The best Blade Runner anime would have nothing to do with Blade Runner

The world of Blade Runner is getting an anime series, raising an important question: does the world of Blade Runner need an anime series?

Sure, the animated short Blade Runner: Blackout, which helped set up last year’s Blade Runner 2049, was pretty good, but a full-fledged series just seems gratuitous. For one thing, there are virtually infinite anime homages to Blade Runner Bubblegum Crisis borrowed everything from the film’s character names to its iconic menacing pyramid. For another, there’s a much better series waiting to happen: an anime adaptation of Blade Runner’s namesake novel, The Bladerunner.

The Bladerunner inspired Blade Runner’s title thanks to an offhand reference by screenwriter Hampton Fancher, but the similarities…

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