Shinicihro Watanabe making 'Blade Runner' prequel anime

Ruben Ruiz
September 16, 2017

"It was also a once-in-a-lifetime experience to help create the limited-edition Director's Cut blend, which perfectly captures the complex mysterious world of Blade Runner 2049".

Nerds, rejoice. As the new Blade Runner movie inches closer and closer, we need something to tie us over in the interim.

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Blade Runner 2049 is possibly the most highly anticipated sci fi epic coming to our screens before the end of the year (that and Star Wars Episode VIII, obvs) so every new teaser released for the movie has us super psyched. It was only over the decades, which saw multiple recuts of the movie being released, that the film began to be appreciated as a pillar of American science fiction in film. As spotted by Kotaku, the short is named Blade Runner Black Out 2022, and takes place three years after the original film. Well now, Japanese Blade Runner fans have one more thing to add to the "pro" column for this film. With the long-awaited sequel Blade Runner 2049 set to hit theaters next month, it has been revealed that Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe is making a new anime short set within the Blade Runner universe. Blade Runner 2049 debuts in cinemas on 6 October (17). Shukou Murase (Halo Legends, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing) is serving as character designer and animation director, and Flying Lotus is composing the music. Casting features Kenichirou Matsuda as Iggy, Ichigo Aoba as Trixie, and Makoto Furukawa as Ren. Now, we'll get to see that moment in the form of a Blade Runner anime short.

Watanabe's short film will debut September 26 on Sony Pictures Japan YouTube channel.

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