Japan Sinks 2020 is the first ever anime adaptation of Sakyo Komatsu’s best-selling 1973 disaster novel Japan Sinks sometime this year. Set for release worldwide on Netflix on July 9, 2020, the series is being directed by Masaaki Yuasa, who is known for his unique free-flowing animation style, having directed such internationally-lauded anime series like Devilman Crybaby, Ping-Pong: The Animation, and The Tatami Galaxy.
New stills as well as a new clip have been released featuring the character Kaito, who is voiced by Kensho Ono, spitting bars in an uplifting rap that was written by Ken the 390.
The anime’s story takes place in Japan in the year 2020. In the original Japan Sinks, the story follows that the Japanese archipelago will sink into the sea after a series of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. This plot line follows in Japan Sinks 2020 too in which we see an ordinary family put to the test as a series of massive earthquakes throws the Japanese archipelago into turmoil. It follows the Mutō family: the protagonist middle schooler Ayumu, her brother Gō, mother Mari, and father Kōichirō, as their peaceful life turns tragic in an instant.
In this first ever clip released from the series, we see Ayumu and other characters in a state of despair and hopelessness. To lighten up the mood, Kaito delivers a rap with hopeful lyrics.
With Ayumu and everyone’s everyday lives snatched away from them, they ponder when this devistating situation will end. It’s then that Kaito suddenly whips out his phone, puts on a track, and begins freestyling to the eat. He spits frank and openhearted lyrics about the situation they have been put in and how they are still alive. We have yet to see how all of the characters will respond to Kaito’s rap as the clip cuts off. Check it out below.
“Japan Sinks 2020” Rap Clip
Ken the 390 spoke of his time in the recording studio, praising the speed of the cast’s response to his advise on corrections they should make for each of their rap parts. He gave particular praise to Kaito’s rap scene performed by Kensho Ono who he described as having good intuition. He described the entire recording experience as being smooth and that it was over before he knew it. Ken the 390 also made a comment for fans who are looking forward to watching Japan Sinks 2020: “It’s a completely different takes on Japan Sinks. It raises questions on the present situation and is full of messages. It’s a film that should be seen right now in 2020.”
Japan Sinks 2020 is a story of hope and paving the way to building tomorrow. The series will be released on Netflix worldwide on July 9, 2020.
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