Parents' Guide to

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Well-produced, violent video game adaptation isn't for kids.

TV Netflix Anime 2022
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners TV show poster.

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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

Good for mature teens

age 17+

Great show but not for kids!

It definitely encapsulate the ultra capitalist society we are in currently and the social economic issues folks face due to that. Its stunning animation, relatable struggles, aesthetic, as well as core values makes up a whole in this genre. The hard part about watching this series is the it’s a heartwrencher. Keep in mind who’s around since hyper violent action scenes often result in gore and literal curb stomping people’s faces into the ground. It tackles other topics like drug & alcohol use, body dysmorphia, and mental illness without skipping a beat so it does need to be kept In mind when watching because it gets intense. Also if you’re sensitive to flashing lights, take this show slow, it’s a lot on the nervous system. It’s best lesson I took away from this is that you need to follow your own dreams instead of other’s life expectations. Ultimately definitely a good anime.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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The edgy, violent, and well-produced anime series takes place in the Cyberpunk 2077 universe, but offers its own standalone narrative. It features a different cast from from the video game, but incorporates elements from it, including some cameo appearances and specific augments and settings that will be recognizable to those who play it. Nonetheless, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners tells a good story in its own right, and you don't have to be familiar with the game to appreciate it. But you do have to be old enough to handle its mature content, because it isn't meant for kids.

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