Cyberpunk: Edgerunners celebrates anniversary, hypes Phantom Liberty with new illustration

Edgerunners character designer Yoh Yoshinari takes on Songbird.

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners

Cyberpunk 2077 is celebrating two milestones at the moment, starting with the one-year anniversary of the Cyberpunk: Edgerunners anime. The official Twitter made sure to remind us that, somehow, an entire year has passed since the series premiered on Netflix. Add in the fact that the Phantom Liberty expansion is looming on the horizon and you have reason enough to revisit Studio Trigger’s evocative take on Night City

One of Trigger’s heavy-hitters helped celebrate the anniversary and point us toward the upcoming release. Yoh Yoshinari, who has a long history in the anime industry and has been with Trigger from the start, did so with a new illustration. The piece of Edgerunners art puts Lucy next to Songbird, one of the netrunners featured in Phantom Liberty. Check out Yoshinari’s dynamite work below.

Image via CD Projekt Red

My Moon My Man

Like Edgerunners director and Trigger co-founder Hiroyuki Imaishi, Yoh Yoshinari did a lot of work with Gainax prior to Trigger. This included everything from handling key animation for Gunbuster 2 and FLCL to directing the Gurren Lagann Parallel Works OVA. Yoshinari also directed the Little Witch Academia and BNA: Brand New Animal anime at Trigger. For Edgerunners, he provided storyboards, character designs, chief animation direction and more.

As nice as it would be for this art to herald a second season of Edgerunners, it remains a standalone series. Considering how well Trigger adapted the world into a tightly-paced 10 episodes, perhaps that’s for the best. Besides, if you need a Cyberpunk 2077 fix, you have update 2.0 on September 21 and Phantom Liberty on September 26. 

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