Here’s the plot description from the Warner Bros. Pictures YouTube page.
In 2022, an EMP detonation has caused a global blackout that has massive, destructive implications all over the world. Directed by Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo’s Shinichiro Watanabe, Blade Runner Black Out 2022 is a new and highly-anticipated animated short which serves as a prologue for the upcoming feature film Blade Runner 2049.
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), 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 (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
From executive producer Ridley Scott and director Denis Villeneuve, #BladeRunner2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana De Armas, MacKenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto.
If you’ve seen the original Blade Runner or have had the pleasure of reading the novel then you know this story is set to give you all the feels about androids dreaming of electric sheep. If that reference means absolutely nothing to you then check out the novel by Philip K. Dick , “Androids Dreaming Of Electric Sheep”, the movie Blade Runner (1982), Blade Runner 2049, and the full anime short “Black Out 2022” right down below.
Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop) writes and directs a beautiful entry into the world of Blade Runner. His short captures the polarizing emotion of what humans would do to something they created in their own image and then that something wanted to be human.