Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Episode 1 – Odaiba Sinks

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Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is probably the most anticipated show of the summer anime season that is an original concept. After following Eden of the East until completion for the last few months my focus will now be on this Bones (Eureka 7, Rahxephon, Full Metal Alchemist) produced work.

The lead character is Mirai, a middle schoolgirl who is beginning her summer break. She has typically hardworking parents who are spending too little time with their kids. As a result Mirai is forced to take her little brother Yuuki to a robot exibition in Odaiba (large artificial island in the Tokyo bay). Mirai is dejected, annoyed with life and is confused on what she is going to do in the future. The episode ends with a magnitude 8.0 earthquake hitting the center of the Kanto region, northern part of the Tokyo bay.

This show makes an awesome first impression with the opening sequence which consists of moving stills of recognisable Japanese locations and landscapes as if they had been through an earthquake. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 looks to be a disaster show with drama and adventure elements. I am interested in the direction and concept of a real life disaster show with no robots or fantastical aspects in sight. It is the first time anything produced by Bones is set in modern day Japan and doesn’t involve robots.

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