Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is a Netflix anime sequence from Trigger that is primarily based on the favored video game franchise created by Mike Pondsmith. Set on the planet of Cyberpunk 2077, the Edgerunners storyline follows a teenage boy named David Martinez, who resides in Night City along with his mom and attends the Arasaka Academy as a high pupil. After an unexpected automotive crash ends in his mom’s premature dying, David drops out of faculty and turns into an Edgerunner when he meets Lucy and her chief, Maine.
In some ways, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is a love letter to Cyberpunk 2077. Not solely does David have sturdy narrative parallels to Cyberpunk 2077’s protagonist, V, however even the episodes are structured in such a option to resemble the game’s missions. In the identical method that V’s missions within the game really feel like self-contained tales which might be half of a bigger narrative, every of Edgerunners’ 10 episodes is a self-contained story that builds towards an overarching storyline. Given this narrative construction, it feels as if the anime would’ve benefited strongly from a extra user-interactive strategy, just like one other Netflix film, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.
For viewers unfamiliar with the British tv present, Black Mirror is an anthology sequence set in an alternate future the place know-how is extremely superior but in addition works to the detriment of humanity. Though set in the identical universe, every episode is a self-contained story that focuses on a unique forged of characters and satirizes the technological features of on a regular basis life within the worst method doable.
Since it focuses on satirizing technological development, Black Mirror has lined every little thing from social media, courting apps, rideshare, web trolling, video video games and even British politics. It was solely a matter of time earlier than Black Mirror would satirize role-playing video games in a intelligent method, and it occurred with 2018’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.
The storyline for Bandersnatch is fairly easy: in 1984, an English teenager by the title of Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead) decides to adapt a choose-your-own-adventure novel known as Bandersnatch right into a videogame and fails. How Stefan fails, nonetheless, is as much as the viewer for the reason that interactive Netflix film permits viewers to make selections for Stefan, resulting in many doable life paths and endings. One of the film’s endings depicts Stefan discovering he is a personality in a Netflix film with thousands and thousands of viewers controlling his actions.
Since avid gamers play as V in Cyberpunk 2077 and management their look and actions all through the game, Netflix missed an enormous alternative to capitalize on the game’s RPG premise with Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. For a really immersive expertise, Edgerunners might’ve been made into one other interactive film wherein viewers get to manage David’s actions and discover completely different life paths and endings for him, similar to avid gamers get to do with V. In truth, one of many perks of taking part in as V in 2077 is that gamers get to decide on the character’s gender — male, feminine or non-binary — and customise their look.
Allowing viewers to decide on the primary character’s gender and look in Edgerunners would simply make investments them within the storyline, and allow them to select the character’s life paths. This is one thing else avid gamers get to do with V: they’ll select certainly one of three life paths for them, on this case, Corporate, Streetkid or Nomad. Since David in Edgerunners finally ends up fulfilling all three life paths as his storyline progresses, it will be a extra thrilling expertise for viewers to get to decide on a type of paths and see the place his story goes, whereas with the ability to select the opposite two paths in a while.
Allowing the viewers to decide on David’s life paths would additionally maintain his story unpredictable with the chance to discover many endings for him, similar to avid gamers get to do with V. Even although all of V’s life paths finish with them dying, gamers nonetheless get to determine the way it occurs. By with the ability to select David’s ending via a sequence of choices in Edgerunners, viewers can discover an incentive to maintain revisiting the storyline and check out completely different life paths till they land on an ending they like.
All in all, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is an pleasurable anime that could possibly be even higher as an interactive film to present a non-gaming viewers a style of the Cyberpunk 2077 expertise.