Maiden Japan Licenses TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0
Maiden Japan has announced its acquisition of the compelling animated drama TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0 (東京マグニチュード8.0, Tokyo Magunichuudo 8.0, 2009). Based on extensive research into the potential effects of a massive earthquake, TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0 is an 11 episode study into human courage and the will to survive which originally debuted in Fuji TV’s powerhouse anime block noitaminA. Direction is by Masaki Tachibana (.hack//QUANTUM) with series composition by Natsuko Takahashi (07-GHOST), character designs by Atsuko Nozaki (THE LEGEND OF HEROES: TRAILS INTHE SKY), sound direction by Kazuya Tanaka (HIGH SCHOOL OF HE DEAD) and music by Kow Otani (HAKUOKI, GMK).
The devastation is unleashed in the span of seconds. Yielding to centuries of unrelenting pressure, an ancient rift in the Earth gives way and a force equivalent to over a thousand atomic bombs erupts beneath the feet of the citizens of the world’s largest mega-cities! For the people of the greater Tokyo area, the results are catastrophic as even “earthquake-proof” buildings sway like weeds in the wind, gas mains rip open in gouts of flame and huge sections of the city’s vital infrastructure are torn into shreds.
For sister and brother Mirai and Yuki who were caught in the earthquake while in Odaiba during summer holiday, it’s the start of a desperate journey back to their parent’s home in Setagaya. For motorcycle courier Mari, it means an equally frantic battle towards Sangenjaya and her own daughter and mother. Joining together in an epic odyssey through the mangled streets, these three must brave impossible obstacles and endure unspeakable hardships and heartbreak, with no way of knowing if their loved ones are even still alive. But they’ve no other choice! In the aftermath of nature’s fury, only the strongest of will and most courageous of heart can hope to survive in TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0!
Maiden Japan will be distributing TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0 in conjunction with home video distributor Section 23 (CLANNAD, HIGH SCHOOL OF HE DEAD, APPLESEED) with the entire series to be released in bilingual English DVD, BD and digital formats on April 2nd 2013.
About Maiden Japan
Maiden Japan is a new and upcoming distributor of Japanese animation in North America, with a rapidly growing roster of releases that includes such hot new titles as POLYPHONICA CRIMSON S, HIMAWARI!, RAY and PAPILLON ROSE. A sister company to live action Shock film specialist Switchblade Pictures (ATTACK GIRLS SWIM TEAM VS. THE UNDEAD, ZOMBIE HUNTER RIKA, SULTRY ASSASSIN: NINJA BRAINWASH), Maiden Japan’s programs can be found on home video distributed by Ingram Entertainment, Baker & Taylor, Section23Films, The Right Stuff and other good and fine distributors. Digital product offerings may be found at iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Zune Marketplace, Anime Network, Playstation Network and YouTube.
About Section23 Films
Section23 Films provides home video marketing and distribution services for a variety of companies, including Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Maiden Japan and AEsir Holdings. With its special focus on genre entertainment, Section23 Films distributes some of the very best anime, martial arts, and horror titles on the market today.