OWLS Disruptor Blog Tour: Connections in Erased and How A Single Person CAN Make a Difference

Hey guys!

Today we have a special post, as you may have noticed from the OWLS Blog Tour Schedule I posted last week, and it just so happens that 1) I mark the middle of the tour and 2) today was the inauguration

As I was driving home tonight, I heard that Lake Shore Drive was closed because of protestors. I would have been down there as well, if I could have gotten out of work, but alas, I was stuck listening to the Inauguration because my boss is a Trump supporter…but I digress! Why I mention the inauguration is because it fits perfectly with OWLS first blog tour, which is centered around Disruptors. 

What is a disruptor?

An individual or a group disturbing a system or social norms/conventions that they believe is destroying what is morally right.

For today’s tour I actually wanted to focus on Erased and how the term disruptors works for the series. SPOILERS from here on out. You’ve been warned~

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The biggest disruptor for this series is our main character Satoru as Revival – his involuntary ability to go back a few seconds in time to stop a tragedy from happening – forces him into such a position. Since we’re looking at Disruptors in a positive light, mentioning this is involuntary makes it seem negative to me. A disruptor should be doing things voluntarily because they believe their actions are stopping something immoral from occurring (based on our definition).

In that sense Satoru doesn’t fit our description of being a disruptor just yet, however, as the series progresses he becomes more involved in the lives of the people around him and he truly comes to care for them.

One person in particular is Kayo Hinazuki, his classmate that dies in the original timeline and who is the key to solving the mystery of the serial killings.

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When he goes back in time, Satoru ends up back in elementary school where he realizes that the answer to saving his mother is with Hinazuki. He tries befriending her with ulterior motives and Hinazuki sees through his mask, saying they’re both alike. As they come to know one another, Satoru realizes that Hinazuki is being abused by her mother and that Hinazuki is silently asking for help.

We also learn that he wasn’t the only one to notice, however, he was the first to take action and that’s one of the reasons why I chose him as this tour’s disruptor.

I think it’s great that people are out on the streets, fighting for what they believe is right and that they’re not just doing it for themselves, but for loved ones and strangers who they love because they’re human and deserve it. I also think that an effective disruption should come from a person level and at an early age. And like all disruptions, it’s more effective when you have numbers on your side!

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In Erased it’s no different. Satoru tried to do things on his own and realized that he needed help. He couldn’t save Hinazuki by himself, and his friends were immediately onboard with his plans because they wanted Hinazuki to be happy and safe. They didn’t know the real circumstances like Satoru did, which, in a sense, made their actions more genuine. I also don’t think it’s bad to approach someone because you have ulterior motives, granted they’re not disrespectful motives.

Going forward, Satoru’s disruption placed a lot of characters in situations that only his actions could have shaped them into.

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Satoru’s mother had to take care of him for YEARS after he was nearly drowned in the lake. Because of this, she was more protective of him and better appreciated having a child (not saying she didn’t before but nearly losing someone dear to you makes you realize certain things)

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Hinazuki’s mother was reunited with her own mother and was able to let go of those feelings eating her up. I don’t believe we learn exactly what happens with her but if Satoru hadn’t tried to help Hinazuki, Hinazuki’s mother wouldn’t have changed or gotten proper help. She would have still been bitter about her own upbringing, further damaging her mentality.

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One of our key character, Hinazuki finally survived both an abusive household and being murdered. While she did end up moving away, I believe it was a better option than disappearing as she had hoped. When she is reunited with Satoru we see that she looks happy, healthy, and has even started a family of her own.

And really this list could go on and on, as every character that Satoru interacted with was affected in some way.

Of course, if we try to trace back how Satoru became a disruptor we could come back to a few other characters in the series, who are also disruptors in their own way.

Our more obvious one being the show’s antagonist.

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If this guy hadn’t murdered Satoru’s mom then there wouldn’t have been a need to go back in time. He could have continued to work at the pizza joint, wondered about “kids these days” and led a very normal and possibly mediocre lifestyle. But his mother was murdered and he had to figure out who the culprit was if he wanted to 1) save his mother and 2) save himself as he was the only suspect of said murder.

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We could also argue that because Airi believed in Satoru unconditionally, Satoru found the strength to keep fighting. Afterall, if you’re in a depressing situation where everyone believes you murdered your mother and your first attempt to save her was futile, eventually the stress would take its toll. Having Airi help him out while he tried to figure out what was happening (in the original timeline) was a huge helping hand. As for her motives, I believe they were the truest out of everyone.


Erased really emphasizes that a single person can make a huge difference, which is something I believe we struggle to believe (as we saw in the elections). There’s always that nagging thought of what difference will I make? But it’s never really just one person. It’s many individuals that take initiative and influence one another. I think we all have disruptors in our lives that have shaped us and possibly even helped us in the long run (whether they know it or not).

