In an eerie bit of anime news, anime Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, which released back in 2009 will be seeing a release outside of Japan. Despite claiming the Excellence Prize in the Animation category at Japan’s Media Arts Festival in 2009, many thought that the anime wouldn’t be licensed following the devastating earthquake Japan suffered back in March 2011.
Maiden Japan has managed to secure the rights and will be releasing the anime through the distribution partner, Section23, on Blu-Ray, bilingual English DVD and other digital formats on April 2nd 2013. The show is being directed by Masaki Tachibana (.hack//Quantum) while the series composition is being handled by Natsuko Takahashi (07-Ghost), Atsuko Nozaki (The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky) is looking after character designs. Sound direction is in the hands of Kazuya Tanaka (High School of the Dead) with the music provided by Ko Otani (Hakuoki).
The following description of the anime has been provided by Maiden Japan:
The devastation is unleashed in the span of seconds. Yielding to centuries of unrelenting pressure, an ancient rift in the Earth gives way and a force equivalent to over a thousand atomic bombs erupts beneath the feet of the citizens of the world’s largest mega-cities! For the people of the greater Tokyo area, the results are catastrophic as even “earthquake-proof” buildings sway like weeds in the wind, gas mains rip open in gouts of flame and huge sections of the city’s vital infrastructure are torn into shreds. For sister and brother Mirai and Yuki who were caught in the earthquake while in Odaiba during summer holiday, it’s the start of a desperate journey back to their parent’s home in Setagaya. For motorcycle courier Mari, it means an equally frantic battle towards Sangenjaya and her own daughter and mother. Joining together in an epic odyssey through the mangled streets, these three must brave impossible obstacles and endure unspeakable hardships and heartbreak, with no way of knowing if their loved ones are even still alive. But they’ve no other choice! In the aftermath of nature’s fury, only the strongest of will and most courageous of heart can hope to survive in TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0!
Shotaro Ishinomori is a famed pioneer in the area of manga, anime and tokusatsu who had a museum erected in his honour back in 2001. Unfortunately, during the devastation of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami of March 2011, the Shotaro Ishinomori Mangattan Museum, suffered extensive damage as did the nearby surrounding structures.
Recently, a new Tōhoku Revival video was posted which outlines the efforts made to rebuild and restore the building and neighbourhood. A re-opening ceremony was held on November 17 to mark the occasion and while the museum will be temporarily closed from February 12 to March 22, there will be a renewal exhibit which will commence from March 23rd.
Shotaro Ishinomori was also posthumously admitted to the Guinness World Records in 2008 for having the most comics, which also counts manga, by one author totalling over 128,000 pages. His influence in this area has also helped the field of tokusatsu, which is the live action genre, such as Kamen Rider (a Japandaman favourite!) and Super Sentai, later known as the Power Rangers series.
Plans are underway to construct a a new Pokemon centre in the earthquake affected Tohoku in north eastern Japan. This will make it the seventh of its kind for Japan with the intention being to help the children cope with the disaster. This store will carry the ” Pokemon With You” theme which is for the disaster relief initiative and will raise funds for the victims of the natural disaster.
Following the recent devastating earthquake and the tsunami in Northern Japan, thousands of Japanese residents have been left in the dark without any way of knowing what’s happening in the rest of their country. Without having a home and with thousands of people still in temporary shelters, Nintendo thought they’d help out and donate an undisclosed number of Nintendo DSi units with an extra special bonus gift. That gift being the DS Terebi attachment which essentially allows the DSi to watch television through the 1seg television broadcast. Now before people throw their arms up in the air and think that Nintendo could do a hell of a lot more, keep in mind that they previously donated ¥300 million which translates to over $300 million dollars…that’s a lot of spare change and will go a long way to helping Japan pick themselves up and continue the long road to rebuilding damaged homes and people’s lives.
Found another site that showcases the international news sources that are reporting the recent events in Japan and completely blowing using sensationalist tactics to create fear and panic amongst the rest of the world. It’s keeping a tally of such sites and giving them a score out of ten to rate how badly they are exaggerating the facts…once again I’m not denying the facts but when you have a well respected Japan based blogger like Danny Choo also saying the same things, it makes you wonder…have a read and post comments below.
Am really peeved at the way that the major news outlets are reporting the crisis with emphasis on the radiation danger over in Japan. By all accounts from bloggers and people actually living there, there appears something to be concerned about but the news outlets are really using scare tactics to the rest of the world and then you have people completely misinformed citizens talking about what’s really going on over there…have a link below from a respected news site that tells it like it is…no scare tactics just plain facts.