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Masaaki Yuasa to Direct “Japan Sinks” Anime; Netflix to Stream Worldwide in 2020

Earlier today, an official website and Twitter account opened their doors to announce that Sakyo Komatsu’s Japan Sinks (Nihon Chinbotsu) novels will receive an anime adaptation. The first visual and staffers for the project, as well as details on its distribution were revealed. We break the details down below.

Key Visual

The image features two characters running through the rubble of Tokyo, which is warped and distorted.

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Masaaki Yuasa (Devilman Crybaby, Ping Pong) will direct the project at Science Saru, with Naoya Wada providing character designs.

  • Original Work: Sakyo Komatsu
  • Series Director: Pyeon-Gang Ho
  • Screenplay: Toshio Yoshitaka
  • Music: Kensuke Ushio
  • Color Design: Ken Hashimoto
  • Director of Photography: Toshikazu Kuno
  • Sound Director: Eriko Kimura
  • Editor: Kiyoshi Hirose


Netflix will distribute the series worldwide as a Netflix Original in 2020.

Japan Sinks is a 1973 novel by Sakyo Komatsu. The title won the the 27th Mystery Writers of Japan Award and the Seiun Award in its debut year, and has since been cited as an important lens into the cultural context of 1970s Japan.

Source: Animate Times

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