DISCLAIMER : This review is just based on my personal opinion on an anime as an anime fan myself..It’s totally based on my own amateur knowledge which I’ve accumulated by watching most of the anime that I owned, check HERE..
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is an 11-episode anime where you can roughly tell from the title..It’s about Tokyo, basically the whole of Japan experiencing an earthquake of 8.0 magnitude..
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (TM8) is not based on a true story but it’s a hypothetical situation where the author or whoever has done a thorough research to relate things as real as it gets..
Thinking that some time back Japan had been hit with some earthquakes so it’s totally not impossible to happen again, with bigger magnitude..
TM8 started off with Mirai Onosawa, one of the main characters in the anime..Mirai, a middle schoolgirl who is very angsty with her life as school kid..
In other word she’s kinda rebellious..Not to the extent that she takes drugs and all, just that she always think that kids are always been taken for granted by the adults..
Everything she does seems wrong in the eyes of the adults, or maybe it’s just in her mind..
So one day Mirai brings her younger brother, Yuuki Onosawa, to a robot exhibition far away from their home while the parents busy with their jobs..
When they are at the exhibition, the earthquake strikes and buildings collapsed, fire broke out..
Then they met Mari Kusakabe, a stranger who seems too good that Mirai doubted her in the beginning and slowly trusting her, and also adults..
TM8 is about the journey of Mirai, Yuuki, and Mari going back to their homes..Mari stays in a city nearby where Mirai and Yuuki stay so she offered to bring them along..
*L>R – Mirai, Mari, Yuuki*
It’s a very heart-wrenching anime and if you are an emotional person, most likely you will breakdown into tears, like me
When I was watching TM8, I could totally relate it with recent earthquakes like the big one in China 1-2 years ago, and many other natural disasters..
I didn’t quite felt anything when I watched those kinda news on TV, seeing people trying really hard to search for their family members and all..
I know, it’s kinda pathetic for me to only realized those feelings from an anime instead of real incidents..
TM8′s character development is very good and I think 11-episode is just right, not too short for the rush nor too long to be draggy..
As soon as it reaches to the final episodes, the story has a little surprise with a tragic twist, that totally made me broke into tears, like waterfall..
Based on Anime News Network (ANN), TM8 is rated “very good” on a median rating of 408 ratings..
The OP is “Kimi no Uta“ by Abingdon Boys School, and “Melody” by Shion Tsuji for the ED..
Mirai is voiced by Satomi Hanamura, who also voiced for Kanae Sumita (5 Centimeters Per Second) and acted in Battle Royale as Yuka Nakagawa..
Yuuki is voiced by Yumiko Kobayashi, who also did for Oyama (Angel Beats!), Sarah McDougal (Love Hina), and Matake Ogata (Shakugan no Shana)..
Mari is voiced by Yuko Kaida, who also voiced for Toru Kitsutaka (Asura Cryin’), Maria Cruz (MS Gundam UC), and Aiho Yomikawa (Toaru Majutsu no Index)..
It’s definitely one of my favourites and I’m giving it a staggering 9.5/10..It’s damn good..