“ERASED” Anime Review: Exciting and Disappointing

5Boku Dake Ga Inai Mach: ERASED

FEATURED IMAGE BY: KEI SANBE

ERASED VISUAL. ART BY: KEI SANBE

[WRITER: CHRISSY.C]

INTRODUCTION

ERASED is a thrilling mystery ride. Going up and down. Realistic plot elements will hold you and the rushed last leg will hurt you.

OP VISUAL. ANIMATION: A.1 PICTURES/GIF: FIGMA

STORY

Satoru Fujinuma is a man entering his 30s with a depressing life as a failed manga artist. However something he names “revival” sends him into the past at every near-death experience. One significant case returns Satoru to his childhood to stop a kidnapping string.

Hinazuki. ANIMATION: A.1 PICTURES/GIF: CIBEE

PROS

Directing & Cinematography (Director: TOMOHIKO ITO)

  • The show’s lighting & painting accompany the winter mood and the unraveling mystery.
  • Minor Pro: The director paid attention to Yuuki’s eye movements & the voice actor performs well as an anxious strange man. (EXTRA CREDIT: VOICE ACTOR)
Mother. Animation: A.1/GIF: Youkuo

Art & Animation (A.1 PICTURES)

  • Flowing framework. The characters move and complete actions smoothly well throughout the show, with a few little bumps. (Kid Satoru running down steps.)
Share a blanket. Animation: A.1 Pictures/GIF: IZUKUMI

Voice Acting (SATORU: Shinnosuke Mitsushima & Yuuki: Takahiro Mizushima)

  • The characters voices are suited well. (E.G: Lead character Satoru boring and dead tone, & Yuuki`s akward-strange character is held in visual as well as voice acting.)
Light a Fire. Animation: A.1 PICTURES/GIF: 8MAN

Script & Story Composition (ORIGINAL: KEI SANBE/ANIMATION: TAKU KISHITO)

  • Minor Pro: Satoru observes Yuuki’s simplification in language to comfortably speak with Satoru when he is a child.
  • Minor Pro: The full account of Hinazuki’s abuse allows us to understand it better. Rather than a quick flashback of a broken bottle or a slap like usually in an anime. 
  • Minor Pro: Those lines that come out of Airi’s mouthI want to believe in you. not I can believe in you. It really resonates with you just trusting someone, when all else fails.
  • There is story compositions in here that are hardly expressed in an anime medium, specifically: child protective services & family cycles of violence.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the last section of The final episode 12. How they pull everything together and explain the end of the story, though rushed they plug holes in as fast as they can with the ending theme rolling in the background.
Who is this in the ED?! TILL THIS DAY?! Animation: A.1 Pictures/GIF: ACTIVERAID

Music (OP: ASIAN KUNG FU GENERATION & ED: SAYURI)

  • ASIAN Kung Fu Generation’s re-recording of their 12 year old track Re:Re: is an enjoyable constant loop of the same guitar arrangement.
Winter Wonderland. ANIMATION: A.1 PICTURES/GIF: NAKANOAZUSA

 

CONS

Music

  • Minor Con: Sayuri’s ED Theme “It’s Like A Small Light will give you the feeling of a mystery unraveling as it builds tension. However the chorus doesn’t seem to rise high enough. Instead it spills over, not unintentionally, of course it was arranged this way. Though preferably a stronger chorus would be best.
Happy Sad. ANIMATION: A.1 PICTURES/GIF: SPAWN-SENPAI

Script & Story Composition 

  • Satoru is wreck less when he goes out about investigating in the public when he has to hide from police.
  • Satoru handles off hard info and without a moments notice instead of gradually letting Kenya know about the murder plans of Hinazuki. Kenya doesn’t even question it at all.
  • Satoru makes reckless choices. (E.G: When Satoru sends Hinazuki off alone to go home.)
  • The lack of story telling of the extra members in the original abduction cases are underwhelming, considering Hinazuki has 9 episodes.
  • Episode 11: Is underwhelming, given the premise. From the reactions, especially a significant one with a baby when Satoru is tearing up and in the next frame it`s all gone, how rushed the episode is, and how quickly Satoru resolves conveniently right at then end. 

8.5-8.7/10 Good Enough

ERASED tells a thrilling mystery revolved around family abuse, kidnapping and fixing issues. It`s held up with smooth animation and a cool winter tone. However it`s held back with it`s completely rushed last leg of the anime.

 

 

 

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