Japan Sinks 2020 Anime Trailer Is A Disaster Series Without The Monsters
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Netflix’s Japan Sinks 2020 Anime Trailer Is A Disaster Series Without The Monsters

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BY June 2, 2020

The Japan Sinks 2020 anime trailer shows the nation in peril as disaster strikes. The story follows a natural disaster that destroys Japan, causing parts of it to sink underwater. The Netflix original series shows the harrowing tragedy through the perspective of a family that’s caught up in it. While the destruction of the island nation is an often-used in films and TV series, this time there are no monsters responsible for the havoc. 

Japan Sinks 2020 Adapted From A Novel

Japan Sinks 2020 anime trailer image. Image via Screen Grab.

Unlike most Netflix original anime series, Japan Sinks 2020 is not based on any manga. Instead, the new series comes from a 1973 novel by Sakyo Komatsu. The critically acclaimed novel was very popular in its time, winning many different literary awards. The novel received praise for not only the depiction of a natural disaster, but also for showcasing the cultural context of Japan in the ’70s. Japan Sinks 2020 anime trailer looks to update that, as evident by the ‘2020’ tag that’s included in the new title. The basis for the show, as well as the original novel, is a geographical fact about the country. Japan sits on the boundary of destructive tectonic plates. Therefore, tsunamis or earthquakes such as the one depicted in the trailer are not uncommon.

The official synopsis of Japan Sinks 2020 anime on Netflix is as follows: 

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.

Movies And TV Shows Always Destroy Japan

The most interesting part of the Japan Sinks 2020 anime trailer is how it’s an anime that is very much dealing with a real-life event. In a very realistic way. Most often, Japan’s depiction in the media is as a country that is the stage for monsters to demolish and destroy everything in sight. This is because one of the most popular monster movie franchises, Godzilla, is of Japanese origin. In its original incarnations, the giant reptilian creature destroys Japan in countless ways. So most movies and TV shows since, use the real-world fact, to tell fictional stories of monsters dwelling underneath. 

The Japan Sinks 2020 anime trailer, however, paints a different picture. One that doesn’t seem to have any creature, supernatural, or fantasy elements to it whatsoever. It’s a straightforward story of an ordinary family in an extraordinarily massive disaster. While casual fans usually think of anime as telling outrageously fantastical stories, so many anime have grounded themes with real-world topics. Netflix’s anime catalog has been pretty light when it comes to that kind of anime, but Japan Sinks 2020 may look to change all that. 

Japan Sinks 2020 premieres on Netflix on July 9.

What did you think of the Japan Sinks 2020 anime trailer? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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