9 Things We Need in the New ‘Blade Runner – Black Lotus’ Anime Series

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While Star Wars was for the fanboys and fangirls and Star Trek was for the sci-fi geeks, Blade Runner has always been for the cyberpunks. Fans of the seminal novel and film adaption finally got a sequel in Denis Villeneuve’s 2017 visually stunning Blade Runner 2049 that expanded on director Ridley Scott’s world and author Philip K. Dick’s themes, yet was a box office disappointment. Now Blade Runner is going to try its luck at anime.

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Alcon Television Group and Adult Swim’s announcement of Blade Runner-Black Lotus, a cyberpunk anime series makes perfect sense. The 13-episode series will be produced by animation studio Sola Digital Arts and directed by Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama, who just finished the upcoming Ghost in the Shell reboot series. Going anime will cut down the cost, yet allow the filmmakers to expand on the neon-lit, neo-noir sci-fi world already established. You can get a preview of what that may look like from last year’s anime short film Blade Runner Black Out 2022

Details of the Blade Runner-Black Lotus plot are still under wraps, but word is that it will take place in 2032 and will include some established characters from the Blade Runner universe. Juicy. But what does that mean? Here are a few things they should check off our Blade Runner listicle to make it worth our while. 

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