“BLADE RUNNER” FRANCHISE GETS AN ANIME
“BLADE RUNNER” ANIME TO CONNECT ORIGINAL MOVIE WITH UPCOMING SEQUEL
“Blade Runner” is a classic sci-fi film that many thought wouldn’t get a sequel until it was announced last year that “Blade Runner 2049” was in the works. The cherry on top is that the franchise is getting an anime adaptation. The recent trend has been anime series getting live-action adaptations on film or television; most recent being “Death Note” on Netflix and “Ghost in the Shell” in theaters. “Blade Runner” will flip the script on this trend by transferring live-action onto anime. There have been other shorts that acted as prequels, but this is the first prequel to be an anime.
The anime adaptation is called “Blade Runner Black Out 2022” and is being distributed for the West exclusively by Crunchyroll and VRV after September 26th. Sony Japan will air the special on YouTube in Asia on the 26th while Warner Brothers will air it on their YouTube channel in the West a day after Crunchyroll and VRV.
The announcement of “Blade Runner 2049” left many fans concerned about the integrity of the franchise, however the anime series is in good hands with director Shinichiro Watanabe and character developer Shukou Murase at the helm. Watanabe is legendary for his hand in “Samurai Champloo” and “Cowboy Bebop” while Murase was part of “Mobile Suit Gundam Wing” and “Halo Legends”.
For everyone who lost track, the original film was released in 1982 with the plot taking place in the year 2019 (try and compare our lifestyles from that). The sequel being released on October 6th will have the plot timeline jump forward to the year 2049. The anime series takes place in the year 2022, essentially three years after the first film. In Japan “Blade Runner 2049 will be released on October 27th.
Harrison Ford returns to the franchise with Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto and Ana de Armas starring. My favorite will be a special appearance by former WWE superstar Dave Bautista.
Watch the trailers down below: