Dear Santa, thank you for the dolls and pencils and the fish. It's Easter now, so I hope I didn't wake you but... honest, it is an emergency. There's a crack in my wall. Aunt Sharon says it's just an ordinary crack, but I know its not cause at night there's voices so... please please can you send someone to fix it? Or a policeman, or...
Back in a moment.
Thank you Santa.

Saturday, November 19

Anime

Erased

Also known as Boku dake ga Inai Machi.

There have been quite a few anime series playing with different forms of time travel this year.  MariWaka, which is full of stable time loops, Re:Zero, with its rather unfortunate reset mechanism; Orange, I think (haven't watched it yet), and this one.

It starts out as a kind of anime version of Tru Calling, but quickly flips to something different and larger.  

Our hero, Satoru, a 29-year-old failed manga author, has the ability sometimes to skip a few minutes backwards in time and avert an accident.  When one such "revival" just leads to further tragedy, he finds himself skipping back years and having to rewrite his own life to prevent the circumstances that led up to this in the first place.

Solid so far.  And it has a terrific opening credit sequence, which for me is 90% of what makes anime great.


Watching it on AnimeLab, the Australian streaming service run by MadMan Entertainment, which is so much better at this than Netflix.  One click and I have instant perfect 1080p video.  Netflix has to think about it for quite a while before it upshifts from third-generation VHS.

Update: Finished, and recommended.  Not perfect - the pacing is a bit off here and there - but very good.  Apparently they cut a few episodes worth of material out of the manga, including much of what happens in the present day, but it works very well as it is.  And the actors who voice the main character both do a great job.

It also has the least misleading opening credits I've seen for years.  The entire story is in there, but you can't see it until you've watched the whole thing.


There's also a live action version.  Don't know if I want to watch it; the story is intense enough when the characters are animated.  Also, the trailer is loaded with spoilers.

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Friday, November 18

Anime

Re: Re: Zero

Now I see what all the fuss was about.

But Betty is clearly best girl.

I want to see where this goes, but the 25 episodes that just ran covered all the published material (and some that wasn't yet published when it aired; the author was directly involved in the anime production).  Since it started in 2014, it will be at least 2018 before they can do another run, unless they slow the pacing down significantly, or add filler, neither of which I want to see.

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