A new promotional video and opening theme song was announced on Thursday for Japan Sinks: 2020 by Netflix! It’s Science SARU and Masaaki Yuasa’s upcoming anime adaptation of Sakyo Komatsu’s Japan Sinks (by Nihon Chinbotsu). Taeko Onuki is performs “a life,” which is the theme song that features in the video below.
The original disaster sci-fi novel begins when a series of natural disasters begin bombarding Japan. Massive tectonic shifts begin to cause volcanic eruptions, catastrophic earthquakes, and eventually triggering more eruptions in volcanoes in the whole Japanese landscape. Through it all, a team of scientists attempt to convince the Japanese government that the Japanese archipelago will soon sink beneath the sea sooner than anyone expected.
The new anime plans to move the setting from 1970s Japan, to modern Japan. The original announcement of the anime stated that the story would be set just after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but this detail has now been removed (most likely because the Olympics were delayed). The plot centers on the Mutō family as wells as siblings Ayumu and Gō. The four members of the Mutō family are caught in an earthquake that hits Tokyo, and attempt to escape the city, while disaster claws at their heels.
The original novel in 1973 by Komatsu, and the novel has inspired two live-action films since. The novel also inspired a 1975 live-action series, as well as two manga adaptations: the first by Golgo 13 author Takao Saito, and a 2006-2009 manga by Tokihiko Ishiki. The novel is regarded as a science-fiction classic in Japan and around the world.