If there is one American property that seems tailor-made for an anime adaptation, it’s probably Blade Runner. Hell, if you’ll recall, back before the movie was even released, it got a prequel anime short from Cowboy Bebop animation director Shinichiro Watanabe (pictured above). Anime has always been a medium that was synonymous with cyberpunk, and Blade Runner’s aesthetic lent itself to an anime.
As such, it’s no real surprise that the property is getting the small screen treatment. According to Variety, Alcon Television Group will be partnering up with Adult Swim and Crunchyroll to produce a new anime series called Blade Runner-Black Lotus. Now, that dash is not a mistake. It looks like they will be utilizing a hyphen instead of a colon, in the grand tradition of weird anime title grammar.
The series will consist of 13 half-hour episodes, and will take place in 2032, utilizing established characters from this universe — though we don’t know which characters they will be.
“I first saw Blade Runner in 1982, at age 11,” said Jason DeMarco, SVP and creative director of Adult Swim on-air. “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.”
Shinichiro Watanabe will serve as creative producer on the series, and Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama — who have just finished work on a Ghost in the Shell series reboot — will direct all 13 episodes.
“’Blade Runner’ is a seminal work, and its influence permeates the genre,” said Sae Whan Song, head of business development for Crunchyroll. “Adult Swim shares our excitement to bring this new series to fans, and we’re looking forward to building on this franchise together.”
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