Blade Runner: Black Lotus Season 1 Episode 1 Everything You wants to know and watch online

Blade Runner is returning to our screens – well, the small ones at least – in a new anime series that’s expected to launch later this year, named Black Lotus.

Set in between the two live-action Blade Runner movies, Black Lotus is expected to explore a new space in the Blade Runner canon, helped by a stellar cast and some pretty legendary anime creators rounded up by Crunchyroll and Adult Swim. We round up what you can look forward to in Blade Runner: Black Lotus.


When is the release date for Blade Runner: Black Lotus?

Blade Runner: Black Lotus will debut on 13 November at midnight – though we’re expecting that to just be when the first episode arrives, rather than having the whole show drop at once.

That’s also only confirmed to be the release date for the US, so we’re not sure when viewers in the rest of the world will get the chance to watch.

What’s the plot of Blade Runner: Black Lotus?

Most of the actual story of Black Lotus remains a secret at the moment, but we have had some clues as to what might happen.

In terms of how the show fits into the franchise’s timeline, remember that the original Blade Runner was set in 2019, followed by Blade Runner 2049, which was set in, well, 2049.

Between these was a short, animated film called Blade Runner: Blackout, set in 2022, which explored an attack by replicants on the Tyrell Corporation that built them, involving detonating a nuclear bomb far above Los Angeles so that the electro-magnetic pulse would disable the electricity grid and wipe Tyrell’s servers, destroying information about the replicants. The effect lasted for ten days and was called the Blackout.

Blade Runner: Black Lotus picks up the story ten years after the Blackout, in 2032, placing it right between the two movies and directly linked to the events of Blackout.

The main character in Black Lotus is a replicant called Elle who has been created for ‘a secret and unknown purpose’, who will no doubt be pursued by the ‘deadly Blade Runner’ Marlowe.

From the casting, we also know that both Niander Wallace Jr. and Sr. will be present. The younger Wallace was the villain of Blade Runner 2049 – played there by Jared Leto, but re-cast here – so it seems we’ll see how he and his father began their work on replicant technology following the fall of the Tyrell Corporation.

Where To Watch Online?

As this is a collaboration between Crunchyroll and Adult Swim, it makes sense that you’ll be able to watch the show on either platform.

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