ERASED finished with the remains of its dignity intact, forcing us to survive through just one final scene with Satoru’s supervillain nemesis before heading towards the end. Most of the show’s thematic threads were at least nodded to here, and there were a number of pretty scenes to counterbalance the weight of Yashiro’s ridiculousness. The show fell apart fairly close to the end, so it’s kind of ending on a low note, but in retrospect it’s obviously a reasonable production – it just hit its highs very early and its lows very late. In the end, the biggest lesson I find myself drawing from ERASED is to stop letting myself trust fans of source material. The fans always lie!
You can check out my review over at ANN, or my episode notes below.
Touching the murderbaby’s hand restored his memories!
Pretty much the only way it could go, though. Human connection
Misato, the girl who used to be a jerk, was the one who proposed fundraising activities to pay for his expenses
Satoru’s friends urge him to let them help him
“You were our hero back then, Satoru”
“You believed in me then and told me the truth. That’s why I believed in you.” Pulling in all the thematic threads. Good stuff!
And then he remembers Airi
“I have friends I can trust.” The hand again
Yashiro challenges him on how he knew what was going on
Yashiro’s planning to implicate him in the death of Kumi
“You’re an adult now.” Hm
“I want to take the bull by the horns and live”
“Life is filling up what’s missing in you”
“In that one moment, you were my father. You filled the hole inside me”
“You let me live for fifteen years, because you needed me. I was your reason to live.”
“I beat you, Sensei.”
He couldn’t deny his connection to Satoru
And Sensei saves him
“I think that time went by excruciatingly slowly for you”
“You feel like you’re alive because I’m around”
“In this world, the only person who knows the real you is me”
So they, uh, perfectly predicted his plan? Cool stuff
“‘Believing’ is really a term of hope of wanting to believe.”
The town without him is his treasure
And Satoru becomes a successful mangaka this time
AW DANG INSERT ED TIME
Meeting up with old friends
“I don’t have the courage to take that first step.” Reading his old essay
Being inspired by the courage of a hero, and then being saved by those inspired friends
Good sense of snowy atmosphere here at the end
And of course, at the very end he runs into Airi