What I Liked: The tense atmosphere. The various film motifs added a nice visual touch to the series. Satoru's mum. The interpersonal relationships in the show. The utterly perfect soundtrack. Shinnosuke Mitsushima was brilliant as the despondent Satoru. Cinematography was top-notch. Great Opening Theme. The strong, well-paced first half. The animation is marvellous, with simple character animation and some beautiful stand-out moments.
What I Didn't: The pacing becomes rushed in the second half. Yashiro, for being so flatly characterised. Some dramatic moments felt overly melodramatic. Depending on one's take on Episode 10, the show trips over itself in the mystery department. Simple but lacklustre ending. Some side characters lack depth and/or interest. The Ending Theme's animation feels completely out-of-place, as if it's reusing material from another show. Red eyes for the villian? Really?!
Final Verdict: Visually marvelous and with some of the best cinematography this side of Hollywood, ERASED starts off strong with a gripping time-travel premise and unnerving atmosphere. Unfortunately, it's not as good as it could have been, as the pacing and the side characters suffer as the series progresses . Still, it's a worthwhile watch if you like a bit of crime mystery with your time-travel.