You might remember before Blade Runner 2049 (the sequel to 1982's classic science fiction film Blade Runner loosely based on Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) arrived in theaters, an anime prequel streamed on the Crunchyroll service. The prequel anime was titled Blade Runner Black Out 2022 and was set 3 years after the original movie and 27 years before the sequel.
Well, it looks like the folks behind the anime and Crunchyroll were not finished with the Blade Runner anime universe, as it was announced that a new anime series is in the works titled Blade Runner - Black Lotus. Nothing was revealed about the story, but it was confirmed the series would take place in the year 2032 -- making it a sequel to the prequel anime, but a prequel to the sequel movie -- and some "familiar" characters from the Blade Runner universe would appear.
Cowboy Bebop series director Shinichiro Watanabe will again be involved with this new series, this time as a creative producer (we guess he might be busy consulting on the live-action Cowboy Bebop too). Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) will serve as directors on the series, with Sola Digital Arts producing the animation. Although it was not revealed when the 13 30-minute episodes would air, it was revealed that they would air with English dubs on Adult Swim's Toonami block and streamed via the Crunchyroll streaming service.