Fragglepuss Anime Review 303: Japan Sinks: 2020 / Nihon Chinbotsu 2020 + The Seven-Year Anniversary of!

Seven years of anime reviews and over 300 down! I would say it doesn’t feel like it has been so long, but I think back to what was going on in my life when I started this page, and it was completely different than it is now. However, despite all the changes over the past several years, I still enjoy a good anime. I am excited to see where the next several years will take me, and I am excited to keep up with anime along the way. It’s a welcomed distraction from the crazy world out there.

Thanks again to one and all that have been there throughout these past several years. My hope is that these reviews have given you a recommendation for something new to watch, whether it’s your first anime or your 1,000th. Thanks to everyone that has attended our panels over the years. I look forward to presenting them again after the 2020 hiatus. Thanks to my fellow Anime Happy Hour crew for all the laughs. Thanks to Breanne and Max for the constant support. I always get all sentimental with these, I’ll stop for now. Thanks for hanging on while I ramble.

Japan Sinks: 2020 / Nihon Chinbotsu 2020

Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Disaster

First Aired: Summer 2020, 10 episodes

Summary: A major earthquake hits Japan shortly after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Chaos ensues across Japan with new trouble at every turn. The story focuses mainly on the Muto family as the earthquakes occur and the aftermath that follows.

Japan Sinks provides a realistic representation of natural disasters, from the utter destruction to the societal chaos that follows. The series begins with a normal day that is shattered by sudden destruction and panic. People die and things are clearly not going back to normal anytime soon.

The series is directed by Masaaki Yuasa, known for such anime as: Mind Game, Devilman Crybaby, Lu Over the Wall, and Night is Short, Walk on Girl. Yuasa is known for his abstract and experimental animation, but Japan Sinks does not explore his artistic side as much as his other shows. This series differs from many of his other works with its realism, as opposed to the surreal nature of the others.

You might enjoy this if: You are curious to see the devastating power of Mother Nature and the disaster she is capable of.

You might not like it if: Animation quality is a dealbreaker. It is severely lacking in that department.

Similar Anime: Grave of the Fireflies, Highschool of the Dead, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, King of Thorn, Land of the Lustrous, Millennium Actress, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Wolf Children

Note to the Viewer: “Japan Sinks: 2020” is an adaptation of a 1973 novel written by Sakyo Komatsu. It was a wild coincidence because it was released on Netflix shortly after uncharacteristically large earthquakes had hit us where I live. Felt like a bad omen if I’m being honest.

Japan Sinks: 2020 Official Netflix Trailer

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