Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: In ‘Neo Yokio,’ Dystopia Looks All Too Real


Imagine, if you can, a city starkly divided by class, living in constant fear of terrorism. An out-of-town pop star is the official cultural ambassador, and climate change leaves much of the city underwater. Such is life in Neo Yokio, the setting of Netflix’s new anime show by the same name, created by Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig.

Following a long tradition of allegorical cities in anime—think Metropolis, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Akira—“Neo Yokio” provides a setting that is finely attun…