Erased (Boku Dake ga Inai Machi)
It has been a while since I’ve posted due to life and time constraints. Due to the nature of this show and what can I say about it without giving away too much, I’ll keep my review brief.
Erased was probably my favorite anime of the winter season. Well written, animated, and paced. Erased is what I want out of a show: enjoyable to watch and leaving me looking forward to the next week’s episode.
In short the show follows Satoru Fujinuma. We meet Satoru as adult who has a strange ability (or perhaps affliction?): He goes back in time a few minutes to prevent potentially tragic events from happening. After an accident that involves one of these episodes that leaves Satoru in the hospital, a series of events causes his ability to kick him back to his past in elementary school to prevent a series of child abductions and murders.
What follows is an engaging murder mystery/ thriller. We follow Satoru desperately trying to save his fellow classmates as a young child. We see him trying have the knowledge of an adult while re-living his past as a child. All of this made for a fun watch.
Attention Parents: While there is not a ton of violence shown or fan service, it is a disturbing subject matter. It is about child abduction and murder: that’s heavy stuff and I would suggest vetting it if you are considering letting your child watch it.
It is really worth a view. And very nice to look at to boot!
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Erased was also one of my favourite shows of the season (until the final episode where it felt determined to undermine any tension or suspense but I won’t spoil anything for people who haven’t watched it). I found the character designs a bit odd and hard to get used to in Erased but I loved the slow way the story unfolded while still findings ways to keep you engaged and even moments that might have seemed irrelevant all kind of fit together.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.
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I see your point in that regarding the last episode. A friend who had watched it also pointed out: wasn’t Airi a high school student? But in the last episode…
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