Everything You Need to Know About Blade Runner: Black Lotus

A new anime series based in the world of Blade Runner has been announced. It’s called Black Lotus and fans of Blade Runner should be very excited.

Below are all of the key questions you probably have about the incoming series. We’ll update it as soon as more information is released. 

Will it be a sequel to Blade Runner 2049?

No, in fact Black Lotus is set 13 Years after the original. While nothing concrete has been released, the word is that some familiar characters will be featured. We’re hoping we see more of Gaff!

A black and white publicity shot of Gaff from Blade Runner. Looking awesome.

Who is making it?

The series is coming to Adult Swim and Crunchyroll. It will be animated by Sola Digital Arts, who are also bringing us Ultraman in 2019.

It’s being directed by Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama, who have previously worked on projects like Appleseed and Ghost in the Shell. The creative producer is Shinichiro Watanabe, who directed Cowboy Bepop. Watanabe also directed Black Out a prequel to Blade Runner 2049.

So fans are certainly excited by the pedigree of the creatives assigned to the project.

How many episodes will it have?

Currently 13 episodes are planned, of 30 minutes each.

When is it being released?

The release date has not yet been announced. We’ll update this when it’s announced.

Why we’re excited

The Ghost in the Shell and Cowboy Bebop were both innovative and excellent shows that show how anime is a great medium for cyberpunk. Anime allows the cyberpunk elements to shine through without falling back on tired visual tropes that, like Altered Carbon. We’re confident that, if anyone can, the team behind Black Lotus has the pedigree to reinvigorate the visual language of cyberpunk.

It’s also another chance to spend more time in the Blade Runner universe. It’s unlikely that we’ll ever see another Blade Runner movie, so we should be glad to explore this world further in any format.

Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 were philosophical movies that meditated on the nature of reality and identity.We hope this continues throughout Black Lotus, and we’re confident it will.

What you can watch while your waiting?

Black Out 2022, a short animated prequel to the movie:

Or you can reminisce about the best lines from the original Blade Runner.

If you’re a fan of cyberpunk, you should take a look our top ten cyberpunk novels and our analysis of Neuromancer.

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