The series premiered on Netflix worldwide on July 9
Masaaki Yuasa and Science Saru's Japan Sinks 2020 premiered worldwide on Netflix last month and was a harrowing tale of the Muto family trying to survive a country in disaster. It was announced on August 20 that Yuasa enjoyed the 5.1 soundtrack so much, they decided to compile the series into a feature-length anime film and release it in Japan on November 13.
A new visual for Japan Sinks 2020 Theatrical Edition - Shizumanuki Bow -, named after the song of hope sung in the 9th episode of the series, which got its own music video in July, was released, featuring KITE's hot air balloon over a flooded city in the shadow of Mt. Fuji.
Director Yuasa commented on the film, saying that it came to be because "the soundtrack created in 5.1 channel during the dubbing of the first episode was so pleasant that I thought it was a waste if I didn't watch it in a good environment." He continued, "Once the series went live, there was a lot of criticism of the content and many viewers did not get where they wanted to be because the work betrays the audience at points. The hardships are not kind to the characters. Please watch in the theater to see for yourself."
The 10 episode Japan Sinks 2020 is currently on Netflix to watch, while the film, Japan Sinks 2020 Theatrical Edition - Shizumanuki Bow -, will be released in Japan on November 13. You can read Cayla's great interview with the sound composer, Kensuke Ushio, right here on Crunchyroll!
Source: Comic Natalie
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.