Blade Runner Anime Prequel Now Online

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Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment have released the third and final prequel short to the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 film, with Blade Runner: Blackout 2022, an anime short directed by Shinichirô Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Space Dandy). Featuring an original score by Grammy nominee Flying Lotus.

The anime short is one of three in-world content pieces to debut before the upcoming October 6 release of Blade Runner 2049, joining the prequels 2036: Nexus Dawn and 2049: Nowhere to Run. Hit the jump to check out the incredible short film.

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Blade Runner 2049 Prequel Reveals Jared Leto’s Character

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Collider has posted the first of three new prequel films to the upcoming Blade Runner 2049. The first, titled 2036: Nexus Dawn introduces us to Jared Leto’s character, Niander Wallace, who claims to have designed a perfected model of replicant that he calls the Nexus 9. After the events of the first film, the Prohibition of Replicant technology begins. The prequel shows Wallace attempting to repeal that ban.

Hit the jump to check out the prequel film, and watch for more prequels to pop up soon, as Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters October 6th.

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Tim Miller Set for Neuromancer

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Deadline is reporting that we finally have a bit of forward motion on the adaptation of William Gibson’s bar-setting cyberpunk novel, Neuromancer. Tim Miller (Deadpool) has been attached to the adaptation. In 2007, Joseph Kahn (Torque) was attached. Later, Vicenzo Natali (Cube) was going to direct. It’s been a long journey for the novel that launched the career of Gibson, and started its own genre.

Tim Miller is currently working with James Cameron to launch a new Terminator trilogy, so to say this is still on the back-burner is an understatement, but at least we have some news.

Battle Angel Alita on ComiXology

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The classic cyberpunk manga that has inspired James Cameron for years has gotten a new English translation thanks to Kodansha and ComiXology, which is now available. The manga follows Alita, an amnesiac cyborg that becomes a bounty hunter, and journeys to recover her lost memories.

The first three volumes of the manga are available on ComiXology for $10.99 each, and are also eligible for their Unlimited service. James Cameron’s long-awaited adaptation will be directed by Robert Rodriguez and has a release date of July 20, 2018. If you’d like to read the first volume, it’s available for free on ComiXology, or you can visit Polygon to read it online. (Click Here to Read the First Chapter)

Ph LEVEL Review: BLAME!

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One of the most inspiring, yet oft-forgotten manga phenomenon of years past, was an inventive series by writer/artist Tsutomu Nihei, known as BLAME! (pronounced blam). The series is a one-of-a-kind exploration thriller in a dystopian world, where an intelligent city has taken control of its own fate, and for thousands of years had already expanded into the cosmos, building itself higher and higher. It’s a lonely story, following the journey of a mysterious man named Killy, on his search for the Net Terminal Gene, in order to take back control of the city.

In order to keep order and peace in the city, it built the Safeguards, in an attempt to extinguish human life within itself. Humans, as they are prone to do, adapted to survive, with small villages finding haven throughout the city, unaware of each other’s existence. It’s an intensely original premise, with fantastic art to anchor it all. With that in mind, was this feature film able to capture the spirit of the original work? Hit the jump to find out.

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BLAME! x ACRNM Capsule Collection

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One of the most wonderfully unique and awe-inspiring manga series ever created, is without a doubt Tsutomu Nihei’s BLAME! series. A one-of-a-kind trek through a dystopian landscape following a mysterious man named Killy, with an even more mysterious all-powerful weapon. The series is getting an animated feature release later this year, and in preparation for the film, it’s been announced that the film has partnered with iconic tech brand, Acronym.

You can head over to EYESCREAM.jp to see the entire capsule collection, launching this Saturday in Japan across select retailers.

Blade Runner 2049 Gets New Trailer

The first full trailer for Blade Runner 2049 has also hit on a busy news day today. The trailer gives us a lot more to work with as far as plot goes, and we see glimpses of many of the new characters and the larger cast at hand. It’s an action-packed trailer that does a good job of reintroducing us to the cyberpunk world of Blade Runner.

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Ph LEVEL Review: Ghost in the Shell

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Ghost in the Shell has been one of the most divisive films of at least the last decade, if not further. It’s been a modern-day masterpiece of cyberpunk marketing and vision. Partnerships with bionics companies, and hacking competitions. Tech demos of much of the “concept” tech used in the film, that is actually being developed in our reality. It’s been an incredible ride, that has been completely overshadowed by a continuing plague across Hollywood: whitewashing.

Ever since the initial casting of Scarlett Johansson as Motoko Kusanagi, known simply as the Major in this film, occurred, the people of the world have been up in arms. Another case of Hollywood taking a Japanese property, with what many believe to be Japanese characters, and replacing them with white actors. Truthfully, I grew up with Ghost in the Shell. Watching the film on HBO at 2am when I was 13 years old felt dangerous, and that world was so new to me, it was breathtaking. So, when the casting news dropped, I was disappointed. But then I began to think, and I re-watched the original film, and it occurred to me that many of the characters that are predominantly Japanese are portrayed that way in the film.

Hit the fold to see my spoiler-filled review of the film, and my thoughts on the casting, characters, and updates to the story for the film.

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