Third and Final Blade Runner 2049 Prequel is an Anime from Cowboy Bebop Director

Blade Runner Black Out 2022 is the third short film in a trilogy of Blade Runner 2049 prequels has been releasing in recent weeks. The first two prequels, 2036: Nexus Dawn and 2048: Nowhere to Hide were both directed by Jake Scott (son of Blade Runner director Ripley Scott), while this final installment is directed by Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop).

As the title suggests, the short takes place in 2022, which is one of the eventful years mentioned in the official Blade Runner timeline located beneath the video:

2022: An EMP detonation causes a global blackout that has massive, destructive implications all over the world.

This video explains the origins of that blackout, along with the ban on Replicants and the fall of the Tyrell Corporation, which paves the way for the rise of Neander Wallace (Jared Leto) and his new breed of Replicants.

Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve, opens in theaters October 6.

For context, here is the timeline of the Blade Runner universe as shown by director Denis Villeneuve at the Blade Runner 2049 panel at SDCC:

2019: Blade Runner Rick Deckard flees Los Angeles with a replicant named Rachael.

2020: The Tyrell Corporation introduces a new replicant model, the Nexus 8S, which has extended lifespans. (Dave Bautista plays one of these Replicants in 2049.)

2022: An EMP detonation causes a global blackout that has massive, destructive implications all over the world.

2023: A Replicant prohibition is put into effect.

2025: A new company, Wallace Corp., solves the global food shortage and becomes a massive super power.

2030: Replicant prohibition is repealed.

2049: Life on Earth has reached its limit and society divides between Replicant and human.