Nah dude. They called Watanabe up like last week and were like "Hey, have you heard of this Blade Runner thing? It's kinda like The Matrix..."
It does appear to be fast tracked pretty quickly though. The character design sheets in the video show they were finalized in April this year, Flying Lotus completed the music at the end August. Cygames Pictures, the studio working on it, was also only established in April last year. This should be a pretty good first original production for them.
I dunno. That doesn't necessarily strike me as "fast tracked". If the character design sheets were finalized in April that gave them ~5 months for what I'm assuming was a 30 minute short, which isn't a crazy short time. If this was suppose to have been done in time to air shortly before the movie's release it makes sense they didn't start till just this year
the best two
except i did love the rennasaince one with the graphic battle scenes
Oh my fucking goodness.
This looks so beautiful. A detailed and well-animated science fiction short directed by Watanabe?
Not to mention, Fly Lo is doing the soundtrack. Yooooo, what the fuck? Am I dreaming?
Jóhann Jóhannsson being removed as the composer for 2049 still stings, but this announcement is certainly pleasing to me.
From that link, here's CR's version of the preview clip with English subtitles.Just an update:
Blade Runner Black Out 2022 will be available first on Crunchyroll and VRV beginning on Tuesday 9/26 at 6:49am PST in regions worldwide except Asia.
Hopefully, but the two live action shorts that preceded it were about 5 minutes each, so I'm keeping my expectations in check.
15 minutes long.