Review: Erased

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By Cherry Nwe

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi, also known as Erased, is based on a fantasy thriller manga written by Kei Sanbe. With its killer plot and strong sense of character, it is no surprise that many are raving about this anime online, making it one of the most celebrated anime of Winter 2016.

A sign of a good thriller is when it does not reveal all its secrets, but releases just enough to pique interest and engage the watchers. It stimulates their ability to judge a character, making them question everyone apart from the protagonist. Erased is able to do just so, expertly. The anime’s stunning plot is one that would have you on the edge of your seat throughout the episode and leave you desperate for more when it ends.

Characterisation is aptly on point. Each member – the protagonist, the antagonist, every supporting character – all display a personality solely unique to themselves and grow throughout the entire length of the anime. The main character, especially, learns from his failures and matures as a character, eventually gaining enough competence to uncover the culprit. The relatability of the main character makes him likable, and I would definitely recommend Erased to any anime fan. Even if you’re not familiar with this genre, I would suggest giving it a try; who knows, you might fall in love with it!

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