Review: 'Cyberpunk: Edgerunners'
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Four and a Half out of Five Stars
By Jonah Unger
“Cyberpunk: Edgerunners” is a short animated series on Netflix. The series wraps up in only 10 25-minute episodes. This series came out Sept. 13, 2022.
The series tells a full story from beginning to end. It doesn’t drag on for more views, nor are there filler episodes.
The series is rated TV-MA, as there is a lot of gore and violence, as well as choice language.
The series was made in Japan along with the Japanese voice actors. However Netflix has a dub option, where the voice acting is above par, in my opinion.
This Sci-Fi, dystopian story takes place in the same universe and city as the “Cyberpunk” video game that came out in 2020. The video game was also based off of a table-top role playing game called “Cyberpunk” in 1988. That is what makes this series so special: the amount of history behind the show.
The first episode begins introducing David Martinez, voiced by KENN (Japanese) and Zach Aguilar (English). David is a poor street kid who attends a prestigious school on the other side of town. He deals with the abuse of his peers, and struggles with day-to-day life.
That’s until an unfortunate incident forces him to drop out. Upon leaving school, David decides to install a black-market piece of equipment that ultimately gives him superpowers.
Upon his discovery of his powers he runs into a crew of criminals that recruit him, a place where he finally feels like he fits.
The series received an 8.5 on IMDb, as well as 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. It was directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi.
As a viewer I am very pleased with the show, giving it a 4.5 out of 5. I think it was written well, directed well and voiced well. In addition, the animation is very aesthetically pleasing.