaptation of Erased had a great collection of ¥1.4 billion. Although it isn’t even 1% of the highest-grossing Japanese film ever, it is still a great number.
Not to mention, the Erased Netflix adaptation was also streamed widely across Japan which goes to show how popular and successful this series is.
Overall, the Erased franchise has earned more than enough money to support a sequel or remake.
It has been popular for a while and had amazing sales during that time frame.
Famous Characters To Reappear In Erased Season 2
If Erased does end up having another installment, which characters can we expect to make a reappearance?
Well, the answer is everyone. From Satoru to Hiromi, from Kayo to Sachiko, Erased is bound to get its entire cast back.
There would be a few more introductions if the remake follows the source material but I won’t spoil you on those.
Overall, you can rest assured that all of your favorite characters would be back in the next remake of Erased.
Other Decisive Factors for Erased Season 2
Now let’s quickly talk about 2 important factors that we haven’t discussed yet. These factors can be decisive in the making or breaking of a series.
Ending Of Erased Season 1
The ending of Erased was pretty simple. The killer got caught thanks to Satoru and Fujinuma gained popularity as a mangaka.
In other words, his life got on track after such a horrible incident. However, something worth noting here is the fact that the anime doesn’t have an opening for the next season.
In other words, there is no room for the next season which is exactly why many fans, including me, are expecting more of an Erased remake than season 2.
Season 1 got a definite conclusion but it wasn’t as impactful as it is in the manga.
So a remake would be much better than a sequel because of the ending of Season 1.
Controversy Around Erased
One last thing that should be addressed here is the controversy around Erased anime. The one controversial topic that summoned up under the cap of Erased was its ending.
Viewers dislike the fact that the series went too fast to conclude itself. The actual ending was much more fleshed out and engaging.
Thus, fans wanted to experience the actual ending instead of an anime-only one. This controversy might not be ground-breaking but it is still worth noting.
If anything, this should portray the importance of a remake for the franchise.
Well, that’s about it weebs. That was Everything You Needed To Know About Erased Season 2 In 2021.
Overall, the series is more inclined to get a remake if it ever gets renewed.
Fans would love it and it would gain popularity yet again. I hope you had a fun team examining this analysis.
Thanks a lot for reading and until next time, Sayonara.