Thursday, 3 August 2017

Unboxing [UK]: ERASED - Part 1: Collector's Edition (BD/DVD)

The well loved show of the Winter 2016 season has finally reached the UK, but due to Aniplex rules it's going to be a two part release.

Here's the first half of ERASED from Anime Limited.

ERASED (Boku dake ga Inai Machi) is a 12 episode series based on the manga of the same name from Kei Sanbe, adapted by studio A-1 Pictures and published in Japan by Aniplex. The show aired in January 2016 and was one of the most talked about shows during its simulcast. I also watched the show during its simulcast and felt that it was good but rather over-hyped.

Aniplex of America have the rights to this show and as per usual they released the show early at a high price and forced some restrictions to the other English distributors over the title. Anime Limited and Madman, the licensors for UK & Australia, both had to release the show in two parts.

Anime Limited acquired the UK rights during its simulcast and offered a collector's edition two part release for the show. This first part contains the first six episodes of the show in English & Japanese audio with English subtitles across one Blu-ray and one DVD disc. Now due to Aniplex rules, the UK collector's edition doesn't offer the original soundtrack (don't worry about this, as Yuki Kajiura OSTs get a standalone release later down the line) nor the manga that's available on the US limited edition volumes, however in return the UK release offers more content to the booklet.

The booklet does contain spoilers so be warned.

The booklet is the same as the US release but expanded upon to offer some interviews from the Japanese Blu-ray volumes. The UK box is also more noticeable than the US version which was hard to tell unless you looked at it from an angle on the artwork. The regions are locked to B and 2 NTSC only. The subtitles are white, unlockable and use the Aniplex US release translation.

Blu-ray Specs:
Languages: Japanese, English
Audio: LPCM 2.0 [Japanese, English]
Video: 1080p HD Native 16:9
Region: B
Subtitles: English
Subtitles Locked: No
Discs: 1

DVD Specs:
Languages: Japanese, English
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 [Japanese, English]
Video: SD 16:9 NTSC
Region: 2
Subtitles: English
Subtitles Locked: No
Discs: 1

Plot Synopsis (via Anime Limited):
“I’m gonna do what I didn’t the first time to change everything!

Erased is a sci-fi thriller series based on the award winning manga series (2014 Manga Taisho Award) by Kei Sanbe. The dream production staff includes director Tomohiko Ito (Sword Art Online), character designer Keigo Sasaki (Blue Exorcist), composer Yuki Kajiura (Sword Art Online, Fate/Zero, Madoka Magica), and animation studio A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Your lie in April, Blue Exorcist).

29-year old Satoru Fujinuma is a struggling manga artist who works part time as a pizza delivery man. But he has a secret ability which he names Revival. This ability allows Satoru to go back in time to prevent life-threatening incidents from happening.

Now a series of tragic incidents are unfolding before Satorus eyes and they may change his life forever.”

On-Disc Extra Content:
Audio Commentary for Episodes 1 & 6
Trailer Collections
Textless Opening & Closing Songs

Collector's Edition Extras:
Chipboard rigid box packaging with digipack
92-page Booklet

ERASED is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Anime Limited.

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