Netflix and Studio Trigger have combined forces to bring viewers a new anime series called Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, a spinoff series of CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 game. Since its release on 13th September 2022, the Netflix show has garnered favorable reviews from anime and gaming fans, telling an intense story of a mercenary outlaw in 10 episodes filled with non-stop action, gore, and nudity.
Netflix Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Anime Is A Massive Hit
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners tells the story of David, a lone street kid trying to survive in a dystopian city of technology and body modification. With everything to lose, David embarks on a journey to become an “Edgerunner” or “Cyberpunk.”
As a mercenary outlaw living on the edge and in constant danger, David must navigate a dangerous world or die trying. Viewers follow David as he survives the body modification-obsessed futuristic city of Night City, where failure means death.
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Netflix's Cyberpunk: Edgerunners series is produced by the popular anime agency Studio Trigger, the same studio that produced Kill la Kill. Following its premiere on Netflix, anime lovers and gamers alike have expressed positive reception, as evidenced by mostly positive reviews.
At the time of writing, Netflix's Cyberpunk: Edgerunners series has achieved an outstanding audience rating of 4.9 stars out of 5 (209 ratings) on Google. This review is congruent with other review sites, attracting 8.7 out of 10 and 8.6 out of 10 on IMDb and My Anime List, respectively.
This action-packed anime has plenty of gore and nude scenes, which understandably require parental guidance. Although viewers have found several Easter Eggs in the anime hinting at the original game, the anime also expands on many other concepts that Cyberpunk 2077 has yet to do.
Due to Cyberpunk: Edgerunners being a spinoff series of CDPR’s Cyberpunk 2077 and Trigger being the studio to produce the series, anime and gamers alike can experience the best of both worlds.
“Even if it’s hard not to wish that Imaishi and co. had a little more room to expand their take on this world, Edgerunners feels exciting and new enough as it pushes the boundaries of its exciting and hugely inventive visual representation of in-game concepts,” said Polygon writer Kambole Campbell.
The show has also attracted discussion on social media platforms. “I love the game and now the anime; this is absolutely perfect," commented one Twitter user. "Talk about Nova; this show is far exceeding my expectations," said another.
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is finally out! ⚡— Cyberpunk: Edgerunners (@edgerunners) September 13, 2022
Watch the @CDPROJEKTRED x @trigger_inc anime set in the @CyberpunkGame universe and discover the story of David Martinez – now on Netflix! 🎬https://t.co/crKEe5ThmRpic.twitter.com/03Gkd3Un29
In summary, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is a great mixture of old and new. From the CDPR’s Cyberpunk 2077 original game mechanics and the unique story of David in the anime version of the game. Studio Trigger is historied for producing some of the best animations. They are also widely established to deliver even better storylines with exceptional character development.
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is currently available to stream exclusively on Netflix.
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Featured image courtesy of Netflix and Trigger.