A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
In the worst of times, family can support each other and survive. Racist attitudes toward biracial Japanese people are apparent in one episode (but not looked upon favorably).
Positive Role Models
Haruo and Mari are committed to their children, but also help other people. Others are not so selfless. The Mutous are a biracial family.
Violence & Scariness
Buildings fall, mines and factories explode, buildings collapse, etc. People are shown bleeding and crying, buried alive, and dead. Animals are killed and eaten. A young character fights off a sexual attacker.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some nudity. One episode shows some sexual activity.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People eat food with cannabis. Pot smoking and morphine abuse is visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Japan Sinks: 2020 is a dark, mature anime series directed by Masaaki Yuasa about the destruction of Japan after a series of catastrophic natural disasters, and a close-knit family trying to survive the aftermath. Violence includes people shown falling from the sky, getting hurt, and mortally wounded (blood is visible). There's some racist behavior, too. The subject matter is too strong for younger viewers, and might be a bit much for those who have survived natural disasters in their own lives.
Is It Any Good?
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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