Yesterday was both a day worth rejoicing and a day worth lamenting. Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi reportedly signed up for a four Thor film for Marvel Studios. Considering how well the previously-mentioned movie was received, it made a lot of sense, and given where things were left in Avengers: Endgame, I think a lot of audiences were ready to see more of Thor Odinson.
But with that revelation came a sacrifice. And that sacrifice was Akira being shelved indefinitely — while in the midst of casting, no less. The date of expiration: July 16, 2019. It feels like an inconsequential day to most of us, but to one Akira fan, he couldn’t help but notice a parallel.
Twitter user Einherjar noticed that this announcement took place exactly 31 years after the explosion that caused World War III in the Akira animated film.
As a fan of poetic coincidences, I can’t help but love this, but it is worth noting that while World War III began on July 16, 1988 in the anime, the manga source material had the same event take place in December of 1982. Sure, the sentiment of bitterness is real, but it’s nothing more than coincidence when all said and done.
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