English: Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 10, 2009 to Sep 18, 2009
22 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisThe premise of the project is the 70% possibility that a magnitude 7.0 earthquake will occur in Tokyo in the next 30 years. The anime depicts what would happen if an 8.0 earthquake took place.
The story centers on Mirai, a middle school freshman girl who goes to Tokyo’s artificial Odaiba Island for a robot exhibition with her brother Yuuki at the start of summer vacation. A powerful tremor emanates from an ocean trench, the famed Tokyo Tower and Rainbow Bridge crumble and fall, and the landscape of Tokyo changes in an instant. With the help of a motorcycle delivery woman named Mari who they meet on Odaiba, Mirai and Yuuki strive to head back to their Setagaya home in western Tokyo.
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She's Breaking Bit by Bit
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is something special. A human story told through naked eyes, this show did something that a lot of anime hasn't done for me lately, spark an emotional connection. It gently nudged me through the tale of a young girl named Mirai, her little brother Yuuki and a motorcycling delivery woman name Mari, as the world around them shattered into pieces.
Tokyo is crumbling; foundations are upheaved, buildings are leveled, and bridges are twisted till the tensions snap, as a magnitude 8.0 earthquake roars. Fires break out like crimson rashes, burning away homes all over the Kanto region. From the wake of the chaos, people stumble and endure, somehow crawling back home.
Mirai and Yuuki are tremendously endearing. Mirai is terribly pessimistic, always believing that fate has a bone to pick with her. She snaps at her brother for being her antithesis, a hopeless optimist at heart who believes that everything has to turn out alright. The older lead, Mari, serves as a nice foil to the pair, level headed and calm; she serves as a guide and guardian to the children. It's easy to appreciate how each character grew over the course of the tale; Mirai gaining a drop of her sibling's positivity, Yuuki gaining a touch of his sister's pragmatism and Mari learning she's not so invulnerable, as they hobble over the fractured roadways and splintering scenery.
The plot focuses on the trio as they trudge their way back to their families. The urgency is palpable as snapshots of destruction litter each episode from radio snippets to television clips. The three are twisted by stress and struggle to best figure out a way to deal with death and disaster. Even Mari, grounded and collected, stumbles from this tightrope. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is fueled by emotion and the most fundamental instinct any human has: to survive. It starts off slow, but it builds like a powerful crescendo into an unforgettable ending.
The art and animation are inconsistent. I love how most of the character models were plain, unadorned figurines on the broken canvas of Tokyo. It lets the viewer focus on the detailed scenery; the cracks veining through the pavement, uprooted trees, shattered windows, twisted steel, and burning buildings. The artists captured the ruination and didn't seem to want ornate models taking away from it. On a more technical aspect, the CGI that is sprinkled throughout is done well, opting for a distinct cell-shaded look. It was irksome to find the animation to be uneven and, at some points, even choppy. It's a shame, considering how much effort and thought was put into the art direction.
The music is nothing amazing, but it works with the show. The score moves with the ebb and flow of the small group's journey, cascading gently with the moments of calm before beginning to tumble with scenes of tragedy. I didn't quite enjoy the OP by the Abingdon School Boy, the upbeat tempo being too much of a contrast to the carefully paced tale. The voice acting is commendable for weaving the powerful tale. Mirai's faltering voice, echoing loneliness, pulled at my heartstrings, while Yuuki's voice brought a smile to my face.
Watchability and Enjoyment
The story slowly burns itself, never exactly rushing within the small frame of eleven episodes. I took Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 in tiny doses, an episode here and there. Nothing really pushed me to watch the next episode until I reached the last quarter. Things really pick up in the last three episodes, as the journey winds to an end, for a strong conclusion. It was only then that I felt satisfied with my investment in the series and appreciated the first eight episodes.
It's the realism that shook me. Every episode began with a disclaimer stating that the series was based on seas of research and simulations. Sure, the science is well and good; but it was really about the 'human' realism, overcoming the hopelessness. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is a great anime, worth a watch by anyone who appreciates a good story. read more
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is a breath of fresh air amidst all the crazy ridiculous shows filled with giant mecha, deadly monsters, hot chicks, and moe guitar plucking girls. It takes a seemingly normal life of a bratty teenager and literally shakes up her world as she confronts the very face of humanity.
Story : Mirai is one of those bratty teenagers who is entering that stage of life where they just simply hate everything and anything. Being dragged to a robot exhibition by her younger brother Yuuki, in Odaiba, a catastrophic earthquake hits Tokyo and the city falls into chaos. The story follows Mirai's journey home as she is accompanied by her brother and their guardian, Mari. It slowly paces itself through 11 episodes as Mirai and co. meet new people, and face the reality of such a life altering event. The pacing does seem slow at times, and there were certain events that could've been handled better, but it comes to a strong end as she reaches her destination.
Art : The animation is definitely not the strong point of this show. The character models were mediocre at best, and there were parts where it was just simply full of QUALITY. The backgrounds however, were designed quite well plus a mixture of CGI models interacting in the background gives it life. The OP and ED were done well consisting of montages of a ruined Tokyo. For a show that's not focused around sexy looking chicks or big bad explosions, the artwork by BONES is acceptable.
Sound : There wasn't a lot of memorable music in the show but it does the job. The BGM is calm and serene as it is sharp and chaotic, and fits most of the scenes well. It's not like you really need some jarring suspenseful action music when you see buildings falling into pieces and such.
