Another year has come and gone in the life of Fragglepuss.com. Who would have thought after three years I would still be writing anime reviews? Thanks to everyone that’s read them over the years. Hopefully you have found a good recommendation or two. Thanks to Michael Ricks and the crew at The Closet Geek podcast for recommendations and support. Check out their podcast for all the geek-related news!
Thanks to my fellow Anime Happy Hour podcasters: Breanne Evans, Brittany Evans, and Lindsay Starke. I love chatting anime with the four of us and presenting all the convention panels. It must be true that the family that does anime together stays together. What, that’s not a saying? Still though, we have a blast and it keeps us close so I’m grateful for that. Speaking of panels, thanks to Alec Unsicker for joining our panel crew for the past couple conventions. It’s been fun having you up there with us!
Thanks to SLC Anime for providing interesting anime to watch. The members are great and been the inspiration to watch anime I would have not considered otherwise. If it wasn’t for SLC Anime, I would have never seen Madoka Magica or Princess Jellyfish. Now I love them both! If you’re looking for an anime group, check us out on Facebook. We meetup once a month and chat anime. It’s wonderful!
One last special thanks goes out to Breanne and Maxine Evans. Thanks for not only being supportive all these years but also helping with all the geek stuff. I wouldn’t be able to do it without you.
Alright, enough of that nonsense. Back to the reviews!
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Drama, Tragedy, Natural Disaster
First Aired: Summer 2009, 11 episodes
Summary: Summer vacation begins and Mirai Onozawa grudgingly takes her younger brother Yuuki to Odaiba to visit a robot exhibition he’s been looking forward to seeing. The day begins like any other as they reach the exhibition with no problem. Everything changes when a major earthquake shakes Odaiba and the entire Kanto region. Suddenly the children must worry about a lot more than a train ride home. They need to figure out a new path since the bridge is out and the city is crumbling before their eyes. As the aftershocks are still coming in waves, they stumble upon Mari Kusakabe, a single mother who decides to help the young siblings. Aiming to return to their homes and reunite with their families, the group sets off on a long and hard journey through the ruined city.
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is created by Bones, the same studio that brought us Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Noragami, and My Hero Academia. The quality shows in the compelling story and characters. I went back and forth on how I felt about Mirai and Yuuki, but by the end I cared not only for them, but also for Mari. I appreciate the research that went into the realism of the series, such as the attention to detail in Odaiba and the Tokyo Tower. Another aspect adding to the realism was the use of natural hair color and little to no use of typical anime exaggerations (big eyes, tear drops, chibis, etc). I will admit, I began watching the show with the opinion I wouldn’t like it. However, by the end I was more emotionally involved than I have been in an anime for quite a while.
You might enjoy this if: You are ready to strap in and go for an emotional ride like no other. So many feelings went through me as the series progressed. The potential reality of the situation kicks it up another notch. I just imagine being in that horrible situation and the decisions I would make given the circumstances.
You might not like it if: You’re already going through a difficult time in life and are searching for a lighthearted pick-me-up to forget about reality for a minute.
Note to the Viewer: Extensive research was conducted to make the series by collecting information on previous earthquakes and interviewing individuals affected by them. They were attempting to make it realistic to illustrate the potential consequences of an 8.0 earthquake.
AMV – Time Falls Away by AdventLostKaichou
(*This is a spoiler-heavy AMV*. I wouldn’t watch it until after you have finished the series. That’s just my recommendation though. I’m an anime review, not your parents)