The anime will also premiere on Adult Swim‘s Toonami block the United States on the same day. Adult Swim has worldwide distribution rights to an English-dubbed version of the show outside of Asia Crunchyroll will stream the anime worldwide.
The dark science fiction anime series delves into who is running the world in the aftermath of the Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 anime short — after the Tyrell Corporation from the original Blade Runner film (set in 2019) and before the Wallace Corporation from the Blade Runner 2049 sequel. Unlike the films, the series is set from the perspective of the hunted — a female replicant or an artifically created humanoid being. The staff emphasized that the anime series reflects the dystopian world with the anti-capitalist themes from Philip K. Dick‘s original novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Because of that, it also reflects what is happening in the real world now in that, despite the class divide, discrimination, and alienation, there could still be love and hope.
Crunchyroll and Adult Swim are partnering with Alcon Entertainment to produce the 13-episode television anime series. The anime is based on Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the 1982 Blade Runner film. The series’ story will take place in 2032, between the two films, and will include some familiar characters.
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