Anime Club: Erased

Hello everyone! Now that the winter season for anime is over, out come the reviews! This week we have perhaps the most hyped series this last season Erased

ERASED

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CREATED BY: Tomohiko Itō

NO. OF EPISODES: 12 Episodes

GENRE: Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

YEAR: Jan. 8th, 2016 – Mar. 25th, 2016

COUNTRY: Japan

maxresdefault (9)The story follows Satoru Fujinuma, a man who somehow possesses an ability that sends him back in time moments before a life-threatening incident, allowing him to prevent it from happening. When his mother is murdered by an unknown assailant, Satoru’s ability suddenly sends him back eighteen years to when he was still in elementary school, giving him the opportunity to prevent a kidnapping incident that took the lives of three of his classmates.

Oh Erased, how long have I been waiting to review you. Erased is a fantastic series for fans of mystery and murder, but get bored of the paranormal. The original Japanese voice cast is absolutely fantastic, each individual embodying the characters perfectly. The animation style is also crisp and impressive, which I completely enjoyed as I has been disappointed as of late. While the writing sometimes becomes quite convoluted at some points, it evens out and makes for an entertaining and interesting story.

vlcsnap-2016-03-10-16h20m56s674Even though I completely loved Erased, it is only about 80% love and 20% hate. I don’t normally watch anime simulcast, but I was convinced by numerous people to give Erased a shot. Watching as a fan was absolutely aggravating as each episode ended with a cliff hanger. EVERY…GOD…DAMN…EPISODE. My last gripe is that, while Satoru’s ability is interesting, it is never explained why he has the power. It adds a little mysticism to the character, but I don’t feel that it is necessary.

PROS:

  • Original voice cast.
  • Animation style.
  • Confusing yet interesting story.

CONS:

  • Cliffhangers for every episode.
  • Why does Satoru have revivals?

SCORE: 8.5 / 10

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Sword Art Online: The MMORPG That Will Consume You!

Hello everybody! Today we have the highly requested shonen anime Sword Art Online.

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DIRECTOR: Tomohiko Itō

ORIGINAL RUN: July 7, 2012 – December 22, 2012

EPISODES: 25 (1 Film)

GENRE: Shonen

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: Japan

Sword Art Online, or SAO as referred to in the show, is an intriguing analysis of relationships created through the gaming world. I have heard stories about people meeting and creating strong relationship through various games, but I didn’t really understand how that could happen. How could you be so close to someone without ever meeting them?

Now before you get all judgemental, SAO is definitely not that kind of anime. Sword Art Online is a shonen anime through and through. There is plenty of action, while not over shadowing a pretty interesting plot about death and domination. While the initial story ends in season 1, they continue into a new MMORPG in season 2. Definitely more magic then season 1 though.

Sword Art Online was highly recommended to me by numerous colleagues, so I went in with high expectations. Overall, I was generally satisfied but still have to nitpick. I’m going to straight up throw this out there, I didn’t like the world in season 2. While I thought it was cool to see many of the characters we met in season 1, the show could have ended without season 2. I was also disappointed in the animation. I was opening for at least a little bit of a different style, but alas it was just not going to happen.

PROS:

  • Plot
  • Characters
  • Analysis of Relationships.
  • MMORPG

CONS:

  • Lack of animation style.
  • Season 2
  • Prolonged story.

SCORE: 8.1 / 10

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