Cyberpunk: Edgerunners’ Early Preview
CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk: Edgerunners anime becomes available to stream on Netflix tomorrow, September 13th. However, if you followed them on Twitch, you were able to preview the first three episodes at 11 a.m. Mountain Time on September 12th.
Of course, I follow CD Projekt Red on Twitch, and I was able to get into the early preview of the first three episodes. Below, you will find my thoughts on how the series begins and progresses. Let us know your thoughts on social media!
WARNING: There are minor spoilers for Cyberpunk: Edgerunners in this article.
Episode 1 – ‘Let You Down’
The series opening covers the topic of cyber psychosis (covered in the game) and pushes the gas pedal through the floor for action. It emphasizes that there is superiority in being a netrunner, which can give you an edge in an already hyper-competitive arena of people using cybernetics, software, implants, and future military-grade weaponry. David Martinez (our lead character) is a resident of Night City, in school and living with his mother.
It is quickly evident that Night City is hyperviolent and never forgiving. Very quickly in we see a shift in David’s surroundings that will change him forever, setting him down the path to making his mark. The plug of capitalism at every turn really blacks out the hope the bright rays a sun can present to day-to-day life, offering us a kick for existing and giving us another one for free, fortunately, David grabs that kick and decides it’s time to climb up and begin his resistance.
Episode 2 – ‘Like A Boy’
The pace stays feverish as we learn that David is about to partake in being “Chromed up” with something that isn’t just run-of-the-mill. Our character IMMEDIATELY chooses violence to his opposition to show that he’s done taking the treatment he has received thus far. We also learn that our character’s move into power is noticed by forces that he may not agree with under the veil of a promise to a better, easier life.
An introduction occurs with a “white rabbit” he calls a “Pick-Socket” (Lucy and she is a Netrunner), they negotiate terms and decide it’s time to team up. We learn quickly that tech implants aren’t without their repercussions in a comical anime way which further introduces humor as our character must be saved from almost surefire doom. A call back to the video game’s alcohol appears in the form of Broseph Ale and we learn our character hasn’t been the “bad boy” he wants to portray himself as. Our ending sets us to believe there may be another battle in the wings.
Episode 3 – ‘Smooth Criminal’
The intense plot twists do not let up as we smash into a brick wall to kick off this episode and not everything is as it is presented to be. With the offer to return to the academy or to pursue less than legal methods of earning money – what will David do with his newfound abilities? Is the job too good to be true, too easy to be as advertised?
A familiarity of “gang is family” begins to present itself in this episode, but not without some price/costs taken into account. The introduction of Giancarlo Esposito (a Fixer named Faraday) shows up in this episode and he is as intense a character as he is in anything you’ve seen him in. We also see David decide the path we can expect him to run, at least for the small foreseeable future.
Music Videos And Soundtrack
With the release of this series, CD Projekt Red also pushed a music video that ties to the ending theme song, ‘Let You Down’ by Dawid Podsiadło. There is also an intro song by Franz Ferdinand called ‘This Fire’, Another song, one that sparks a possible romantic connection, is ‘I REALLY WANT TO STAY AT YOUR HOUSE’.
Have You Watched Cyberpunk: Edgerunners?
With an audience of nearly 30,000 people, it’s safe to say that there is a high level of interest in this anime. Did you watch the preview for Cyberpunk: Edgerunners? Tell us your thoughts on social media!