By now you’ve probably heard about the anime series, Erased, but in case you haven’t you can watch the trailer here:
Without giving away spoilers, the show is about a character, Satoru, who has a strange affliction called “revival.” He randomly returns to the past between 1-5 minutes with the task of figuring out and fixing whatever is wrong. Well, one day he gets framed for murder, and the key to clearing his name, saving the victim, and finding the true culprit lies with a kidnapping case 18 years in the past.
What a ride! Let me tell you, this is a great example of some stellar writing. I haven’t yet finished watching the series–I have one more episode to watch–but what I’ve seen so far is some of the best writing I have ever seen. Nothing is wasted. It kept me guessing the entire time.
When the culprit is finally revealed, I was shocked. I felt as betrayed as Satoru did. And yet looking back I could see it coming. Everything that has been presented in the previous episodes, from the smallest details to the biggest revelation, is consistent with this outcome. That is one mark of good writing. To put all the clues the reader needs to solve the mystery yet leave them in the dark is something I don’t think I can accomplish. But this show makes me want to try.
Well done, Erased. Well done.