Book Review: Erased Volume 6

November 1, 2017

Erased Volume 6 cover.

I hope that everyone is having a good week, and are ready to
deal with the last full month of the current season.

Things have been going pretty well here, as I can still do
the things that I enjoy.

At the end of October, I finally received the last two titles
that I was expecting that month, with some bit of confusion, and finished out
the month by getting one of those books out of the way.

Today, I will be reviewing the last of those titles, which
is called Erased Volume 6 by Kei
Sanbe.

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

After going through so many hardships, Satoru has come face
to face with the person that he has been chasing all this time, Gaku Yashihiro,
his own teacher that he fully trusted, but, unfortunately for Satoru, it seems
like it is game over.

However, even though Satoru may have lost against Yashiro, he
manages to survive, finding himself back in the current era, and now has a ton
of questions, such as how he knows things that he should not and his
exceptional drawing abilities, and he is determined to find the key that links
the new present and the events of the past that no longer makes sense.

While the previous
volume
was quite impressive, even though I normally would have been
irritated by how the obvious was the solution, that does not mean that things
would continue to stay just as good.

And after reading this, I would have to say that I found it
okay.

From the moment that I started reading this, I did not want
to put it down for any reason, though this feeling was not exactly as strong as
the other installments in the series.

Back in the previous volume, things ended right at the
moment that Satoru was trying to rescue Misato from who he thought was the
kidnapper, and when I tried getting candy for him and Yashiro, whom he did not
think was the killer, Yashiro suddenly reveals himself to be the one that
Satoru was looking for all this time and the last thing we see is their
expression, which made me wonder whether or not Satoru was going to get out of
this alive or not, even though I knew that he would.

This volume captured my interest quickly because it picked
up right where the last volume left off, which was what is expected to happen
in series like this, and had me wondering about Satoru's ultimate fate.

The antepenultimate volume of a series is supposed to help
lead into the grand finale, and the fact that things started off right here is
just the perfect way to do this.

If I had no question as to what Satoru's fate was or Satoru was
able to miraculously make it out of the situation he was in, though I would not
say that he made out by his own efforts, since he was a child, I would have
been angry because it would have taken away from the great amount of
satisfaction I had from reading the true ending the first time around, and the
series would still look like the joke that A-1 Pictures made it seem to be.

However, because the people that Kodakawa Shoten had put the
volume together, whether it was in house or outsourced, and Kei Sanbe, who I now
believe does have some input into how the volumes is put together, since the
afterword special talks about it, decided to start things off like this, I feel
like giving them a good amount applause.

Hopefully, they can keep this up until the very end in
volumes 7 and 8, because I really want this series to end on a better note than
the anime did, and, as I said in my review of the previous volume, the way
these volumes start and end is key to making that happen.

I also liked how Yashiro's backstory was explored, showing
his descent and how people did not suspect him too often.

In both this version of the series and A-1 Pictures anime adaptation,
Yashiro is presented as this really clever individual, at least before the big
reveal that happened in both the previous volume and the 10th
episode
, and I was looking to some kind of showdown that would just feel
line everything truly was coming to a close, but A-1 Pictures really ruined
Yashiro's character by turning him into a third rate villain that only got
lucky, while trying to find something that made him feel fulfilled, because he
seemingly just let Satoru do whatever he wanted, except flinging himself off
the roof, during their final confrontation in the final
episode
, leaving me to wonder just how he had gotten away with all the
crimes that he committed.

Here, however, after I was led to believe that Satoru was
either dead or would die soon, the focus shifts away from Satoru and his friends
to Yashiro, as he recounts his past via flashbacks, revealing how he was
initially a good kid until his brother forced him to help him commit evil deeds
and then eventually started doing things on his own and reading things, like books
on forensic pathology.

By doing this, Yashiro not only becomes more than just a
figure among the masses that he has been for so long, aside front a few things
here and there that did not give off as strong vibes in the manga as they did
the anime of the possibility that he was Satoru's enemy, but it also made him
feel like he matched the exact personality of the person Satoru and his friends
were seeking, instead of the typical villain that would be found in a children's
cartoon, which he ended up being in A-1 Pictures adaptation.

