I’ve been putting this off because of how surprisingly ambivalent I’ve felt about this past Summer season’s most controversial anime; but now is the time to get fired up and write my review.
Let’s see, where to start? I almost want to do this like how I did Jyu Ou Sei, they both have such distinct divisions at episode 5, with 11 episodes total. Jyu Ou Sei pulled that 4 year time leap, and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 lost it’s excitement and impact.
I’ve been following a lot of blogs about Tokyo Magnitude and I’ve noticed that some people think that Tokyo Magnitude went downhill after an awesome first 5 episodes, and the rest think the exact opposite, that the last 6 episodes salvaged the first half. Another thing that caught my attention was how many people said they teared up over this show. Um, what? Am I completely heartless? I didn’t think this was sad at all… okay, yes it’s sad, but I was definitely not crying at any part of it. And I am definitely prone to crying over animes. If you’re wondering, take a look at my Rose of Versailles post. Yeah. Maybe it was the WAY in which the sad things were told. It all seemed so ambivalent to me. Rather than “OH MY GOD MY PARENTS ARE DEAD” it was more like “Human life is very fragile and easily disrupted, but this is a natural thing”. And I have absolutely no problem with that. I actually like it better most of the time.
It should help to know that I LOVE apocalyptic and disaster and survival stories. One of my favorites is this book called “Life As We Knew It”. It is amazing. Even though it’s YA, I highly recommend it. Anyway, this is why I really liked the first half of Tokyo Magnitude. It was full of disaster, there was lots of tension and it felt fairly real. But once it started slowing down I just didn’t enjoy it as much.
I have to admit, though, the same thing would happen in reality. BIG DISASTER and then very slowly collecting yourselves. So that WAS well done. What Tokyo Magnitude added to this, however, was the overly dramatic process finding family, friends, etc. That really subtracted from the original brutal, honest, objective atmosphere. Even if seeing your family again is that dramatic and sappy in real life, I don’t want it to be like that on screen. Because if it’s not YOU who’s all happy, then it’s just cheesy.
Since Tokyo Magnitude was supposedly all realistic, when it started pulling the drama I was more disappointed than I would’ve been if it WASN’T supposed to be realistic. It might have been a combination of my expectations from the first half and my expectations from that little notice they put up at the beginning of every episode about how “realistic” it all was.
Despite this, and some faults and decrease in quality in the animation, Tokyo Magnitude was an interesting and unique watch.
Added plus: beautiful drawings in the opening animation