Cyberpunk: Edgerunners review


The collaboration between Netflix and video developer CD Projekt Red (CDPR), known for their popular dark fantasy game franchise The Witcher, has brought the life of Night City into another medium and has been a massive success.

The 10-episode series follows protagonist David Martinez starting out as a street kid attending a high-profile school and his journey into becoming a legend in Night City to become a cyberpunk or edgerunner.

Based on the game Cyberpunk 2077 that came out in 2020, Edgerunners takes the personality of the hand-crafted world CDPR created and turns it into a high-octane, heart-wrenching humanizing story that will have you begging for more. With the production of the anime being done by Studio Trigger, a studio known for other anime such as Kill la Kill and Darling in the Franxx, their unique art style and animation really bring out the neon color and punk style, which is what the Cyberpunk franchise is known for.

Without entering into spoiler territory, the entire run encapsulates the motto of Night City from the game “it’s how you die, that’ll make them remember you.” Throughout the show we see David grow up from a wannabe to the real deal spending time with the crew he finds himself with.

Excellent voice acting and numerous callbacks to the game, really connect this show with the game for fans and solidifies it as a popular extension of the in-game universe CDPR is building. The animation is also top-notch in the style it brings to the show, with goofy and cartoonish moments that make you laugh that can shift at a moment’s notice to a more serious and somber look when the emotions are being laid on thick in the scenes.

Even people who aren’t usually into video games or anime should give the show a chance because the story is so thoughtfully written out. You’ll fall in love with the characters and wonder about their fates once the credits start rolling.

There is currently no word for season two at the moment. With the popularity of the show and how it’s stayed in the Top 10 of Netflix since its debut, it is safe to say that the hit will continue as CDPR is committed to expanding the ways to experience Night City. This has propelled the game back into the top charts on Steam with over 1 million players per day logging on, after presumably regaining interest after watching the anime after a failed launch two years ago.

With so much love pouring out, it’s a no-brainer that this is one show on Netflix you must see.