Review of the series “Cyberpunk: Edge Runners” – a worthy anime on Cyberpunk 2077

Surprisingly, animeCyberpunk: Edge Runners» ahead of the plot addition for Cyberpunk 2077. While the developers at CD Projekt RED were fixing bugs, preparing a next-gen version and drawing panama nudes, Trigger studio was hard at work.

Anime is the first serious gift to fans after the loud release of Cyberpunk 2077 in every sense. But is the novelty worth attention? Let’s tell now!

Laziness

Anime is always greeted by clothes – alas, the first look at Edge Runners causes skepticism. Compared to Attack on Titan or Demon Slayer, Trigger’s work looks pale. It’s not worth comparing the new product with the cult Ghost in the Shell – there the drawing was extremely detailed.

Funny faces are one of the hallmarks of anime, but that doesn't suit the style and atmosphere of Edge Runners.

Funny faces are one of the hallmarks of anime, but that doesn’t suit the style and atmosphere of Edge Runners.

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The problem is that for “Cyberpunk” they chose the most “lazy” minimalist style. The 10 episodes are full of amazing shots – but only in important scenes. Where it was possible to cheat, the artists worked carelessly.

This is the key moment of the second series - so the artists tried hard!

This is the key moment of the second series – so the artists tried hard!

For example, the studio decided not to draw the faces of the characters in the background. The characters near the camera have a nose, mouth and eyes, while the poor fellows in the distance do not. It seems like a typical cyberpunk texture bug, but it’s actually a conscious decision.

The main character is in the background.

The main character is in the background.

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Here's what it looks like up close

Here’s what it looks like up close

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The animations aren’t always convincing either. The web is already full of jokes comparing driving from the anime and the release version of the game – the process is equally unrealistic. Crazy physics and strange behavior of cars do not allow you to immerse yourself in the atmosphere.

Cyberpunk: Edge Runners

Cyberpunk: Edge Runners

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As a result, at first Cyberpunk seems like an anime series worth skipping. However, the story slowly sways, the music starts to pump, and you get used to the drawing – then the annoyance is replaced by total involvement. Do not be surprised if you decide to evaluate a couple of episodes, but you come to your senses after the end of the story.

coolness

The plot revolves around David, an ordinary teenager from Night City. He lives surrounded by garbage, arrogant rich classmates do not give him a pass, and his mother works hard until she loses her pulse, but still does not have time to pay her bills.

Things are going badly, but soon life completely knocks out David – his mother becomes a victim of criminal showdowns. At the same time, doctors could have saved her life, but the woman did not have the necessary insurance.

Main character David

Main character David

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Circumstances strangle the hero, but the solution is found. A military implant falls into his hands, which recently brought a trained fighter to psychosis. David installs the device, acquires inhuman speed and starts working with tough gangsters.

However, there is a problem. It turns out that the hero upgraded himself with an epically rare implant, which is hunted not only by small bandits and ordinary thugs, but also by the authorities of Arasaki.

Cyberpunk: Edge Runners

Cyberpunk: Edge Runners

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It’s interesting to follow the story. Sorties always do not go according to plan, none of the heroes is immune from death, and there are more than enough dramatic events. In many ways, the script works well thanks to the charismatic characters. The authors do not go deep into their background, but the images are vivid. A couple of episodes are enough to feel sympathy for Rebecca, Kiwi or Pilar.

Lucy deserves a special mention. This is a fighting, romantic and a little crazy lady who will easily fight with Panam and Judy for the attention of the fans.

Lucy is charming and full of surprises

Lucy is charming and full of surprises

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For fans of the game, there are also surprises. Incoming calls are accompanied by a recognizable melody, hackers continually cut into a mini-game with a choice of numbers, and the heroes look into the Afterlife bar and express respect to Bestia. There are many such references – however, they do not particularly affect the plot.

Learned?

Learned?

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Sure, the story falls short of the best Cyberpunk 2077 stories, but the adventures of V and Silverhand are generally hard to beat. The anime writers still deserve a compliment – they did a great job.

Drive

The action in Edge Runners is great. The heroes surprise with original implants, fight mercilessly and fill the locations with blood. At the same time, despite the futuristic devices, the fights are very realistic. The frostbitten thug easily piles on David and his partner, and the ordinary cyber-psycho is able to mow down the entire gang. What can we say about serious villains? Compared to them, heroes are small fry.

Cyberpunk: Edge Runners

Cyberpunk: Edge Runners

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This approach adds emotionality to the battles. You never know if the heroes will survive the fight and lose a couple of limbs. It is curious to follow even the chase scenes: cars seem to violate the laws of physics, and the characters turn the steering wheel strangely – but the overall impression is still positive.

In addition, the authors skillfully balance between humor, plot and action. There are a lot of explosions and gore in the series, but not too much – so the viewer will not get bored.

Cyberpunk: Edge Runners

Cyberpunk: Edge Runners

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Cyberpunk: Edge Runners is not a masterpiece. The anime series will not go down in history and is unlikely to break the Netflix charts – most likely, in a month it will be completely forgotten. However, this is a worthy project that is fun to watch. If you love the original game and the cyberpunk setting, don’t miss out on the new one.

It is a pity that there is no translation into Russian. This time, Netflix even scored on subtitles. However, folk craftsmen have already taken up voice acting – they are unlikely to make you wait long.

Where to see?

Officially, Cyberpunk: Edge Runners did not come out in Russia – this is a Netflix show that has stopped working in Russia.

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