Saturday, September 19, 2009

[Ended] Tokyo Magnitude 8.0: Sentimental

I have to say, judging from the first two thirds of the story, I never thought it would have an ending like this. Being a person who likes surprises, specially bad ones, I quite enjoyed the story. (I guess "enjoy" isn't quite the right word here since nothing in this series is joyful)

The story follows the events of three people that happened to be together when disasters happened. The events around them in turn reflected the bigger picture about how society as a whole were reacting to a huge natural disaster like that.

This story really doesn't have an ending. Or you may call it has a "soft" ending. Stories like this really aren't meant to have a hard ending like most other stories. So I wouldn't hold it against it.

Final scoreboard:

Drama: 87 (Somewhat dramatic)
Comedy: N/A
Action: 81 (Some, not it's focus)
Art/Animation: 80 (Nothing special)
Sound/Music: 86 (Nothing too special)
Character: 89 (Depth)
Plot: 90 (What you would expect out of a disaster story)
Ending: 90 ("Soft" ending)

Re-watch value: 60 (Loses the surprise factor, but I think it's still somewhat moving)

Overall: 88 - Pretty good for a disaster story

Recommendation: I wouldn't tag this one as a "must watch" anime. But if you just want an escape from the craziness of what a normal anime is, this is a quite refreshing story of lives of normal people.

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