The Blade Runner lore is no where near done. According to THR, the neo-noir universe is getting an expansion in the form of an anime series coming to Adult Swim. The company will be teaming up with Alcon Television Group and Crunchyroll to bring us Blade Runner: Black Lotus. While details are slim, we know a bit about the upcoming story.
Black Lotus will be a 13 episode series that was inspired by Blade Runner 2049. The story they plan to tackle will be set in 2032, in between the two films. Some familiar faces are set to make an appearance as well, but it’s unknown who and in what capacity. Unfortunately anything else about the plot of the series is being kept locked up tight. Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama will be directing all the episode while Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) is on as a creative producer.
While Adult Swim will have the rights to the English dub here in America, Crunchyroll will have distribution rights internationally. The senior VP of Adult Swim shared his excitement in working on bringing this project to life. “I first saw Blade Runner in 1982, at age 11. It has remained one of the defining films of my life,” said Jason DeMarco. “To be able to explore more of this universe, with the incredible talent we have on board, is a dream come true.”
I think this move makes sense. I think with the sequel film they’ve proven that this universe isn’t a one-trick pony. 2049 had an incredible team behind it, which might have helped in its critical success, it also proved that there’s still stories to tell here. And using anime as a means to do so is excellent. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with it and how this story will tie into the original film and the sequel film.
What do you think about an anime series based on Blade Runner? Are you looking forward to it? Let us know! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more sci-fi news. Blade Runner: Black Lotus currently doesn’t have a release date.
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