Length: 11 episodes
"The devastation is unleashed in the span of seconds. Yielding to centuries of unrelenting pressure, an ancient rift in the Earth gives way and a force equivalent to over a thousand atomic bombs erupts beneath the feet of the citizens of the world's largest mega-cities! For the people of the greater Tokyo area, the results are catastrophic as even "earthquake-proof" buildings sway like weeds in the wind, gas mains rip open in gouts of flame and huge sections of the city's vital infrastructure are torn into shreds. For sister and brother Mirai and Yuki, it's the start of a desperate journey back to the their parent's home in Setagaya. For motorcycle courier Mari, it means an equally frantic battle towards Sangenjaya and her own daughter and mother. Joing together in an epic odyssey through the mangled streets, these three must brave impossible obstacles and endure unspeakable hardships and heartbreak, with no way of knowing if their loved ones are even still alive. But they've no other choice! In the aftermath of nature's fury, only the strongest of will and most courageous of heart can hope to survive in TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0!"
When I first saw the title for this one on the preorder list, I didn't give it a second glance. Never heard of it and there was other stuff to spend my money on. However, after reading a review on the animenewsnetwork, I decided to give it a shot. Glad I did!
This one is extremely rooted in reality and it even gives a warning before the start of each disc saying that although it is a work of fiction, it based the series and the events inside off of data and statistics. It's definitely the most realistic scenario I've seen play out in an anime. The series does some great character development throughout the entire show. Even the rare side-character gets a background check.
At points, "Tokyo Magnitude 8.0" can seem to drag out a little bit. That moment when you want to scream "Hey! Stop talking and run before you get crushed!" or something akin to it. Being a drama, the series is very dialogue heavy. Aside from that, it's awesome.
Graphics and acting were superb. This was my first series to watch from "Maiden Japan" and after hearing their English dubs, I'll be looking to buy the rest from them.
Make sure to have some Kleenex handy for the last half of the series. There are a couple moments in the first half, but I'll admit to having a few tears springing up around the edges for the last two episodes.
Also, this one features an awesome bonus, even if it's the only one on the disc. There is a digest version which essentially condenses the series into a 2 hour time frame. You lose a little bit by doing this, but it's great for those who don't/can't watch the entire thing in a timely manner.
I would recommend this to a friend
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