Author: Kei Sanbe Studio: A-1 Pictures Genre: Mystery, Psychological, Seinen, Supernatural Rating: R Episodes: 12 Aired: Jan 8, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016 Premiered: Winter 2016
As an avid anime watcher, I can conclude that mystery is one of the rarest genre to be released every season since it takes a huge risk to attract audiences who mainly focuses on entertainment and not on the flesh of the concept and in this industry, the audience determines the success of an Anime TV series.
Erased took that risk of which it gave us a breath of fresh air from the fan-service, vain main characters and recycled plots. This anime stood out because of its maturity. It gave another skin to the time-travelling concept with the MC’s “Revival”, an ability to leap his consciousness back in a certain time before a life-threatening incident allowing him to prevent it from happening. The randomness of his time-leaping boundaries gave another thrill in solving the case.
My one liner summary: An 11 year old kid with the maturity of a 29 year old on a lone mission to prevent a serial kidnapping from happening.
Main Character : Satoru Fujinuma is a 29 year old manga artist, his smile is rare, sort of gloomy, and deep. Being at his age and not having achieved something, you can expect that he may have lost the motivation to enjoy life. With that character design we will root for him to succeed.
Story : 18 years ago there was a case of serial kidnapping, it’s been closed but not essentially solved. Satoru, one of students who knew the victims and the suspect (his older friend) whom he believed to be innocent, he still carries the determination to clean the name of his friend and catch the faceless kidnapper. With his “Revival” to the past 18 years which was triggered by the death of his mother Sachiko Fujinuma, he holds the chance to erase the worst scenario in the past to change the present.
Though this is a thriller anime you will be touched by the slices of life as the episodes come to pass and it almost became a romance, but for some this might be a negative thing.
Animation/Sound: If you are a critical watcher you will notice that A1 pictures did a little mistake on making the background colors a bit lively, the scenes are quite comfortable to watch not giving the emphasis of the thrill element but in the sound especially the opening, Re:re by the Asian Kung-fu Generation after watching 3 episodes you will start to list this song on your favorite opening songs list.
My overall rating : 4.8/ 5 the remaining .2 percent is on the little details that this anime failed to explain such as “Revival” phenomena, situations, characters, and the case itself. But hey! You should watch this, this wasn’t rated as one of the top anime of Winter 2016 if it’s not awesome. Just watch the first episode and believe me you’ll want to see the rest of it.