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No anime is dropped forever: Tokyo Magnitude

There’s no point in running these ‘no anime is dropped forever’ posts if I never actually watch the anime featured. So what what will probably be the final time, let’s pick up one of these shows you lot told me I’d like. This time, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0.

Picked up on: Episode 1

Review: Well to start things off on a positive note, I did prefer this more second time around. Perhaps it was my whinging at the rationality of characters in Moribito leaving the show with no hook, but I really appreciated how the characters in Tokyo Magnitude were fully capable of making misjudgements. Even the motorcycle chick, who was basically modern day Balsa, made a few slight misjudgements or was forced into situations beyond her control. Plus they rounded off the characters quite well so all their actions made sense, as did each their development.

Tokyo Magnitude really shouldn’t be my sort of show, and true that I was far from enthralled by the thing, but I certainly appreciated good story telling more this time around. I guess it simply caught me in a good mood. It wasn’t as though I was emotionally effected by what was happening to the characters, tugging at my heartstrings and all that nonsense that people more easily manipulated by witnessing emotional upheaval are usually blathering on about when it comes to these types of shows. My eyes did get a little moist in the final episode, before they totally overdid the whole thing, but that was it. My main enjoyment came from Good Storytelling.

I would have got more enjoyment from Tokyo Magnitude if I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen though. One plus point of the series is the unpredictability of the earthquake means the story can, and did, take any direction. I heard people  complain that the show was unrealistic in that regards but real life is often stranger than fiction. I think one of the complaints was that the military and other relief organisations would in no way be as effective as they were depicted in the anime. I suppose that argument does have some merit but I honestly it never bothered me.

But I knew everything that was going to happen. I’d watched half of the show already and read a few episodics when it was airing to see if I was missing much. Hence I totally spoiled myself for every incident and every twist. As good as the storytelling might be, the real appeal is being thrust into this situation with them, never knowing yourself what would happen, as if you were experiencing this earthquake with Mari and Yuki. This isn’t exactly the fault of the anime. Ruining the excitement was entirely my doing, but I find it hard to express much praise for Tokyo Magnitude with this massive part of it taken away from me.

Was it worth picking up again: Yes, although I wish it hadn’t taken me two goes

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16 Comments

  1. luffyluffy
    Posted September 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    So, should I watch this one? :O

    • Samshel
      Posted September 11, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

      You make it sound like what he wrote says nothing :P

      I just realized I don’t even have track of this one on my MAL account, I stopped watching it at like episode 8. Not that is wasn’t good, just that by the time I was on this I started watching shows that were airing weekly, and somehow I forgot I had downloaded the show ^^

      Guess I’ll finish it now, at least before next season begins.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted September 11, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

        Weeeelllll.. I’m not really too good at watching shows that are finished. Thats why I’m not watching Monster.

        75 episodes is a no go for me.

      • Samshel
        Posted September 11, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

        I watched 200 bleach episodes in a row, in like 2 weeks (not like it is finished) but well. I guess you don’t like marathoning series that much.

        I’d watch if I were, It’s a break from all the fantasy stuff that we are used to.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted September 12, 2010 at 1:41 am | Permalink

        Actually, it’s that I don’t have the attention span to sit through it XD

      • Scamp
        Posted September 12, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

        Monster > Tokyo Magnitude

        I’m not even that big a fan of Monster. It has this annoying tendancy to meander away from the interesting stuff to random 1 or 2 episode characters. But it’s still a lot better than Tokyo Magnitude. Plus it’s capable of sucking you in pretty early on, unlike a certain other critically aclaimed long anime. Yes, Legend of the Galactic Heroes. As fantastic as you are, it sure takes a long time before you realise how good you really are

  2. Posted September 11, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 was in my top 3 from 2009, so I’m glad you gave it another chance even if it was spoiled for you. It’s a very well crafted series, but the main reason I loved it so much was because I let myself get completely sucked into the characters plight and live through their experiences – its not often I feel that when watching a show.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 12, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

      I couldn’t get sucked it, which was the main problem. I could tell watching it that being sucked in would be the main appeal

  3. Posted September 13, 2010 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    i was somewhat getting the feel of the anime, but it seems somewhat out of reach. I did’t exactly believe that the earthquake will amount to this type of damage since I never encounter an earthquake of that magnitude.

    The ending was pretty sad in my opinion. Who would have thought that that was what happen.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 14, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      I’m pretty sure Tokyo’s buildings are better engineered even for an earthquake of this magnitude. However I’ve never experienced an earthquake in my life so idk

  4. Posted September 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    This is the show that must be marathon lest it shatters and turns out quite tedious in the middle. And of course, the spoilers can ruin everything.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 14, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

      I spoiled myself so I can’t go blaming anyone for that

  5. Posted September 13, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Not everything you get forced to watch is horrible. :P

    • Scamp
      Posted September 14, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

      Unfortunately most are

  6. vucubcaquix
    Posted September 15, 2010 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    I still contend that this anime was actually an extremely excellent weekly watch, provided you can get past the brattiness of Mirai in the beginning (I ALMOST dropped before the end of the first episode).

    I remember this damnable show turning me into a wreck during the last episode, so much so I had to go outside on that very nice summer afternoon. But now with a year’s worth of Perspective, I wonder how much of that was sheer emotional manipulation and how much was genuine empathy for the characters in their situations and whether or not the two are even mutually exclusive. But man, I still remember that last episode hitting me like a ton of bricks even if it may feel a bit soberly maudlin a full year on. It was one of those moments that felt exemplary of the medium to me.

    I just got a very sudden case of deja vu while writing that…

    • vucubcaquix
      Posted September 15, 2010 at 6:48 am | Permalink

      (ARGH SPOILERS!)

      Oh man! I just remembered a fantastic thread we had on A Certain Anonymous Imageboard when the controversy over the “possible” death of one of the characters in the show.

      Someone put up the kanji for the characters’ names and they came up with this:

      Mirai = Future
      Yuuki = Courage
      Mari = Truth

      Before it was completely validated in the next episode or the end of the series, one anon posited that Mirai has no courage, and Yuuki has no future, and only Mari bore witness. I remember thinking that was ridiculously clever at the time.

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