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Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Is One of the Best Anime of the Year, Says Critics

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Cyberpunk Edgerunners Best Anime David Martinez

After its release this week, Netflix and studio Trigger’s Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is already being called the best anime of 2022 by critics and fans alike.

One of those who lavishly praised the show is popular anime YouTuber Gigguk whom you may also know as one-third of the Trash Taste podcast.

On Twitter, Gigguk mentioned that the new Cyberpunk anime is the best thing he’s seen so far this year.

He specifically mentioned Episode 6 of the series for being a masterpiece of anime. He also particularly praised the work of studio Trigger on the show’s style and animation.

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is an anime series by Trigger and CD Projekt RED, and it is based on CD Projekt RED’s Cyberpunk 2077 video game.

The game itself is based on Mike Pondsmith’s Cyberpunk tabletop role-playing game.

The series follows David, a street kid trying to survive in Night City. In the story, David becomes an edgerunner – a mercenary outlaw.

As an edgerunner, he comes across various characters from Night City, including netrunner Lucy along with the rest of the colorful cast of characters.

The positive reception of the show isn’t just from a sole critic though. There are also lots of publications online that gave the anime high scores in their reviews.

One such publication is IGN. In their review, they called Edgerunners “an exhilarating 10-episode series” that bodes well for the future of the Cyberpunk series.

Forbes also called the show “absolutely incredible”, with Kotaku even saying that the anime exceeds the quality of Cyberpunk 2077’s story.

Edgerunners being a hit with critics is great news for series fans. After all, the game suffered from a rocky launch.

While it sold well initially, the game was riddled with bugs upon release, so much so that it was pulled out of the PlayStation Store temporarily.

Given that Edgerunners isn’t a typical seasonal anime release, it may not have as much hype ahead of its premiere as the upcoming fall shows such as Chainsaw Man and Mob Psycho 100 Season 3.

But both critics and fans who have seen the show are calling it a masterpiece.

Fans are even calling for anime viewers to check it out, with some going as far as saying that Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is the best anime that Netflix has released by far.

All 10 episodes of Edgerunners are now streaming on Netflix. Though if you want to watch it, you may want to avoid the English subtitles.

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