Cyberpunk manga Akira debuted in 1982—over thirty years ago. The manga, and subsequent anime, are set in 2019, against the backdrop of the forthcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Er, I mean the 2020 Neo-Tokyo Olympics. The impending games and Neo-Tokyo Olympic Stadium do factor into the plot (for example, Akira is housed in a cryogenic chamber below the stadium, and the Olympic grounds house a military base.)

The upcoming Olympics are even mentioned in the original Japanese theatrical trailer for the 1988 feature film, which is, of course, based on the manga.

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The sign for the Olympic site that appears in the film reads: “147 Days Until the Tokyo Olympics.” Under that, it reads, “With everyone’s effort, let’s make this a success.” The sign says this is the 30th modern Olympic games (it will actually be a the thirty-second).

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Via Patrick Macias, here’s Olympic Stadium—in somewhat of a disarray!

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If you are wondering what the Neo-Tokyo games could look like, maybe they’ll light the torch...

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WITH A LASER.

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The Olympic Torch might be something like this. What about events? According to Naver, they could look like...

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The hurdles.

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Wrestling.

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Pole vault. Or Javelin. Take your pick, really.

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Swimming? Diving? Long jump?

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Water polo. (I guess.)

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High jump. Very high jump.

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Shot put.

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Marksmanship.

Let’s hope this doesn’t mean Akira is going to get other things right, too. You know, like World War III.

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This article was originally published on September 9, 2013.

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