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World War III (WWIII) was a worldwide, 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
  • Cape Canaveral
  • Chicago
  • Hamburg
  • Houston
  • Irkutsk
  • Kazan
  • Leningrad
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • Moscow
  • New Delhi
  • New Orleans
  • New York
  • Novosibirsk
  • Okinawa
  • Paris
  • San Francisco
  • Vladivostok
  • Washington
  • Warsaw


There was a naval battle between the Soviet and Japanese navies.


  1. Manga: Book 1, Page 6
  2. Akira opening scene
  3. Manga: Book 1, Page 6