Blade Runner: Black Lotus

Blade Runner anime to air this November; Shenmue the Animation coming in 2022

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The sci-fi anime series Blade Runner: Black Lotus scheduled to air both online and television, with a two back-to-back episodes, at 9:00 PM PST on Saturday, November 13th, 2021 (12:00 am EST on Sunday, November 14th) as announced during a panel with show executives this past Thursday at New York Comic Con.

Promotional artwork for Blade Runner: Black Lotus.

Staff present at the virtual panel included co-producer Shinji Aramaki (Sola Digital Arts), co-director Kenji Kamiyama, executive producer Joseph Chou (Sola Digital Arts), and futurist Maurice Conti.

A joint project between Crunchyroll and Adult Swim, Blade Runner: Black Lotus takes place a decade after the anime short film Blade Runner Black Out 2022, adds to the futuristic Blade Runner franchise. Adult Swim will broadcast Blade Runner: Black Lotus in English on television during its Toonami programming block; Crunchyroll will stream the Japanese-language version with subtitles online.

The partnership with Crunchyroll and Adult Swim continues as they have started an anime adaptation of the action-adventure video game series Shenmue, which first appeared on the Sega Dreamcast in 1999; Shenmue II was released in 2001, followed by Shenmue III in 2019. A panel with the game’s creator Yu Suzuki, director Chikara Sakura, producer Yû Kiyozono (Telecom Animation) and producer Joseph Chou (Sola Digital Arts) indulged fans with a quick look at the upcoming series Shenmue the Animation.

Shenmue the Animation is expected to broadcast sometime in 2022.

Source: Crunchyroll press release

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