Tokyo Magnitude 8 (anime)

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 July, 2009, 12:00am

Earthquakes are a part of everyday life for the people of Japan and also a constant subconscious fear. Each year Japan experiences hundreds of earthquakes - many of them strong enough to be felt. Experts predict that there is more than a 70 per cent chance that Tokyo will be struck by a magnitude 7 earthquake in the next 30 years. In the last week alone there have been at least three earthquakes with a magnitude of 3 on the Japan Meteorological Agency's Shindo scale, which is roughly about 4.3 on the Richter scale.

The last year has seen Japan's entertainment industry produce an earthquake disaster movie (Sinking of Japan), a video game (Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3) and now a new anime series called Tokyo Magnitude 8. The show premiered in Japan on Fuji TV's noitaminA (Animation written backwards), a time slot dedicated to showing anime every Thursday night.

The show is set in modern-day Tokyo and chronicles the journey of Mirai and her younger brother Yuki as they try to get home after a quake with a little help from a kind motorcycle courier called Mari.

Tokyo Magnitude 8 is co-produced by Bones and Kinema Citrus; in a twist, a real-life television newscaster plays herself in anime form.

It may be some time before Hongkongers can watch Tokyo Magnitude 8, but we should remind ourselves how lucky we are not to be affected by earthquakes.