Book Review: Erased Volume 2

February 26, 2017

Erased Volume 2 cover

I hope that everyone had a good weekend, and are preparing to go back to the daily grind, if you have not already.

A while back, I had preordered some books from Amazon, and while I did have troubles, things have been fixed and I can finally read those books.

So far, I have covered one of those preorders and only one remains.

Today, I will be reviewing that last preorder, which is called Erased Volume 2 by Kei Sanbe.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

Satoru has now found himself back in the world of 1988, where many of the things that he remembered and experienced had not happened yet, and he is determined to change the future.

However, even though he knows what is about to happen, things that he forgot he did start to repeat themselves and his chance to change the future might slip through his fingers.

While stories can start off great, there is no guarantee that the it would remain as good, or even get better, especially series that I used to like.

Fortunately, after this, I can safely say that I enjoyed this book.

Just like the previous volume, which this was bundled with, if one got this series in print, since Yen Press is releasing two volumes at a time, I did not want to stop reading for any reason the moment that I opened up this book.

As one would expect from a series like this, the first chapter of this volume picked up right where the last one left off, and really helped suck me into the world, because I wanted to find out who the true criminal behind the kidnappings were, even though I and everyone who had seen the anime knows exactly who is.

Then again, I am not too sure how well I would have become engrossed in this book, had I not just read the previous volume because there have been times where I was not too interested in what was going on if I did not watch or read something soon enough, so I have got to thank Yen Press for deciding to release all eight volumes at a pace of about two at a time, since they are not letting my interest wane too much.

I sure wish Viz would release volumes of Detective Conan this quickly where I live, since Vietnam, Germany, and a few other countries already have the Rum arc, whereas Viz has just started the Bourbon arc.

Oh well, each publishing company has their own publishing schedules, and Viz has a ton of ongoing series to deal with.

I also liked how Satoru started contemplating why he repeated the same mistakes.

While Satoru did notice this in episode 3 of the anime, and I did talk about it in my review of that episode, I did not feel like Satoru had truly contemplated his actions.

Here, however, Satoru not only noticed that he made a mistake, but he also tried wondering why he made the mistake, though it is kind of obvious.

As human beings, we have many regrets in life and we wish would do things differently, but the mistakes that we make are done for various reasons, whether it is because we think we are being considerate or for some other reason, and, because of those reasons, we are almost guaranteed to make that same mistake, even if time travel becomes more reality than just fiction or theory.

In Satoru's case, I think that he made the original mistake because he knew that the classmate he was racing against trained a lot, as he noted in the volume, but this time, he chose to let the classmate win because he considered himself a 29 year old, and did not think that it would look good if he had beaten a child in a race, which meant that he was trying to be considerate, yet it led to him being confronted by said classmate.

Many of my elders and I know that things that can be thought of as a virtue can be a double-edged sword, much like how what people would consider a selfish act actually ends up being the most selfless thing a person can do, and, here, it would have probably been better if Satoru had not ceded victory to his classmate, but, if Kei went this route, this moment would not have existed.

As a result, I want to give Kei some major applause, because I do not think that I would have liked the series as much as I do if Kei did not utilize the possibilities that would come up if a person tried to change the future.

Fortunately, because he did include it, I am much more interested in continuing on with this series to see if Satoru would bring the person who killed his mother to justice, even though I already know how everything will end.

Another nice thing that I liked was how there was quite a bit to laugh about.

Throughout the entire volume, Satoru is mostly his kid self, with the mind and memories of his 29 year old self, and tries to hide that he is not the Satoru everyone knows, but he does not seem to keep things to himself too much, like calling CPS a bunch of useless people, and asking Hinazuki if the way she talked to him was normal for her.

While this is something that I actually found funnier in the anime than I did here, I cannot say that I did not feel like laughing at all here, because it was still fairly funny, and I have to applaud Kei Sanbe for being able to do a fairly good job of delivering that humor.

After all, I doubt that anybody would like a story that feels too serious. Nice job, Kei.

Thing that I liked the most though was how the mystery aspect is still present.

Even though this series is not technically a mystery series, and the culprit is already present I the series, I was not clued into the culprit's guilt quite as badly as I was back in episode 3.

In episode 3, A-1 Pictures made the culprit come off as creepy when Satoru talked to him about his concerns and pretty much confirmed that he was the one that was behind the things that trouble Satoru, even thought Agatha Christie's A Pocket Full of Rye demonstrates perfectly why basing conclusions of such instances may not lead to the correct answer.

However, in this volume, there was not much of a creepy atmosphere that cropped up, and because of that, I kept wondering if the Satoru will encounter a suspect or not, even though I already knew the culprit was right there.

If any version of this series could even remotely called a mystery series, this one is a good candidate, but I do not think that Kei Sanbe will be able to have the culprit maintain his façade too long, since some people have reported that things happen to make culprit look like a red herring, as opposed to actually being Satoru's, so I will continue to refrain calling this series a mystery series.

Still, that does not mean that Kei Sanbe does not deserve any praise for maintaining the mystery element longer than A-1 Pictures did, and he deserves quite a bit of applause.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked.

Because my interest was held from being to end, though it had more to do with how Yen Press decided to release this series than the author, the main character contemplated why he made a mistake, and the mystery element has yet to disappear, this book was pretty good.

Although I liked the book, there are some issues.

However, aside from things too minor to talk about, nothing really bothered me too much, at least for now.

As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that there was quite a bit to like, such as how the mystery element has not disappeared yet, this was definitely worth reading.

I recommend this to fans of Kei Sanbe, Boku Dake ga Inai Machi, and those that was something different.

As for everyone else, it might be worth giving a try, but this book is best enjoyed by reading it immediately after the previous volume.

If you have read this book, or read the omnibus from Yen Press, what are your thoughts on Erased Volume 2? Please leave a comment and let everyone know why you liked or hated the book, especially if your reasons differ from mine or you disagree with me.

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