ERASED is a mystery drama focused on struggling mangaka and pizza delivery driver Satoru Fujinuma finding his mind going back and forth through time to clear himself for the murder of his mother that he gets framed for by a mysterious assailant. As Satoru tries piecing together events to determine the killer's identity, he comes to learn of an old classmate named Kayo who will be one of the assailant's future victims and tries to find a means to prevent her demise.
Throughout its run, ERASED attempts to be both a human drama focused on Satoru learning to value the bonds he develops with his friends and the mystery plot with our lead trying to learn the identity of the assailant whose murders he is trying to prevent from taking place. The human drama element to the series is its best quality one as Satoru tries getting support to help him resolve the mystery and preventing Kayo's murder in both the past and present. Learning he can't tackle the mystery alone and to get over his reserved personality, Satoru is able to gradually gain bonds with several of his classmates to aid him in resolving the situation. Kayo's character gets a good deal of development during Satoru's time in the past as the reasons surrounding her subdued personality get fleshed out and her character improves for the better as she interacts more with Satoru throughout ERASED. The bonds matter also extends to the present timeline with Satoru finding one person who trusts him in spite of being set up for his mother's murder. The focus on Satoru's struggles and bringing hope to Kayo's traumatic life make for the high points in the series thanks to ERASED being effective in its character drama for the majority of its run.
Where ERASED is at its weakest is its attempts at being a mystery thriller title. While the series has its moments of creating effective suspense, the mystery element lacks the effective amount of buildup and development that the series committed to its human drama storytelling, especially as more focus is put on Satoru resolving Kayo's family issues in the middle of its run than protecting her from the murderer. Other than revealing his modus operandi, there is little foreshadowing on who the murderer is and there is little revealed over why he commits his crimes. This makes the last quarter of the series rather underwhelming and the weakest segment of the series when the murderer is revealed and all major dilemmas and loose ends get resolved a bit too conveniently.
In terms of visuals, ERASED is mostly nothing spectacular. While sporting beautiful scenic shots, character designs and movement are a bit on the average end for the most part and attempts to give facial designs a more realistic approach with their gestures look more awkward and jerky in their onscreen movements. In addition, the show's use of CG animation for moving vehicles or visual effects like Satoru's mind blurring between the past and present stick out like a sore thumb from the regular animation.
Still for the issues ERASED has at trying to be a mystery title, it is still a worthwhile human drama in exploring the developments of Satoru and Kayo's characters with the former learning to place trust into others throughout his ordeals and these efforts coming to positively effect Kayo in her family situation. While not the worthwhile big hit of Winter 2016 that I seen many folks hype it as, ERASED is still worth a look throughout its 12-episode run.
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
I read the review twice and try to think of something constructive to say. I'm so weak in comments for reviews. Every time I read your reviews, Dream. You come up with things I overlook. I do love the reviews.
I remember seeing pictures from Wraith's tweets:
Based on this video:
When a show does that, make folks think it's that and then it under performs as that, a mystery thriller, when the director or staff intended it to be something else. That's unfortunate, but it hurts the show's perceptions with the viewers. It build a strong first impression which is hard to change that.
I fell into thinking it was a mystery show. It was indeed weak in that aspect.
I should train my eye better. Didn't pick up the CG and animation issue.
Nothing else I can add. I still enjoy the series. I admit I overhype the show when we try to select shows to spotlight for our 5 mini banners on the sidebar for the front page. ERASED compared to shows this winter season - may have done better than most shows in terms of keeping folks watching it.
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
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HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
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Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
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