In a somewhat unlikely set of events considering how long it had been since the original, the Blade Runner franchise is set to continue building out its world with even more projects coming down the pike. This is following the success of Blade Runner 2049 and will feature a new look at replicants in this world. The newest update was a stunning trailer for Blade Runner: Black Lotus, the anime series which is set to hit screens later this year. It is worth it to see the visuals as part of this new project, one that could set up huge world-building around the franchise.
The latest trailer was released as part of the Comic-Con at Home event going down this entire weekend. The two-minute-long first look deposits us right into the bleak dystopian science-fiction universe we’ve come to know from the other productions. Playing on the neon-infused darkness, we catch up with Elle, a replicant who is just beginning to learn who she is. In Los Angeles, 2032 this is 13 years following the events of the original 1982 movie and following the events of Black Out. Check out the new Blade Runner: Black Lotus trailer here:
Blade Runner: Black Lotus will follow Elle (voiced in the English version by Jessica Henwick) who is wandering the Los Angeles streets in a state of confusion. But it doesn’t take long for her to “come online” in a back alley, bringing out the core part of her programming for which she was created. But it is this second part that will make up the core part of the story. Why was Elle created and what is the actual mystery she is trying to solve? With the foreboding tagline, “It’s not murder, it’s retirement” as part of the central marching orders, we are thrust into an intriguing world that looks like it does the original franchise justice.
Blade Runner: Black Lotus is a cross-production between Crunchyroll and the Adult Swim programming block on Cartoon Network. The timeline is following Black Out an anime production that was meant to be set around three years after the events of the original film. There will be some overlap in terms of characters with this new series and the original movie. Considering it is all part of the same timeline, and set in the same city, there are ways for Black Lotus to bridge the gap between the Harrison Ford cult classic and the 2049 sequel/ reboot with Ryan Gosling.
This latest series will have the directing team of Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama whose previous work gives a lot of hope for Blade Runner: Black Lotus. They’ve helmed Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 and Ultraman in recent years. And they are set to handle the Lord of the Rings animated series The War of Rohirrim in the near future as well. There isn’t a set release for Blade Runner: Black Lotus, but this latest trailer lets in on the idea that it is sooner than later. It is shaping up to be an awesome new addition to this franchise.