Which anime series is better?

From Adult Swim and Crunchroll, Blade Runner: Black Lotus is an animated spin-off series set in 2032 (after the original movie, but apparently before the 2049 sequel set led by Ryan Gosling). Running for 13 episodes, the series takes a leap on the principle of Blade Runner, where rich people use Android in game-hunting scenes (like someone can go on a safari and shoot antelope, for example). He, a copyist, escapes, and while collecting memories of what he can do, he seeks revenge on those he killed.

Episodes are less than half an hour long and can serve as an excellent sci-fi slot to fill in more time-consuming shows like Westworld or Stranger Things. Also, any new release involving the Blade Runner world should be swallowed up, especially after Wonderful Blade Runner 2049. This film has done the impossible, it has become a worthy sequel to one of the greatest science films. It competes with the very least of its visuals and the vast expanse of its reach and expansion.

It’s hard to say where the Black Lotus stands. It seems like he’s really trying to be his own thing, trying to stand out from Philip K. Dick in this world of Android, violence and darkness – but he doesn’t seem to know what to do. , And the attempt doesn’t seem good enough to confirm.

Origami elephants in the Blade Runner house

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In terms of both form and content this series has an ongoing theme related to unusual valleys and the resulting animation is weird, to the point that it will take you two to three episodes before you get used to it. For a show produced and released in 2022, the visuals in Blade Runner: Black Lotus are reminiscent of Tekken’s intro cinematic on the animated television series Starship Troopers (1999), or PlayStation 1 (1994).

It looks bad – really bad. Only God knows what happened to the transfer between Blade Runner’s excellent official animated short Black Out (which premiered with two other shorts to coincide with the release of Blade Runner 2049) and the ugly mess of Black Lotus.

When it comes to the gaming world, it raises a lot of old controversy that if a story is compelling enough, the graphics aren’t really important. Citing a 1997 video game, the N64’s GoldenEye 007 is one of today’s best multiplayer shooters for its diversity, ease of control, and dynamic level design – and Pierce Brosnan’s Polygon-filled Blocky Face has taken nothing away from it more than 20 years later. .

Comics ask a similar question: Do I really like to read it if I don’t like art? In short, if you like the author, it is certainly something that a reader can probably see in the past. But (other than telling you not to watch it while your phone is on), a TV show doesn’t require any additional commitments, such as pressing buttons or turning pages that require a game or comic.

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We’ve reached a point where technology is available and affordable so almost everything looks decent, but the look of the Black Lotus is terribly awful, where the comparison of the N64 Golden Eye becomes flattering with the Black Lotus. YouTubers are creating something more subtle than this in their home setup, and it’s becoming embarrassing to recognize the resources of the production companies behind this new Blade Runner series.

Black Lotus is a leather-job weak endeavor

Are they vague and cheap manufacturing companies? Quite the opposite, in fact, which makes it even more annoying. Distributed and co-created by the Adult Swim brand (a major broadcaster and known for its expertise in animation with Rick & Morty and Robot Chicken), Black Lotus was also produced by Cranchirol (owned by Sony, nothing more), and of course Scott free production from Ridley Scott, the maker of Blade Runner.

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CrunchyRoll prides itself on being the place to go in all new anime, and Ridley / Scott free productions were directly connected, and yet the Black Lotus visuals look amateurish and instantly bad. Scott and his team have just rolled out the premature cancellation of Rise by Wolves (one of the best looking shows seen on TV for many years) and set the series apart by seeing the final results of the Black Lotus visual. This overwhelming company, really a heinous burp after a big dinner party. Attaching that name to Blade Runner isn’t really enough; They could have done much better.

Her characters move like tired ghosts and their faces are dead, cold eyes, and it also carries her world-building. Both Blade Runner features not only enhance the combined cinematic game with their visuals, but the world of Black Lotus is simply humble. We don’t feel settled. It doesn’t sound like a place where crime has to be handled twenty-four hours a day; It is a barren place, strange to the touch and rubbery. Even blade runners like Neon Lighting and Synth Soundtrack should be ticked in the “easy” box to create the world (we dare say) that has been denied or completely ignored (some musical choices, mainly on credits, completely out of place, Black Lotus literally Semantically and consistently occasionally chooses R&B).

Blond Runner: Black Lotus

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Worse, perhaps the least interesting thing on screen when it comes to our main character. It’s hard for Eli as a hero to root when he’s in so much wood. It is smooth and monotonous, not really developed. With his bug-eyed expression and lack of humanity in his movements and speech, he has remained robotic in every sense of the word (they are called “replicators” for a reason and must look like humans).

The Black Lotus dialogue never comes true. When he doesn’t feel comfortable just being basic, he ridiculously clichs and portrays himself as an AI that forces an AI to write a script in AI. We don’t find moments of “tears in the rain” dialogue here – it’s not even close.

In contrast to the two films from which it originated, the series also lacks the humanity and ambiguity that made Blade Runner the world before its time. The dynamite at the bottom of the table has no idea that it will explode any time soon, just perform a task that he has to complete, he has to do it, then he has to repeat that process in the end. This becomes even clearer when Eli has the best moments of the characters around him. “Claire de Lun” is the standout episode of the show, mainly because it’s less about L and more about J’s past and her engaging rivalry with fellow Blade Runner Marlowe, which electrically turns into an inevitable firefight.

Easter eggs can’t completely protect Blade Runner: Black Lotus

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Episodes like “Claire de Lun” prove that black lotus is not so bad. The series has a great way to include Easter eggs from the movies and place them in their own story without feeling cheap or shoe thorns. Take a cameo from a scene from Barkhad Abdi (who was in Blade Runner 2049 and has been better known as Captain Phillips Hacker since 2013). Here Abdi has voiced again, the character is younger and he has a lot more opportunities through episodes. Another nice touch shows how Neander Wallace Jr. (played by Jared Leto in 2049) lost his sight. In one last beautiful casting moment, legend Brian Cox also gave his thunderous voice as Wallace Sr.

Blade Runner 2049 is one of the best sci-fi movies released in the last two decades. With stunning visuals and big ambitions, it was able to both stand out and raise a favorite classic. These two feature films involve very clear vision and direction on and off screen. Its spin-off TV series, Black Lotus, is lacking everywhere.

Disappointing that this is part of a world made with so much reverence and brilliance, this short series is just “right” between the two feature films.

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