Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 December 1, 2009Posted by coolmikeol in Anime.
Tags: Drama, earthquake, Japan, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
This anime drama was really something. The animation and the plot was really good, especially near the end *Spoiler*. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 was “Directed by Masaki Tachibana and written by Natsuko Takahashi, it is an original series that is being co-produced by Bones and Kinema Citrus.” (from Wikipedia)
Anyways heres a quick summary of Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. It starts off with two kids, Mirai and Yukki Onozawa, visiting a robot exhibition in Odaiba when an earthquake with a magnitude of 8 shakes the main area of Tokyo. Everything is in ruins and aftershocks continue. A person named Mari Kusakabe who is also on the way home to Sangengaya rescues both of them and helps them to return back to their home in Setagaya. Along the way they face different real life scenarios that may occur during an actual earthquake.
What I liked about this short anime drama is how it had used actual research (as stated in the beginning of every episode) to create an anime that would showcase the event of a big earthquake hitting the Tokyo area. Everything felt plausible that could happen, so it was something different from the usual love/action/school animes that are everywhere. The last couple of episodes were very shocking, as it had some things happen that you would not see coming. (Warning Spoiler content: if you don’t want to know the ending stop reading here.) When the episode came where Yukki was admitted to the hospital, it seemed like he survived and left the hospital with Mirai and Mari. But at the end of the second to the last episode, it is reveled that he did die at the hospital and that probably Mirai’s mind blocked it out due to shock. He was shown being with them like usual after leaving the hospital, so there was no hint of his death. What really confused me at first was how the anime showed Yukki alive in the episodes following the hospital, and how the characters just didn’t show any hints. After watching them over again with this in mind, I realized that only Mirai could see Yukki’s ghost and that Mari never spoke to him or ever made references about him. That part was really well made to trick the viewers into thinking that Yukki and Mirai would get home together alive. The same episode that reveled his death also had hints to him being a ghost, like how there was a strange light from above or how he would always disappear whenever someone else other than Mirai shows up. The final episode really brought on the tears, as I’ve had relatives die and I know how it feels to lose loved ones, but also I could relate to the anime in terms of the characters. (I have a little brother and sister that are similar ages to Mirai and Yukki.) When Mirai helped Yukki home despite being a ghost, Yukki saying that he wanted to be with his sister all the way home, and when he said “I love you” to her, it was so emotional. The music was very well done, especially the part where Mirai finally finds her mom and hug and cry, while Mirai watching Yukki disappear along with the light of the sun. This anime drama will always hold a special place in my heart, as one that shows reality and emotion to an anime. Watch it.