The Blade Runner franchise is arguably one of the most influential works for the modern-day science fiction genre. From concepts of identity to sentience in artificial life, it’s all in popular science fiction since the original Blade Runner from 1982. Now the new Blade Runner: Black Lotus anime looks to expand on those concepts in a new anime series.
Blade Runner Franchise Is A Science Fiction Icon
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The original Blade Runner came loosely from a novel by Phillip D. Dick written in 1968. The novel was influential because of its ideas of free will and sentience in androids and exploring what is real. This was brought to life in the Blade Runner movie by Ridley Scott in the form of Replicants in a story that made us question what it means to be human.
The movie was a futuristic cyberpunk Neo-noir story about a Blade Runner named Deckard (Harrison Ford), whose job it is to Hunt down Replicants. Throughout the movie, Deckard is faced with the implications of his job and how it affects society as a whole. Blade Runner 2049 from director Denis Villeneuve, sequelizes the first movie by adding Ryan Gosling to the mix. The story featured an older Deckard, and continued the same ideals and ideas of the original franchise. Interestingly, both films were box office flops. The original developed a massive fanbase via home video viewing, and Blade Runner 2049 may find itself enjoying the same fate.
Blade Runner: Black Lotus Anime Follows Another Anime
For the marketing of Blade Runner 2049’s release, director Shinichiro Watanabe did a 20-minute prequel anime short, Blade Runner: Black Out. The anime featured hand-drawn characters set against a 3D CG world. This and other prequel shorts bridged the gap between the original movie and 2049. The new Blade Runner: Black Lotus anime, has co-directors Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama creating a new series with inspiration from Blade Runner 2049.
In a recent interview for Adult Swim Con, the co-directors answered some questions about their new Blade Runner: Black Lotus anime. Many of their answers to the questions show their deep understanding of the Blade Runner franchise, which you can watch for yourself above. That definitely provides some reassurance as to their handling of the new anime for fans. During the con, the makers also released two official stills from the anime, which look incredibly stunning. The Blade Runner: Black Lotus anime will broadcast on Adult Swim as part of their Toonami programming block. While Crunchyroll has the streaming rights of the show for a worldwide audience.
Blade Runner: Black Lotus debuts in 2021.
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