During the anime series’ event at Comic-Con at Home 2021 on Friday, Adult Swim and Crunchyroll took back the veil on Blade Runner: Black Lotus. The event culminated with the presentation of the series’ first trailer, which revealed a first look at the CG animation of the impending sci-fi spin-off, after a chat between the show’s creative team.
Between the events of the original Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, Blade Runner: Black Lotus is set. The series is set in Los Angeles in 2032, roughly ten years after the mass communications breakdown shown in Blade Runner: Black Out 2022, an anime short film. Elle (voiced by Jessica Stanwick) is a replicant with extraordinary combat talents who is chased by at least one Blade Runner in the series.
The series will also have references to the Blade Runner films, such as the presence of Niander Wallace, Jr., the CEO of the Wallace Corporation, which manufactures replicants. Blade Runner 2049 had Jared Leto as the lead role.
The Blade Runner: Black Lotus event was moderated by Toonami co-creator and series development executive Jason DeMarco and included series co-directors Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama, executive producer Joseph Chou, voice director Wes Gleason, and the series’ voice lead Jessica Henwick. The group shared insights about the new series’ narrative and how it varies from the Blade Runner flicks throughout the talk.
“The series is basically about a female hero who is looking at the world through the eyes of a replicant,” Kamiyama stated. “All of the prior films were told through the eyes of a Blade Runner. This is from the perspective of someone who is being pursued and is on the other side of the globe.”
This fall will see the release of Blade Runner: Black Lotus. Adultswim will broadcast the 13-episode series, which will also be available on Crunchyroll.