A very interesting addition to the Fall 2022 calendar just dropped! Cyberpunk: Edgerunners has received its first official trailer among the newly announced lineup. Netflix has a series of anime releases scheduled for the rest of the year and we’re here for it! As per the updates on IMDb, “filming” commenced on 7th April 2021, and concluded by 10th September 2021. Being an animated series, dubbing in different languages and other animation effects are in progress.
As the story is based in the Cyberpunk 2077 universe, this series does not have a manga or a comic book source. CD Projekt RED released Cyberpunk 2077 in 2020 as an open-world role-playing game, the only major game released by the developers after the Witcher franchise.
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Trailer
Another trailer was released 2 weeks prior to the Cyberpunk: Edgerunners release exclusively on Netflix. A spin-off video game is also making a debut in September. The Cyberpunk: Edgerunners trailer can be seen to be adrenaline-pumping but cannot be watched in public.
What is Cyberpunk 2077 About?
Before diving into the Cyberpunk: Edgerunners anime, it is better to know the game’s setting. The game takes place in Night City, a megacity of sorts located in California, USA. The intention to stay true to the title of the game has made Night City an accurate cyberpunk dystopia, ruled by corporations and riddled with very drastic social differences. Most of the people living in the city dwindle down to the poorer pockets and are subject to violence and authoritarian control.
The Psycho Squad keeps populous in check and the Trauma Team caters to medical needs, also owing to the very apparent lawlessness in the city with all the power resting with the rich. A lot of people also have medically augmented bodies with mechanized parts, which really plays into the cyberpunk aesthetic.
V, a mercenary outlaw, decides the life path that will end in certain futures based on decisions made through the game. Hired to acquire a certain chip, V’s mission goes sideways which leaves him in a near-death situation. He inserts the biochip into his cyber ware and finds himself haunted by a punk mercenary who passed away. V realizes that the chip needs to be removed and sets out to seek those who can help save him.
What will Cyberpunk: Edgerunners be About?
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is going to be a standalone animated series that will be explored in Night City itself. A young kid in the Night City who does not have anything but himself tries to survive on the streets. To survive in the brutal playground that is Night City, he becomes the one known as Cyberpunk, a mercenary outlaw.
The official website of the series has updated the synopsis for the upcoming anime.
When Will Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Release?
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners will be a part of the Fall 2022 anime calendar! Netflix has confirmed a September 2022 release but has not specified a release date yet. The anime will have 10 episodes based on an original story. The first poster and main trailer for the anime have already been released!
It is speculated that the Cyberpunk Edgerunners Netflix release date should fall on the 4th or 5th Thursday of September 2022. It translates to the 22nd or 29th of September 2022.
The speculations are almost close. A teaser trailer released by end of August, one can see the final tagline revealing Cyberpunk: Edgerunners release on Netflix on September 13.
Where Can I Watch Cyberpunk: Edgerunners?
The anime will be released as a Netflix exclusive and will only be available on this streaming platform. It is expected that the Japanese release and international release for it will be on the same day. Since the anime is being released on Netflix, it is likely that it will also have an English Dub when it releases. CD Projekt has previously released Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf anime movie as a Netflix exclusive.
When can you watch Cyberpunk Edgerunners Release Date on Netflix?
As per the norms, Netflix usually airs new shows at 12 AM PDT (Pacific Timing). Expect Cyberpunk Edgerunners Episode 1 to premiere on Netflix in different parts of the world as per the below schedule. The below-mentioned dates are mere speculations. The Cyberpunk Edgerunners release date will be updated once the official premiere date gets revealed by Netflix or the Studio Trigger.
Pacific Standard time – 12:00 AM PST Thursday, 29th of September, 2022 (America)
Central Standard time – 2:00 AM CST Thursday, June 30th, 2022 (America)
Eastern Standard time – 3:00 AM EST Thursday, 29th of September, 2022 (America)
British Time- 8:00 AM GMT Thursday, 29th of September, 2022 (UK)
Central European Time- 9:00 AM CET Thursday, 29th of September, 2022 (Europe)
Australia Time- 4:30 PM ADHT Thursday, 29th of September, 2022 (Australia)
New Zealand Time- 7:45 PM NZDT Thursday, 29th of September, 2022 (New Zealand)
India Time- 12:30 PM IST Thursday, 29th of September, 2022 (India)
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Characters, Cast and Staff
The characters or voice actors that will appear in the anime are yet to be revealed. The poster for the anime has revealed the character designs for the two main characters on the show. The official trailer only offers a snippet of some of the characters that will be seen in the anime, along with the anime stylization of Night City.
Studio Trigger, known for Kill la Kill, Little Witch Academy and BNA among others, is credited with animation for the upcoming series. Rafal Jaki is the showrunner and an executive producer alongside Taiki Sakurai, Dylan Thomas and Yoshiki Usa. Saya Elder, Satoru Homma and Bartosz Sztybor are credited as producers for the show.
Hiroyuki Imaishi is the director of the anime. Yoh Yoshinari is the character designer as well as the animation director, and Yuta Kaneko and Yusuke Yoshigaki are assistant character designers. Masahiko Otsuka and Yoshiki Usa are the scriptwriters, Akira Yamaoka is the music composer and Hiromi Wakabayashi is the creative director. Hiroyuki Kaneko is the assistant director of the anime.
FAQs – Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Edition
Q. Do I have to know Cyberpunk 2077 to watch Cyberpunk: Edgerunners?
A. While knowing the original game does help in understanding the context and setting for the anime, it is not necessary to have played the game before watching the anime. The synopsis provided by Netflix has stated that the 10-episode anime will be like a spin-off of the Cyberpunk 2077 and will not have aspects from the game that is integral.
Rest assured, some easter eggs and references could easily be there in the show that fans of the game may better appreciate, but the overall watching experience will not be ruined for those just there for the series.
Q. Who is making the Cyberpunk anime?
A. Studio Trigger is credited with creating the Cyberpunk: Edgerunners anime that is set for release in September 2022. The anime is a collaboration between Netflix and Studio Trigger explaining the world of Cyberpunk 2077 created by CD Projekt. The details of the production of the anime are slowly being revealed. With the release date set, more information on the characters, voice cast and music score for the anime will be released in the upcoming months.
Q. Is there a Cyberpunk: Edgerunners manga?
A. Much like The Witcher series and Nightmare of the Wolf, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners derives its base from the Cyberpunk 2077 game but has an original storyline created for the anime series. there is currently no manga for Cyberpunk: Edgerunners but there could be one in the future. Comparing it to the Witcher Franchise, a manga based on the Cyberpunk 2077 universe could be released the way Witcher Ronin was announced in 2021.
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