December 04, 2022

Analyzing the Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Opening

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Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most controversial and recent cautionary tales, from both a development and an actual content standpoint. The state of the game was falsely advertised and certain things, like the base last-gen console footage, were simply never shown. Now, if you’ve been online since the various delays, hype, etc. then you know about the launch. I won’t bore you with that. 

I wanted to take a second to really appreciate how something from such a horrible beginning can turn things around. From that development came one of the coolest anime in recent memory. Of course, I’m talking about Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. A show that canonically follows the life of David Martinez as he becomes a mercenary in Night City. All of which is perfectly depicted in the opening. So, this is your SPOILER WARNING! If you haven’t watched Edgerunners then go and watch it! It’s a 9/10 from me; well worth your time. Alright, now let’s chip in. 

 

This Fire Is Out of Control:

It isn’t a surprise that the lyrics of “This Fffire” by Franz Ferdinand are all about burning a city down from a fire made out of passion and disdain for the way things are. It perfectly encapsulates the story and point of Cyberpunk 2077 and Edgerunners. With an incredible delivery and guitar forward instrumentals, the genre is built on rock and this is it. As for the animation itself, there’s an amazingly distinct creative vision. This comes from renowned animation studio Trigger. It’s like if Cowboy Bebop and Persona 5 had a baby and that baby went on to start a revolution. 

The simplistic design of having a silhouette of David walking and forcing himself to go beyond. All the while characters and events of the anime flash inside and out of that silhouette to show just how wild things will get. As for the spoilery parts for Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, here we go. It’s awesome to see how David gets cut up into pieces, symbolizing how he loses his humanity on his journey. Plus, seeing the flame become a flatline is perfect! Alluding that he’ll die. Which is exactly what happens in the final portion of the opening with David getting shot in the head by someone. 

It tells the story you’re about to see without any blatant imagery aside from the ending portion. Chooms, this has got a lot of love in it, from head to toe. The soundtrack consists of songs from the game and the opening rocks in every way. Watch Cyberpunk: Edgerunner now! It’s completely available on Netflix and it’s only ten episodes. It’s preem and I’m sure you’ll love it. 

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