Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Episode 7 – Summer Evening

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Episode Summary

In this episode we are introduced to robots used in search and rescue of survivors. The two different types of robots we see are semi-automated, order driven robots and large lifting robots. The first type look like mini tachikomas from Ghost in the Shell and are used to survey the environment looking for survivors. The second type are instrumental to moving fallen debris to provide an escape path for those trapped beneath. Back in the first episode it was established that Yuuki is a huge robot fan, so when Yuuki see these robots he becomes instantly fascinated. Yuuki then meets with a middle school boy who is also a huge robot fan who is taking notes and drawing pictures of the robots.

More issues from the first episode are brought up again; Mirai’s complaints about her parents and her having no idea of what she wants to be in the future. It is clear now that all her complaints are gone and all she wants to do is return home.

End Spoiler – Through out the episode Yuuki is clearly sick with a high temperature and because of his exertions he collapses at the end of the episode.

Impression

Very much like the first episode in terms of themes and structure. Enjoyed the look at the use of robots, especially the mini robots which were zipping about the city. While they are probably more advance than what we have today it gives a good indication on the use of robots in the future.

Casualty Statistics

180,000 estimated deaths (exceeds the previous 140k high from the Great Kanto Earthquake),

200,000 wounded,

150,000 unaccounted for.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Episode 6 – Choice to Abandon

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Episode 6 deals with the issue of whether or not the group should split up in order to reach their desired destinations quicker.

Episode Summary


After spending the night at Mirai’s school they arrive at Mari’s work office. Despite the ongoing aftershocks they enter the building. Inside the office Mari collapses from exhaustion and anaemia while a stranger enters the office with a bat. The unknown visitor turns out to be a young employee of Mari’s company by the name of Aya. While Mari is out cold from her fall Yuuki and Mirai leave and we are led to believe they have left to not be a burden to Mari. The place where Mari lives (Sagenjaya), where her daughter and mother should be, is dealing with a fire outbreak and Mari is understandably worried. She is contemplating leaving the children behind to reach them as quickly as possible. Aya is pushing her towards this and offers to take care of Yuuki and Mirai. However as expected Mari is not going to abandon them and goes off to find them. Everything is back to normal and they continue on their journey back home.

Impressions

A good episode that also explores Mari’s character with flashbacks to her past. The reasons why Mari continues to stick with Yuuki and Mirai become more clear. Also I am still enjoying the depiction of a earthquake damaged modern day Tokyo and the issues that arise.

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Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Episode 5 – The School’s Lament

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Another amazing episode of Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. I’m glad I choose this show to blog about especially since my other candidate was the second season of Haruhi. Also the recent 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Tokyo brings into perspective that a major earthquake is due soon. Episode 5 deals with the emotional issue of those lost in the earthquake.

It has been one day since the initial earthquake that shook Tokyo. Our main characters are continuing their journey home and have stopped at a shelter set up in Mirai’s school. The school was recently built and is mostly still intact but the problems of broken glass and aftershocks are still present.

This is an emotional episode exploring the situation of those dealing with the loss of their relatives. In particular one of Mirai’s classmates (Megu) is mourning the loss of her mother and an old couple have been devastated by the death of their grandchildren. The grandfather, who had invited his grandchildren to come to tokyo from the countryside, has been dealing with his loss by being a volunteer worker and is the focus of this episode. These heart breaking emotional scenes are portrayed especially well.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Episode 4 – Their Promise

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Impressions

Episode 4 of Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 continues the journey home for Mirai, Yuuki & Mari.¬†Walking is the only viable form of transport at this point in time for the population of people returning home. The issue of uncertainty is weighing on everyone’s mind about whether their home is still standing and if their relatives are alive. As a result people are understandably less considerate and act irrationally.

The second half of the episode focuses on the brother sister relationship. This was handled well with honest emotion with an amazingly executed moment near the end of the episode.

Ending Spoiler – Tokyo tower collapses and Yukki saves Mirai from falling debris. A moment occurs after this when Yukki is on the ground face down and Mirai believes Yuuki is dead. There is enough of a delay of movement from Yuuki for us to seriously believe Yuuki has died, especially with the emotional scene preceding this. Yuuki is fine and pops up surprising everyone.

To continue my ongoing list of earthquake/disaster specific observations the following are examples of the kinds of supplies distributed –

– Portable toilets
– Cup ramen
– Portable meals
– Maps
– 3 day ration and supply packs