Sheepish announcement —
Shadowy Lotus“inspired” by2049, brings abetCowboy Bebop‘s Watanabe as producer.
The events of last year’s Blade Runner 2049hinted at more tales to attain abet in the series’ universe, and tremendous ample, a apply-up project has been announced. NeverthelessBlade Runner: Shadowy Lotusis no longer always really a automobile for the persisted tales of Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.
Instead, this could perhaps well seize viewers abet in time—and abet to anime.
Shadowy Lotus, announced on Thursday, will open as a 13-episode prequel anime series as a vital-of-its-style partnership between two Western anime-distribution titans: Crunchyroll and Adult Swim. No open date has been announced, but work begins with some pretty nimble hands on the deck. Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama will order all episodes, having performed that roughly work with seminal mid-’00s seriesAppleseedandGhost In The Shell: Stand-On my own Advanced, respectively.
Additionally, Shinichiro Watanabe will oversee the project as creative producer, and that name will likely stand out for three reasons. First, he’s identified for directorial work on the seriesCowboy BebopandSamurai Champloo; 2d, he’s it appears to be like to be furthermoreoverseeing the live-actionCowboy Bebopseries announced merely in the end earlier by Netflix.
Watanabe is no longer any stranger toBlade Runner-associated anime productions, both. The bustle-up to last year’s 2049included a “prologue” anime speedy,Shadowy Out 2022, which connected the timelines of the usual film and the 2017 apply-up. This, directed by Watanabe and drawn in portion by Aramaki, changed into as soon as exactly the roughly tone-perfect ogle at the series that whet our appetites for the eventual film. The speedy makes us angry to search out what returning crew participants can form with more episodes and one other abet-in-time dive into the series universe. All we all know for now’s that this prequel series will seize living in the year 2032 and could perhaps perhaps “consist of familiar characters from theBlade Runneruniverse.”
That 14-minute speedy is embedded below, and for folk that overlooked it last skedaddle-round, prick out a minute while nowadays to breathe its darkish weirdness in. This could perhaps want to tide you over until Crunchyroll and Adult Swim at last gift art or movies ofShadowy Lotus.