Not too long ago, Netflix went all in on anime. That appears to have paid off in more ways than one. Now with the success of Castlevania, and a Diablo series on the way, another anime series based on a video game is on the way. Netflix is partnering up with CD Projket Red for Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.
The standalone 10 episode series will be set in the Cyberpunk 2077 universe. All we know right now is that it is a “story about a street kid trying to survive in a technology and body modification-obsessed city of the future. Having everything to lose, he chooses to stay alive by becoming an edgerunner—a mercenary outlaw also known as a cyberpunk.”
Acclaimed Japan-based animation company, Studio Trigger, will serve as the animation studio on the series and bring the world of Cyberpunk to life with their signature, vibrant style. 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). The creative team for the story will be crafted by talent from the CD Projekt Red teams behind Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
CD Projekt Red Studio Head Adam Badowski released a statement saying, “We are so excited to finally reveal that we are working on an anime in the Cyberpunk world. 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.”
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners will premiere sometime in 2022.
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