The 2020 Olympics Go To... Akira!

When I heard the news that Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympic Games, I felt a strong case of déjà vu. Then it hit me like the Karate Kid's crane kick. It echoes the plot of Katsuhiro Otomo's cult classic manga and anime film Akira! In the story, Neo-Tokyo prepares to host the Olympic Games against a backdrop of totalitarian rule and social unrest in the year 2020. Talk about art imitating life! With Fukushima still leaking radioactive catastrophe, it's a scary coincidence. Here's hoping the real deal is a little more Doraemon, and a lot less dystopian apocalypse. The bikes will be cool though.

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Associated Press.


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red pill junkie's picture
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I wonder if the choice was meant as a way to reactivate Japan's economy; something that actually NEVER happens, because the cities hosting these events always end up losing money on all those unnecessary new installations.

I also wonder if some countries will actually decide NOT to attend the games, for fear of the radioactivity leaks.

It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

Red Pill Junkie

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love. love. love this manga. That being said, if it was meant to be a prophet of doom, we a screwed.

Dammit Tetsuo

...I forgot how I got here but everyone seems to be heading off in that direction. I hope someone brought food. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey................