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Anime set in a future that has passed

Jun 07 2023, 4:19 AM | Updated Jun 30, 11:15 AM
Anime that, at the time of the release, was set at least a year into the future but with a date that has already come to pass. Also includes anime with plot-important events set in a future that has already passed, even if the anime's main setting still remains in the future.

Sequels, special episodes and retellings excluded.

Works set in 2010 or before:

- Wikipedia
- TVTropes ,
- AniList forum thread (used only in the case of no other sources being found)
- other sources include anime wikis, anime synopsis (on MAL or other source if mentioned) and the anime itself if a date is stated during the runtime

I'm open to any corrections and additions! Atm it seems there are no anime set in 2024.

Manga, LNs and other literature set in a future now in the past:
Burn Up Scramble
TV, 2004, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Set in 2023

src: wikipedia, anime synopsis
Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster
OVA, 1988, 6 eps Me:- Author:6
Set in 2023, aliens attack earth in 2015

src: anime itself
Silent Möbius
TV, 1998, 26 eps Me:- Author:2
Set in 2023

src: anime synopsis
Sword Art Online
TV, 2012, 25 eps Me:- Author:7
Set in 2022, NerveGear is announced in 2021

src: sao wiki
Arve Rezzle: Kikaijikake no Yousei-tachi
Movie, 2013, 1 ep Me:- Author:5
Set in 2022

src: anime itself
Blade Runner: Black Out 2022
ONA, 2017, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Sequel to Blade Runner (1982) that was set in November 2019. This one takes place during 2022 after the events of the film

src: anime itself
Cowboy Bebop
TV, 1998, 26 eps Me:- Author:10
Set in 2071, but the first astral gate was built in 2021

src: Wikipedia

Tenki no Ko

Weathering with You

Tenki no Ko
Movie, 2019, 1 ep Me:- Author:4
Set in June 2021

src: TvTropes
Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari
Movie, 2017, 1 ep Me:- Author:4
Set in 2020 just before the Tokyo Olympics were supposed to take place

src: anime itself
Roujin Z
Movie, 1991, 1 ep Me:- Author:9
Set around the year 2020, predicts the use of automation in geriatric care

src: Wikipedia
TV, 2008, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Girls fight to determine the fate of the world in 2020

src: Wikipedia

Senran Kagura

Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash

Senran Kagura
TV, 2013, 12 eps Me:- Author:2
High school girls fight off evil in 2020

src: Wikipedia

Owari no Seraph

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign

Owari no Seraph
TV, 2015, 12 eps Me:- Author:4
Set in 2020, vampires overtake human civilization (goddammit high school girls you had one job)

src: anime itself
TV, 2012, 22 eps Me:- Author:-
Set in 2019

src: Wikipedia
Kurogane no Linebarrels
TV, 2008, 24 eps Me:- Author:-
Set in 2019

src: anime synopsis
Movie, 1988, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Set in Tokyo in 2019 after WWIII (that begins Jul 16th 1988). Predicted the Tokyo olympics in 2020 and kinda also the cancellation of the olympics

src: anime itself, Wikipedia
Venus Senki
Movie, 1989, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
Set in 2089, but an icy asteroid hits Venus in 2003 and strips away most of its atmosphere. Humans start colonizing Venus in 2018.

Predicted air travel screenings being conducted by governments instead of private companies

src: anime itself
Blue Gender
TV, 1999, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
Events start in 2009 when the main character is diagnosed with an unknown illness and volunteers to be put into cryosleep to wait for medical tech to advance enough to cure it. Later, in 2017 insectoid bioweapons get out of control and take over the Earth destroying most of human civilization in the process. The remnants of humanity begin taking Earth back in 2031.

src: anime itself
Lemon Angel Project
TV, 2006, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
Set in 2017

TV, 2013, 13 eps Me:- Author:4
Nuclear catastrophe in Tokyo in 2016

src: anime itself
TV, 2014, 12 eps Me:- Author:1
Set in 2016(?). Timeline completely diverges in 1972 when Martian civilization remains are discovered

src: anime itself
Kimi no Na wa.
Movie, 2016, 1 ep Me:- Author:9
Flashback to 2013, present time 2016, time skips to 2021 and 2022

The film explores the events of a Japanese city being destroyed by an undetected meteorite

src: TvTropes

Shinseiki Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Shinseiki Evangelion
TV, 1995, 26 eps Me:- Author:6
Set in 2015. Aliens(?) have been attacking Earth for several years already.

src: anime itself
TV, 2002, 26 eps Me:- Author:3
Set in 2015, Japan is invaded by aliens in 2012

src: anime itself
OVA, 2005, 2 eps Me:- Author:-
Set in 2014. Shibuya, a ward in Tokyo, has gained independence. Only young people live in it and the usual underground infrastructure for utilities is built in the sky.

src: anime synopsis
Alien 9
OVA, 2001, 4 eps Me:- Author:2
Set in 2014, first alien contact in 1998, first martian alien found in 2008

src: anime itself
Midnight Eye: Gokuu
OVA, 1989, 1 ep Me:- Author:3
Set in 2014, correctly predicts the use of IoT technology: internet connected doors etc.

Sequel (1989) also set in 2014.

src: anime itself
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
TV, 2009, 11 eps Me:- Author:-
Set in 2012

src: TvTropes

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