Hey, everybody TheCodeTrigger here and welcome too my next anime review.
For this one, we are taking a look at the Winter 16 anime Erased.
Now unlike any other show that was airing in winter 16 hype was high for this one. Does its deserve the hype it gets? Let’s find out.
Erased was directed by Itou, Tomohiko and it consists of 12 episodes airing from Jan 8, 2016, to Mar 25, 2016.
Story.

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The story starts off with Satoru Fujinuma who has the ability too go back in time too prevent disasters from occurring and we are basically thrown in 18 years in the Satoru past of where he soon realizes that that murder are connected too the abduction and killing of one of his classmates named Kayo Hinazuki. Now this are now Satoru chance of making things right so that Kayo won’t be murdered and as well as not being framed for the death of his mother in the future.
Now I have too admit. The first four episodes are fantastic and easily Anime of the Season material with great writing and story direction.
However as the story progresses the story starts too feel kinda rushed.
We get more boring characters, the story itself slowly breaks due too bad writing that actually hurts the show for me.
Also, the way they handle the killer was just terrible and rushed as hell.
Also, keep in mind that this are a mystery series but through the whole fucking anime they’re are barely any mystery elements at all. We don’t get any clues or hints about the killer because this anime lacks any mystery whatsoever.
This makes you’re themes and genre feel pretentious.
At the end of the each episode, it ends with a cliff-hanger which are nice but over time unlike Death Note or Code Geass the cliff-hangers of Erased are forced and they don’t add attention value whatsoever.
One thing that I want too point out are where the anime goes anime original in the certain part of the story meaning that certain scenes in Erased that meant too be explained are not explained at all in the anime.
Overall the story starts off promising but becomes lacklustre after episode 5 where it just becomes a mess. Not in a train-wreck level of messy but messy in its own right.
5/10

Characters.

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The characters in Erased like with the story starts off promising however like the story the character just become a mess or

Satoru are one hell of the wasted potential characters because he are just bland too be honest.
One thing that I was really disappointed are that where he didn’t change as a character from episode 1 too the end.

Hinazuki are the only character from Erased that I actually enjoyed because she kind girl that gets abuse by her parents because for some unknown reason aka (Shock Factor) but at the same time she suffers like Satoru as she doesn’t have a personality that defines her either (for the most part)
In the end, Hinazuki just became one of those charterers that we feel sorry because you know Shock Factor.
The rest of the characters are just dull and uninteresting too be honest because I really wanted too like this characters but I just couldn’t.
Overall this character cast was a let-down for me.
4/10

Art/Animation.

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Erased was done by A1 Pictures the same studio that gave us Shigatsu, Kuroshitsuji , Sword Art Online and Shin Sekai Yori.

The art which I hate too admit are pretty good using a well soft colour pallet that mix perfect in the environment that the anime are trying too set.
The character des the animation are nice with smooth movements with the characters and the environments.
I really liked the cinematic effect that shows the MC memories because it’s looks nice and smooth but I wished they more advantage on that because it would have made the story look more better in my opinion.
7/10

Sound.

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The OST itself are alright but compare too other anime from A1 Pictures like Shigatsu, Kuroshitsuji and Shin Sekai Yori it’s just not as memorable tbh.
At this time of the review, the OST hasn’t been released yet so I won’t be mentioning any track on this.
The OP theme itself are catchy and a good listen but for an anime that it based on time travel, it didn’t work out for me.
The ending theme are okay it’s nothing too write home about really.
At the time of this review, they’re are no English Dub announced. If it gets an English Dub in the future am just gonna write it off as an SAO type of dub,

6/10

Enjoyment.

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I personally enjoyed Erased what are worth but at the same time, they could have done much better in the story and characters department after episode 4 because they’re so potential for Satoru character but in the end he’s Satoru arguably ruined my enjoyment for the series.
Also, I wished that Erased was 24 episodes because I would have enjoyed the series more and actually adapt the last two episodes instead of presenting us with anime original content.
I personally enjoyed the opening because it was nice and catchy.
I just love the cinematography in this anime because it’s just looks so nice, presentable  and it fits the world that Satoru was living in the past.
6/10

Final Thoughts.

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Erased had a good concept.
It had an amazing first four episodes with good writing amazing visuals and a solid story.
However after episode four the show just become a mess with the remaining episodes being lackluster two of them being anime original mind you, poor writing come into play in certain scenes and the ending itself was just terrible in my opinion.
The art are good but I wasn’t a fan of the lips but I like the cinematic effect of the show.
The OST was okay but nothing memorable but the OP was great and the sub are good on its own.
It’s sad too see that Erased are now just an above average anime because it has some things that I loved but the some of the cons in this show are just downright bad.
If you’re looking for time-travel done right watch Steins Gate because it’s does the time travel concept probably and the characters feel more alive and they are memorable.

BTW Okabe is GOAT ^_^

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I give Erased a 6/10.

Anime recommendations.
Steins;Gate
Shinsekai Yori
Toki Wo Kakeru Shoujo
NHK ni Youkoso!

Anyway, this has been TheCodeTrigger and I will see you guys next time.

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