New fanart for Cyberpunk: Edgerunners combines a retro vibe with the futuristic anime. One Twitter user shared a GIF of Lucy and David in a pixilated animation, reminiscent of 8-bit arcade game sequences. This combination of retro video game animation with a futuristic themed anime series is incredible.
Released in September 2022, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners takes inspiration from the game Cyberpunk 2077, which released in 2020. The ten-episode series was developed by CD Projekt (Cyberpunk 2077’s developers) and Studio Trigger. Studio Trigger is known for its work on Kill la Kill, Darling in the Franxx, and Little Witch Academia, among other anime series. It was directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi. Fans have been showing their love for the series with fan art and this new GIF addition will have viewers missing the series even more.
On Twitter, @AbueloRetroWave’s art features David Martinez and Lucy going for a drive in a car. The Cyberpunk universe has some rather incredible vehicles, from Mizutani and Thorton models to Quadra’s “Javelina” and Militech’s heavy-duty armored vehicles. In the background a desert landscape passes, which is reminiscent of Cyberpunk’s Southern Badlands. Regardless of where they’re going, David and Lucy look happy together in this gorgeous retro fan art.
The relationship between David and Lucy in Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is one that has broken fans’ hearts and continues to do so whenever Hallie Coggins’ (the in-game singer) sings “I Really Want To Stay At Your House.” As referenced in the AbueloRetroWave’s Tweet, “Get away” is what everyone wanted the couple to be able to do so they could finally have their trip to the moon. The song may have been part of Cyberpunk 2077’s original soundtrack, but it has taken on deeper meaning with its use in Edgerunners. This GIF finally allows the two to match with the lyrics, driving (hopefully) far away from Night City’s continual ruining of happy endings.
This artist’s work takes inspiration from the 80s. For example, it incorporates bright colors, pixilated graphics, and an older style of futurism. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is a perfect match for this style since cyberpunk as a genre was solidified with works like Akira and Blade Runner, which eventually led to works like The Matrix and Cowboy Bebop. Studio Trigger’s latest anime, and @AbueloRetroWave’s art inspired by it, continue to add onto cyberpunk’s legacy while adding onto the videogame franchise’s lore and influence. While the series may be over, fans like @AbueloRetroWave are keeping Cyberpunk: Edgerunners alive with their incredible fan art.
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