Adult Swim and Crunchyroll’s highly anticipated new series Blade Runner: Black Lotus is set to premiere on November 13 at midnight ET with two new back-to-back episodes. The debut date was revealed today during New York Comic Con’s The Future of Blade Runner: Black Lotus virtual panel, along with a new trailer and key art from the series.
The panel featured co-directors Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045) and Kenji Kamiyama (Eden of the East, Napping Princess), executive producer Joseph Chou (The God of High School, Tower of God) and futurist Maurice Conti, who shared his take on how the Blade Runner world stacks up against our own future.
The series is produced by Alcon Television Group and animation studio Sola Digital Arts, with Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe serving as a creative producer. Adult Swim will air the English language version on Toonami, the network’s popular anime programming block, and Crunchyroll will stream the series in Japanese with subtitles to its global audience of more than 120 million registered users and more than 5 million subscribers.
Fans also got a first look at Shenmue the Animation, Adult Swim and Crunchyroll’s next original co-production, during the Shenmue: Continuing the Legacy virtual panel that featured Yu Suzuki (Shenmue video game creator) and how he brought his Sega creations to life through anime. Additional panelists included director Chikara Sakurai (One Punch Man), Yû Kiyozono (producer, Telecom Animation) and Joseph Chou (producer, Sola Digital Entertainment).