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Anime fans are familiar with Shinichiro Watanabe from his renowned work on Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo, but his latest creation helps bridge the gap between Ridley Scott's Blade Runner and Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, and you can watch it right now before the new Blade Runner movie comes out in theaters this October.
Black Out 2022 synopsis: "In 2022, an Emp detonation has caused a global blackout that has massive, destructive implications all over the world. Directed by Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo's Shinichiro Watanabe, Blade Runner Black Out 2022 is a new and highly-anticipated animated short which serves as a prologue for the upcoming feature film Blade Runner 2049."
Blade Runner 2049 synopsis: "Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, Lapd Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. »
- Derek Anderson
We’ve seen a couple of prequel shorts for Blade Runner 2049 based on the characters played by Jared Leto and Dave Bautista, and now with just over a week to go until the release of the hotly-anticipated sci-fi we have another, this time in the medium of anime.
Below you will find Blade Runner Black Out 2022, an animated short from Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo’s Shinichiro Watanabe, which takes place 27 years prior to the new movie where an Emp detonation has caused a global blackout that has massive, destructive implications all over the world. Take a look here…
See Also: Blade Runner 2049 gets a batch of new images
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, Lapd Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret »
- Gary Collinson
"All records on the ground will be erased." Ready for more Blade Runner prequel action? Warner Bros has unveiled the final prequel short film for Blade Runner 2049, this one an anime directed by acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Shinichirō Watanabe (of Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop). Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 takes place between the first and second short films, in the year 2022, telling the story of when an Emp blast knocked out power to cities around the world causing the anti-Replicant movement, which lead to their prohibition, before Niander Wallace eventually brought them back. This short very much reminds me of the Animatrix shorts, specifically "The Second Renaissance" Parts I & II which tell a much bigger story about what is going on in the world. This will definitely get you in the mood for the full movie. Here's the entire prequel short Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 for Blade Runner 2049, »
- Alex Billington
Denis Villeneuve has been celebrating the upcoming release of “Blade Runner 2049” all month long with the release of short film prequels that help bridge the thirty-year gap between Ridley Scott’s original and his highly-anticipated sequel. Ridley’s son, Luke Scott, directed the first two short films, the Jared Leto-centric “2036: Nexus Dawn” and the David Bautista-starring “2048: Nowhere to Run,” but Villeneuve has recruited Japanese anime master Shinichirō Watanabe to helm the final prequel, “Blade Runner Blackout 2022.”
Watanabe is famous for directing the successful anime series “Cowboy Bepop” and “Samurai Champloo,” and he’s joined by experimental musician Flying Lotus who handles the score. The short film also features additional music by Gerald Trottman, Kuedo and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. The story depicts the lead up to a blackout that led to the prohibition of Replicant production. »
- Zack Sharf
The third and last prequel short leading up to Denis Villeneuve‘s Blade Runner 2049 is out, and it’s a gorgeous testament to the boundless possibilities of anime. Directed by Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe, the short — in addition to the other two previously released shorts focusing on different time periods — helps fill in the […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
“Blade Runner Black Out 2022” is the last of three short prequels commissioned by Alcon Entertainment to help bridge the gap between the end of the original “Blade Runner,” whose events wrapped up in 2019, and the highly anticipated sequel set 30 years later. The first prequel, “2036: Nexus Dawn,” was released Aug. 30, and the second, “2048: Nowhere to Run,” dropped Sept. 15. Both were directed by Luke Scott, the son of original “Blade Runner” director Ridley Scott.
Watanabe says in a trailer shown in Japan that “Blade Runner” was the biggest inspiration for him to work in the animation industry. Watanabe also says that he was eager to »
- Variety Japan
Cygames Pictures, the anime studio subsidiary and smartphone games publisher is producing the film with Shukou Murase ('Halo Legends') as character designer/animation director and Flying Lotus composing the music.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Blade Runner »
- Michael Stevens
Big news has emerged from the anime world with the announcement that Watanabe Shinichiro - the helmer of iconic series Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo - is currenty at work on Blade Runner spin off anime Black Out 2022. The new anime is a short set shortly after the events of the original film and fans won't have to wait long: It will stream on the Sony Pictures Japan YouTube channel on September 26th. Watanabe has cited Blade Runner as one of the the greatest influences on his own work and it is very hard to imagine a director more appropriate to bring this world to animation than he. Check out the announcement below....
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
Earlier this morning, Sony Pictures Japan unveiled a sneak peak at a new Blade Runner anime short from Shinichiro Watanabe, the director of Cowboy Beebop and Samurai Champloo. Entitled Blade Runner Black Out 2020, the events of the animation take place several years after the first film and, according to Netlab, takes place during a power outage. The video in which Wantanabe speaks on some of the details of the... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
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