news culture Cyberpunk Edgerunners: The best Netflix animated series since Arcane?
The universe shared by the “paper” role-playing game Cyberpunk and its video game adaptation Cyberpunk 2077 has not finished surprising us. After the comic books, it’s the turn of an anime to explore the notorious alleys of Night City. Is Cyberpunk: Edgerunners from Japanese studios Trigger 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 carved out a solid reputation for themselves 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. Star Wars: Visions for Disney+. This original program awaited for the September 13, 2022 on the red N hit SVOD service is set in the city of Night City and by extension the game’s teeming lore.
The creators call Edgerunners a standalone, even though it shares several elements, including some characters, with the RPG developed by CD Projekt RED. Having finished or even played the game is therefore not a prerequisite to enjoy the series. This Netflix Original simply offers 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 in particular on the character of David Martinez. A debt-ridden student at the Arasaka Corporation academy, this street kid becomes an Edgerunner, an outlaw mercenary commonly known as “Cyberpunk”, following a tragic accident. He then discovers a strange cybernetic extension and crosses paths with Netrunner Lucy, a technologically enhanced hacker who opens the doors to the Underworld for him.
An anime worthy of Devilman Crybaby and Arcane!
First of all, it is necessary to answer a question that certainly 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 neophytes with open arms without distinction, introduces the universe, details the codes, and characterizes the characters wonderfully. Some viewers might find this background a bit long, but in fact, it is as effective as it is interesting to follow.
As for the scholars of Night City and the world imagined by Mike Pondsmith, they find themselves on familiar ground. The story takes root in this dystopian city, fits in perfectly, and extends its narrative scope. Several personalities drawn from the RPG developed by CD Projekt RED even make a remarkable appearance, and the same goes for various elements which recall in their own way the vision of the Polish studios. We think in particular of the Afterlife bar, of the Rogue Amendiares stare, of the Trauma Team or even of this recognizable ringtone among all… that of telephone calls.
This anime thus takes place in an existing world, with multiple ramifications, and flourishes there fully. Even better, this Netflix Original retains that violence, both verbal and physical, inherent in the franchise. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is a bloody, quick-to-paint-the-walls, and irreverent anime series to the last degree. The program is certainly intended to be adult, even in its scenes of nudity, and is intended only for an informed public, like the game of which it is intended to be the natural extension… Cyberpunk 2077.
The visuals and the animation, worthy of the previous productions of the Japanese studios Trigger, ensure the spectacle and bring to life the extraordinary destiny of David Martinez. The extremely marked graphic style should delight anime loverseven if this colorful and unique vision of Night City may surprise an uninitiated audience. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is nonetheless a technical and artistic success whether visually speaking (it’s obvious), but also musically with a skilfully 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 success of the SVOD service in the same way as Devilman Crybaby (2018) and Arcane (2021).