Blade Runner: Black Lotus boasts impressive casts of voice actors in both its English and Japanese versions. Although subtitles vs. The dub debate may never be settled, those who appreciate each format can be sure that the first Blade Runner animated series are a high quality production. This is not surprising given the talent behind the series includes Apple seeds director Shinji Aramaki, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex director Kenji Kamiyama and Cowboy Bebop director Shinichirō Watanabe.
The first TV series produced in Blade Runner universe, Blade Runner: Black Lotus is the product of a joint venture between Adult Swim and CrunchyRoll. Sort Lotus is set in the year 2032, fixed between the two Blade Runner film, 10 years after the creation of replicants was completely banned. The series is centered around a young woman with memory loss named Elle, who shows amazing fighting skills despite her apparent youth.
While Elle is an original character created for Blade Runner: Black Lotus, the series features characters who have previously appeared in Blade Runner 2049. In some cases the English Blade Runner the cast includes the original actors from the films, who express the same characters that they played in live-action. Here is an overview of all the core characters from the show and the actors who play them in both the English and Japanese versions.
Elle – Jessica Henwick (English) and Arisa Shida (Japanese)
The main character in Blade Runner: Black Lotus, Elle is a woman without a past and an uncertain future. Elle is voiced in the English version of Jessica Henwick, who has previously voiced Alexia in Netflix’s Zeus blood and will soon appear opposite Keanu Reeves in The Matrix Resurrection. In Japanese Blade Runner cast, Elle is voiced by Arisa Shida, best known as Ameno in the Japanese version of Naruto: Ship bags.
Doc Badger – Barkhad Abdi (English) and Takayuki Kinba (Japanese)
The first person to show Elle any kindness on the streets of Los Angeles, Doc Badger runs a pawn shop but has more than a few shady sidewalks. Barkhad Abdi, who played Doc Badger in Blade Runner 2049, plays the role once again in the English version of Blade Runner: Black Lotus. In Japanese Blade Runner starring, Doc Badger is voiced by Takayuki Kinba, who has previously voiced various characters in Tiger & Dragon.
Joseph – Will Yun Lee (English) and Shinshu Fuji (Japanese)
Joseph is a mysterious man who runs a junkyard, and also tries to help Elle reveal the secrets of her past. English Blade Runner starring, Joseph is played by Will Yun Lee, who is best known for playing Dr. Alex Park i The good doctor, Sang min ind Hawaii fem-0, and protagonist Kovacs in Altered carbon. In Japanese Blade Runner starring, Joseph is played by Shinshu Fuji, who is best known for playing Percival Gibbons in anime Lupine the third and Risotto Nero in JoJos bizarre adventure.
Alani Davis – Samira Wiley (English) and Takako Honda (Japanese)
Alani Davis is a novice detective, new to Los Angeles but more than capable of managing himself. English Blade Runner starring, Alani is voiced by Samira Wiley, best known as Poussey Washington in Orange is the new black and Moira Beach in The waitress’ story. In Japanese Blade Runner starring, Alani’s voice is provided by Takako Honda, who is most famous for voicing Touko Aozaki in The Garden of Sins franchise and Anko Mitarashi ind Naruto.
Senator Bannister – Gregg Henry (English) and Masane Tsukayama (Japanese)
Senator Bannister is a remarkable politician with strong views on replicant reproduction, and is one of the few familiar faces in Elle’s fragmented memoirs. English Blade Runner starring, Senator Bannister is played by veteran actor Gregg Henry, most recently seen as Martin Wexler in the Netflix action-thriller show Hit & Run. In Japanese Blade Runner starring is Senator Bannister voted by Masane Tsukayama, who is perhaps best known for voicing Guile in Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie.
Niander Wallace, Sr. – Brian Cox (English) and Takaya Hashi (Japanese)
The founder and CEO of Wallace Corporation, Niander Wallace, Sr. is ruthless, even by the standards of businessmen in the world of Blade Runner. Brian Cox, who famously played William Stryker in X2: X-Men United and is currently known as Logan Roy in Succession, plays the older Wallace in English Blade Runner cast. He is voiced by Takaya Hashi, best known as Toki in The North Star’s fist, in Japanese Blade Runner cast.
Niander Wallace, Jr. – Wes Bentley (English) and Takehito Koyasu (Japanese)
While he will continue to be the villain of Blade Runner 2049, in 2033 Niander Wallace, Jr. is a brilliant young scientist with dreams that his father can not comprehend. Wes Bentley, best known for, among other roles, playing Seneca Crane in The Hunger Games, lends his vote to Niander Wallace, Jr. English Blade Runner cast. In Japanese Blade Runner starring, Niander Wallace, Jr. is voiced by Takehito Koyasu, best known as the voice of Dio Brando in JoJos bizarre adventure.
Blade Runner: Black Lotus Supporting Roles and Cast
Marlowe – Josh Duhamel (English) and Taiten Kusunoki (Japanese): Marlowe is a dangerous Blade Runner. English Blade Runner starring is Marlowe voiced by Josh Duhamel, who played Captain Lennox in the first Transform movie. In Japanese Blade Runner cast, Marlowe is pronounced by Taiten Kusunoki, who recently pronounced Rude in Final Fantasy VII re-recording.
Josephine Grant – Peyton List (English) and Yoshiko Sakakibara (Japanese): The wife of LAPD Police Chief Josephine Grant is being questioned by Peyton List (Lieutenant Narissa Rizzo in Star Trek: Picard) i English Blade Runner cast. She is voiced by Yoshiko Sakakibara (The Puppet Master in Ghost In The Shell 2.0) in Japanese Blade Runner cast.
Earl Grant – Stephen Root (English) and Hochu Otsuka (Japanese): LAPD Police Chief Earl Grant is being questioned by Stephen Root (Bill Dauterive in King of the Hill) English Blade Runner cast. He is voiced by Hochu Otsuka (Signalman in Gekisou Sentai Carranger) i Japanese Blade Runner cast.
Doctor M – Henry Czerny (English) and Akio Nojima (Japanese): An ingenious doctor and professor of medicine, Doctor M is pronounced in English Blade Runner cast by Henry Czerny, who also plays Eugene Kittridge in Impossible mission franchise. In Japanese Blade Runner starring, Doctor M is voiced by Akio Nojima, who also voiced Marquis Halim Ondore IV in Final Fantasy XII.
Hooper – Jason Spisak (English) and Kazuki Yao (Japanese): A journalist in the pocket of Wallace Corporation, Hooper is spoken by Jason Spisak (Wally West in Young Justice) English Blade Runner: Black Lotus cast. Hooper is voiced by Kazuki Yao (Franky in One piece) in Japanese Blade Runner cast.
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