‘Just cancel it’: did this creepy manga predict the Olympics’ ...


‘Just cancel it’: did this creepy manga predict the Olympics’ demise?

The 2020 Games appear throughout an eerily prescient cyberpunk series from the 1980s and 1990s


Next to a countdown showing the number of days to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is scrawled “just cancel it”. Not a scene from real life but from Akira, a remarkably prescient cult Japanese manga series.

With the announcement that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the coincidence has led to Akira trending on Japanese social media, with fans hailing its mystic powers.

Created by Katsuhiro Otomo, Akira first appeared in comic form, with thousands of pages produced between 1982 and 1990. An anime version came out in 1988 and became a global sci-fi hit...

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