I just finished the first episode of Aniplex’s Erased and I have to say I may be hooked!
Satoru Fujinuma is a struggling pizza delivery boy and manga artist haunted by childhood guilt. Initially painted as a bit of a shut in, the main character goes through a somewhat literal transformation in the first episode.
The show begins by following Satoru on a seemingly average day. Though there was a murder, no less than two lives were saved! If that sentence seemed too nonchalant, it’s because this is all normal for the main character. Whenever a person dies that Satoru could have saved, time is rewound for him until he identifies the victim and prevents their death.
Though the idea of “deja’ vu" as a plot device is nothing new, I feel it was used in a somewhat fresh way and am curious to know if those who watch Erased will feel the same. This episode lays some nice groundwork for how the series could proceed. The cliffhanger ending showing a shocked Satoru and the outward panning camera was a great way to wrap up.
Erased so far seems to have a bit of a darker theme involving endangered children, which though I was initially skeptical (I always am when children are used as plot devices) still left me excited to see the direction that will be taken in the upcoming episodes.
What are your thoughts on Erased? How do you feel about the darker themes it presents? Any predictions on how the story will proceed?
In the meantime, we’re glad to see some more lighthearted anime on the Winter season schedule as well, so be on the lookout for our first look at Myriad Colors Phantom World, a new offering from Kyoto Animation.
Curious about other shows we have seen? You can check out our thoughts by clicking here.
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Myriad Colors Phantom World is perfect for those who love fantasy in a modern setting.
Haruhiko Ichijo and Mai Kawakami are not like the average high school students at Haseo Academy. They are some of the few living people with the ability to fight the Phantoms.
Haruhiko, a klutzy bookworm, has the power to trap Phantoms in his drawings. His teammate Mai is very athletic and is able to beat them into submission. Due to their spontaneous attitudes and lack of planning, they are the worst rated team in the Phantom Hunting Club. To make up for their sometimes destructive behavior, they have to defeat even more Phantoms than the other club members.