Cyberpunk Edgerunners Review – Colorful, Sad, Beautiful
Here’s my Cyberpunk Edgerunners review which is now streaming on Netflix produced by Studio Trigger and based on the Cyberpunk 2077 game by CD PROJEKT RED.
This 10-episode Netflix series is set in the futuristic Night City with our protagonist David Martinez attending school and subsequently dropping out after his mother dies in a car accident. Without a purpose, David decides to get a special enhancement from his mother’s stuff and make a quick buck. As the series progresses, David meets a rowdy cast of characters, Cyberpunks if you will, and ultimately finds a dream worth fighting and dying for (yes we’re talking about you Lucy).
Cyberpunk 2077 Edgerunners is one of the most competent and interesting anime series we have this year. The visuals are amazing thanks to the brilliant animation style of Trigger and there’s a forlorn, sad story waiting to be peeled by the end of the season. It’s easily telegraphed how this whole will go down and yet every moment watching the series just sucks you in, waiting for the inevitable fate of David and his cyberpunk crew.
When they do action, you can be sure that Trigger knows what they are doing. Anime fights are already a spectacle as is but with Trigger, it becomes an artform. Whether it’s a bloody fight in the outskirts of Night City to “Alamo” style standoff in the desert to even indoor battles. Everything looks “bloody amazing”. Consider this as your “Trigger” warning.
David’s spiraling out of control is also done tastefully and with a clear-cut objective. It tells us how the world of Cyberpunk works and how even the most promising of us can deteriorate when pushed. While all this is happening, the writing team also wove an intricate story of betrayal and deeper conspiracy that mega corporation Arasaka wants swept under the rug. Even better is the fact that its never really unraveled until the second half of the season.
And they even managed to tie up the story with a few characters that appeared in the game namely Adam Smasher.
Bonus Point – they used Franz Ferdinand’s “This Fire” and the song “I Really Want to Stay At Your House” was a definite banger.