Series Review: Japan Sinks 2020

August 01, 2020

I actually didn't understand what made me continue to watch this show. I admit that the title sure had me curious with what the story was about, but I think seeing the first episode should have warded me off the hook to continue any further. But I guess since I have a knack for self-torture that entertains me in some way, I persevered and advanced until the final episode. Did I regret doing this? Absolutely not.

Each episode is less than 30 minutes long, and I think this is one factor why it was easy for me to squeeze it into my busy(?) schedule each day. I'm glad that this is not a live-action series, because I think I wouldn't be able to stomach watching it given the events in the story. I have to commend whoever did the editing of the episodes- each one was cut in just the perfect moment to leave the audience in conflict and utterly disturbed. It's a different type of a cliffhanger. The Philippines was repeatedly mentioned throughout the series, and according to the plot line, the country also was struck by that same huge earthquake. I am well aware that I am a worst-case scenario thinker, and I think the anime series depicted well everything that I imagined if "the big one" hits my country, most especially the capital and the neighboring city areas. For sure, I would be one of those people who would be dead during the first few seconds of the earthquake, might it be because our house collapsed or I was just clumsy and weak. If this is indeed my fate, I wish for it to be quick and painless. And please, I don't want to witness anyone die in front of me (might it be due to being squished by a huge piece of concrete or eaten by birds).

Speaking of birds, I think how those predatory fowls acted in the series is not far from what can happen in reality. It's a common scenario in wildlife for dead animals to be consumed by crows, so why would it any different for a lifeless human body?

I loved the adrenaline rush and how the series increased my cortisol levels (😂) but I think it dwindled down a bit in the latter half. Maybe it's because I already got desensitized with all the tragic events that happened. For the last few episodes, I was just already guessing which character would die next. I can't believe the author meant to kill most of the pack. I was most moved when the dad died, because it was so abrupt and morbid. I still had the glimmering hope that it was just a faulty bomb and he only got some minor scratches, but when I saw the hand with the wedding ring, I immediately felt numb and cold. That was the most shocker in the film for me.

When they went to this little community with the child and the mother leader, I thought they were a cult with insincere intentions to the people. And I also thought the mother was a quack. But 'lo and behold, during the last moments before the fall of the statue, they proved me wrong. The mother really cared for the people, and vice versa. A few members even stayed with them to face their death. It was really a moving scene.

I binge-watched the last ~5 episodes because I just wanted everything to be over and just be resolved. I didn't want to have those lingering stressful feelings in between watching the episodes. And I realized it's the right thing to do. 

As the ending credits rolled out, I began to appreciate what I currently have today. In the series, everything was taken away from the characters. For me, amidst this pandemic, I am safe and still able to stay in a house, have food to eat, and have a warm bed to lie on. I guess this is one positive effect of watching disaster movies: the fear is compartmentalized and you gain an added appreciation for the blessings you currently have. 😊

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