Based on the manga of the same name by Kei Sanbe, which ran from January to March 2016, the anime titled Erased premiered in Japan from January to March 2016.
The story centers on Satoru Fujinuma, a 29-year-old man from Chiba with a special power called “Revival” that transports him back in time to the instant before a potentially fatal occurrence, allowing him to alter the course of history and prevent the tragedy from ever occurring. This power and its repercussions unfold like the butterfly effect, bringing a pivotal event in his life from eighteen years ago back into sharp focus.
Satoru, the protagonist, is a pizza delivery worker and manga artist, respectively, who leads a “relaxing” lifestyle. This power takes him back in time when someone close to him is murdered by an unidentified assassin, allowing him the chance to stop the murder and save three of his boyhood friends who were murdered during a kidnapping.
#Review Erased [Hardcover] GN 5 • A collection of short stories, this final volume allows us to see Satoru as his friends and family do, and to fully feel the impact of a town without him. #manga https://t.co/v7sPkNWuS0
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The story and scenario are both incredible and really engaging. Almost every episode leaves you wanting more information about our protagonist Satoru and the situation he’s in. In spite of the fact that I do not enjoy Death Note, I think you will enjoy the mystery that it evokes. In addition to the excellent film themes used in Erased that will give you chills, the mystery plays a tremendously vital part in this anime, leaving you wanting more and more.
The characters in Erased are a big part of what makes this anime so great, along with the story and plot. Even though Satoru plays the central role as the tragedy’s hero, the story wouldn’t work without the contributions of a number of other characters who made it all the more rounded. What they do and why they do it becomes clearer with each episode as more of the characters’ personalities are revealed.
Like any good psychological thriller, Erased keeps the audience on the edge of their seats from episode to episode. Erased is a fascinating anime, but its ending is hasty and unsatisfying. It’s like that near-perfect narrative you’ve read, with great characters and an intriguing plot but a hastily wrapped up ending that left you feeling let down. The finale is not terrible, but it was rushed, and you may be dissatisfied with how the “tragedy” Satoru endured was resolved.
No matter what, Erased is a must-see anime. It’s one of those things that everyone should do at least once, so I highly suggest this anime despite the fact that it ends too quickly. This anime is unlike any other in that it has intriguing and mysterious effects… Erased joins the ranks of other mind-blowing works like Monster, Death Note, and Serial Experiments Lain. It has been speculated that Erased would have benefited even more from a full 24-episode anime adaptation, which is why the show was cancelled after only 13 episodes.
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