Cyberpunk and anime go together as nicely as, well, cyberpunk and anime. During the Night City Wire stream for Cyberpunk 2077, developer CD Projekt RED revealed a show based on the game. It’s called Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, and it’s coming from Studio Trigger, which earned its fame with shows like Kill la Kill and Gurren Lagann. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners will be available on Netflix in 2022.
The project is still clearly in early development, judging by the trailer. Not a single frame of the anime is shown, outside of the splash art image of a person’s back. We assume he’s the protagonist of Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, but it could just be a bit of teaser art.
But that doesn’t mean we’re completely without details. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, coming from Studio Trigger, is a standalone story consisting of 10 chapters, or episodes. It will be directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi, and co-directed by Masahiko Otsura. Both of whom worked on Gurren Lagann. Yoshiki Usa and Masahiko Otsuka are behind the screenplay. Akira Yamaoka, composer for the Silent Hill series, is working on the original score.
“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 head of CD Projekt RED, in a press release. “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.”
On the bleeding edge
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners has a lot of star power behind its development. Trigger’s Gurren Lagann and Kill la Kill are both quite famous in the anime world. And you should really check out Little Witch Academia; it grows on you, promise. With the backing of Studio Trigger, the composer of the Silent Hill games, and the lore brought by Cyberpunk 2020, Edgerunners might end up rising to the same stardom as the studio’s prior shows.
We’ll know once it lands on Netflix in 2022.