Futuristic tech, evil corporations, dark, smoke filled rooms; is there more to these classic dark sci-fi moments that just set dressing?

With Cyberpunk 2077’s new update, we got a great anime to pair with it from Studio Trigger, the minds behind Kill la Kill. Set in Night City from the video game, the anime follows David Martinez, a student from Araska Academy seeking excitement in his forcibly dull world. Robbed of humanity by the corporations that lord over Night City, David is reduced to whatever cheap thrills he can find, confined to the same fate as the rest of the city; a miserable doom. That is until Lucy, an edgerunner, changes his life forever. What starts as a simple scheme turns into a romance, as David joins her gang, along with Maine, Dorio, Kiwi, Rebbecca, Pilar, and Falco. What ensues from there is the meat for this video essay. They live wild and crazy adventures, exactly what you’d expect from Studio Trigger. But, even then, have they truly escaped the fate of Night City? Or, have they simply been allowed to run wild for a moment, to give people just enough hope they’re special to keep going; to make more money for the top? It comes down to a depressing choice; to live long and miserable, or, as the classic line says, to “Live fast, die young, and have a good-looking corpse.”

The Netflix original anime Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, released September 13th 2022, is a great anime to watch. It likely tops the list of all Trigger anime, beating even the now classic Kill la Kill, and doing so with only 10 episodes, making for an easy, but emotional binge watch.

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