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Posted 9/26/17 , edited 9/27/17

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Admittedly, I've never seen the original Blade Runner so I was going in blind. I still don't understand everything but this did help shed some light on what the story of the original is about. Wish it had more dialogue too.


This is part of a trilogy of shorts intended to bridge the time gap from the original to the new movie. I've seen all three and put together they do a fairly good job of laying down breadcrumbs. Of course, it's no substitute for actually seeing the original but if you watch all three you get a good gist of what's going on.
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Regal Cinemas will be doing a nationwide (US) double feature of the original Blade Runner followed by Blade Runner 2049. This short would be perfect for that gap between.
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Posted 9/26/17 , edited 9/27/17
I'm surprised more of Philip K. Dick's works haven't been adapted to anime.
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The original Blade Runner is one of my favourite movies of all time; I even bought the DVD boxset that has several different cuts of the film plus a six hour making of documentary. Still, I’m not sure about Blade Runner 2049 as a movie, even with Ridley Scott returning I just don't know if they will be able to capture that elusive feel of the first film. With that said, this anime is absolutely brilliant, a worthy continuation of the Blade Runner universe. If nothing else good comes out of this Blade Runner sequel business then at least we have a work of art like Blade Runner 2022.
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Kintor wrote:

The original Blade Runner is one of my favourite movies of all time; I even bought the DVD boxset that has several different cuts of the film plus a six hour making of documentary. Still, I’m not sure about Blade Runner 2049 as a movie, even with Ridley Scott returning I just don't know if they will be able to capture that elusive feel of the first film. With that said, this anime is absolutely brilliant, a worthy continuation of the Blade Runner universe. If nothing else good comes out of this Blade Runner sequel business then at least we have a work of art like Blade Runner 2022.


Ridley Scott has been one of my favorite directors (The Duellists, Gadiator,Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down all some of my favorite movies) but his recent bids to recall his early glory haven't been that good.
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The good: overall good use of visual imagery. While the color/light scheme isn't what I would've picked, I feel they made good use of it. The scripting was solid and to the point. Also Edward James Olmos reprising his role from the original here made for a neat bonus.

The questionable: Not sure how I feel about the differing animation styles that were combined here. I've never been a fan of it's use. Jumping from the style in the early riot scenes and the battlefield scenes in the MC flashback and the rest of the animation just had me wishing they'd pick one art style and stick with it instead of jumping back and forth between the two.

The BAD: That animation of the MC walking at the beginning and very end was horrible and amateurish looking. Some of the acting/dialogue came across as very wooden. M. Emmet Walsh had more personality in his character in the original despite being only in a couple scenes for a few minutes. Absolutely HATED the ending music during the closing credits. Sounded just like the same generic R&B inspired pop that is friggin' EVERYWHERE these days on every pop radio station or Hollywood movie...etc.... One commentor said it reminded him of Adele. That's how generic it sounds, and I HATE IT!!! I wanna cringe every time I hear that kind of music/singing anywhere I go. The original movie was open to adding new age and experimental music and scoring to help evoke an otherworldly feel throughout the movie. This is one of the things I'm most worried they might add in the upcoming 2049 sequel with Vangelis gone and Hollywood less willing to use more experimental composers/songwriters. I just hope Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch do a good job with it.

Oh and if we've learned nothing else, it's that despite all the technological advances they have in the future apparently creativity in advertising is at a standstill. Thus why you apparently see the same geisha makeup wearing Japanese girl in the same commercial playing on an endless loop on all those outdoor giant screens right up until 2022 at least.
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Interesting to see anime used for US promotional material like that. First time since the Animatrix isn't it?
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HOOfan_1 wrote:

I'm surprised more of Philip K. Dick's works haven't been adapted to anime.



Could you imagine a "Ubik" anime? or even Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. i always thought they would be too hard to adapt into a movie, but my god, would love to see these in anime form.

Ghost in the Shell SAC and Serial Experiments Lain did explore some of the existential themes pretty well, and Psycho-pass created something similar to 'thought police' and even mentioned PKD a few times. Do you know any other PKD-inspired anime or something similar to his style of storytelling?
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HOOfan_1 wrote:

I'm surprised more of Philip K. Dick's works haven't been adapted to anime.



Could you imagine a "Ubik" anime? or even Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. i always thought they would be too hard to adapt into a movie, but my god, would love to see these in anime form.

Ghost in the Shell SAC and Serial Experiments Lain did explore some of the existential themes pretty well, and Psycho-pass created something similar to 'thought police' and even mentioned PKD a few times. Do you know any other PKD-inspired anime or something similar to his style of storytelling?


Code Geass and Jin-Roh Wolf Brigade have a "Man in the High Castle" vibe.

I thought Dimension W had a bit of a Blade Runner/Deus Ex feel to it.

Elfen Lied has some "The Golden Man " elements.

I don't know if there are many anime that are full on recreations of Dick's work, but I think a lot of them take inspiration from it.
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So I've been asking around but can't seem to find an answer. What was the original purpose of the warhead prior to it be redirected mid-flight toward the LA area? Seems like a pretty important topic that's been glanced over. I mean, it's not everyday you shoot a nuclear warhead into the air.
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The whole thing really reminded me of The Lonesome Road DLC for Fallout: New Vegas.
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So I've been asking around but can't seem to find an answer. What was the original purpose of the warhead prior to it be redirected mid-flight toward the LA area? Seems like a pretty important topic that's been glanced over. I mean, it's not everyday you shoot a nuclear warhead into the air.


My take is that the Replicants used their positions within the military to fake a launch order. The higher ups finally realized what was going on but was too late.
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All I can say is that Blade Runner Blackout 2022 is likely going to win a few awards, including (I hope!) an animated short feature Oscar. I haven't seen anything quite so powerful and interesting in a long time, and I am glad that this is getting the sort of recognition that it deserves.

As for the short itself, my initial comment on the page still holds true. "Now THAT'S one hell of a short."
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Posted 10/7/17 , edited 10/7/17
Didn't use "More Human than Human" by White Zombie for credits, 0/10 jk

Production values wise, this is very nice. Stoked to see Gaff in it, if briefly, with James Edward Olmos.

That said, it doesn't make a lot of sense and ignores Blade Runner lore. There aren't supposed to beany Replicants on Earth, where they are illegal. So there couldn't be any anti-Replicant riots, which felt a little too Animatrix for me.
Also the Replicants' plan doesn't really get rid of the problem of a Voight-Kampf test. If this is supposed to be a prequel for the sequel, I'm a little concerned.

Second, why anybody would be shooting a nuclear missile to begin is a huge unanswered question.

The guards at the facility looked like Rebel Alliance troopers lol
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Posted 10/8/17 , edited 10/8/17
Just got through seeing the actual 2049 movie in theaters. Can honestly say I walked out of the theater feeling it wasn't half bad. Went in not expecting much after seeing all the mini preview trailers. But in the end I was rather impressed. Wasn't nearly as bad as I feared it would be.

Putting the quality of the movie aside I'm betting that a lot of fans of Hatsune Miku or fans of virtual idols and Vocaloids in general are going to watch this movie and see the VR girlfriend Ryan Gossling's character has and go "OMG!! We've just GOTTA make this happen in real life! Way better than just a "GateBox"!

I'll bet the crowdfunding will start any day now (LOL).
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