ERASED #01 — Division of Pre-Crime

January 7th, 2016


Never let space-time keep you from completely overdoing a scene.


I feel… as I unfortunately often do with anime first episodes… that this really could have started from about two or three minutes from the end, and it would've done nothing but improve things. Lord knows it'd have made all the reused shots and angles, and blocky CGI vehicles less painful to endure if nothing else. Plus, it'd have skipped Captain Ennui's dull drone about the futility of life and uselessness of human interaction. That's how you can tell it's adult. Certainly not from how it treats its audience, feeling like it needs to not only have the protagonist spell out his world view, but then have someone else describe it as well. He's the crux around which all this orbits, at least when it escapes the gravitational field set down by his mother's gigantic lips. You'd think they'd want someone with some kind of personality. One that doesn't have to get into the "is zero a number" debate at least.

That probably gives a pretty good idea of how engaged with things that I was and how much importance they seemed to have. If you're trying to get me to empathize with your protagonist, Japan, then once again, it worked. I too view this world with disdain and feel fatigued by being a casual observer in it. Production was mediocre at its absolute best and the only time things were ever visually 'interesting' was when it was doing something horribly wrong. Direction was boring to CGI to ridiculous. Try not to think about the magical teleporting policemen too hard. They clearly didn't.

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5 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Athos says:

    Damn, son. Japanese police department does not fuck around. So far we got powered suits, pre-crime and at least two patrols around the corner of every single apartment building, just in case.

    All they need now is an esper branch and they can officially replace the avengers.

  • Paulo27 says:

    Best explanation I can think of is that there’s an elevator right there for when the police despatchs and they were in the middle of doing so and just heard the screaming lady.
    Totally plausible.

  • The Phantom says:

    Probably has something to do with how time freezes and slows down around him, he seemingly froze, anyway it was interesting and eventvul, I kinda liked it.

  • mdummy says:

    This was actually one of the shows I was looking forward to this season, and then the cgi truck ruined it.