Adult Swim and Crunchyroll, the Western anime experts, have announced their plans to release an anime adaptation of the live-action film Blade Runner.
Neo-Noir Meets Science Fiction
The cult classic sci-fi film Blade Runner will be the latest to get an anime makeover due to a joint effort between Adult Swim and Crunchyroll. Titled Blade Runner – Black Lotus, it will be a 30-minute long show with 13 episodes lined up. Animation studio Sola Digital Arts (Ultraman) will be handling the development with Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) serving as directors. The plot of the anime is being heavily guarded, but the producers have stated that the story will take place in 2032 and that there will be some familiar faces from the Blade Runner universe.
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Adult Swim will handle the worldwide rights(excluding Asia) over the distribution of the English dub as it will air them during its Toonami anime block. Crunchyroll will take care of the worldwide streaming. Both companies are divisions of Warner Media and have worked together before on similar projects. The most recent of which was Mob Pscho 100 being brought to Toonami.
Some fans may feel like an anime is a strange route to take the films’ universe, however, those who are familiar with the Ghost in the Shell franchise will be familiar with the similar style that both franchises share. This is also not the first time the universe has been presented in an animated format. Blade Runner Black Out 2022 was an animated short film that served as a prequel to the first film.
Executive producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson had this to say:
“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.” Lancaster added, “We are thrilled to have Shinji Aramaki, Kenji Kamiyama and Shinichiro Watanabe as our creative partners and look forward to the exciting journey ahead.”