ERASED is the most interesting anime of Winter so far

At its core, ERASED is a simple story about a man and his ability to time travel to protect the world around him from harm or incident. I am a sucker for good time travel stories so this show appealed to me right away.

But this anime delves deeper into the psyche of a man who is dealing with a traumatic childhood that follows him into his adulthood and his chance to change his mistakes.

The anime is described as:

Struggling manga author Satoru Fujinuma is beset by his fear to express himself. However, he has a supernatural ability which forces him to prevent deaths and catastrophes by being sent back in time before the incident occurred, repeating time until it is prevented. One day, he gets involved in an incident that has him framed as a murderer. Desperate to save the victim, he sends himself back in time only to find himself as a grade-schooler one month before fellow classmate Kayo Hinazuki went missing. Satoru now embarks on a new quest: to save Kayo and solve the mystery behind her disappearance.

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I enjoyed  the first two episodes and especially the fact that the main character isn’t freaking out about being back in his childhood in 1988. It goes against a lot of typical tropes which spend episodes about a character adjusting to his surroundings. However, this anime introduces us to the main character who already knows he has these strange time travelling powers.

Also the animation is pretty great. All this adds up to a super promising show.

Here is the OP performed by Asian Kung-Fu Generation

ERASED can be watched via Crunchyroll or Hulu

 

ERASED is the most interesting anime of Winter so far

Why you need to play: The Ace Attorney Series

I was first introduced to the Ace Attorney series about 3 years ago. I had heard about the series but for some reason did not really have any interest in playing it. That changed when I played the first game in the series Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney for the Nintendo DS. I fell in love with the writing, artwork, and especially the music.

Here are some of the reasons that the series is worth your time.

1. The cast of characters is fantastic.

From Phoenix to Maya, the cast of characters in the series is quirky and great. And most of them have huge roles in the series.

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I have no idea why they are wearing headphones

2. The music is superb.

Another aspect that the Ace Attorney series is known for is its amazing music. The series started out on the Game Boy Advance, so the music started out pretty basic, but still great. My favorite track follows.

3. Continuing plot in games

The games often carry plot points from earlier games and often try to culminate them in a series of twists and turns. I appreciate what the series tries to do in making a big spectacle of past plot devices.

 

Why you need to play: The Ace Attorney Series