Anime Erased Live Action Otaku

NETFLIX ERASED LIVE ACTION SERIES REVIEW

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So, this anime was one of my favorite anime of 2016. I was literally obsessed. It was a long time since we had such a good anime come out with such a cool and original story. When I heard Netflix was creating a live action series I was super skeptical. Live actions rarely do well. But when I saw the trailer I actually became super excited. So I decided to give it a try. Check out my review.

The story follows Satoru a 29 manga artist and a part-time pizza delivery guy. He has a special ability called Revival, which flashes him back a few seconds before a life threatening event is about to happen. He then has an opportunity of changing this event before any fatal occurrence happens. One day his revival hits at a shopping mall and he asks his mother Sachiko to look out for anything suspicious. She sees a suspicious man with a little girl. But nothing happens. Later that evening at home Sachiko is stabbed by the man she saw at the shopping mall. When Satoru returns home he finds his mother dead and he is accused of the crime. His revival returns him to 18 years in the past when he was in school. During this time there were serial killings of girls around the town. Two girls in his class were victims of this crime. Satoru then realizes if he can solve this crime he will be able to save his mother in the future.

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SATORU FUJINUMA

Satoru is a 29 manga artist and a part-time pizza delivery guy. He has a special ability called Revival, which flashes him back a few seconds before a life threatening event is about to happen. He then has an opportunity of changing this event before any fatal occurrence happens. One day his revival kicks in at a shopping mall and he asks his mother Sachiko to look out for anything suspicious. She sees a suspicious man with a little girl. But nothing happens. Later that evening when Satoru returns home he finds his mother is stabbed to death and he is accused of this crime. His revival returns him to 18 years in the past when he was in school. During this time there were serial killings of girls around the town. Two girls in his class were victims of this crime. Satoru then realizes if he can solve this crime he will be able to save his mother in the future.

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KAYO HINAZUKI

Kayo is one of Satoru’s classmates who was one of the victims of the serial killings that happened 18 years ago. She was a quiet and secluded kid. She never really interacted with anyone. She was often seen alone. She was a perfect victim for the killer to choose. When Satoru’s revival brings him back 18 years he does everything he can to prevent Kayo from being a victim again. He becomes her friend and makes sure she is never left alone.

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SACHIKO FUJINUMA

Sachiko is Satoru’s mother who once use to be a news announcer. She followed the serial killings that happened 18 years ago. She was always smart and witty. One day Satoru’s revival hits at a shopping mall and he asks his mother to look out for anything suspicious. She sees a suspicious man with a little girl. But nothing happens. Later that evening at home Sachiko is stabbed by the man she saw at the shopping mall. When Satoru returns home he finds his mother dead and he is accused of the crime. His revival returns him to 18 years in the past when he was in school. During this time there were serial killings of girls around the town. Two girls in his class were victims of this crime. Satoru then realizes if he can solve this crime he will be able to save his mother in the future.

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AIRI KATAGARI

Airi is a high-school student who works with Satoru at the pizza shop and delivers pizza as well. She has a fondness for Satoru. When he is accused of killing his mother she hides him out in her place. She does everything she can to help him during this crisis. Throughout the series she plays a major role in helping Satoru prove his innocence.

REVIEW

Well as I said before when I first heard Netflix was releasing the Live action series of Erased I was against it. I am not too much of a fan of anime turning into a Live action. They usually turn out bad. When they released the trailer I actually became excited and interested. The trailer looked pretty awesome. When I finally watched the series I was not disappointed.

CHARACTERS

Let’s start with the actors Yūki Furukawa as older Satoru and Reo Uchikawa as younger Satoru were both amazing. I was very happy with their performance. Yūki in the beginning of the series embraced Satoru’s character as a person who kept to himself and just did his daily routines. Then towards the end of the series becoming the Satoru who was determined to get is memories back to solve the case that has been haunting him. I do have to give it up for Reo who was an amazing actor for such a young kid. He was young Satoru to a T. To his urgency of trying to save Kayo and his mother. This kid Reo is amazing.

Rinka Kakihara who played young Kayo was perfect for the role. She looked liked the character and her whole persona transformed into Kayo. Kayo was really a secluded and troubled kid. Rinka gave us that perfectly. Her interactions with the characters and trying her best to open up to them was def played out well. They casted such a young and brilliant girl.

Mio Yūki who played Airi was super Kawaii (cute). She was def played the sidekick role for Satoru. She really did embrace Airi as trying her best to help Satoru solve the case and prove he was innocent. She was def a major role in this show.

The final actor I must give a highlight to is Tomoka Kurotani as Sachiko, Satoru’s mother. I loved her as his mother and I can not think of anyone better for that role. She took on the role as Satoru’s mom well. I liked how she was with protecting the kids and trying to understand the situation at hand.

The supporting characters were all casted well. I was very happy with their choices. Each actor held their own.

STORYLINE

I am happy they did stick to the storyline. That is usually a major problem with live actions is the changing of the story. That usually angers the audience who are usually familiar with the anime or manga. There were a few things they did change around but it did not take away from the original story at all. The ending is definitely different then the anime and it did make more since. But I still find that the anime’s ending was more epic.

There is one thing I would like to mention that I really enjoyed about the series was when Satoru’s revival hit the special and sound effects to make it happen was awesome.

SERIES PACE

The pace of the film was good, I will be honest it did have some slow parts. Not to compare it to the anime where the whole series had me on the edge of my seat. There were like 2 episodes where they are at a camp and it kind of gets slow there. Besides that the pace was good.

Overall I was very pleased with the series. I did binge watch it so that shows it’s worth the watch. I am so happy they did stick to the story and didn’t add non-sense that isn’t needed. The actors were all great and were casted well. I will say you should give it a watch, even if you didn’t watch the anime or read the manga it will still be an enjoyable watch.

15 comments

  1. I didn’t watch the anime but I watched the live action version on netflix. Not too bad at all, but a bit slow at times like you said. Overall, I can’t help but feel that the story and characters and everything are better suited for an animation.

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  2. Definitely a pleasant surprise that they really captured the same feeling as the anime did with this one. Not sure about Airi though. I still find her a little creepy in the early episodes of this. Otherwise, really agree with what you have said.

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  3. I have this on my to watch list and this has made me want to watch it even more. I’ve not seen the anime or manga so reading that a fan of both enjoyed it, I look forward to giving it a watch.

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      1. I totally agree with you that it’s a tragedy when they try to make a live-action adaptation; it’s criminal! Especially as track record most have failed…. but yes your right they did well with this series…. though I preferred the anime and this live action is based on the Manga, but as there is a live-action out too based on the anime I am yet to watch it… hope it doesnt ruin it for me…. but again agree with you great actors and acting

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  4. I completely agree with you. This was a very pleasant surprise. Like you I was very skeptical about this, as this was also one of my favorite animes. But it really turned out quite well. Glad you enjoyed it too, and of course great review! 😀

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