As revealed way back in November of 2018, two veterans of the anime industry are coming together to co-direct a new spin on the vaunted Blade Runner franchise. BLADE RUNNER – BLACK LOTUS is a Crunchyroll and Adult Swim production comprising thirteen 30-minute episodes produced by animation studio Sola Digital Arts (Ultraman), and this weekend’s first ever Adult Swim Con got some insight from the masters at the helm.
See what Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex) had to say in the interview below.
Adult Swim will air the English dubbed episodes on its Toonami programming block. Meanwhile, Crunchyroll will handle worldwide streaming.
BLADE RUNNER began life in 1968 as a visionary science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick titled “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” The novel was adapted into the classic BLADE RUNNER film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford in 1982. The franchise was revived in 2017 with the long awaited follow-up BLADE RUNNER 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve. As part of 2049’s promotion, an anime short film, directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, BLADE RUNNER BLACK OUT 2022, was also released. It is also currently available for viewing on Crunchyroll.