|Tokyo Magnitude 8.0|
(Tōkyō Magunichūdo 8.0)
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Masaki Tachibana|
|Music by||Kow Otani|
|Studio|| Bones |
|Original 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:TōkyōMagunichūdo 8.0) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Fuji TV,Asmik Ace,Sony Music Entertainment Japan,Dentsu,Bones,and Kinema Citrus. It first aired on Fuji TV's noitamina timeslot in July 2009,running for 11 episodes until September. The anime was directed by Masaki Tachibana,with Natsuko Takahashi handling series composition,Atsuko Nozaki designing the characters and Kow Otani composing the music. The series centers 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.
In 2009,Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 won the Excellence Award at the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival.
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 of them brave the partly ruined city and try their best to make it home safely.
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.It first aired on Fuji TV's noitamina timeslot on July 9,2009,running for 11 episodes until September 17. 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 a magnitude 8.0 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||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|Fumiya Hōjō||Natsuko Takahashi||July 9, 2009|
|Mirai Onozawa and her younger brother Yūki visit a robot exposition at Odaiba,Tokyo when a massive earthquake strikes the city.|
|2||"The World is Broken"|
|Daisuke Tokutsuchi||Natsuko Takahashi|
|July 16, 2009|
|After the earthquake,Mirai desperately looks for Yūki inside a collapsing building along with Mari Kusakabe,a female motorcycle courier who offered to help her.|
|Hideki Itō||Natsuko Takahashi||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.|
|4||"The Promise Between the Three"|
Transcription:"Sannin no,yakusoku" (Japanese:三人の、約束)
|Yasuhiro Geshi||Natsuko Takahashi|
|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 an argument,Mirai and Yūki stray away from Mari and end up in serious trouble as another aftershock hits.|
|5||"The School is Wailing"|
Transcription:"Dōkoku no,manabiya" (Japanese:慟哭の、学び舎)
|Daisuke Tokutsuchi||Natsuko Takahashi||August 6, 2009|
|The group takes shelter on the premises of Mirai's school during the night,but their stay 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.|
|6||"Choice to Abandon"|
|Nobukage Kimura||Yōichi Katō||August 13, 2009|
|The group reaches Mari's workplace,where she loses consciousness because of anemia. While tending to her,a stranger enters the building.|
Transcription:"Natsu no yūgure" (Japanese:夏の夕暮れ)
|Fumiya Hōjō||Hiroko Kazui||August 20, 2009|
|Rescue robots help recover survivors,fascinating Yūki and leading him to meet a new friend,who shares his interests. However the journey so far seems to have taken its toll on Yūki.|
|8||"Pure White Morning"|
Transcription:"Masshiro na asa" (Japanese:まっしろな朝)
|Natsuko Takahashi||August 27, 2009|
|Yūki collapses suddenly and is taken to the hospital. Mirai and Mari spend a long night waiting for news of his condition.|
|Hideki Itō||Natsuko Takahashi||September 3, 2009|
|Mari finally reaches her home to find it destroyed. Upon learning that neighborhood residents were evacuated to a nearby elementary school,the trio heads there to search for Mari's daughter and mother. Afterward,Mirai and Yūki come to a decision about their journey home.|
Transcription:"Onee-chan,ano ne..." (Japanese:おねえちゃん、あのね)
|Masahiko Watanabe||Natsuko Takahashi||September 10, 2009|
|Yūki and Mirai catch a ride home and Yūki tries to talk to her about something important. Mirai is reunited with a friend that gives her news about her parents,but has to keep dealing with Yūki running off by himself. Yūki finally finds the words to tell Mirai what she needs to hear.|
Transcription:"Yūki e..." (Japanese:悠貴へ…)
|Kazuya Nomura||Natsuko Takahashi||September 17, 2009|
|Mirai is reunited with her parents and Yūki says goodbye. A month later,Mari comes to visit and gives her the backpack she left behind at the hospital,containing two gifts:the one she and Yūki bought for their mother and an unexpected gift from Yūki to Mirai.|
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