Nov 2, 2017

Netflix Is Producing a Live-Action Version of Erased

The series will premiere in Japan on December 15, with the rest of the world to follow soon after.

Erased Netflix

One of the best anime series that I’ve seen in recent history is Tomohiko Itō’s Erased, in which a young man finds himself transported back in time to grade school, giving him a chance to prevent the kidnapping and murder of a classmate. The series, which is currently streaming on Hulu, is a skillful blend of murder mystery, suspense, and coming-of-age melodrama, and I highly recommend it.

The anime series was, itself, adapted from Kei Sanbe’s manga, which also inspired a live-action film starring Tatsuya Fujiwara (Death Note, Battle Royale) that was released in Japanese theaters back in 2016. And now, Netflix is taking a crack at Sanbe’s manga with a live-action Erased series that will premiere in Japan on December 15, and throughout the rest of the world later this winter.

The series will be directed by Ten Shimoyama (Kikaider: The Ultimate Human Robot, Shinobi: Heart Under Blade) and star Yūki Furukawa, Mio Yūki, Shigeyuki Totsugi, and Noriko Eguchi. And interestingly, I found this bit while doing some research: Netflix’s series will keep the same climax as Sanbe’s original manga, which was changed for the anime and live-action films. I’m curious to see how well the original ending compares to the anime ending, which did a really good job of wrapping things up in a satisfactory way.

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