Adult Swim and Crunchyroll released the official trailer for Blade Runner: Black Lotus, the upcoming anime series that is based on Blade Runner 2049. The series will take place in 2032, and will include some familiar characters.
The dark science fiction anime series delves into who is running the world in the aftermath of the Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 short — after the Tyrell Corporation from the original Blade Runner film (set in 2019) and before the Wallace Corporation from the Blade Runner 2049 sequel. Unlike the films, the series is set from the perspective of the hunted, a female replicant or an artificially created humanoid being.
Crunchyroll and Adult Swim are partnering with Alcon Entertainment to produce the 13-episode television anime series. Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama are directing all the episodes at Sola Digital Arts. Both directors previously worked together on Ultraman and Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. Shinichiro Watanabe is also a creative producer on the series.
Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, and Al-Francis Cuenca of Alcon Entertainment are executive producers on the project along with Sola Digital Arts’ Joseph Chou. Alcon executive Ben Roberts is serving as co-executive producer, and Production I.G’s Mitsuhisa Ishikawa is a production adviser.
Adult Swim has worldwide distribution rights to an English-dubbed version of the show outside of Asia, and will air the anime in the United States on its Toonami block. Crunchyroll will stream the anime worldwide. The anime is scheduled to premiere this fall on Adult Swim in Canada.
Crunchyroll previously streamed the “Blade Runner: Black Out 2022” anime short in September 2017, shortly before the debut of Blade Runner 2049. Watanabe directed the anime short at Cygames Pictures, Shukou Murase served as character designer and animation director, and Flying Lotus composed the music.
The original film from director Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford is based on Philip K. Dick’s ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ novel. The Blade Runner 2049 sequel debuted in October 2017.