Japan Sinks 2020
This was one of the most disappointing shows I watched last year. Not even necessarily bad, just disappointing and an underwhelming misuse of a potentially great premise. The first two episodes are genuinely great but the show begins to immediately nosedive after that. It's like halfway through production the director got bored with the premise, and just said 'screw it i'll do what I want. Completely misusing what could have been a great premise for a survival disaster story ala War of The Worlds or 2012 or the first half of Independence Day with weird sideplots about a weird apocalypse cult that somehow knew about Japan sinking decades ahead of time, and finding proof about what was causing the continent to sink.
The whole thing was just overcomplicating what should have been kept a very simple premise. Have a family or small cast of characters, focus on them trying to escape a collapsing continent. That's all you needed to do. You didn't need to add a new character every other episode and have a 'final destination' style death scene that are usually not even earthquake related, to say nothing of several poorly shoehorned in attempted rape scenes. The attempted rape scenes in this series seem really really shoehorned into the story. Like, at the point in the story where the first attempted rape scene happens is at a point where next to nobody knows if Japan is going to sink completely yet, or if the worst of the worst is over and they might be able to go back to something like a normal life.
Which when you look into it the biggest problem here was Masaki Yuasa was not the director for this kind of project. He's more into weird surreal experimental and psychedelic stuff, this should have been in the hands of someone with a history of directing more grounded and realistic styles.
Also the main gimmick of the show was kind've ruined because of the pandemic. As the main characters father was a construction worker working to help setup the 2020 olympics, and his daughter was training to qualify for them, and the anime hit netflix the very day the series was set to start. Its hard to believe that 'this is happening now' when you're several layers removed from the 'real world' the show wants you to inhabit in your own.
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