We learned last fall that a new Netflix anime series is in production with a ten-episode project based on the novel Japan Sinks, aka Nihon Chinbotsu. It’s set for a worldwide 2020 debut and now some of the casting information has surfaced for it.
- Reina Ueda as Ayumu Mutō, the 14-year-old protagonist who throws herself into track team practice in her hope to participate in the Olympics
- Tomo Muranaka as Gō Mutō, Ayumu’s younger brother who connects to the world through online games
- Yuko Sasaki as Mari Mutō, the Mutō family’s mother and a former competitive swimmer who is optimistic even in the face of disaster
- Masaki Terasoma as Kōichirō Mutō, the Mutō family’s clever and tenacious father
Check out the cast and character visuals at this link which also includes a few stills from the series.
It has Masaaki Yuasa directing it and animation production handled by Science SARU. The scripts are coming from Toshio Yoshitaka with Pyeon-Gang Ho listed as the series director. Naoya Wada is on board with the character designs.
Based on the 1973 novel which had two live-action films produced and a fifteen-volume manga series over the years.
Check out the official site and Twitter as well as the Netflix page (when they go live).
Plot Concept: A swarm of earthquakes hit the Japanese archipelago causing the sudden eruption of a dormant volcano. Soon after the people find themselves facing a wave of mysterious natural disasters… and ultimately discover an unbelievable consequence.