When the Tokyo Olympics were first announced in 2013, there were immediate comparisons to Akira’s 2020 Neo-Tokyo Olympics. Now, the real 2020 games are not shying away from those comparisons but embracing them in a recent promotional event.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government held a projection mapping event last night with a “Three Years To Go!” clip to count down the upcoming Olympic games.

The clip, which you can see below, featured various scenes of Tokyo. This part stood out:

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Of course, the iconic Kaneda bike slide was included. Here’s the sequence from different angles:

Or watch the full clip:

This is the first I’ve seen Akira be officially involved with the 2020 Olympics. Don’t be surprised if it shows up again in future promotional clips.


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