Blade Runner is going anime with a prequel from Cowboy Bebop's director

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Sep 15, 2017

Blade Runner 2049 opens Oct. 6, 2017, and Warner Bros. isn't holding back on drumming up buzz. To that end, it’s releasing a trio of shorts, two of which have already dropped. But now it’s thinking outside the trilogy.

There’s going to be another prequel short. Only this time, instead of live-action footage, the short will be done in anime, with famed anime director Shinichiro Watanabe at the helm. For the uninitiated, Watanabe directed Cowboy Bebop, Space Dandy, Star Driver, and Samurai Champloo, among many others. He also directed two segments of Animatrix

According to Kotaku, the anime is called Blade Runner Black Out 2022, which places it 27 years before the action of the upcoming film. The short is set during a power outage.

Check out the teaser, below. It’s a making-of video, with glimpses of places and characters to come. And … it’s in Japanese. However, viewers can get the gist of it through the images.

We also get small cuts of Blade Runner, as well as 2049. And we're reminded the world that Ridley Scott created, one that resembles Future Tokyo more than Future Los Angeles. No surprise, then, that anime is a perfect way to stoke enthusiasm for the upcoming film.

(via Kotaku)