Anime Review: Japan Sinks

     “Japan Sinks” is one of the anime that is about natural disasters. It revolves around the people who were in a natural disaster. It shows how the victims deal with the catastrophe like how they deal with food supplies, survival, and even grief of losing people you love.

Nihon Chinbotsu 2020 (Japan Sinks 2020)photo credit: Honey’s Anime

genre: science fiction, drama, disaster

episode: 10 episodes

season: 1 season

status: completed

“Japan Sinks” or “Nippon Chinbotsu” is an anime that was adapted from a novel written by Sakyo Komatsu in 1973. The novel was published by Kodansha and has two volumes released at the same time. The anime was directed by Pyeon Gang Ho and Masaaki Yuasa and written by Toshio Yoshikata. It was published by Science Saru and first aired on July 9, 2020.

Watch Japan Sinks: 2020 | Netflix Official Site

photo credit: Netflix


We focused on the “Muto” family going through their normal lives. Koichiro, the father, worked in a construction site, and Mari, his wife, has just returned from a trip. Ayumu had just finished her practice while Gou was playing games at home. However, their lives were turned upside down when an earthquake struck the Japan archipelago. Together, they try to survive the catastrophe and also cope with grieve of losing someone.

My View

This was the first natural disaster anime I have ever watched. It has a lot of emotional scenes because some of the characters die. I also feel like the relationship between the Muto family is stronger as the story progresses. It also has some scenes with blood, so I would not suggest people aged below 15 to watch. The anime has a good storyline and an amazing visual. Overall, I enjoyed watching the anime, and I was a little bit caught off guard by the ending.

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