Blade Runner Is Getting An Anime Series

Blade Runner Is Getting An Anime Series
Image: Blade Runner 2049

Remember the promo shorts before Blade Runner 2049 came out, and how one of them was a smashingly good anime from the maker of Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop? Well, a full Blade Runner anime series just got greenlit.

It’ll be called Blade Runner – Black Lotus, and it’ll be distributed exclusively by Adult Swim and Crunchyroll. Deadline is reporting that Shinichiro Watanabe – the same man behind the Black Out 2022 short and the aforementioned series – will be a creative producer on the project, while Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) will co-direct all of the 13 half-hour episodes.

The series will take place in 2032 while still featuring “some” characters from the Blade Runner movies. Deadline’s report notes that Adult Swim will only be airing the English dubs through Toonami, meaning that Australians will likely need to go through Crunchyroll (either through their US library or locally, depending on when its made available) to enjoy more work like the above.

Bring it on.


  • I can see this working very well. It’s got the talent behind it, and futuristic mega-corporations have always worked well in anime, especially the sort that the original Bladerunner inspired. I’m cautiously optimistic on this one.

  • I showed my friend who was a massive fan of the first Ghost in the Shell film the first Blade Runner film and he was flabbergasted just how much of an inspiration it had being on that anime.
    I think we’ll both thoroughly enjoy this.

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