Earlier this week, we reported on Netflix’s new live-action Cowboy Bebop. Now it looks like the Blade Runner franchise is making the opposite journey. Adult Swim and Crunchyroll are releasing a 13-episode anime inspired by Blade Runner: 2049. The new series, Blade Runner —Black Lotus, will be set in 2032 and feature unspecified characters from the Runner-verse. That can honestly mean anything. Blade Runner is positively choking with spinoff novel and video game characters. Shinji Aramaki and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex’s Kenji Kamiyama will direct. Cowboy Bebop director Shin’ichirō Watanabe will act as consulting producer. Blade Runner — Black Lotus will air in the U.S. on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block.
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