Primetime TV Review: “Japan Sinks!”

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The Muto family with disaster around them in "Japan Sinks!" on Netflix

Japan Sinks! 2020” on Netflix Review by Suzanne 7/9/20

This is an animated series, based on a book from the early 70’s about an earthquake and tsunami in Japan. They made a movie out of it, too. That explains the terrible title, I suppose (it’s the name of the book, too). The artwork is so good, and the story so interesting, that sometimes you might forget that you’re not watching a live-action show.

The action centers on the Muto family, who are in different parts of Tokyo when the first earthquake hits. The dad is working at a construction site. The mom is flying home on an airplane. The daughter is at a track meet in a stadium. The little brother is playing video games at home. There is another, worse tremor, and then all find each other, but they have to deal with more tragedy and disaster.

This is not a series for children. There is blood, violence, and death. For the rest of us, it’s a really good action/family drama. It’s very different from American disaster movies and books. Usually, they start with a lot of different characters, before the disaster, and then we see who survives and who doesn’t. That’s the same formula used in “The Poseidon Adventure,” “Airport,” “The Towering Inferno,” and all the rest. It’s nice to see that someone has made a disaster epic without adhering to the same formula. Check it out because it’s worth watching.


After catastrophic earthquakes devastate Japan, one family’s resolve is tested on a journey of survival through the sinking archipelago.
From director Masaaki Yuasa, the project marks the first anime adaptation of the bestselling science fiction novel by Sakyo Komatsu.
Masaaki Yuasa (Director) Sakyo Komatsu (author)

An ordinary family is put to the test as a series of massive earthquakes throw Japan into total mayhem. From director Masaaki Yuasa (Devilman Crybaby), the first anime adaptation of the bestselling science fiction novel by Sakyo Komatsu, Japan Sinks: 2020 premieres July 9th only on Netflix.  Trailer

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The Muto family of "Japan Sinks: 2020" on Netflix

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