‘Japan Sinks: 2020’ Trailer: Natural Disasters Strike in Emotional Netflix Anime Series


Take a look at the trailer Netflix has released for upcoming anime series Japan Sinks: 2020.

Based on the 1973 novel “Japan Sinks” by Sakyo Komatsu, the 10-episode series follows a family of four as they attempt to escape a Tokyo disaster zone after a devastating earthquake suddenly strikes Japan.

Komatsu’s novel has been adapted a number of times in various forms over the years, including film in ’73, a series in ’75, and a film remake in ’06. This is the first animated series to take on the story, and fans of Netflix anime series DEVILMAN crybaby will be happy to known that award-winning director Masaaki Yuasa is behind it.

Japan Sinks: 2020 will be hitting Netflix on July 9.

Netflix’s official synopsis for Japan Sinks: 2020:

Japan Sinks: 2020 uniquely presents stories about current ordinary families in Japan — those who are struggling to survive their lives in such a a catastrophical world, and stand up for their hopes.


Fourteen-year-old Ayumu, the eldest daughter of the Muto family, is an ace track and field player. She leads an ordinary life with her cool younger brother, Go, who is obsessed with online games and dreams of living in Estonia; her mother, Mari, a former swimmer who is positive no matter what the circumstances; and her father, Koichiro, who has survival skills and is always dependable. One day a major earthquake suddenly strikes Japan and changes the way we live our lives. The family of four begins a desperate escape from Tokyo, but the Japanese archipelago gradually begins to creak and inexorably stands in their way –.


The story is based on the best-selling novel written by Sakyo Komatsu in 1973. It has been adapted to various forms of entertainment content such as films, and TV series. However, this will be the very first time ever to have this iconic IP created in an animated series. Japan Sinks: 2020 is directed by the award winning anime director, Masaaki Yuasa, who has achieved global fame from those titles he directed such as Lu over the wall (2017), DEVILMAN crybaby (2018), and Ride Your Wave (2019) in recent years. Kensuke Ushio serves as music composer. The 10-episode original series is produced by Science SARU.



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