Welcome to the Akira Simulwatch/discussion thread.
February the 28th is 147 days before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. So inspired by this screen shot I thought we could have a Simulwatch/discussion about Akira. For many of my generation the introduction to the world of Anime and still one of the stand out films in the medium.
So come join us. For those without a copy (how?), the film is available on Funimation:
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Back to the Olympics. Tokyo 2020 is actually the 32nd Olympiad not the 30th, I can't remember if there was an in universe reason why 2 are missing or whether it's a miscalculation. Also the film is set in 2019 which should have put the games in May at the latest, but most games have been July/August, so maybe another miscalculation. Although the last time they were in Tokyo in 1964 they were moved to October to avoid the summer humidity and the September Typhoon season. Indeed the inclusion of the games in the manga may have been inspired by the 1964 games, when Katsuhiro Otomo was aged 10, coming less than 20 years after the end of the Second World War (the events of Akira are 30 years after the destruction of Tokyo, but I guess it takes that long to rebuild a city that big!)