Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

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Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Key Visual.jpg
Key visual of the series
東京マグニチュード8.0
(Tōkyō Magunichūdo 8.0)
GenreDisaster
Anime television series
Directed byMasaki Tachibana
Produced by
  • Noriko Ozaki
  • Yūichirō Matsuya
Written by
Music byKow Otani
StudioBones
Kinema Citrus
Licensed by
Original networkFNS (Fuji TV (Noitamina))
English network
Original run July 9, 2009 September 17, 2009
Episodes11 (List of episodes)

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (Japanese: 東京マグニチュード8.0, Hepburn: Tōkyō Magunichūdo 8.0) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Fuji TV, Asmik Ace, Sony Music Entertainment Japan, Dentsu, Bones, and Kinema Citrus. It first aired on Fuji TV's noitamina timeslot on July 9, 2009, running for 11 episodes until September 17. The anime was directed by Masaki Tachibana, with Natsuko Takahashi handling series composition, Atsuko Nozaki designing the characters and Kow Otani composing the music. The series centers on two young siblings, Mirai and Yūki, and single mother Mari who the two meet in the aftermath of a major earthquake hitting the Japanese capital, placed in the near future (2012).

Plot[edit]

After a massive earthquake in Tokyo 25 km under the sea at a magnitude of 8.0, two young siblings Mirai and Yūki, who were visiting a robot exhibition in Odaiba at the beginning of their summer vacation, struggle to reach their parents in their house in Setagaya, assisted by a female motorcycle courier named Mari, who is striving to reach her own daughter and mother in Sangenjaya. Together, the three of them brave the partly ruined city and try their best to make it home safely.

Characters[edit]

  • Mirai Onozawa (小野沢 未来, Onozawa Mirai) is a 1st year junior high student who attends Rika Girls Academy. At the beginning of the series, she is unsure of what she wants to become later in life, but starts to change this outlook after the earthquake. Voiced by: Satomi Hanamura (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)[1]
  • Yūki Onozawa (小野沢 悠貴, Onozawa Yūki) is a 3rd grader and enthusiastic about robots. He has a somewhat distant relationship with his sister, and does not like to let others know when he is tired or ill. Voiced by: Yumiko Kobayashi (Japanese); Tiffany Grant (English)[1]
  • Mari Kusakabe (日下部 真理, Kusakabe Mari) is a motorcycle courier who assists Mirai and Yūki reach their parents' home after the earthquake happens. They make a promise to reach their home together. Voiced by: Yūko Kaida (Japanese); Shelley Calene-Black (English)[1]
  • Seiji Onozawa (小野沢 誠司, Onozawa Seiji), Mirai and Yūki's father, is injured while at work when the earthquake occurs. Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka (Japanese); David Matranga (English)
  • Masami Onozawa (小野沢 雅美, Onozawa Masami) is Mirai and Yūki's mother. The earthquake occurs on her birthday. Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese); Maggie Flecknoe (English)
  • Mayu (まゆ) is one of Mirai's friends from school. She is seen taking care of her younger siblings while her mother is in a nearby hospital. Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (Japanese); Nancy Novotny (English)
  • Yuka (ゆか) is Mirai's other friend from school. Because of her laziness she tends to do poorly in her studies. Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (Japanese); Carli Mosier (English)
  • Risa (りさ) another classmate of Mirai's. She comes from a rich family and owns a summer house in Canada that was built by her father. Voiced by: Aya Endō (Japanese); Allison Sumrall (English)
  • Itsuki (五木) is Yuki's best friend who is in the same class as him. Before the earthquake, he and Yuki along with their school teacher planted a tree in their school's yard. Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese); Shannon Emerick (English)
  • Hina Kusakabe (日下部 ひな, Kusakabe Hina) is Mari's daughter age 3 to 5 years old. While Hina's mother was out searching for her, she was staying with her grandmother during the earthquake. Voiced by: Megumi Yamaguchi (Japanese); Nancy Novotny (English)
  • Kento Nonomiya (野宮 健人, Nonomiya Kento) is a middle school boy who becomes friends with Mirai in episode 7. Just like Yuki he is a big fan of robots. Voiced by: Shinya Hamazoe (Japanese); Greg Ayres (English)
  • Aya Kawasaki is Mari's co-worker at Tiger Express Delivery who helps take care of her when she arrives at the office. Voiced by: Ai Nonaka (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski (English)

Development and production[edit]

Title card depicting Tokyo Tower in ruins.

The series was first announced at the 2009 Tokyo Anime Fair, denoting that it would replace Eden of the East in Fuji TV's noitamina well-rated anime timeblock and would be co-produced by Bones and Kinema Citrus.[2][3] The series' setting is based upon the prediction that there is 70% or higher chance of an earthquake measuring 7.0 magnitude on the Richter scale hitting Tokyo in the next 30 years, with the series illustrating the consequences of a magnitude 8.0 earthquake affecting the city.[2][3] Bones stated that it would try to realistically depict the after-effects of such a situation and that it would collect and tabulate research on previous earthquakes and interview individuals who were affected by them.[2][3]

The series features the efforts of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, Japan Coast Guard, Tokyo Fire Department and Tokyo Disaster Medical Assistance Team in assisting recovery efforts after the initial earthquake and its recurring aftershocks. FNN newscaster Christel Takigawa also features as a guest, reporting on the earthquake and assuming the role of a "navigator" during the series.[4]

Media[edit]

The series uses two pieces of theme music. "Your Song" (キミノウタ, Kimi no Uta) by Abingdon Boys School is used for the opening theme, while "M/elody" by Shion Tsuji is used for the ending. This series was broadcast only in Italy on Italian television channel Rai 4 on August 22, 2011, and ended September 5, 2011 for a time ranging from 10.45am and 11.00am.

