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World War III (WWIII) was a world-wide, nuclear war, which began as a response to the unexplained destruction of Tokyo by Akira. The war began 9 hours after the destruction of Tokyo[1]. When the rest of the world saw the city's annihilation it saw it as a nuclear attack by a foreign nation or terrorist group thus sparking the conflict. The event highly devastated many of its combatants.

According to the opening scene of Akira, World War 3 occurred in ‭1988 CE (31 years before 2019)‬.[2]

Attacked Cities[]

Cities known to have been attacked during World War III are[3]:

  • Berlin
  • Birmingham
  • Hamburg
  • Irkutsk
  • Kazan
  • Leningrad
  • London
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Moscow, Russia
  • New Delhi
  • New York, NY
  • Okinawa, Japan
  • Paris, France
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Vladivostok, Russia
  • Washington, DC
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Warsaw, Poland


  1. Manga: Book 1, Page 8
  2. Akira opening scene
  3. Manga: Book 1, Page 9