“Neon Genesis Evangelion” is an anime television series spearheaded by Studio Gainax and infamous director Hideaki Anno. Throughout its broadcast from October 1995 to March 1996, Japanese audiences were treated to a show that can be best described as psychological torment, as the show delved deeper into heavy themes of existence, loneliness, and social connection — culminating in a brutally abstract ending that shocked glued viewers into submission with its harsh and difficult-to-understand content.

Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi (“The Town Where Only I Am Missing”), better known in the United States by its translated name, ERASED, concluded its 12 episode run last week. The show was originally a manga written by Kei Sanbe,…