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The Present Day

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Right now. Look around you. Whatever's going on this very minute.

If things seem to be a little more advanced than you remember them being, then you've probably shifted ahead to 20 Minutes into the Future. If things seem really different from how you remember them, you could be in the far future, in an Alternate History (in which case check if the Nazis are still around) or even Trapped in Another World. Adjust yourself to your surroundings accordingly. If you know the year but the technology is out-of-whack to your expectations, Zeerust is probably in effect.

The Present is also strangely important to time travelers. Even characters from the future recognize its importance, even if from their perspective it ought to be the past.

Compare and contrast The Gay '90s, The Edwardian Era, The Roaring '20s, The Great Depression, The '40s, The '50s, The '60s, The '70s, The '80s, The '90s, the Turn of the Millennium, The New '10s, and The New '20s. See also Real-Time Timeskip.

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Series that are set in this time period are

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  • Every version of Death Note (live-action works included) is set in whatever time it first debuts (i.e. the manga begins in late 2003, anime begins in 2006, etc.) which likely helps to put emphasis on the realism in its use of Magic Realism. That said, the anime and manga also employ a Time Skip which later serve to subvert this trope and play the Bad Future Dystopia trope straight, and the distant sequel actually takes place in 2019, a year before its 2020 release.

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  • Shortbus has the New York City blackout of 2003 as a backdrop for the last third of the movie, and it also references 9/11, the current War On Terror, and in general captures the mood of this decade.

  • Liv in the Future's first chapter takes place on June 20, 2019, a week before the story's release.

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