Japan Sinks
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The Japanese animation studio Science Saru revealed the main cast and new stills for the up and coming Masaaki Yuasa’s Japan Sinks anime which is based on the famous Sakyo Komatsu’s science-fiction novel with the same name.

Reina Ueda will perform as Ayumu Mutō, which is the 14-year-old protagonist who throws herself into track team practice in her hope to participate in the Olympics

Tomo Muranaka will perform as Gō Mutō, which is Ayumu’s younger brother who connects to the world through online games

Yuko Sasaki will perform as Mari Mutō, which is the Mutō family’s mother and a former competitive swimmer who is optimistic even in the face of disaster

Masaki Terasoma will perform as Kōichirō Mutō, which isthe Mutō family’s clever and tenacious father

The anime will contain 10 episodes in total and will debut worldwide on Netflix in 2020.

Japan Sinks is a calamity novel by Sakyo Komatsu, distributed in 1973. Komatsu took nine years to finish the work. The distributer needed it to be written in two unique segments, both distributed simultaneously. The tale got the 27th Mystery Writers of Japan Award and the Seiun Award for a Japanese novel length work.

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The novel has prompted works in other media just as continuations: a movie dependent on the novel was made around the same time coordinated by Shiro Moritani, a network show made in 1975, a change in 2006 by Shinji Higuchi.

In 1995, after the Osaka-Kobe quake, Komatsu distributed a subsequent English abbreviated version (ISBN 4-7700-2039-2). In 2006, a continuation of the novel was distributed and there is discussion of a third.