Blu-Ray Review: Sagrada Reset – The Complete Collection

It is time to save, and then perhaps reset after reading this feature, as today we take a closer look at what MVM Entertainment’s Blu-Ray release of Sagrada Reset – The Complete Collection has to offer.

Synopsis:

The ability to reset time might seem like the ultimate superpower, but if you forget what was going to happen when you reset it, how would you know what you needed to change? Or if you’d make things better or worse?

That’s the paradox that faces Misora Haruki until she’s paired with Kei Asai, who remembers everything, even if they happened in timelines that have been reset. But there’s still a catch: each reset point can be used only once and anything that happens in the 24 hours before a new one can be set will be locked in time forever.

In a town where a mysterious agency seems to be controlling everything from the shadows and everyone has unexpected powers, the lives of Kei and Misora’s friends and classmates will depend on how carefully they can use the Sagrada Reset.

Our View:

Based upon the light novel of the same name by Yutaka Kōno comes the animated series Sagrada Reset animated by David Production. An unfamiliar writer, an unfamiliar animation studio; but once exceptional story that is only dulled by its dreary progression and confusing twisted nature. If you enjoyed MAGES stories within Occultic;Nine, Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes and PUNCH LINE then you’ll enjoy what Sagrada Reset has to offer; after all it is about supernatural abilities and the concept of time travel.

Sagrada Reset takes place within the fictional location of Sakurada, of which its inhabitants of this small city all possess unique abilities. Those who choose to reside within Sakurada will be able to wield these abilities indefinitely; but should they choose to leave the city limits the abilities will be forgotten. To maintain balance within Sakurada a specialised government, outfit known as The Bureau, monitors the city and imposes investigations into those who act abnormally or abuse their powers. The origins of Sakurada aside the story within Sakurada Sagrada Reset follows the journey of Kei Asai and his ability of being able to remember everything; an eidetic memory if you prefer.

In this situation Kei Asai closest friend Sumire Soma suggests he meet up with Misora Haruki, a shy timid girl, who has the ability of being able to ‘reset’ time to an early save point. This ‘forced encounter’ sees Asai open up to Haruki and in turn they agree to work with each other in order to use their combined abilities to bring happiness to the world. Unfortunately this goes drastically wrong, as while aiding someone else the reset causes Asai’s closest friend, Sumire Soma, to die in a situation that did not previously occur. An unexpected twist indeed; but alas this is just beginning.

Fast forward two years into the future and Asai and Haruki have become closer, in name only at least, and new found themselves recruited into the Special Club of the Bureau and as such they work together to resolve requests handed down to them. These requests vary in nature and usually involve investigation into other people and their abiltiies, of which Asai uses Haruki’s reset ability in order to learn more and solve each case. These investigations introduce new characters, some of which, such as Yōka Murase, Eri Oka and Seika Nono, become regular characters within the story.

So at this point you might be thinking; what exactly is the story of Sagrada Reset and what does it have to offer. Truthly that is a bit of confusing question to answer as due to the way the series is presented to the viewer, with each episode taking place at different points in time, it does not follow the convectional linear approach to storytelling. It reminds me of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya whereby it could be watched in multiple ways to deliver a slightly different perspective of the story; and the same applies with Sagrada Reset.

Most episodes do delivery a continuing story and these are outlined with episode titles that are the same and numbered accordingly. These episodes focus on a specific investigation at hand; but upon completion of the investigation key story points will be used in future episodes as a reference or continuation. Some episodes meanwhile focus on exploring a characters personality or traits. For instance one episodes sees Haruki take centre stage as she tries to develop a friendship with Seika Nono. Haruki’s robotic personality is almost comical but this particular episode provided a breath of fresh air, and a bit of slice of life drama, to watch is an intense mystery filled story.

Those similarities aside the key focus within Sagrada Reset is the exploration of abilities within the city of  Sakurada and the investigations that Kei Asai and Misora Haruki must solve. This story however soon takes a unique turn when Asai and Haruki are given the chance to resurrect an old friend, and in doing so they learn that the Bureau is more than what they first thought. Mysterious abilities, Resetting time, Group conspiracy plans and reivving the dead; it’s all here in this uniquely presented story but despite the positives it’s not exactly entertaining or entirely dramatic.

Unlike Steins;Gate or Occultic;Nine the characters within Sagrada Reset are devoid of emotion and lack any real attachment; so it is hard to maintain attention or feel sympathetic to the events on scene. A lacklustre attempt at supernatural abilities; but it has its merits.

Extras:

As with most anime releases authored by Sentai Filmworks the only supplementary content is the inclusion of textless songs, for both the opening and ending animations, as well as trailer for other Sentai Filmwork related releases. In short it is a simplistic, and barebones, set of bonus features and all can be found on the third Blu-Ray disc.

The trailers included meanwhile are Akame Ga Kill, The World God Only Knows, Negima?! And Hitorijime My Hero, with only the latter not being available in the UK. As per usual these trailers are more ‘music videos’ featuring the opening song mixed with different scenes from each series.

Specs:

Media:  BD 50 x3
Region: B
Running Time: 3:55:48 (Disc 1), 3:42:18 (Disc 2), 2:28:12 (Disc 3)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: DTS-HD 2.0 (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (Yellow)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

Sagrada Reset puts viewers into the mind of Kei Asai, a seemingly normal student who – after the death of closest school friend – finds himself working with Misora Haruki to help the Bureau within investigations in other ability wielders. In this world at least people who reside within the city may obtain supernatural abilities and in the case of Misora Haruki she is able to reset time within a certain window. Kei Asai meanwhile has an eidetic memory and is unaffected by Haruki’s reset ability.

As mentioned these two work with one another and abide by each other’s rules with no real emotion attached other than their commitment to the job at hand; and as such we see these characters encounter various different people with abilities and befriend them to be good citizens or resolve their difficult situations.

This story is separated into story arcs, each focusing on a specific topic at hand such as a Lost Cat, Dream World or Photos that Explore the past; but in doing so they begin to learn of a connection between an old friend, who was once thought dead, and the Bureau that controls the city. It’s here where the group try to find the truth; and at any cost.

It’s sound exciting, and it should be, but in reality it’s not. Regardless for this Blu-Ray release it is business as usual for MVM Entertainment as just like past Sentai Filmwork related releases Sagrada Reset uses the North American disc masters at is core with minor changes (i.e. the inclusion of the MVM Entertainment before the disc menu). This means we receive the same bonus features as our North American friends, but more importantly we receive the same disc presentation and layout.

In this case Sagrada Reset is a subtitled only release and as such each menu only lists the episodes contained on the disc, with the exception of the third disc which also includes an ‘Extras’ menu option. Visual and audio presentation also remains consistent with previous releases and, more importantly the subtitles are presented in a clean and readable format with Yellow text while White text is reserved for translation signs or dual conversations.

Sagrada Reset offers an interesting concept that is presented in a unique manner but executed in a lacklusture manner. It is filled with un-motivated characters that seek no real agenda or end goal and as such they go about their daily lives trying to save anyone they see fit. Everything feels forced, both onto the characters within the story and in turn the viewer, but this aside it does offer something different to alternate supernatural/time travel storylines. If you enjoyed Steins;Gate and Occultic;Nine then you’ll find something interesting here. As mentioned before; an interesting concept just poorly excuted, but at least the animation is nice.

Score: review-stars-3

Sagrada Reset – The Complete Collection will be available on Blu-Ray from the 29th July 2019 via MVM Entertainment.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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