Cyberpunk Anime Shows Opening Sequence

Ahead of its September release date, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is showing off its opening sequence, giving fans another look at the upcoming anime series.

Based on a tabletop game titled Cyberpunk 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 gave many people their first taste of the dystopian sci-fi universe created by Mike Pondsmith. Despite the difficulties of the initial launch, sales of Cyberpunk 2077 have since proven the game a hit, and fans of the setting will soon see more content. New cyberpunk stories will be on the way as an expansion for Cyberpunk 2077 and Cyberpunk: Edge Runnersa limited Netflix animated series based on the setting.


Cyberpunk: Edge Runners was initially unveiled in 2020. However, since it was first revealed, the anime didn’t show any major updates for a while. Fast forward to 2022, and fans got their first look at the series thanks to a trailer for Cyberpunk: Edge Runners, showing a bit of history without revealing too much. Now, Netflix has uploaded the anime’s opening sequence to YouTube, while giving fans more details about the show’s plot.

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The opening begins with Cyberpunk: Edgerunner’s protagonist standing in the corner of the screen, with text appearing confirming that the series is based on Cyberpunk 2077 rather than the tabletop RPG. Some fans of the original stories created by Mike Pondsmith may be slightly disappointed to see this, but it should be noted that edge runners also draws on the work of Pondsmith. More credits appear onscreen in the trailer against a yellow background before the silhouettes of buildings begin to rise.

In these silhouettes, viewers will notice images of Night City, the setting for both Cyberpunk 2077 and its animated spinoffs. It is difficult to distinguish the details of the opening, because the images of places and characters disappear as soon as they are seen. The only constant is the protagonist of Cyberpunk: Edge Runners, who is described by Netflix as a “street urchin trying to survive Night City”. As fans can expect Cyberpunk 2077 protagonist V in the lead role, especially since the two characters share a similar design in the opening, the Netflix anime introduces an all-new protagonist named David Martinez.

Whether Cyberpunk: Edgerunner features V in any capacity, it would remove many of the customization choices players can choose from in-game, like having a female V, for example. Also if Cyberpunk: Edgerunner’s the protagonist is a “street kid”, as Netflix puts it, this would disregard the other two life paths players can take Cyberpunk 2077. Maybe in the Netflix limited series V will appear, but it will probably be a very different V than the players of Cyberpunk 2077 be used.

Cyberpunk: Edge Runners released in September on Netflix.

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