Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
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|Tokyo Magnitude 8.0|
Title card depicting Tokyo Tower in ruins
(Tōkyō Magunichūdo 8.0)
|Genre||Drama, Disaster, Tragedy|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Masaki Tachibana|
|Produced by||Noriko Ozaki
|Written by||Natsuko Takahashi|
|Music by||Kow Otani|
|Network||FNS (Fuji TV (Noitamina))|
|Original run||July 9, 2009 – September 17, 2009|
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 that premiered on Fuji TV's noitamina timeslot on July 9, 2009, where it ended its original run on September 17. Directed by Masaki Tachibana and written by Natsuko Takahashi, it is an original series co-produced by Bones and Kinema Citrus. The 11-episode series centres 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). It won the Excellence Prize in the Animation category at Japan's Media Arts Festival in 2009. It was announced that the series has been licensed for a release in North America by Maiden Japan released on April 2013.
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 brave the ruined city and try their best to make it home safely.
- Mirai Onozawa (小野沢 未来 Onozawa Mirai?) is a first-year middle school student who attends Rika Girls Academy, a prestigious and selective middle school. 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)
- Yūki Onozawa (小野沢 悠貴 Onozawa Yūki?) is in his third year of elementary school 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. He died in episode 7 but initially came back as a spirit ghost due to him not finishing out his mission, and he finally departs in episode 11. Voiced by: Yumiko Kobayashi (Japanese); Tiffany Grant (English)
- 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)
- 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 Endo (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]]?) a high school aged boy who becomes friends with Mirai in episode 6. Just like Yuki he is a big fan of robots. Voiced by: Shinya Hamazoe (Japanese); Greg Ayres (English)
Development and production
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. 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 an 8.0 scale earthquake affecting the city. 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.
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.
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.
|#||Title||Original air date|
"Odaiba, Shizumu" (お台場、沈む)
|July 9, 2009|
|Mirai Onozawa and her younger brother Yūki are visiting a robot exposition at Odaiba, Tokyo, when a massive earthquake strikes the city.|
|02||"The World is Broken"
"Kowareru, Sekai" (壊れる、世界)
|July 16, 2009|
|After the earthquake Mirai looks desperately for Yūki inside a collapsing building along with Mari Kusakabe, a female motorcycle courier who offered to help her.|
"Moeru, Hashi" (燃える、橋)
|July 23, 2009|
|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.|
|04||"The Promise Between the Three"
"Sannin no, Yakusoku" (三人の、約束)
|July 30, 2009|
|Having finally left Odaiba, the trio finds a place to gather supplies and prepare themselves for their long walk, but after having a discussion, Mirai and Yūki stray away from Mari and end up in serious trouble.|
|05||"The School is Wailing"
"Dōkoku no, Manabiya" (慟哭の、学び舎)
|August 6, 2009|
|The group takes shelter at her school's premises during the night, but their stay there 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.|
|06||"Choice to Abandon"
"Misuteru, Sentaku" (見捨てる、選択)
|August 13, 2009|
|The group reaches Mari's workplace, where she loses consciousness because of anemia. During that time the kids are suddenly frightened by Aya, a colleague of Mari, who noisily enters the building carrying a baseball bat.|
"Natsu no Yūgure" (夏の夕暮れ)
|August 20, 2009|
|Rescue robots fill the scene, fascinating Yūki and leading him to meet a new friend, who shares his interest and is the same age as Mirai. However the journey so far seems to have taken its toll on Yūki.|
|08||"Pure White Morning"
"Masshiro na Asa" (まっしろな朝)
|August 27, 2009|
|Yūki collapses suddenly and is taken to the hospital, where Mirai agonizes over her brother's death.|
"Kyō, Sayonara" (今日、さよなら)
|September 3, 2009|
|Mari finally reaches her home to find it was destroyed. Mirai and Yūki learn that residents are being cared for at a nearby elementary school. There, they find two unknown bodies that Mari believes are her mother and daughter, and mourns their deaths. However, Yūki believes they are still alive and with his sister, helps finds Mari's daughter at another school. After reuniting with her daughter, Mari finds her mother at a local hospital. Mirai and Yūki leave to continue their search for their parents. Mirai leaves Mari a note to thank her for all she did for them, stating that she hopes they will meet again. Confused and surprised, Mari says "Yūki and I?"|
|10||"Mirai, You Know..."
"Onee-chan, ano ne..." (おねえちゃん、あのね)
|September 10, 2009|
|While on a truck going towards their hometown, Yūki tries to talk to Mirai about his death, but she tells him to quit talking nonsense as it would make her furious, very worried and very upset within shame of sadness if he died. In their home town, Mirai runs into a friend some school who tells her that her parents are staying at one of the school shelters, and that her father was hospitalized from an injury. Yūki runs off when Mirai runs into his best friend Itsuki. Itsuki takes her to her parents, but finds that her mom has gone back to the house to get clothes for her father. Outside, they see the marronier Yūki and Itsuki had planted before the earthquake. Itsuki and Mirai return to his house to get a journal he wanted to give Yūki, while Yūki continues to avoid being seen by Itsuki. Half the house collapses while they are there. At the end of the episode, Yūki finally is able to tell Mirai that he died at the hospital earlier.|
"Yūki e..." (悠貴へ…)
|September 17, 2009|
|Mirai and Yūki return home where Mirai is reunited with her parents and Yūki's spirit leaves. One month later, Tokyo is continuing to recover from the earthquake. Mari visits Mirai who returns her cell phone and Yūki's backpack. Mirai finds an email from Yūki that he sent before his death from Mari's phone saying that he hoped he could get a phone too so they could talk even when they were apart. Mirai gives her mother the present Yūki had purchased for her for the birthday. While watering the tree Yūki planted, Mirai resolves to move on with her life, knowing that Yūki will always be in her heart.|
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