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A Japanese anime version of sci-fi classic Blade Runner is to be serialised for the streaming service Crunchyroll and distributor Adult Swim through a tie-up with Alcon Television Group.
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The series, called Blade Runner Black Lotus and set in 2036, will be produced by animation studio Sola Digital Arts, and directed by Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell). Shinichiro Watanabe will act as creative producer on the project, following his experience as writer and director of the anime short Blade Runner Black Out 2022 (pictured).

Although the launch date is yet to be announced, WarnerMedia’s over-the-top (OTT) anime service Crunchyroll said it will offer the new 13x30’ series to its digital subscriber base of 2 million, as well as its 45 million registered users worldwide. Adult Swim will air the series dubbed in English on its anime programming block Toonami, as well as owning the global distribution rights, excluding Asia, for the English dubbed episodes. Adult Swim is also a division of WarnerMedia.

“Blade Runner is a seminal work, and its influence permeates the genre,” said Sae Whan Song, head of business development for Crunchyroll.

“Adult Swim shares our excitement to bring this new series to fans, and we’re looking forward to building on this franchise together.”

Blade Runner emerged in 1968 when the science fiction novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick was first published. In 1982 it was adapted into the film Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford. The franchise was revived in 2017 with the follow-up, Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve.