Cyberpunk: Edgerunners explored the universe created by video game producers CD Projekt Red, with animators at Studio TRIGGER bringing the electric and technologically advanced future to life. Recently, Netflix took the opportunity to chat with TRIGGER chief Masahiko Otsuka about the new anime adaptation while looking at the production house’s approach when it came to creating a distinct universe. of the video game entrance. Surprisingly, the production schedule made Edgerunners quite different from 2077.
In an interview with Netflix, the director of the series, and co-creator of TRIGGER, revealed that the production on edge runners started before the release of Cyberpunk 2077which means that the animation house had to take ownership of this series because none of the animators had played the game before:
“Well, the game wasn’t fully developed when we started production, so obviously no one had ever played the game. Still, we received the worldbuilding documents and we were told said CD Projekt Red would take care of the base script so we assumed we could start production with a script in hand. and the anime and felt that some parts needed to be changed for the anime.
We were following the basic storyline provided by CD Projekt Red but gradually started giving our opinion on how to interpret it in an anime.”
Discussing in more detail the differences between the mediums of anime and video games, Otsuka further explained the divide that TRIGGER went through when forming his own take on the Cyberpunk universe:
“While working on the anime, I felt it was important to create a flow to allow the audience to identify more with the protagonist. The original plot was more about the overall mood. I got it their intention that would work for a game, but felt that audiences might not be able to empathize when adapted as an anime.
If you want to check out the rest of this interview, Netflix Anime has shared the full discussion via its official Youtube channel, which you can watch below:
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