The voices fit the characters well. Mirai sounds like how a teenager should sound. Yuuki and Mari's voice job was done well too. They should like their own age, unlike some other characters in other shows where 16 year old girls would have deep silent voices, etc.
The OP, done by abingdon boys school, doesn't exactly get you pumped up and excited, but rather brings a sense of melancholic urgency. The ED fits in where it should be. An ending theme of everyday life as Mirai and co. look forward towards their destination.
Character : There wasn't a huge cast nor was it centered on many characters. The show reveals how humanity can react in such a crisis. There will always be the rash unreasonable people but there will always be the shining lights of hope who will assist you when you need it most.
Mirai got the brunt of all the development that was there in the show. She started off as a bratty teenager who rejects everything around her, like a prepubescent teenager should be, and slowly changes through the show as she faces the harsh reality that she's in. Yuuki is pretty much the catalyst in all of her development as he's the basic opposite of Mirai's initial personality. Yuuki was your typical happy kid. As the show progresses, we see a more mature face to his chippy exterior as he traverses through the desolate Tokyo city. Mari was their faithful guardian as she led them through the ruined city, in search of her own family. Mari started out as the cool, responsible, and protective character but as she finds out the whereabouts of her family, it is revealed that she is human just like everyone else.
Enjoyment/Overall [9/8]: Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is not filled with giant beam shooting mecha. It doesn't have scantily clad magical girls. It has no moe school girl clubs nor giant tentacled monsters. It is a slice of a possible life that faces Tokyo in the modern day. The show may have its setbacks, but it is a show that reveals what realities we take for granted. It takes the everyday lives of regular people and turns their world upside down in the aftermath of an event that can happen to us all. read more
Both are stories that deal catastrophes and it's effects in a realistic approach. Both have siblings as the main characters whom develop a strong bond through out.
There is this strange sense of realism and probability in these series that you might like if you liked either series. Also a sense of mature responsibility for ones' siblings. Not to mention the need for growing up quickly and taking charge of what is going on.
Both anime have a "Grave of the Fireflies effect" that use several ploys to tug at your heart and give a sad feeling. Both are a must watch.
Both of them involve tragedies which force the main characters to take care of themselves with every little thing they can get.
Both deal with real catastrophes, the provoked damages, the victims and the ruined lives of the remained people..
Both series have a great psychological drama impact, very well developed.
Also, another important thing to mention is that they both share a great sibling relationship as main factor of the story along all the plot.
Conclusion, if u've seen one of those, you can't miss the other one!
It's the realism that makes these two so similar. There is no similarities in plot, but you will sure to have the same feelings when you watch Grave of the Fireflies and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 because both series try to cope with many things, like how to survive in a world where there's no one there for you but the company of each other (both series have the main characters as siblings).
what would a kid do after a catastrophe ?
both are a human story, so real
Both GOTF and TM8.0 deal with panic and crisis situations. The first centers in the WWII, and Tokyo Magnitude in an eventual earthquake that strikes Japan. Also, the drama, sadness, and death are very important parts to it, and both will bring tears to your eyes, although, being Grave Of The Fireflies a movie from 1988, you need to enjoy old anime to like this one.
Both are about two siblings hardships through a disaster.
Both are very similar both deal widespread disaster and it's effects in a realistic approach. Both have siblings as the main characters whom develop a strong bond through out and losing everything they hold dear so they only have each other.
In the presence of a devastating disaster, siblings try their best to survive despite the odds.
Both are splendid anime, that would definitely tug one's heartstrings. Both depict realistic scenarios, portraying the love and care siblings (the main characters) had for one another. Human nature, or rather how the society works, are painted beautifully. Tragedy did occur in both anime.
If looking for an anime that is emotional or you just want to have a ''good cry'', both are must-watch. If you like one, you would like the other.
both are stories about siblings who struggles in a very tragic situations. both drama are so realistic and well-made.
Both series deal with the loss of someone important and somehow are able to give you the same feeling of sorrow.
Despite Ano Hana tries to keep scenes on a more happy stage, the sad moments don't ever miss a single episode to have some space.
Those two anime might result way different from eachother, but i think if you try to watch them both you'll get to understand and have the same feeling that they both will give you.
Plus both stories are very good, the art and the colors are very well cured.
Highly recommended both~
Even though Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 deals with a catastrophe and AnoHana about a ghost, I'm sure those who like one of them, will like the other. They both has drama, tragedy and slice of life elements, and both deals with the loss of someone important.
They are also well made and the same length.
I absolutely agree with Suzumemichi. Sure, AnoHana deals more with the emotions of the Kids and Tokyo Magnitude is about a catastrophy, but overall I had almost the same emotions during both animes.
both are short series which have a dramatic ending...
They're both 11-episode anime from the Noitamina animation block that are dramas. Both involve the characters getting over a drama, in Ano Hana one that happened a while ago and in Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 a drama that recently happened and is, in a way, still happening. Oh, and the premise of Ano Hana (ghost only one person can see) somehow manages to sneak into the otherwise realistic Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, but you're going to see for yourself how that works.
Putting aside one very similar plot element, these two shows also have very similar tone and pacing. The finales of both shows are guaranteed tear-jerkers.
Both are very sad anime that deal with the loss of a loved one. In both series, people blaming themselves for everything. Both have very sad endings that still manage to be happy in some ways.
Opening Theme"キミノウタ (Kimi no Uta)" by abingdon boys school
Ending Theme"M/elody" by Shion Tsuji
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