So to start off with, we have the announcement that made think up a thread like this. Coming out of the Tokyo International Anime Fair, BONES announces their next project, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, set to air in Summer 2009.
The premise of the project is the 70% or higher possibility that a magnitude 7.0 earthquake will occur in Tokyo in the next 30 years. The anime will depict what would happen if an 8.0 earthquake took place. BONES will attempt to realistically portray the consequences of such a tremor after collecting data on actual earthquakes and interviewing people.
The story will center on Mirai, a middle school freshman girl who goes to Tokyo's artificial Odaiba Island for a robot exhibition with her brother Yutaka at the start of summer vacation. A powerful tremor emanates from an ocean trench, the famed Tokyo Tower and Rainbow Bridge crumble and fall, and the landscape of Tokyo changes in an instant. With the help of a motorcycle delivery woman named Mari who they meet on Odaiba, Mirai and Yutaka strive to head back to their Setagaya home in western Tokyo.
BONES is best known for some amazing anime, including Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka Seven, Darker than Black, Ouran High School Host Club, Soul Eater, Xam'd: Lost Memories, and Sword of the Stranger. In the near future, they'll be releasing the new Fullmetal Alchemist and the Eureka Seven theatrical movie. I'm definitely going to be keeping an eye out for this one. If Umineko no Naku Koro ni does get a summer release like rumours say, then this summer is looking pretty good.
Links: ANN, moetron, 東京マグニチュード8.0 official site