Based on the 1973 novel of the same name, the Japan sinks 2020 anime by director Masaaki Yuasa successfully presents a catastrophic dystopia story with a deeper and wilder perspective. Masaaki Yuasa who used to show humans with their natural traits like in the series “Devilman Cry Baby” and “Ride your wave”. This time the director cultivates a story set in a natural disaster and its relationship with humanity.
The story focuses on the Muto family who are optimistic and active even in the midst of the disasters they face. Gathers companions on his journey to find a safe haven. The muto family is brought together by situations that eventually deepen their relationship as a family.
Different from Masaaki Yuasa’s usual animation. Japan Sinks presents a visual scene with more detail, subtle and spectacular. It was this visual approach that finally brought the audience to really feel like they were in the middle of the earthquake disaster situation and the sinking of the Japanese archipelago and its landmarks to the seabed.
Loss is the main theme raised in this series. The death present in each of the past episodes brings back the backstory of each character and gives character development to the surviving characters. The symbols of regeneration are also the main focus where older people sacrifice themselves for younger people to continue living. This series also describes how loss is not something that only brings sadness but also new strength and aspirations.
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Although at the beginning it is shown as an optimistic character and refuses to give up on circumstances. All characters are described with their respective weaknesses and gaps. This is what makes this series more human.
Political issues and globalization are also things that are quite highlighted in this series. Trying to highlight the problem of stereotypes, Japan Sinks conveys the message that things don’t always happen as narrow as the stereotypes we usually hear. In addition, how in general we usually underestimate the opinion of scientists is something that is told in this series.
At the end of the series we are presented with optimism and awakening from adversity. How in the end our blood and roots will bring us back to where we came from.
Having a rating of 18+, this anime series carries a very mature story and tends to be heavy for some people. The number of conflicts and values to be conveyed also in the end gives an execution that feels awkward and is not conveyed properly.
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In the end for me Japan Sinks 2020 is a fresh and contained anime series. With the spice of human values that we can take and reflect on ourselves.