Watch Shinichiro Watanabe’s Anime Prequel to “Bladerunner”

By now most of our readers should have already seen the critically claimed Bladerunner 2049. Although the film is doing less than stellar at the box office, it is almost universally lauded by those who have seen it. But did you also know Shinichiro Watanabe also released a 15 minute anime short last week, entitled Blade Runner Black Out 2022? This prequel can be watched in its entirety on Crunchyroll now.

Black Runner Black Out 2022 is the third of three shorts that bridge the gap between the original Bladerunner film and Bladerunner 2049. It’s kind of an interesting way to tie the films together if you ask us – anime has always had a heavy importance to the cyberpunk genre, and Watanabe is known for his ability to blend genres (Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo being two prime examples).

Blade Runner Black Out 2022 also features a cool retro future soundtrack by Flying Lotus. If you don’t have a Crunchyroll account, it has also been uploaded to Youtube by Sony Pictures.

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