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Masaaki Yuasa Directs 'Nihon Chinbotsu 2020' Anime Series

by Vindstot
Oct 8, 2019 8:45 PM | 14 Comments

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 (Devilman Crybaby, 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 episode director)
Script: Toshio Yoshitaka (Dragon Ball Super)
Character Design: Naoya Wada (Flip Flappers animation director)
Color Design: Satoshi Hashimoto (Koutetsujou no Kabaneri)
Director of Photography: Toshikazu Kuno (Hero Mask)
Sound Director: Eriko Kimura (Penguin Highway)
Editing: Kiyoshi Hirose (Mob Psycho 100)
Music: Kensuke Ushio (Boogiepop wa Warawanai (2019))
Studio: Science SARU

The anime series will be based on late author and screenwriter Sakyou Komatsu's 1973 sci-fi novel Nihon Chinbotsu (Japan Sinks), 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 (Shin Godzilla) 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.

Golgo 13 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:
Official Twitter: @japansinks2020

Source: Anime! Anime!, Animation Business Journal

Nihon Chinbotsu 2020 on MAL

14 Comments Recent Comments

sounds incredibly interesting. looking forward to it :)

Oct 10, 2019 4:39 PM by katemonster123

Massive Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 vibes
Hope as good as good as Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Oct 9, 2019 11:23 AM by Ryuukichi0

Incredibly hype and seems like 2020 decade will start off with a bang with two Yuasa's show. Yuasa never really let down to me since the yojohan show and neat to see he is making both dark and light-hearted shows.

Oct 9, 2019 9:27 AM by SkyDrop

Hopefully better than Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Oct 9, 2019 8:22 AM by MiloD

Damn Yuasa’s got so many anime planned for next year

Oct 9, 2019 6:58 AM by Phlaryx

2020 officially looking amazing, two Yuasa anime in the same year what a blessing!

Oct 9, 2019 6:29 AM by Viess

A new Yuasa means a new guaranteed AOTY contender, super excited about this one.
Also, some of these staff names are really amazing.

Oct 9, 2019 4:49 AM by Nidhoeggr

Sounds good, looking forward to it.

Oct 9, 2019 2:33 AM by FMmatron

Whatever it is, I’m in

Oct 8, 2019 10:31 PM by Xenocrisi

Does this man ever sleep?

Oct 8, 2019 10:22 PM by JizzyHitler

I’m sold just by the title!

Having Kensuke Ushio is a definite plus! I’m looking forward to more stunning music from him!

Oct 8, 2019 10:18 PM by _MushiRock11_

TodAboT said:
Wait, so Masaaki Yuasa is working on Eizouken, a Crayon Shin Chan spin-off, a movie, and this?
And at least three of these are planned for 2020?
That's insane.

this guy is kill lol (karoshi - death from overwork)

but nah im sure he will have co-series director on every show he will make in 2020 like this guy on the first post "Series Director: Pyeonggang Heo"

Oct 8, 2019 9:37 PM by deg

Wait, so Masaaki Yuasa is working on Eizouken, a Crayon Shin Chan spin-off, a movie, and this?
And at least three of these are planned for 2020?
That's insane.

Oct 8, 2019 9:15 PM by TodAboT

looks like another massive hit like Devilman Crybaby and he directed and his studio made that too like this one and also its gonna be tragic story too? but then the synopsis give a feeling of hope or will to survive for the main characters lol i might pass on this one and just gonna watch his other anime coming in 2020 about that show on anime production

but holy shit is this director so busy

Oct 8, 2019 9:12 PM by deg

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