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Anime Series That Predicted The Future

Anime Series That Predicted The Future

Anime series have always tried to imagine what the future will look like. Often, these visions of the future have involved commercial space travel, cyborgs, sentient robots, and other concepts. Some have accurately predicted the rise and popularity of certain forms of technology, while others have predicted how humanity reacts to new technology. Here is everything you need to know about the Anime series that predicted the future.

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Cowboy Bebop Predicted Delivery Drones

Cowboy Bebop, the beloved sci-fi action series takes place in a futuristic setting where space travel is the norm. In the episode “Speak Like a Child,” a drone arrives at the Bebop, delivering a mystery package to the crew.

Drone deliveries are being used today, and they offer a quick and driverless method to help people get what they need. Cowboy Bebop aired at the end of the ’90s, predating the widespread use of any drone-powered delivery service.

Chobits takes place in a reality where human-like personal computers called Persocoms are all the rage. Hideki Motosuwa comes across an abandoned Persocom one day and takes her home. Naming her Chii, he decides to help her learn about the world.

Having aired in 2002, Chobits predicted the invention of realistic androids. While the lifelike human robots in the real modern-day world may not be as advanced or have human emotions as the ones in Chobits. But technology has certainly come a long way since the series aired.

Serial Experiments Lain Foresaw The Internet’s Effects On Society

Serial Experiments Lain came out in 1998, a time when the internet was just gaining popularity. It imagines a future where society has completely integrated with the internet called Wired. High schooler Lain Iwakura becomes curious about the Wired after a deceased classmate mysteriously sends a message through it.

The series has predicted many of the effects the internet has had in the real world. Lain develops a distinct personality in Wired.

Sailor Moon Anticipated Modern Phone Tech

​​​​​Sailor Moon, the beloved magical girl anime started airing in the early ’90s. It predicted the future with the technology that Sailor Mercury uses. Sailor Mercury is highly intelligent and skilled at utilizing technology to fight against evil. She possesses a tiny computer called the “Super Computer,” which can quickly analyze data and assess situations and enemies.

Today, Sailor Mercury’s Supercomputer doesn’t look too out of place. It looks almost exactly like a smartphone with a keyboard. Almost everyone owns a “Super Computer” of their own in the form of a smartphone or laptop today.

Dragon Ball Z Had The Scouter Long Before Google Glass

Long before Google Glass was conceived. Dragon Ball Z popularized the concept with the scouter, a piece of wearable technology worn by many members of Frieza’s army. Dragon Ball Z, one of the most well-loved shonen series to date, first began airing in 1989. It follows the adventures of Goku, a member of the powerful Saiyan race.

When worn, the scouter can assess an opponent’s power level, making it a useful tool for information-gathering. Google Glass uncannily resembles the scouter. It leads many to wonder if it was inspired by this fictional wearable computer.

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