Apr 2, 2016
12 of 12 episodes seen
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Don't Read this review if you haven't watched the anime. this review spoils the whole anime and ruin the whole experience. Read further at your own responsibility.
So it seems you've watched the series, if you didn't and still read this, then this is my final warning, ok.
I want to review Erased: Boku Dake ga Inai Machi, which is my favorite anime of this season.
Erased is about an young man named "Satoru" who goes back in time whenever he sees a blue butterfly. He then saves people and prevent disasters like the little kid he saved in episode 1. he is a unique and
intelligent character as he has done in one episode what Okabe Rintarou needed 24 episodes to do. Unfortunately, his mother was killed which makes him a relatable character like Eren, Naruto and Ichigo. so he unwillingly goes back 18 yrs to find out why his mom died.
The first episode did an awesome job explaining the setting and how Satoru's ability works. It also introduced my favorite character "Airi" which gets more developed as the show continues and her phobia towards chocolate bars is well explained.
Since Satoru is now 11 again, he goes to school to meet his friend and teacher who by pure chance looks like the murderer. Since Satoru has already mastered his school curriculum a long time ago, he has enough time to play detective and pick up some lolis.
He also remembers that three girls died that year, including kayo. Kayo seems to suffer from her strict mother. He thinks that she is related to his mother's death because she is a weirdo who has no friends and loves to stand alone in the park during dark nights.
Anyway, he decided to hang out with her, because this is the only time when he could date an 11 year old girl without being arrested. Then with the help of two of his friend, he kidnaps her and puts her in a bus then he takes her to his home in order to listen to her having a bath and get mad when his mother sleeps between them.
Then with the help of his mother and teacher, she is taken away from her strict mother and given to her granny who is too old to be strict anymore.
There was a part in this arc where Satoru goes back to future, it's mainly about escaping the police, a pizza shop manager and chocolate bars.
This arc was Ok, Although it gives a bad reputation about strict parenthood. The last arc was the best part of Erased, the story moved from a drama to an amazing psychological thriller. Satoru starts to date a boy in his class and stalk a young girl from another school which is then lured by his friends to their hideout. Then the murderer, who was revealed to be the teacher, decides to kill Satoru. The show made the revelation so climatic and unexpected by a simple trick; From the 2nd episode, show clearly that he looks like the murderer because nobody will expect it to be so expected.
When the murderer revealed himself, he started to talk about philosophy since he is a teacher and he understand that kids need education even if they are about to be killed.
Then comes my favorite scene which explains why the murderer kills people with spider threads on their head which digs deep into the mind of psychopath, philosophy about the link between salvation and the human heart symbolized as the spider thread, and problem with the lack of use of shampoo.
After being killed, Satoru sleeps for 15 years. After he wakes up, he finds out that his ex-girlfriend and ex-boyfriend has married each other and have child now. Then he goes to pick up a loli who suffers from leukemia and finally has the final showdown dialog scene with the murderer.
I truly liked the character design, it was a good choice to bring Nanatsu no Taizai's character designer to this project. The story is deep and philosophical and I would like to point out some lessons I have learned from this series:
- It's wrong to kill your student even if he is a pedophile, a homo, or doesn't wash his hair.
- Don't sleep between your son and another girl, even if they are 11, because this may be his only chance to lose his virginity.
- People with red eyes are bad. That's why Kurapika's clan were murdered.
- And finally, don't watch anime that starts with "Boku" (Credit: GoatJesus)
Verdict: 11/10 yrs old as Satoru loves them.
Jan 29, 2015
24 of 24 episodes seen
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THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS
Sometimes, Anime Companies takes the risk to try something different. It may fail or it may succeed, but sometimes, they skyrocket to amazing fame and glory, they even set the tropes for many work to come. The Impression the manga fans gave me about Akame ga Kill before it started that it is a unique and excellent shounen Manga and the Anime adaptation is very likely to be the new trope setter for future shounen works. Now that I have watched all it's episodes, here are my opinion on 2 things:
1 - Do I find it unique? hmmmmmm, yeah, sort of.
Do I find it excellent? Absolutely NOOO. (I talking about the Anime, since this is the Anime's review and I didn't read the Manga).
Here is why I think so:
Well the story can be simply summarized as follows: "Evil Government doing evil things to poor citizens so The heroes stay in the shadows and take every chance to kill the villains. After many sacrifices, good defeats evil".
To be specific the story focused only on 2 things:
1 - "Evil Government doing Evil things".
