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Japan Sinks: 2020 (2020)


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Japan Sinks: 2020 uniquely presents stories about current ordinary families in Japan -- those who are struggling to survive their lives in such a a catastrophic world, and stand up for their hopes.

Fourteen-year-old Ayumu, the eldest daughter of the Muto family, is an ace track and field player. She leads an ordinary life with her cool younger brother, Go, who is obsessed with online games and dreams of living in Estonia; her mother, Mari, a former swimmer who is positive no matter what the circumstances; and her father, Koichiro, who has survival skills and is always dependable. One day a major earthquake suddenly strikes Japan and changes the way we live our lives. The family of four begins a desperate escape from Tokyo, but the Japanese archipelago gradually begins to creak and inexorably stands in their way --.

The story is based on the best-selling novel written by Sakyo Komatsu in 1973. It has been adapted to various forms of entertainment content such as films, and TV series. However, this will be the very first time ever to have this iconic IP created in an animated series.  Japan Sinks: 2020 is directed by the award winning anime director, Masaaki Yuasa, who has achieved global fame from those titles he directed such as  Lu over the wall  (2017), DEVILMAN crybaby (2018), and Ride Your Wave (2019) in recent years. Kensuke Ushio serves as music composer. The 10-episode original series is produced by Science SARU.


Based on the novel:  “Japan Sinks” by Sakyo Komatsu

Director: Masaaki Yuasa

Writer: Toshio Yoshitaka

Music: Kensuke Ushio

Animation production: Science SARU

Main Theme Song: "a life" performed by Taeko Onuki and Ryuichi Sakamoto (Lyrics: Taeko Onuki / Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto)

Episode Count: 10 episodes

Cast: Rena Ueda, Tomo Muranaka, Yuko Sasaki, Masaki Terasoma