CD Projekt Red’s upcoming masterpiece, Cyberpunk 2077, is an ever-expanding franchise. The titular project is eventually spawning a comicbook series (by Dark Horse Comics called “Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team by Cullen Bunn), a card game battle by CMON Limited, and a plethora of licensed merchandise, from Funko Pops, limited edition consoles and graphics card, artbooks, and a McFarlane Toys line of figures.
It’s no surprise, albeit still great news, that the franchise is getting its own anime series. Titled “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners,” the 10-episode anime series will be a standalone and separate from the game, but set in the same Cyberpunk universe. It tells the story of a street kid trying to survive in a technology and body-modification obsessed city of the future. The series will be streamed exclusively on Netflix and is slated for 2022.
CD Projekt Red is working with one of Japan’s best animation studios, Studio Trigger, to bring the series to life. The studio is well-known for immensely-popular series, such as Kill la Kill, Little Witch Academia, and SSSS. Gridman, and has also been working on anime cutscenes and illustrations from games like Project X Zone and Fire Emblem Fates.
Hiroyuki Imaishi(Kill la Kill director) will be at the directorial helm, teaming up with his Kill la Kill colleague Hiromi Wakabayashi as creative director. Masahiro Otsuka (Gurren Lagann) will serve as assistant director, while Yoh Yoshinari and Yuto Kaneko (Little Witch Academia) will serve as character designers. Yoshiki Usa (Promare) and Otsuka is in charge of the adapted screenplay. Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill series, Lollipop Chainsaw, Let it Die) is in charge of composing the original score.
“We are so excited to finally reveal that we are working on an anime in the Cyberpunkworld. 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.”
Adam Badowski, Cyberpunk 2077 Game Director and CD PROJEKT RED Head of Studio
“We at TRIGGER are thrilled to work with CD PROJEKT RED to create a brand-new story set in the world of the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077. It’s a huge challenge to adapt this universe into an anime, but we are eager to face it head-on.”
Masahiko Otsuka, CEO, Studio TRIGGER.
“I’ve always loved cyberpunk as a genre, but always found it difficult to create as an original work. This is why I’m very excited to be working with CD PROJEKT RED on this project. It won’t be easy to please both game and anime fans, but I love a challenge, and I’m looking forward to the production. We’ll do our best to meet and exceed expectations.”
Director Hiroyuki Imaishi