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.
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