Episode list[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Odaiba Sinks"
Transcription: "Odaiba, shizumu" (Japanese: お台場、沈む)
Fumiya HōjōNatsuko TakahashiJuly 9, 2009 (2009-07-09)
Mirai Onozawa and her younger brother Yūki visit a robot exposition at Odaiba, Tokyo when a massive earthquake strikes the city.
2"The World is Broken"
Transcription: "Kowareru, sekai" (Japanese: 壊れる、世界)
Daisuke TokutsuchiNatsuko Takahashi
Yōichi Katō
July 16, 2009 (2009-07-16)
After the earthquake, Mirai desperately looks for Yūki inside a collapsing building along with Mari Kusakabe, a female motorcycle courier who offered to help her.
3"Burning Bridge"
Transcription: "Moeru, hashi" (Japanese: 燃える、橋)
Hideki ItōNatsuko TakahashiJuly 23, 2009 (2009-07-23)
Mirai, Yūki and Mari decide to reach their homes together, but just after starting their journey, they find that there are far more dangers in the collapsing city than they imagined.
4"The Promise Between the Three"
Transcription: "Sannin no, yakusoku" (Japanese: 三人の、約束)
Yasuhiro GeshiNatsuko Takahashi
Hiroko Kazui
July 30, 2009 (2009-07-30)
Having finally left Odaiba, the trio finds a place to gather supplies and prepare themselves for their long walk, but after having an argument, Mirai and Yūki stray away from Mari and end up in serious trouble as another aftershock hits.
5"The School is Wailing"
Transcription: "Dōkoku no, manabiya" (Japanese: 慟哭の、学び舎)
Daisuke TokutsuchiNatsuko TakahashiAugust 6, 2009 (2009-08-06)
The group takes shelter on the premises of Mirai's school during the night, but their stay becomes far from peaceful as they are constantly plagued by aftershocks and depressed by the sight of those who lost their relatives to the earthquake.
6"Choice to Abandon"
Transcription: "Misuteru, sentaku" (Japanese: 見捨てる、選択)
Nobukage KimuraYōichi KatōAugust 13, 2009 (2009-08-13)
The group reaches Mari's workplace, where she loses consciousness because of anemia. While tending to her, a stranger enters the building.
7"Summer's Dusk"
Transcription: "Natsu no yūgure" (Japanese: 夏の夕暮れ)
Fumiya HōjōHiroko KazuiAugust 20, 2009 (2009-08-20)
Rescue robots help recover survivors, fascinating Yūki and leading him to meet a new friend, who shares his interests. However the journey so far seems to have taken its toll on Yūki.
8"Pure White Morning"
Transcription: "Masshiro na asa" (Japanese: まっしろな朝)
Shinobu Sasaki
Hajime Yabana
Natsuko TakahashiAugust 27, 2009 (2009-08-27)
Yūki collapses suddenly and is taken to the hospital. Mirai and Mari spend a long night waiting for news of his condition.
9"Farewell, Today"
Transcription: "Kyō, sayonara" (Japanese: 今日、さよなら)
Hideki ItōNatsuko TakahashiSeptember 3, 2009 (2009-09-03)
Mari finally reaches her home to find it destroyed. Upon learning that neighborhood residents were evacuated to a nearby elementary school, the trio heads there to search for Mari's daughter and mother. Afterward, Mirai and Yūki come to a decision about their journey home.
10"Mirai, You Know..."
Transcription: "Onee-chan, ano ne..." (Japanese: おねえちゃん、あのね)
Masahiko WatanabeNatsuko TakahashiSeptember 10, 2009 (2009-09-10)
Yūki and Mirai catch a ride home and Yūki tries to talk to her about something important. Mirai is reunited with a friend that gives her news about her parents, but has to keep dealing with Yūki running off by himself. Yūki finally finds the words to tell Mirai what she needs to hear.
11"Dear Yūki..."
Transcription: "Yūki e..." (Japanese: 悠貴へ…)
Kazuya NomuraNatsuko TakahashiSeptember 17, 2009 (2009-09-17)
Mirai is reunited with her parents and Yūki says goodbye. A month later, Mari comes to visit and gives her the backpack she left behind at the hospital, containing two gifts: the one she and Yūki bought for their mother and an unexpected gift from Yūki to Mirai.

Reception[edit]

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 received the Excellence Award in the animation division at the 2009 Japan Media Arts Festival.[5]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Credited as 構成.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Blu-Ray". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 2019-04-23. Retrieved 2019-09-16.
  2. ^ a b c "東京マグニチュード8.0』2009年7月より"ノイタミナ"他にて放送!". Saishin Anime Jōhō. March 18, 2009. Archived from the original on March 21, 2009. Retrieved March 18, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c Loo, Egan (March 17, 2009). "Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Anime to Air in Japan in July". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on March 19, 2009. Retrieved March 18, 2009.
  4. ^ 滝川クリステル :アニメに登場 大地震を「まっすぐ」伝える フジ「東京マグニチュード8.0」 Archived July 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, MANTAN WEB, June 18, 2009
  5. ^ Japan Media Arts Festival. "Excellence Award - Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 | Award | Animation Division | 2009 [13th]". Japan Media Arts Festival. Archived from the original on February 5, 2022. Retrieved March 14, 2022.

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