In light of Crunchyroll’s recent announcement of a new Blade Runner animé series, it seems only fitting to consider how much Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic has influenced Japanese animation.
There’s a long history of Blade Runner influencing animé, and I took it for granted that everybody just knew this stuff. It seemed so obvious, right? But this past weekend at Animé Weekend Atlanta, when I showed a packed ballroom a video consisting of the audio to the trailer of Blade Runner synced to video from two classic animé titles heavily influenced by it, barely anybody recognized what they were seeing on account that well, not many animé convention attendees have seen these titles (or Blade Runner, for that matter)! So, let’s keep it simple and go over some basics, shall we?
Parts of the article are obviously tongue-in-cheek — JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure? really? — but if nothing else, I have this sudden urge to rewatch Bubblegum Crisis.
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