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A new anime series is coming from the world of Blade Runner, and the first look at it (the first photo), the cast, as well as some details about the characters themselves have just been revealed. Blade Runner: Black Lotus will present thirteen episodes directed by Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex). The series is produced by Alcon Entertainment and Sola Digital Arts (Ultraman 2019), with Shinichiro Watanabe in the role of creative producer.
Set in cyberpunk Los Angeles, the Black Lotus series will offer fans of the Blade Runner franchise an original story that takes place around a replicant created in secret. Although both Blade Runner films focused on police agents, Black Lotus seems poised to expand the franchise in a new direction as the list of characters includes black market traders, politicians and scientists.
The list of characters to lend their voices to (both English and Japanese) includes: Elle, a female replicant created for a secret and unknown purpose (Jessica Henwick / Arisa Shida); Joseph, a mysterious figure who owns trash in Los Angeles (Will Yun Lee / Shinshu Fuji); Alani Davis, fresh LAPD rookie (Samira Wiley / Takako Honda); Niander Wallace Sr., founder and CEO of Wallace Corporation (Brian Cox / Takaya Hashi); Niander Wallace Jr, a brilliant scientist working for his father (Wes Bentley / Takehito Koyasu); Marlowe, the deadly Blade Runner (Josh Duhamel / Taiten Kusunoki); Josephine Grant, wife of a police chief (Peyton List / Yoshiko Sakakibara); Earl Grant, LAPD Police Chief (Stephen Root / Hochu Otsuka); Doc Badger, black market trader (Barkhad Abdi / Takayuki Kinba); Senator Bannister, a politician with strong feelings about replicant production (Gregg Henry / Masane Tsukayama); Doctor M, brilliant doctor and professor of medicine (Henry Czerny / Akio Nojima); Hooper, a journalist working for Wallace Corporation (Jason List / Kazuki Yao).
Adult Swim will broadcast the series in English on the Toonami online block for the anime program, while Crunchyroll will broadcast the series in Japanese with subtitles.
We will get the first more concrete look at the series as part of the Comic-Con@Home 2021 event at the panel to be held on July 23rd. Panelists include Aramaki, Kamiyama, Joseph Chou, Wes Gleason, Henwick, and Jason DeMarco. The series arrives later this year, it is not yet known exactly when.