A prestigious Japanese magazine has leaked the documents on one of the proposals for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games opening ceremony, which did not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although they are scheduled to be held this summer of 2021, a new creative team has succeeded the previous one, and therefore these proposals will no longer be seen … and they included references to Akira and Super Mario.
Magazine Shukan bunshun (via Kotaku) has obtained a 280-page document with the proposal for the opening ceremony of the Games, designed by the choreographer Mikiko. In one of those scenes we see a 8-bit sprite of Super Mario, in swimming trunks, projected on two giant screens suspended in the air, while synchronized swimmers perform a choreography.
In another, what apparently would be the beginning of the ceremony, Kaneda’s motorcycle, from the movie Akira, revolves around a dome that would represent Neo-Tokyo.
Neither reference should surprise us. On the one hand, Super Mario is one of the most famous Japanese fictional characters ever created, one of the country’s icons, who has already made a symbolic appearance in the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Games, when the Japanese Prime Minister came out dressed as the Nintendo character.
On the other hand, the sci-fi film Akira, from 1988, is set in the year 2019, during the preparation of the 2020 Neo-Tokyo Olympic Games, correctly predicting the celebration of the 2020 games in the Japanese capital.
These plans were never developed because the pandemic forced the games to be canceled. With our eyes already set on the summer of 2021, a new team took the reins for the ceremony that will take place, if nothing goes wrong, July 23, 2021.