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Anime set in a future that has passed (pre 2011)

Mar 13 2024, 11:46 AM | Updated May 26, 9:18 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.

Ran out of space on my first list (2011-present), be sure to check that one out too!

This list contains 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!

Manga, LNs and other literature set in a future now in the past:

Hametsu no Mars

Mars of Destruction

Hametsu no Mars
OVA, 2005, 1 ep Me:- Author:1
In 2010 a manned probe on its way back from Mars explodes in the Earth atmosphere containing Martian dna

src: anime itself

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu
TV, 2006, 14 eps Me:- Author:-
Set in 2010, psychic timequake occurs in 2007

src: TvTropes
Summer Wars
Movie, 2009, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Set in 2010

src: TvTropes
Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space
Movie, 2002, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Set in 2010
src: anime itself
Air Gear
TV, 2006, 25 eps Me:- Author:-
Set in 2010

src: TvTropes
Futatsu no Spica
TV, 2003, 20 eps Me:- Author:-
In 2010, Japan's first manned space mission fails and crashes into the city of Yigahama. In 2014 a school is established in Tokyo where high school students are trained to be astronauts for the second mission in 2027.

Higashi no Eden
TV, 2009, 11 eps Me:- Author:8
On November 22nd 2010 Japan gets hit by ten missiles

src: anime itself
Zettai Karen Children
TV, 2008, 51 eps Me:- Author:-
The events of the series start in 2010

src: anilist forum thread
TV, 2001, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
Set in 2010

src: TvTropes
TV, 1982, 36 eps Me:- Author:8
Set in 2009-2012. Alien spaceship crash-lands on Earth in 1999, first contact in 2009, first space colonization fleet launches in 2012

Prequel (Macross Zero): Set in 2008, there's an unification war worldwide due to the the alien spaceship crash landing in 1999

src: anime itself
Mirai Shounen Conan
TV, 1978, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
Nuclear war in 2008

src: Wikipedia
Paradise Kiss
TV, 2005, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Set in 2007 or later

src: TvTropes
OVA, 1999, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Set in 2007

src: anime synopsis
Death Note
TV, 2006, 37 eps Me:- Author:7
Events begin in Nov 2006, timeskip to 2012-2013. (anime only, the manga is set a couple of years earlier)

Hundreds of people die of mysterious causes one after another

src: TvTropes
TV, 1999, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
In 2006, the entire world is plagued by terrorist attacks. People start having mental breakdowns and killing others around them.

TV, 2002, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
In 2005 there's an internet reformation following a World Wide Web disaster.

The entire franchise follows these events.


Yuusha-Ou GaoGaiGar

King of Braves GaoGaiGar

Yuusha-Ou GaoGaiGar
TV, 1997, 49 eps Me:- Author:-
Aliens emerge from underground in 2005.

src: anime synopsis
Tetsuwan Atom
TV, 1963, 193 eps Me:- Author:-
Set in 2003

src: Wikipedia
Digimon Adventure 02
TV, 2000, 50 eps Me:- Author:5
Set in 2002, kids hanging around with digital monsters is rather commonplace

src: anime itself


X - The Movie

Movie, 1996, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Set in 1999, Tokyo needs to be defended from higher powers

src: anime itself
Kaze no Na wa Amnesia
Movie, 1990, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
In 1999 the world is reduced to a wasteland. The US had built a futuristic city in Las Vegas for the world expo 2010.

In 2010 there indeed was a "better city, better future" themed world expo, held in Shanghai.

src: anime itself, Wikipedia

Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor

Patlabor: The Mobile Police

Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor
OVA, 1988, 7 eps Me:- Author:-
Set in 1998–2002. Police force includes mecha

Sequel (Patlabor 2 The Movie) is set in 2002.

src: Wikipedia
Aoki Ryuusei SPT Layzner
TV, 1985, 38 eps Me:- Author:-
Set in 1996, humanity has developed interstellar travel.

src: anime synopsis

Hokuto no Ken

Fist of the North Star

Hokuto no Ken
TV, 1984, 109 eps Me:- Author:-
Nuclear wars in the 1990s

src: Wikipedia
Giant Gorg
TV, 1984, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
In 1990, an island emerges out of the Pacific Ocean. An organization covers up its existence and kills anyone interested in it.

Kyouryuu Daisensou Izenborg
TV, 1977, 39 eps Me:- Author:-
Space dinosaurs conquer Earth in 1986

src: Wikipedia

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