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A new announcement coming from the first business day of TAF 2009 (via ANN) reveals a TV anime series called Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. As the title suggests, the story will be triggered by a catastrophic earthquake that hits Tokyo with a force of over 9000 dealing massive damage, and follows a family of two siblings and their mother. For their summer vacation, they visit a a robot exhibition on Odaiba Island, and that's when the earthquake hits.



The story appears to be an original one, not based on any manga or such, and the anime is currently in the works at studio Bones for a July 2009 TV debut. The newly opened official website already offers a trailer with plenty of footage, and I must say, it looks mighty fine. This is definitely an anime I'll be keeping an eye out for, this summer.



The anime's director is Masaki Tachibana (previously a unit and episode director on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit and Noir), and additional animation work is also being done by Kinema Citrus, also known as Cinema Citrus (they contributed to next month's Eureka 7 Movie). More spoilerific background story from ANN below.
"The premise of the project is the 70% or higher possibility that a magnitude 7.0 earthquake will occur in Tokyo in the next 30 years. The anime will depict what would happen if an 8.0 earthquake took place. BONES will attempt to realistically portray the consequences of such a tremor after collecting data on actual earthquakes and interviewing people.

The story will center on Mirai, a middle school freshman girl who goes to Tokyo's artificial Odaiba Island for a robot exhibition with her brother Yutaka at the start of summer vacation. A powerful tremor emanates from an ocean trench, the famed Tokyo Tower and Rainbow Bridge crumble and fall, and the landscape of Tokyo changes in an instant. With the help of a motorcycle delivery woman named Mari who they meet on Odaiba, Mirai and Yutaka strive to head back to their Setagaya home in western Tokyo."
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