So you know how Netflix decided to get into anime by first streaming anime and then making their own original anime and how that flopped?
Then remember how Netflix then did a Death Note movie that got everyone up in arms and how that one too flopped?
Well, Netflix is at it again this time they are doing a live adaptation of 2016’s hit anime Boku dake ga Inai Machi otherwise known as Erased
It will suck right?
Well….let’s hold on a bit.
Erased which tells the story of Satoru Fujinuma who has the uncanny ability to go back in time several minutes when a tragedy is about to strike or has just happened and he is then able to avert it if possible.
Satoru doesn’t like stress, he’s just a struggling mangaka who also works as a delivery guy until the person who winds up dead is his mother and he isn’t transported several minutes but is instead taken back several years to solve a murder of a childhood friend which was never resolved.
Erased was such an amazing anime…i don’t even have the words to describe how profound it was. So you can imagine my initial rage when it was announced that Netflix would be doing a live adaptation. This announcement sorta flew under the radar but has come up again with the release of a short trailer.
So naturally i got triggered till i noticed that ‘hey, those are Japanese guys’. Then i realised it was a Japanese version that they are doing.
This will not change some minds, but at least it gives me pause. While America has in my opinion never had a successful anime adaptation (I didn’t like Speed Racer), Japan at least has Rurouni Kenshin which was as well done as any live adaptation could be. It was not without its flaws, but i enjoyed it and because of that i kinda have hope for this.
The second and probably the most important point is that Erased is a thriller with a hint of the supernatural. In other words, most of the things that happened there were things that are not out of place in a normal movie. This means that the use of CGI will not be prevalent which means a good story could be told through the live action medium.
The show is set to start in December in Japan and then the rest of the world.
The series stars:
Top row, left to right:
- Reo Uchikawa as Satoru Fujinuma (child)
- Mio Yūki (Death Note, Assassination Classroom, As the Gods Will) as Airi Katagiri
- Rinka Kakihara as Kayo Hinazuki (child)
Center row, left to right:
- Shigeyuki Totsugi as Gaku Yashiro
- Yūki Furukawa (Itazura na Kiss, Laughing Under the Clouds, Lychee Light Club) as Satoru Fujinuma (adult)
- Tomoka Kurotani as Sachiko Fujinuma
Bottom row, left to right:
- Noriko Eguchi as Akemi Hinazuki
- Jin Shirasu (Happy Marriage!?) as Kenya Kobayashi (adult)
- Hidekazu Mishima as Sawada
I will be looking forward to it; if it’s good, then yay, if it’s not, i’ll bash the crap out of it. so– win/win
What do you think? Will it do well, will it flop, let me know what you think in the comments