Masaaki Yuasa had made magic with Netflix with his series Devilman Crybaby, and now he's teamed up with the streaming service again to bring as an anime adaptation of a classic sci-fi novel Japan Sinks.
Here's the official description for Japan Sinks: 2020:
An ordinary family is put to the test as a series of massive earthquakes throw Japan into total mayhem. From director Masaaki Yuasa (Devilman Crybaby), the first anime adaptation of the bestselling science fiction novel by Sakyo Komatsu.
The original novel actually came out back in 1973, and it was said that author Komatsu had done an extensive research to portray just how Japan would sink due to the forces of mother nature alone. A movie adaptation had even come out back in 2006 and was said to be one of the top disaster films in Japan that year.
With the source material being decades old, it's clear that Yuasa's series is going to be an updated version of the story, probably taking into account modern technology. I also have to say, Yuasa is best known for his colorful and cartoonish work, and this looks to be something made in a more serious and dark tone.
With the anime movie Weathering with You giving a more lighthearted treatment to Japan sinking, it's going to be interesting to watch a series that will deal with it in a more realistic sense.
Japan Sinks: 2020 is set to come out on Netflix this July 9.