Blade Runner Black Out 2022 is a 2017 anime short film, which serves as the prequel to both the live-action film Blade Runner 2049 and Blade Runner: Black Lotus. The film was directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and animated by Cygames Pictures.
In 2022, three years after the events of Blade Runner, the Tyrell Corporation has developed the new Nexus-8 line of replicants, who now possess natural, open-ended lifespans equivalent to that of a regular human. 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 acquire the company and restart production of a new model a decade later.
The short aired on a special Friday Night Toonami airing, as a Black Friday Doorbuster, along with the live-action film and three episodes of Black Lotus.