2 - "Many Sacrifices".
First, (about point 1) it was easy to notice since the first episode that the villains in this Anime seems to be ... Stupid. They do evil because they enjoy doing evil or they do evil because they are too retared to understand the difference between evil and good. only 3 exceptions were found but they aren't given enough screen time in order to be explored, anyway they were still as stereotypical as ever. What is worse is that the plot keep showing off how evil the villains are by making them meaninglessly do thing to show how evil they are. e.g. there was a scene where Esdeath was uselessly talking about how a flower can be used in torture.
Second, (about point 2) the Anime tries to force a dark tone by killing off some characters frequently. this caused a severe problem; most characters were not given enough time to show any development, thus their death had no meaning too. It was like the death of some stranger in a car accident; you may feel sorry for him but you quickly forget about him because you know little about him.
Those characters who had enough time to develop, either didn't get enough screen time or were just too simple and stereotypical that there was nothing to explore about their personalities. All Akame ga kill characters lack character development that they can only be used as unimportant side characters for a better story.
Akame ga kill has misused the following cliches:
1 - Death flags: the past of a character is usually revealed shortly before it's death. this was not emotionally effective because of the horrible lack in character development.
2 - Legendary Exclusive Weapons/Abilities: the Imperial Arms had a negative effect on the story. It's unexplained and suddenly revealed trump cards made the battles hard to take seriously as the tension can't be built if we know that the battle can be turned by some magical ability that is made up on the spot. And due to the huge number of Imperial Arms, they felt more of plot devices to for the author to use in twisting the plot without worrying about how logical the twist is. Everything can happen MAGICALLY.
Akame ga kill tried to avoid the following cliches:
1 - Talk no Jutsu: the villains in Akame ga kill don't change sides just because they heared the sound of our protagonist's pure heart. Unfortunately, the author broke this cliche by making the character so stupid that they can't change. Due to the lack of development, the villains are evil just for the sake of evil or stupidity, so they can never change as the only aspect they have is being EVIL.
2 - Plot Armor: ..... Ahhhhh, I understand that the mass killing of characters was meant for making a lot of tension, but did it really kill the plot armor? I mean, how can I feel enough tension when the battles felt so stupid, Trump Card This, Trump Card That, they even had girl with guns poping out of her throat. Sometimes characters felt like they were dropping some chances to give their opponents some time to counter just for plot convenience. If the author want to keep a character alive all he need to do is to add more bizzareness to the situation so that he can slip the character out safely.
What about the protagonists? They were as stereotypical as ever. The main character that believes in justice and wants to protect their Nakama, the super-skilled silent one with dark past, the tsundere, the pervert, etc.
Another problem is the revealed past of the characters, they vary from the ones that are so unoriginal that I can't bear to watch them any more like Akame's and Esdeath's, and the ones that seem interesting but are unfortunately left very vague that I can't effectively reflect them on the character's present like Chelsea's and Najenda's. And of course, there is the main protagonist's past that was just "404: Background not found"... No problem anyway, may be there was nothing interesting in it.
My main problem with Akame ga Kill is the wasted potential. I loved the setting so much which why sticked to it hopping for something enjoyable (I want my wasted time back T_T). Some characters has shown very good potential but it was blown in the wind like useless dust. (e.g. Esdeath contradiction in believing that it's ok for the weak to be killed and her love for Tatsumi who is obviously weaker than her, and Bols who had loving and caring side, and was self-conscious about his evil deeds, yet continued going down this path)
In conclusion, Akame ga kill showed good potential but was brutally murdered by it's weakly written plot, misuse of cliches and weakly developed characters.
the visual side of Akame ga kill was average. while some scene were well-drawn, most action scenes were horrible. e.g. most of Akame's scene were like as if she teleported and everyone in the path between her initial and final position have been slashed. I must compliment the two final episode as the animation were much better than the whole series. the character designs were plain, generic and sometimes out of place, especially Akame who was wearing something like a school uniform in a medieval setting.
I liked the openings and endings, and some of the background music were good but nothing really special.
I can't really comment on the voice acting because I'm not a Japanese speaker, but I think that they were able to give the intended emotion through their voice tone.
I think this is one of those Anime shows that can be enjoyed better when you don't think much about them. I tried to use this technique to enjoy it but I couldn't, the sudden tone shift were ruining it, the action scenes were horrible, the whole series was just boring.
Overall, I can't recommend it to anybody, even Bleach is more enjoyable than this IMO.