news culture Cyberpunk Edgerunners: the best Netflix animated series since Arcane?
The universe shared by the “paper” role-playing game Cyberpunk and its videogame adaptation Cyberpunk 2077 has not finished surprising us. After the comics, it’s an anime’s turn to explore the infamous back streets of Night City. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners from Japanese studios Trigger is the best Netflix animated series since Arcane?
- Cyberpunk: Edgerunners in a nutshell
- An anime worthy of Devilman Crybaby and Arcane!
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners in a nutshell
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is an animated series produced by Netflix and directed by Trigger. These Japanese animation studios have earned a solid reputation in recent years, working on BNA: Brand New Animal, Kill la Kill, Promare as well as episodes 3 “The Twins” and 7 “The Elder” of the animated anthology. Wars: Visions for Disney +. This original program awaited the September 13, 2022 on the red N the SVOD service is set in the city of Night City and, by extension, the dazzling tradition of the game.
The creators call Edgerunners a standalone, although it shares several elements, including some characters, with the role-playing game developed by CD Projekt RED. Having finished or even played the game is therefore not a prerequisite for enjoying the series. This Netflix original simply delivers an untold story set in the Cyberpunk 2077 universe as well as the role-playing game imagined by Mike Pondsmith in 1988. This anime focuses specifically on the character of David Martinez. A debt-ridden student at Arasaka Corporation Academy, this street kid becomes an Edgerunner, an outlawed mercenary commonly known as “Cyberpunk,” following a tragic accident. Then he discovers a strange cybernetic extension and meets Netrunner Lucy, a technologically advanced hacker who opens the gates of the Underworld for him.
An anime worthy of Devilman Crybaby and Arcane!
First of all, it is necessary to answer a question that surely burns the lips of Netflix subscribers: is it necessary to have played and / or completed Cyberpunk 2077 to fully enjoy Cyberpunk: Edgerunners? The answer is in one word: NO (a thousand times NO). The animated series welcomes fans and newbies alike with open arms, introduces the universe, details the codes and wonderfully characterizes the characters. Some viewers may find this background a bit lengthy, but it’s actually as effective as it is interesting to follow.
As for the students of Night City and the world imagined by Mike Pondsmith, they are on familiar ground. The story takes root in this dystopian city, fits perfectly and extends its narrative reach. Several characters taken from the RPG developed by CD Projekt RED even make a notable appearance, and the same goes for various elements that recall in their own way the vision of Polish studios. We think in particular of the Afterlife bar, the Rogue Amendiares look, the Trauma Team or even this recognizable ringtone of all … that of telephone calls.
This anime then takes place in an existing world, with multiple ramifications, and flourishes fully there. Even better, this Netflix Original maintains that violence, both verbal and physical, inherent in the franchise. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is a bloody anime series, quick to paint and irreverent to the last degree. The program is definitely meant to be adult, even in its nudity scenes, and is intended only for an informed audience, like the game it wants to be the natural extension of … Cyberpunk 2077.
The graphics and animation, worthy of the previous productions of the Japanese studios Trigger, ensure the show and give life to the extraordinary destiny of David Martinez. The extremely strong graphic style should delight anime loversalthough this colorful and unique vision of Night City might surprise an uninitiated audience. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is still a technical and artistic success both visually speaking (of course), but also musically with an expertly composed soundtrack and in particular the opening “This Fffire” composed by the rock group Franz Ferdinand.
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is recommended for Cyberpunk 2077 fans, Japanimation enthusiasts, and anyone interested in exploring a sub-genre of science fiction. This Netflix Original has all the cards in hand to become the next animated hit of the SVOD service in the same way as Devilman Crybaby (2018) and Arcane (2021).