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.

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