Blade Runner gets thirteen-part anime series

Sci-fi and anime fans will soon have nothing to complain about. There will be a Blade Runner anime series, which will be produced by the producer who was previously responsible for Cowboy Bebop. Conversely, from that anime comes a live action series.

Blade Runner: Black Lotus will be set in 2032, a period between that of the first Blade Runner movie and Blade Runner: 2049. Anime streaming platform Crunchyroll has the rights to broadcast the series worldwide over the internet. It will be directed by Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama, who also directed the Ghost in the Shell animated boat.

The series is being created by animation studio Sola Digital Arts and produced by Shinichiro Watanabe, who previously created Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. The choice of that producer is not entirely surprising. He already made a short animation for Blade Runner: 2049 under the title Black Out 2022, which may offer a glimpse of what is to come. For Cowboy Bebop fans, there was more good news this week: Netflix goes to create a live-action series based on the Japanese anime from the late 1990s.