Yesterday, Netflix announced that a brand-new anime series based on the upcoming video game Cyberpunk 2077 will be joining the streaming platform’s growing slate of original titles. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, from CD Projekt Red and Studio Trigger, will premiere in 2022.
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, set in the same universe as Cyberpunk 2077, is a 10-episode standalone series about a kid from the streets trying to survive in the technology and body-modification obsessed future. (That sounds sort of similar to last year’s Human Lost.) With nothing to lose, he chooses to stay alive by becoming an “edgerunner” – a mercenary outlaw also known as a cyberpunk.
The series will be produced by CD Projekt Red, the company behind the upcoming video game. The team – which was formed by talent from The Witcher 3: The Hunt as well as Cyberpunk 2077 – have been working on the series since 2018.
Studio Trigger (Promare, Kill la Kill) will bring the world to life with their “signature, vibrant style”. Even just looking at the promotional poster, you can see the similarities between this and Studio Trigger’s other titles in color and design.
Hiroyuki Imaishi (Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill, Promare) will direct the series along with assistant director Masahiko Otsuka (Gurren Lagann, Promare), creative director Hiromi Wakabayashi (Kill la Kill), character designer Yoh Yoshinari (Little Witch Academia, BNA: Brand New Animal) and Yuto Kaneko (Little Witch Academia), and the adapted screenplay by Yoshiki Usa (SSSS.GRIDMAN, Promare) and Masahiko Otsuka (Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill, Promare). The original score will be composed by Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill series).
“We are so excited to finally reveal that we are working on an anime in the Cyberpunk world,” said Adam Badowski, Cyberpunk 2077 Game Director and CD Projekt Red Head of Studio. “We’ve devoured just about all the cyberpunk fiction there is to watch, read, and play; it’s a genre that leaves so much room for creativity, and has had such a strong influence on us. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is our love letter to cyberpunk as a whole, and to stories told in animated form.”
“We at Trigger are thrilled to work with CD Projekt Red to create a brand-new story set in the world of the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077. It’s a huge challenge to adapt this universe into an anime, but we are eager to face it head-on,” said Masahiko Otsuka, CEO, Studio TRIGGER.
Director Hiroyuki Imaishi adds, “I’ve always loved cyberpunk as a genre, but always found it difficult to create as an original work. This is why I’m very excited to be working with CD Projekt Red on this project. It won’t be easy to please both game and anime fans, but I love a challenge, and I’m looking forward to the production. We’ll do our best to meet and exceed expectations.”
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is set to premiere in 2022, but two original anime drop on Netflix in July, with Japan Sinks releasing July 9 and Transformers: War for Cybertron: Siege premiering on July 30.
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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