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…