Short Anime Review: ERASED

With beautiful artwork, a dark captivating story, and a relatable main character, Erased was one of my favorite anime of 2016.

Satoru Fujinuma is a young manga artist struggling to make a name for himself following his debut. But, that was not the only thing in his life that Satoru was feeling frustrated about…he was also living with a strange condition only he was able to experience. – REVIVAL A strange phenomenon where one is transferred back to the moment right before something life-threatening occurs. This continues to happen until the cause of the threat is erased. It is as if somebody is forcing Satoru to stop it from happening. – Crunchyroll

When Satoru’s ability Revival takes him back 18 years in time to when he’s only 10 years old he’s shocked to say the least, especially considering he usually only goes back a few moments. In time, he discovers his purpose is to save classmate Kayo Hinazuki, a young girl who is the target of a kidnapper. With knowledge of the future and the brain of an adult Satoru is successful in his mission, but not without facing many hardships along the way and afterwards as well.

Without spoiling too much, my only complaint with the series is in the execution of the ending. While it’s not a bad ending it does feel a little anticlimactic given the energy of the show. I would’ve also liked to see more character development for his friend Kenya and Kayo, but overall this show is a masterpiece.

I’m sure if the series had a stronger ending I would’ve easily given it a 5/5, but I don’t want to just throw out perfect ratings for every show that I like. That being the case Erased still a great anime in my opinion, and oddly I think it’s even better if watched in the fall or winter — Probably because it fits the season of the show, but there’s just something powerful about the atmosphere.



5 thoughts on “Short Anime Review: ERASED

  1. Yeah, they rushed the ending. In the manga, the main character and the killer had their epic stand off in a rickety bridge, not on top of a hospital roof. The killer is also more menacing in the manga, and the ending is really the biggest problem of the anime.
    I still love the opening though. One of my fave.

    1. I should probably give the manga a read sometime. And you’re not kidding, that song was amazing with the animation. Have you heard NateWantsToBattles’ cover of it?

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