Episode One-Derland | Erased

Plot: Satoru is a 29-year-old who seems more bothered by life than anything. He has a job as a pizza delivery boy and doesn’t have many people he would consider friends. However, one thing makes his life extraordinary – the power of what he calls ‘revival.’ Every now and then, Satoru will suddenly be jolted back in time about one to five minutes in order to stop something terrible from happening. Problem is, he usually doesn’t know what it is he’s stopping or what to look for. All he knows is that something is ‘off’ on the replay of events after he goes back in time. He has saved numerous people this way, but it’s just another thing he lives with.

One day, Satoru’s mother is mysteriously murdered in his apartment by a man who seemingly has ties to the murder of a young girl back when Satoru was a child. Satoru, locked in a panicked state at the sight of his murdered mother, runs away from the police when they try to question him. As he runs, he triggers another revival, only this time he goes back much further than one to five minutes. He goes all the way back to 1988, when he was a child, seemingly propelled back to find the one who will murder the young girl, save her and hopefully save his mother in the process.

Breakdown: I was very sick, tired and medicine’d when I first started watching this, so I didn’t watch as closely as I would normally, but I still very much enjoyed this first episode. The concept of time travel is always kinda iffy, though. I didn’t think I’d be bothered since he travels in such short bursts, but now that he’s traveled back around twenty years, I think I’ll become a bit more confused. Hopefully, they’ll be able to handle it well.

As a first episode, they do a good job setting up the world, story and characters. Satoru’s power is kinda introduced out of nowhere, but we’re given a sample of it in such a way that it had a point and allowed for some development with other characters.

The characters are fairly interesting. I really liked Satoru’s mom, even if it is really weird that this 50+ year old woman looks like she’s in her mid 20s at most. I also liked Satoru’s young co-worker, Airi, even if I find it a little weird that it seems like they might be setting up a romance between Satoru and Airi considering she’s in high school and he’s nearly my age.

Satoru himself is rather lackadaisical, but he’s not a bad person. He always tries his best to save whomever he’s supposed to save when these revivals happen. He just also happens to be rather closed off and abrasive.

I really like this murder mystery we have on our hands here. The fact that someone seemingly innocent was framed for the murder is also really intense. I’m very intrigued to see where this mystery ends up.

Verdict:

Continue Yes

I’ve heard some pretty good things about this show before I checked it out, and now that I have gotten a taste I am very much looking forward to the rest.

Note: I wrote this quite a while back. It somehow got filed on my computer as something I’ve already posted. And, being honest, I really did think I really did think I had posted it, but I can’t find it. I’m posting now just for completion’s sake. Since then I have watched and written a review of the rest of the series that will be posted in the near future.


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