Thirty-five years after the original, the neo-noir science fiction film Blade Runner 2049 lands in theaters on October 6th. With actor Ryan Gosling in the starring role, the film has received acclaim with some even saying that it is better than its 1982 predecessor (which, in 1993, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”).
An anime short, sub-titled Black Out 2022, has now been released. “In 2022, an EMP detonation has caused a global blackout that has massive, destructive implications all over the world,” Warner Bros. provides as its description. Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe (of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo fame), the film is set 27 years before Blade Runner 2049 (and three years after the first Blade Runner).
One of the best parts of this short film? Flying Lotus provides the score. Previously stepping into the director’s chair with his horror film KUSO, FlyLo’s sonics backing Watanabe’s direction may bring back memories of Lotus’ [adult swim] days.
Watch the animated short below.