And I believe we should all aim to be disruptors. I know it can be hard to publically give our opinions on things, to go out and march on the streets where anything can happen, especially if it’s surrounding a controversial topic. There’s always that worry of backlash and if that’s the case, taking an interest in others is the next big step.

It sounds like something simple, but we’re living in a time where people don’t talk to one another as often as before and that creates rifts and misunderstandings.  If we can say hello and learn about the people around us, we can create a conversation and understanding can come from it. And how we need understanding right about now.

This may also sound extreme but we could potentially be saving someone’s life with a few kind words. We never really know what people are going through, as we saw in Hinazuki’s case, until we get to know one another.


Thanks for reading this super long and boring post! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Blog Tour as well~ Want to know more about us or possibly join in on the fun? Check out this post!

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29 thoughts on “OWLS Disruptor Blog Tour: Connections in Erased and How A Single Person CAN Make a Difference”

  1. Finally I’m catching up on posts! Nice work Crim 😀 Great point on discussing how it can be scary to take a stance on controversial issues because of the backlash you can receive. It does make doing what you think is right a lot harder and I think it helps to explain how many people end up falling silent on issues even when they don’t agree with them.

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    1. i guess thats one of those issues i felt was really big with the election, just a lot of people didn’t go out and say what they wanted. plus, i felt that erased really emphasized connections and thats probs something we don’t really notice? at least i don’t really xD

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  2. Fantastic choice on picking erased for disruption. I haven’t seen the anime and now I want to as made me more intrigued. I have always strongly believed that one’s self can make a difference as well as numbers. Which this topic relates back to my own disprutor post ^^ great post my dear lisette 😄

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  3. Even though he doesn’t have control of Revival and he had ulterior motives, Satoru acted like a true hero through and through. He really set a great example and demonstrated just how large a difference a single person can make.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Besides Yuri on Ice, Erased is one of my two favourite 2016 anime releases. Erased had a rather weak ending, but overall excellent storytelling. You touched a great point about how even just a single person can make a difference. Like many people, I was shocked when Trump won the election when during the campaign, the majority I read and observed in social media were people who didn’t want him. And then he won? What happened? Perhaps the people who didn’t want him to win didn’t vote, believing that their votes wouldn’t count anyway. Contrast that to Satoru who believed that he can at least do his best to change the chain of events, even when he was the only one who knew what would happen. He influenced and gathered his childhood friends and together they changed history and created another future for them. I love this anime. Great tour post, Crim. Yay! Cheers!

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    1. Gasps! Senpai approves of my post /CRIES ty T_T hehe, yes, I really liked Erased though the ending did flop a bit. Oh man, yeah that’s all I heard about the elections and…well…it didn’t happen like we thought.

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  5. I finally got around to reading this Crimson and I really like how you promoted the idea that disruptors work voluntarily. Unlike in the show I talked about, Kiznaiver, Satoru devoted himself to saving Hinazuki because she, like all of us, was human. Yes, he was influenced by his mother’s murder, but it was out of an act to see all people treated fairly and kindly that he worked so hard to save her. Being a disruptor starts from within, and I think Erased was a wonderful pick for this topic!

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    1. I’ve been really slow in catching up OTL and im glad you liked it :”DDD I was really racking my brains for a show and Erased was just whispering in my ear /pick me pick me/ but i was like, shouldn’t i pick a less obvious one?? xD

      I was pretty nervous with my take since it felt all over the place?? you know?? lol

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  6. Reblogged this on grimmgirldotcom and commented:
    Hola Grimms,

    It’s Flashback Friday Time! Before my little break I was reblogging posts from our OWLS Disruptors Tour. This is the first tour that the OWLS group ever did so it’s pretty magical I’d say. I’m going to continue this theme and then switch things up after I’ve gone through everyone for this tour.

    Today we shall travel to January 20, 2017 with Crimson from myfujoshilife to take a deeper look at the anime Erased. Sadly this is an anime that I haven’t seen and I truly mean sadly because the picture Crimson paints of this show looks awesome!

    For this tour Crimson really dug deep and examined the idea that one person can make a difference. Sometimes the idea of making a difference seems so huge and overwhelming but we need to keep perspective! We can each make a difference and while the difference may seem small at the time it can have huge ramifications for the people involved.

    I really enjoyed this post by Crimson and I hope you all do too! Make sure to check out the rest of Crimson’s work on myfujoshilife and enjoy the rest of your Friday!

    Love and Peace ❤ Grimms ❤

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  7. Ever since I have seen Erased I really enjoy it when I see a new post for it (I just have to read it lol). Seriously though, this series was amazing. The entire atmosphere of it was briljant, the storyline was fantastic, and I really loved the theme that as you keep believing in something, you can really make it come true. It is as you said: one person can really make a difference. Great post and off topic: great blog! 😊

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    1. hi! thanks for stopping by and i’m right there with you, whenever i see a post about erased i find myself reading it, curious to see if the person liked it as well or why they possibly didn’t xD i’m glad you liked the post and thanks for the follow :00

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