Blade Runner Black Out 2022 is a neo-noir cyberpunk anime short film prequel directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, debuting on 27 September 2017, serving as a prequel to Blade Runner 2049.


Human Supremacy Movment

Human Supremacy Movment

Set three years after the events of Blade Runner, the Tyrell Corporation has developed a new Nexus-8 line of replicants, who now possess lifespans equivalent to that of a regular human. This causes a massive backlash among the human populace. Establishing the Human Supremacy Movement, they begin hunting down and killing replicants.

Iggy saves Trixie

Iggy saves Trixie from a group of thugs

One of these replicants, Trixie, is attacked by a group of thugs but is rescued by Iggy. Iggy reveals to her that he used to be a soldier but deserted when he realized the enemy soldiers he had been fighting and killing were also replicants.

Gaff and another police officer

Gaff and another police officer

At the LAPD headquarters, captain Harry Bryant and officer Gaff are watching the file of the replicants who escaped Calantha and reluctantly accept the job to hunt them down.

Ren is launching the nuclear missile

Ren is launching the nuclear missile

Iggy hatches a plan with Trixie to destroy the Tyrell Corporation's database of registered replicants, so that replicants can no longer be hunted. Trixie befriends Ren, a human who is a technician at the Tyrell Corporation in charge of launching nuclear missiles. Ren agrees to redirect a test missile to detonate over Los Angeles, blacking out the city and wiping out all electronic data. At the same time, Ren and Iggy hijack a fuel truck to physically destroy the Tyrell Corporation's servers. The operation is a success, with the servers destroyed and power to Los Angeles disabled. However, Trixie is killed by security forces in the process. Iggy manages to escape and removes his right eye, the only thing that can identify him as a replicant.

The ending narration states that in the aftermath of the Black Out, all replicant production was banned and the Tyrell Corporation went bankrupt, only for the Wallace Corporation to restart production of a new model a decade later.



  • When Iggy and Trixie are attacking the Tyrell Corporation, the security officers had helmets similar to those of the Rebel Alliance from Star Wars: A New Hope.
  • When the nuclear missile explodes over the Los Angeles you can see the Pan Am logo.
  • The scene with Gaff is almost an exact visual recreation of a deleted scene from the Blade Runner 1982 film.
  • Shinichiro Watanabe would go on to work as creative producer on the upcoming Blade Runner animated series, Blade Runner - Black Lotus.


The Blade Runner series
Films Blade Runner | Soldier | Blade Runner 2049
Short films 2036: Nexus Dawn | 2048: Nowhere To Run | Blade Runner Black Out 2022
Television series Black Lotus
Characters Rick Deckard | Eldon Tyrell | Gaff | Rachael | Roy Batty | Leon Kowalski | Pris | Zhora | J.F. Sebastian
Locations Tyrell Corporation | Bradbury Building | Tannhauser Gate
Cast Harrison Ford | Rutger Hauer | Sean Young | Edward James Olmos | Daryl Hannah
Crew Ridley Scott | Hampton Fancher | Michael Deeley | David Peoples
Novels Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? | The Edge of Human | Replicant Night | Eye and Talon
Games and comics Blade Runner (1985 video game) | Blade Runner (1997 video game) | Blade Runner 9732 | A Marvel Comics Super Special: Blade Runner | Blade Bummer
Making ofs Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner | On the Edge of Blade Runner | Future Shocks
Other topics Philip K. Dick | Themes | Soundtrack | Vangelis | Voight-Kampff machine | Spinner | Replicants