Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Jun 12, 2013 14:55:09 GMT -5
Post by Bytor on Jun 12, 2013 14:55:09 GMT -5
Company: BONES/Kinema Citrus
Format: 11 episodes
Dates: 9 Jul 2009 – 17 Sep 2009
The visuals in this show are two-fold. the character designs themselves are rather simplistic and while drawn well they are not drawn in one of the more realistic styles, instead the designs are obviously cartoonish and while I would not say simplistic I might go so far as to say minimalistic, although to be perfectly honest I didn't care. the voice acting, emotions, and writing are so well done that I couldn't have card less about the graphical style if I were watching stick figures, well, maybe I would he cared a little about that, lol, but seriously, the visuals in the individuals are good and certainly do not subtract from the show. The true star graphically though is the various backgrounds and areas of interest which I understand are a remarkably realistic representation of the areas depicted in the show, not being a native of Japan I can only repeat what I have read, and that is that this show duplicates the look of the areas impeccably well, so...kudos there.
WOW, WOW, WOW. The true highlight of this show is the characters and their interactions with each other and their struggles to get home. What an extremely well written show, You can, and do, feel their pains, their joys, their triumphs and their fears as the stroy progresses. And to make it even better it is done in a very human way. At no time did I feel the emotions became too over the top and too caricature, instead I felt as if I were a member of the group and experiences the exact same thing as them, what more could you ask. Mirai is perfect as the disillusioned girl who at times can't stand her little brother but at the same time realizes how special he is. Mari is wonderful as the adult presence who attempts to guide them to safety and Yuuki is perfect as the young brother who is at that age where he adores his older sister. I fell in love with all three and although they have faults it made them even that much more human.
The story is based on what would happen if a 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck Tokyo. And it centers around Mirai and Yuuki and their attempts to get home after they are caught in the quake while they are across town. It is a disaster anime but, and a huge emphasis on the but, it plays out much more as a slice of life show set in a disaster setting. The disaster aspect is, to be honest, somewhat muted and their fears about their parents and how they are going to get home is the focus of the show. The story is, be forewarned, not a happy go lucky one, so be prepared to have some kleenex handy, lol.
I loved this show. I seriously cannot think of many things wrong with it and the only reason I don't rate it even higher is because of the nature of the show. It's hard to put it in words but it's one of those shows I loved and I will probably never, ever watch again. It's an emotional rollercoaster which left me empty at the bottom.