There's a BLADE RUNNER Anime Series Coming to Adult Swim's Toonami
There’s a new Blade Runner anime series going into development called Blade Runner - Black Lotus, and it was inspired by Blade Runner 2049.
We may never see another Blade Runner movie again because they have been box office bombs, but at least we will be getting more stories set in the universe in anime form! Hey, it’s better than nothing!
The plot of the series is being kept under wraps, it’s been confirmed that the story will “take place in 2032 and will include some familiar characters from the Blade Runner universe.”
The series will be produced by Alcon Entertainment, WarnerMedia’s Adult Swim, and Crunchyroll. The series will air on Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block. Crunchyroll will handle worldwide streaming.
Blade Runner – Black Lotus will consist of 13 half-hour episodes, and the animation is being done by Sola Digital Arts, who also worked on the new Ultraman series.
The episodes of the series will be directed by Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex). Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) has also been brought on as a creative producer.
Jason DeMarco, SVP/creative director of Adult Swim on-air said in a statement:
“I first saw Blade Runner in 1982, at age 11. It has remained one of the defining films of my life. To be able to explore more of this universe, with the incredible talent we have on board, is a dream come true.”
Sae Whan Song, head of business development for Crunchyroll added:
“Blade Runneris a seminal work, and its influence permeates the genre. Adult Swim shares our excitement to bring this new series to fans, and we’re looking forward to building on this franchise together.”
Kosove and Johnson then had this to say in a joint statement:
“The Blade Runner universe is an incredibly deep well for story and character with its world and mythology that audiences have been debating and talking about since inception. We are excited to continue exploring that world via this anime series.”
As a fan of the Blade Runner films, I’m super stoked about this anime! I’m excited to see how it will continue the story that has been set up by the films. There’s a solid team of talent behind the series that I’m super excited about this and can’t wait to see what comes of it!
What do you all think about Blade Runner getting an anime series?