Parents' Guide to

Japan Sinks: 2020

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Harrowing apocalyptic anime has nudity, drug use.

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

age 10+

It’s fine

It’s realistic in a sense and if a good show for kids in my opinion

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (6 ):

This harrowing series, directed by Masaaki Yuasa, challenges viewers with a dark storyline in which people are struggling to survive in a world that will soon no longer exist. Catastrophes are plenty, and as the story moves forward, the instinctual desire to survive often brings out the worst in people. But the Mutou family somehow manages to stay relatively upbeat, and their bond grows closer as they look for ways to keep going. Their loving relationship bring a sense of warmth to an otherwise bleak and gloomy story world, which is further enhanced by the flat but detailed animation style.

Watching the Mutous, and the people they come across, suffering through the experience isn't easy at first. But about halfway through the series, the death of characters almost becomes routine, making it easier for viewers to simply accept their fates and move on. Meanwhile, unlike the original novel, Japan Sinks: 2020 offers few takeaways from the whole experience beyond watching people attempt to survive an apocalyptic nightmare.

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