With the "Blade Runner 2049" film starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling coming out soon, director Dennis Villeneuve has decided to release three short stories. These stories are about events that happened in between the first "Blade Runner" and the upcoming sequel. The first of these stories is called "Blade Runner Black Out 2022," directed by the legendary "Cowboy Bebop" director Shinichiro Watanabe. There has been a lot of hype surrounding this anime and I can safely say that it delivered in spades.


Cyborgs will probably not exist in 2022

"Blade Runner Black Out 2022" takes place three years after the events of the original film. This story begins with an introduction that reveals that Tyrell Corporation has created the brand new Series 8 model of Replicants after the Replicant Nexus 6 models expired. These ones were designed with an average human lifespan and a purpose, unlike the previous models.

After the intro, the story is about a series of events that lead to an EMP detonation, resulting in a global blackout.

I'm certain that the effects of this blackout will be explained in either "Blade Runner 2049" or one of the other two short stories Dennis Villeneuve has planned. Regardless, the events in this anime are still crucial to the Blade Runner universe.

Being directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, this anime has some excellently directed action scenes. Fans of "Cowboy Bebop" and "Samurai Champloo" will definitely enjoy this anime. In addition, the animation is crisp, leading to dynamic and awe-inspiring action.


The lip movements match closely to what the characters are saying, their faces do more than just blink every once in a while, and everything is fast-paced. The voice acting is also excellent, with notable performances from Luci Christian and Jovan Jackson.

It's so good but so short

Sadly, this anime is only 13-14 minutes long, which is even shorter than a typical episode of "Boruto." I'm all for quality over quantity, but there is a part of me that is left wanting a lot more.

In addition, this anime should only be watched if you have seen the original Blade Runner, as the anime doesn't bother explaining any of the events that happened in the original film.

If you go into this anime without prior knowledge then you will miss out on a lot of the context.

Despite its shortcomings, "Blade Runner Black Out 2022" is still excellent. If you're a fan of the original Blade Runner then you should definitely see this anime. I really hope that this will lead to more film directors making anime adaptations of other American properties such as "Scott Pilgrim," "Wonder Woman," or even "Star Wars."