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On Thursday afternoon at Crunchyroll Expo, which is being held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Crunchyroll hosted a virtual panel for the upcoming Blade Runner anime series, Blade Runner: Black Lotus.
The panelists, featuring directors Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama and moderated by Crunchyroll’s head of development Sarah Victor, discussed elements into the show’s production. The big reveals included a new key visual was revealed featuring the protagonist Elle (on top, unsheathing a katana) and some of the other main characters. Aramaki and Kamiyama also unveiled what will be the opening sequence to Blade Runner: Black Lotus. The opening theme is titled “Feel You Now” by Alessia Cara.
Of note, the version shown on Adult Swim’s YouTube page is an instrumental version in comparison to the one on Crunchyroll’s page, which includes vocals by Alessia Cara.
Update 8/5 @ 8:30 p.m. PDT: According to Jason DeMarco, this instrumental upload on Adult Swim’s YouTube page was an unintentional mistake and will be fixed. The Toonami broadcast will include A0lessia Cara’s vocals in the opening theme.
SPIRAL CURSE DEMARCO on Twitter: “LOL someone screwed up and posted the Blade Runner: Black Lotus show open on YouTube without the Alessia Cara vocals. Worth checking out if you want to see the vibe of what the show will feel like with the original score https://t.co/C5UM6lQyGI / Twitter”
LOL someone screwed up and posted the Blade Runner: Black Lotus show open on YouTube without the Alessia Cara vocals. Worth checking out if you want to see the vibe of what the show will feel like with the original score https://t.co/C5UM6lQyGI
Previously at San Diego Comic-Con two weeks ago, Adult Swim and Crunchyroll released a trailer for Blade Runner: Black Lotus. You can check it out below.
Blade Runner: Black Lotus is scheduled to premiere later this year. The English dub will be premiering on Toonami, while the Japanese language (with English subtitles) version will be available for streaming simultaneously on Crunchyroll.
Blade Runner: Black Lotus is set in the year 2032, between the events of the original film (set in 2019) and Blade Runner 2049. The television series will be 13 episodes in length. The synopsis (via Crunchyroll) is as follows:
Los Angeles 2032. A young woman wakes up with no memories, and possessing deadly skills. The only clues to her mystery are a locked data device and a tattoo of a black lotus. Putting together the pieces, she must hunt down the people responsible for her brutal and bloody past to find the truth of her lost identity.
If you missed it, the full panel can be viewed on-demand on the Crunchyroll Expo site.
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