Disaster Movies are one of my favourite genres, so I was super excited about a series along the same vein.  And it’s an anime to boot.  Hopefully I won’t be disappointed.

Certificate: 15

Starring: Ryan Bartley, Billy Kametz, Faye Mata

Episodes: 10

Runtime: 25 Minutes Each

Genre: Animation, Drama

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

After a series of violent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, a Japanese family have to try and survive as their Country begins to sink.  But the chaos and disasters around the country bring out the worst in people and they run into a lot of trouble.  Not all of them will make it, and there will be many hardships along the way.  Who if any will make it to salvation?

This is definitely not as glossy and happy as a lot of Hollywood Disaster movies.  There are some real dark and gruesome moments.  For a while I thought that the 15 BBFC rating was a little over the top, but I soon saw that it was there for a reason.  This is not a show to watch if you are hoping for a fun disaster based adventure.  But if you like shows like ‘The Walking Dead’, and are used to seeing the less fun side of the end of the world type events, then you may like this.

It does drag itself out in places, and introduces a bunch of characters, especially in the middle, that we see for a few episodes, that seem to be an important part of the story, but then they disappear and they are no longer important.  We also never really learn anything important about many of our characters.  They don’t really have any backstories or developed characters, and while everything that is happening, is happening very much in the present, it still would have been nice to know a little bit of the backstory of our characters.  We could have spent more of the first episode getting to know everyone before the action really started, and then spent less time in the middle or the show meandering around.

The animation style is beautiful, and as with most Anime movies, the scenery of Japan itself is always shown so beautifully.  Even when all the devastation starts happening, the scenery still looks amazing.

Music plays a really important part of this film as well.  And even when horrible things are happening, they keep up the wonderful whimsical kind of music, a real juxtaposition sometimes, to the things that are going on, on the screen

The big shocking events in this series really do come out of nowhere.  You don’t see them coming, and they leave you sitting there with your mouth gaping open.  It is self-explanatory in shows like this that not everyone is going to make it.  But you really never know what is going to happen or who it is going to happen to.

I had some issues with the pacing and it definitely could have done with being a little shorter, but I did have a great time watching this, even if it did have it’s flaws. 

If this show interests you, ‘Japan Sinking:2020’ is streaming now on Netflix.