[Elementary Level] Learn Japanese with Anime: “Tokyo Magnitude 8.0”

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71% Excellent

The story of this anime is amazing. The theme is family love under earthquakes, and anyone would be emotional with this. This is an emotional work recommended for those who prefer good stories. This anime is from 2009, but as we all know in 2011, the East Japan Earthquake occurred, resulting in 20,000 deaths. I wish you would see the reality of Japan, a country that is prone to earthquakes.

  • Story/Worldview 100 %
  • Character 60 %
  • Animation/Background 70 %
  • Songs/Sound 65 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 60 %
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1. Information

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Title (Eng)Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Title (Jpn)東京マグニチュード8.0
TypeTV
Episodes11
Aired Year2009
GenresDrama
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2. Synopsis

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

©東京マグニチュード8.0製作委員会

Mirai is a 1st-year junior high student, and went to see a Robot exhibition with her brother Yuuki. While Yuuki was having fun, Mirai, who is going through a rebellious phase, was touching the screen on her phone. “毎日毎日ヤなことばっかり…。いっそのこと、こんな世界、壊れちゃえばいいのに”, just as she thought so, the ground suddenly shook. An ocean-trench earthquake of magnitude 8.0 struck Tokyo. Bridges fell and Tokyo Tower collapsed into debris. Everything in Tokyo changed in a blink. Mirai, taking Yuuki, try to go home with the help of Mari, a girl who they met at Odaiba. Can the three of them go home safely?

 

 

3. Character’s way of Speaking

・Onozawa Mirai (小野沢 未来, おのざわ みらい)

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

©東京マグニチュード8.0製作委員会

She speaks negatively such as “xxx なのに”, “xxx なんだもん” and “xxx だし”. This is a normal way of speaking for a teenager being disobedient to their parents and/or school. In the beginning, strong expressions like “xxx でしょ!” and “わかったわよ!” are used towards her parents. She uses polite expressions like “xxx です”, “xxx ます” for people who she has never met before.

 

・Onozawa Yuuki (小野沢 悠貴, おのざわ ゆうき)

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

©東京マグニチュード8.0製作委員会

He uses expressions like a primary school pupil, like “xxx だよ”, and “xxx だね”. He does not use polite languages even towards people who he has never met before. Most primary school pupils cannot use polite languages, so this is quite normal. It must be difficult to listen to his speech for Japanese language learners.

 

・Kusakabe Mari (日下部 真理, くさかべ まり)

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

©東京マグニチュード8.0製作委員会

She uses expressions like an adult woman such as “xxx しましょう”, “xxx かな”, and “xxx ね”. Since she is a mother herself, she is kind to children. She is a good material for Japanese learning if you focus on how she talks optimistically to children even when she must be anxious.

 

・Other people

Miki’s mother speaks arrogantly like “xxx ね”, “xxx なさい”. She calls herself “ママ”. This is common in reality to call oneself by their position. Miki’s father speaks like “xxx だ” and “xxx な”, which is common for men around this age. Other adults use polite languages unlike Miki, so it would be good if you listen to the differences between them.

 

 

4. Terms and Talking Contents

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

©東京マグニチュード8.0製作委員会

This anime can be viewed as a simulation of an earthquake that could happen in Tokyo. Some technical terms such as “震源地” (しんげんち, epicenter), “余震” (よしん, aftershock), “津波” (つなみ, tsunami) are used in relation to earthquakes. News broadcasts after the disaster and the conversations between people convey the anxiety people feel. Furthermore, characters’ emotions change before and after the earthquake, and this is evident from the characters’ tone and lines like “良かった無事で!本当に良かった!” (よかったぶじで!ほんとうによかった!, Good and safe! It was really good!) which indicates worries and relief towards their families. The anime also portrays reality, as it shows people with bad manners.

 

 

5. Difficult Term List (You should prepare for them before watching)

・Difficult Term List which You Must Know (They come out more than twice)

#よみ漢字Meanings
1よしん余震aftershock
2しんげん震源hypocentre (of an earthquake)
3おやつぐんそうおやつ軍曹snack sergeant
4こうしゃ校舎school building; schoolhouse
5ひさいしゃ被災者victim of (a disaster)
6ふしょうしゃ負傷者injured person; wounded person
7にじさいがい二次災害secondary disaster
8にじひがい二次被害secondary damage
9じゅけん受験taking an examination (esp. school and university entrance)

 

 

・Difficult Term List which Can Be Useful (They come out once)

#よみ漢字Meanings
10げきちん撃沈sending a ship to the bottom; sinking (a ship)
11るすばん留守番care-taking; house-sitting; house-watching; staying at home
12かきこうしゅう夏期講習summer term course
13なめられるなめられるto be treated with contempt
14ききいっぱつ危機一髪by a hair’s breadth; in the nick of time; touch and go; close call
15みみがいたい耳が痛いbeing painfully-true (e.g. reprimand); making one’s ears burn
16ぎり義理duty; sense of duty; honor
17あしでまとい足手まといimpediment; burden; encumbrance
18じゅうけいしょうしゃ重軽傷者those injured; injured persons
19うめたてち埋め立て地reclaimed land
20ひつじゅひん必需品necessities; necessary article
21おせっかいお節介meddling; meddlesomeness; nosiness
22こうそくどうろ高速道路highway; freeway; expressway
23きゅうえんぶっし救援物資relief supplies
24こかげ木陰shade of tree; bower
25めいもん名門prestigious school
26かいちく改築structural alteration (of a building); reconstruction; rebuilding
27しゅうがくりょこう修学旅行excursion; field trip; school trip
28にはくみっか二泊三日two nights and three days
29ひんけつ貧血anemia; anaemia
30てっきんこんくりーと鉄筋コンクリートreinforced concrete; ferroconcrete
31ちょっかがたじしん直下型地震near-field earthquake; local earthquake
32ねっちゅうしょう熱中症heatstroke
33のじゅく野宿sleeping outdoors; sleeping out in the open air
34てんてき点滴raindrops; falling drop of water
35くびをながくしてまつ首を長くして待つI’m so looking forward to it
36みもと身元person’s identity
37いたいあんちしょ遺体安置所morgue
38あせも汗疹prickly heat; heat rash
39りんげつ臨月last month of pregnancy

 


6. Beginners can Learn Japanese with This Anime

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

©東京マグニチュード8.0製作委員会

Generally, the conversations are between a junior high school student and a primary school pupil or with Mari, who tries to lower her language level, so it is easy to understand. Since the theme is a disaster, some specific terms come out, but no technical terminology appear. A variety of conversations can be heard, but it almost never affects the plot. The difficult terms occurrence rate is low at 3.5terms/episode, and the difficulty level is at an 8th grade level, so it is recommended for elementary-level Japanese learners.

 

Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate3.5 terms/episode= 32 / 13
Difficulty Level8th grade= Middle School
Total Difficulty Score28.0 points= 3.5 * 8
   
Comprehensive JudgmentEasyin 20.0 to 49.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerElementary 
JLPTN4 

 

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