Watch: Shinichirō Watanabe's Anime Short 'Blade Runner: Black Out 2022'

September 27, 2017
Source: Crunchyroll

Blade Runner: Black Out 2022

"All records on the ground will be erased." Ready for more Blade Runner prequel action? Warner Bros has unveiled the final prequel short film for Blade Runner 2049, this one an anime directed by acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Shinichirō Watanabe (of Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop). Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 takes place between the first and second short films, in the year 2022, telling the story of when an EMP blast knocked out power to cities around the world causing the anti-Replicant movement, which lead to their prohibition, before Niander Wallace eventually brought them back. This short very much reminds me of the Animatrix shorts, specifically "The Second Renaissance" Parts I & II which tell a much bigger story about what is going on in the world. This will definitely get you in the mood for the full movie.

Here's the entire prequel short Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 for Blade Runner 2049, from YouTube:

Watch the first prequel short, 2036: Nexus Dawn, here. See the second, 2048: Nowhere To Run, here.

Or you can click below to watch Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 on Crunchyroll / subscribe for full HD:

Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 Video - Crunchyroll

You can watch the first teaser for Blade Runner 2049 here, or the second trailer / featurette / third trailer.

Thirty years after the events of the first science fiction film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Quebecois filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, of the films Polytechnique, Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario and Arrival previously. The screenplay is by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green; based on a story by Ridley Scott and Hampton Fancher; adapted from Philip K. Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?". Warner Bros will release Blade Runner 2049 in theaters everywhere on October 6th very soon. For more follow @bladerunner. Have your tickets?

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Very nice mix of animation styles. Good story. Reminds me of a chapter in Animatrix.

oliveitor on Sep 27, 2017


Heh, I thought the same! I'm not gonna see this now tho, I'm gonna wait until just before seeing the movie.

Altares on Sep 27, 2017


That's a good idea! Watch 1, this, then 2049!!

Brandon Cole on Sep 27, 2017


Yep... I want to see this for sure!

backwardsprogress on Sep 27, 2017


Quite liked it, but sometimes the mix of styles was a bit distracting, like the creators were a bit too different. I liked the acrobat, wonder if her character was a nod to Daryl Hannah?

Carpola on Sep 27, 2017


Good, but the CG was a bit distracting.

DAVIDPD on Sep 28, 2017


not a fan of the 12 fps animation

Dan Hibiki on Oct 2, 2017

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