Global streaming service Netflix announced an anime series titled Nihon Chinbotsu: 2020
(Japan Sinks: 2020
) on Wednesday. The 10-episode anime series, helmed by Masaaki Yuasa
, Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara
), will debut worldwide exclusively on Netflix in 2020.
Shortly after the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, a major earthquake hits Japan. Amidst the chaos, siblings Ayumu and Gou of the Mutou household, begin to escape the city with their family of four. The sinking Japanese archipelagos, however, relentlessly pursue the family.
Plunged into extreme conditions, life and death, and the choice of meeting and parting—in the face of dreadful reality, the Mutou siblings believe in the future and acquire the strength to survive with utmost effort.
Series Director: Pyeonggang Heo
(Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin
Script: Toshio Yoshitaka (Dragon Ball Super
Character Design: Naoya Wada (Flip Flappers
Color Design: Satoshi Hashimoto
(Koutetsujou no Kabaneri
Director of Photography: Toshikazu Kuno (Hero Mask
Sound Director: Eriko Kimura
Editing: Kiyoshi Hirose
(Mob Psycho 100
Music: Kensuke Ushio
(Boogiepop wa Warawanai
Studio: Science SARU
The anime series will be based on late author and screenwriter Sakyou Komatsu
's 1973 sci-fi novel Nihon Chinbotsu
), which sold a cumulative 4.7 million copies. A live-action film adaptation premiered the same year, grossing over 2.82 billion yen. Gainax co-founder Shinji Higuchi
) remade the film in 2006, recording a box office revenue of 5.34 billion yen. The novel also inspired a live-action drama series that ran from 1974-1975.
creator Takao Saitou
drew a manga adaptation
in 1970. A second manga adaptation
by Tokihiko Ishiki
was serialized in Big Comic Spirits
between January 2006 and December 2008.
Official site: http://japansinks2020.com/
Official Twitter: @japansinks2020
Source: Anime! Anime!
, Animation Business Journal
Nihon Chinbotsu: 2020