Destruction of Tokyo in "Akira" Hits 20th Anniversary

Katsuhiro Otomo put December 6, 1992 date on the start of World War III

Hopefully you're reading this when it's still December 6th in your time zone. Older anime fans are sure to remember Akira's classic promise that "Neo-Tokyo is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E." Well, the reason that there is a Neo-Tokyo is that the seminal sci-fi manga, first published starting December 20, 1982, opened with a notice that "at 2:17PM on December 6th, 1992, a new type of bomb exploded over the metropolitan area of Japan..." destroying the city that we know.

 

 

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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