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Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 First Impressions

The first episode of Tokyo Magnitude impressed me.  It impressed me quite a lot, though many over at Animesuki seem to have had a more negative reaction.  The reason, I suppose, is that a lot of people were expecting an action packed disaster show (the plot revolves around an earthquake hitting Tokyo, in case that wasn’t obvious).  What they got was a gentle introductory episode which brought to life some very realistic characters to set up the sudden disaster that will shake them greatly.  I have a feeling that this show is going to focus a lot more on character development as a result of the earthquake than anything else, and that’s fine with me.  I watched a few of the new series airing in the summer, hoping for some new masterpiece to follow, but only Tokyo Magnitude really grabbed me enough to make me want to watch the next episode immediately.

As an aside, I should also write about Sora no Manimani.  This looked like a potentially wonderful, peaceful slice-of-life show based on the poster and description (the poster depicted the main characters beside a telescope under a gentle starry sky) but the actual show itself is completely opposite my expectation.  In fact, it’s pretty much the opposite of gentle.  There were a few odd moments of drama but most of it was straight comedy.  I’m not going to completely give up on it though – a lot of great series begin with loads of comedy, I’ll just hope that it doesn’t keep it’s silliness constant throughout.

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