Japan Sinks: 2020 season 1, episode 2 recap – “Farewell, Tokyo”

By Daniel Hart
Published: July 9, 2020 (Last updated: November 13, 2023)
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Japan Sinks: 2020 season, episode 2 - Farewell, Tokyo


Episode 2 brings the reality of the situation to the group as their world is ending.

This recap of Netflix anime series Japan Sinks: 2020 season 1, episode 2, “Farewell, Tokyo” contains significant spoilers.

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How does Japan Sinks: 2020 season 1, episode 2, “Farewell, Tokyoopen?

Episode 2 opens up with everyone still in shock about what’s happened. Morning arrives and you can still sense grief. In the distance in Kawasaki, explosions are seen. There’s also a risk of a tsunami. On the news, Okinawa sinks. A famous YouTuber posted it and the group wonders if the footage is real.

It’s time to leave

The group makes the decision that they should abandon the shrine and find refuge elsewhere so the group set off. Koga sits near a tree but he doesn’t want to join the group. He believes his mother is dead.

Head West

As they walk through the city, Go messages his gamer friends for advice — they tell him to head to the West as the East is destroyed. The other half of the large group decided to go East. As they head West, Ayumu offers an elderly couple on the sidewalk some water, showing humanity in desperate times. The elderly couple takes the full bottle.

A moment of joy and rest

Suddenly, another small earthquake hits. They head to the forest mountains. Koga slowly follows behind them. The group finds spring water and there’s joy at the coolness of it. Mari decides to get adventurous and suggests they dive off a waterfall into the river. They push Go off and his father catches him. The group approaches a residential area and they find a phone ringing under a destroyed house. As they get closer to the phone, birds starting eating away at a dead human. In the evening, the father of the Mutou family, Koichiro, cooks an animal that attacked them. He seems quite the survivalist.

How does Japan Sinks: 2020 season 1, episode 2, “Farewell, Tokyoend?

But then it gets upsetting for the group. As Koichiro is digging into the land, he suddenly realizes he is shoveling in a trespassed area full of explosives. Blood shoots up in the air and a severed hand lands near Mari. Another tragedy hits the group bringing a numbness to the story, making it feel more real. Episode 2 brings the reality of the situation to the group as their world is ending.

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