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In addition to the announcement last year of a long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi masterpiece, Blade Runner, we are now getting even more content set in the futuristic Los Angeles world. Blade Runner 2049 is set to hit theaters on October 6th, 2017, but we just learned about an anime prequel from the creators of the anime hit Cowboy Bebop that will bring fans into the year 2022.

Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 is being brought to life by Sony Pictures Japan. It will focus on a power outage caused by a massively destructive electromagnetic pulse (EMP) detonation. The is set to be directed by director Shinichiro Watanabe, who has reached anime fame with series such as Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo.

Alongside the announcement of the project from Sony Pictures Japan, the studio unloaded a sneak peak at the anime. The audio and subtitles are in Japanese, but we can still catch a glimpse at some of the Black Out 2022 artwork. We also see some more footage from Blade Runner 2049.

There's really no telling how much Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 will foreshadow to the upcoming release of Blade Runner 2049 in terms of the rise of Niander Wallace and the Wallace Corporation or the return of Rick Deckard. However, we might get some clarity from the original film seeing how this anime takes place just four years after Blade Runner. Will it give answers as to Rick's disappearance? Will we learn something we don't know about the Replicants? There's so many questions to be answered and so many gaps to be filled in.

[Credit: Sony Pictures Japan]
[Credit: Sony Pictures Japan]
[Credit: Sony Pictures Japan]
[Credit: Sony Pictures Japan]

These questions and much more could be answered when Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 drops on September 26th, 2017. The anime will also be available to view on the Sony Pictures Japan YouTube channel.

Are you excited for the return of Blade Runner in an anime format? Let us know in the comments!

[Source: Kotaku]

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