If Kei Sanbe skipped over these details entirely, like A-1
Pictures did, since the flashback they present made him seem evil from the
beginning, I would have been extremely disappointed, because he was able to do
quite a bit for his work to outshine the adaptation that aired last year, much
like people expect, as they are not aware of the exceptions to the belief that
the original is the best version, and Yashiro would not have been as fleshed
out as a character as he ended up being.

Thankfully, Kei did not do that, and it made me happy that I
have stuck with this series for so long, even if I know that it may not be
exactly perfect, and I am looking forward to seeing how the final two volumes,
which will be released next year, will play out, though I already know what
happens.

The thing that I liked the most though was how Satoru was
struggling to get his memories back and how it showed how Satoru started to
remember things.

Other than the fact that the final confrontation between
Satoru and Yashiro not being great, one of the things that I hated the most was
how A-1 Pictures never really explored how Satoru survived all this time and
just decided to give him back his memories at the very moment that he reunites
with Yashiro, even though he never really seemed like he was trying his hardest
to piece things together.

While the time skip would make sense to most people,
regardless of whether or not this would be the audience's first time going
through this series, we, as the audience, are still kind of lost about what is
going on and we need some sort of explanation, which A-1 Pictures failed to
provide in an adequate manner, if at all.

In this volume, however, Satoru receives two files with
messages written by Kenya explaining what happened after Yashiro tried to kill
him and how he ultimately found himself where he was and that the search for
Yashiro, whom they are not aware is true culprit and Satoru forgot attempted to
kill him, is still ongoing, though Jun Shiratori is not on death row anymore,
and we see Satoru struggle to remember the things that happened prior to what
Kenya wrote down, ultimately showing a door to symbolize the obstacle in Satoru's
path.

Later, when Satoru sees somebody he recognizes, that very
same door is shown, and the volumes ends with that door being unlocked, as Satoru's
shocked face.

Now, something like that will not happen in real life, as it
would be more like how A-1 Pictures presented the return of Satoru's memories,
but this is way more believable because either the person would be struggling
to remember or those close to them would be doing things to slowly help the
person regain their memories, before the actual trigger occurs.

If Kei Sanbe had taken the same approach as A-1 Pictures did
to get Satoru back into the hunt for Yashiro, I would have been much more disappointed,
even if it was the more realistic approach, because Satoru was being questioned
by doctors and few others, and just moving things along until the trigger for
Satoru to regain his memories shows up just is not as exciting as seeing him
mentally struggle as he tries to remember.

However, because Kei Sanbe took the approach he did here, I
feel like I am ready to see how things will finally end and how Satoru will
meet Yashiro for their inevitable showdown.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else
that I particularly liked, at least that either could not be added into what I
talked about already or not spoil things any more than I have.

Because this volume quickly caught my attention, by picking
up where the last volume left off, Yashiro got a backstory that helped to not
make him look like the typical villain from children's cartoons, and that how
Satoru survived after finding out that Yashiro was enemy and that he is shown
struggling to regain his memories before getting them back, this was a pretty
decent read.

Although there were things that I liked about the volume,
there are some issues.

However, aside from things that are too minor to talk about,
such as typos and things that would be pretty common in the antepenultimate
volume of a series like this, nothing really seemed to bother me too much.

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

Considering that there was quite a bit to like about this
book, especially considering how it is still looking good, even if it is not on
par with the last installment, this was definitely worth reading.

I mainly recommend this to fans of Boku Dake ga Inai
Machi
, as this is the antepenultimate volume of the series and they would
be able to enjoy this the most.

As for everyone else, it would be worth giving a try, but
with this book being so close to end, I would recommend reading the previous
volumes first, so that you would not be lost and can tell if the series is
right for you.

If you liked this review and would like to see more, please
consider supporting me on Patreon
or, if you either want a copy of this volume or have the chance to see how the
series will end, either buy Yen Press's third
compilation
or preorder their fourth,
and final, compilation
, which contains volumes 7 and 8, from Book
Depository, who offers free shipping to many countries across the world, so that
I can accurately judge whether the manga's ending is truly superior to the
anime's and even find more worthwhile reads for you guys, and do whatever you
do when you find something that impresses you.

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