It could just be a mere coincidence, but a Sept. 9 report from Uproxx pointed out that the 1988 anime, “Akira,” predicted that the 2020 Summer Olympics would be held in Tokyo. That prediction, of course, came true on Sept. 7, when it was announced that Tokyo would, indeed, be hosting the ceremony – despite radiation leaking from the Fukushima nuclear plant.
For those who haven’t seen the film, here’s a brief synopsis from IMDb:
“Kaneda is a bike gang leader whose close friend Tetsuo gets involved in a government secret project known as Akira. On his way to save Tetsuo, Kaneda runs into a group of anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader. The confrontation sparks off Tetsuo's supernatural power leading to bloody death, a coup attempt and the final battle in Tokyo Olympiad where Akira's secrets were buried 30 years ago.”
“Akira” did also predict that World War 3 happened 31 years prior to the film’s 2019 setting, after an atom bomb wiped out Tokyo. That, of course, is not true. Now, how many Chicago Cubs fans are hoping that “Back to the Future: Part II” prediction is correct?
There is a live-action remake of “Akira” currently in the works. It was put on hiatus for a brief period of time, but it was just recently resurrected, and Jaume Collet-Serra (“Orphan,” “Unknown”) is set to direct.
The trailer for the film, which can be found on the left side of this column, shows the prediction at the beginning.