A trailer has arrived for the new Adult Swim anime series taking place in the Blade Runner universe, titled Blade Runner: Black Lotus.
First announced in November 2018 — following the success of 2017’s Blade Runner 2049 — the series centres on a female replicant, Elle, who finds herself on the run in the Los Angeles of 2032.
Throughout the show, Elle “discovers new details about herself,” as detailed by Empire. As shown in the trailer, these details include being an expert at fighting with a katana, as well as conspiracies about her origin.
Given the timeline, Black Lotus will take place in the wake of Blade Runner: Black Out, the Flying Lotus-scored animated short that premiered ahead of Blade Runner 2049. The show’s producers have also previously teased the return of “some familiar characters” from the franchise.
Directed by Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama (who collaborated on Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045), the series will run for 13 episodes starting this autumn, via Adult Swim and Crunchyroll. Blackout director Shinichirō Watanabe will also return as a producer.