A cosplayer’s photos on Twitter, showcasing them as the cool and seductive netrunner Lucy, grabs the attention of the official Edgerunners account.
One of Cyberpunk: Edgerunners deuteragonists came to life in this breathtaking cosplay, grabbing both the official anime’s attention and approval.
Cosplayer Irina Meier (irina_meier_, Irine_Meier) posted two photos of them cosplaying as the netrunner Lucy from the hit Netflix anime Cyberpunk: Edgerunners on Twitter. In the photos, Meier is wearing Lucy’s iconic thighless netrunner jumpsuit, knee-high boots and her signature white bob-cut. For a final touch to complete the look, the cosplayer holds a cigarette in their hand as Lucy was wont to do in the anime. Meier installed a fluorescent sign in the background to add to the ambiance, making it look like they transported themselves into the Cyberpunk: Edgerunners anime. Meier tweeted that they had recently finished watching “one of the most touching anime series ever” and tagged Cyberpunk: Edgerunners account, the game developer of Cyberpunk 2077 CD Projekt and Studio Trigger, who produced the anime, in their congratulations. The anime account reposted their photo and tagged Meier.
Upon getting tagged, Meier quote retweeted Cyberpunk: Edgerunner‘s Tweet, expressing their joy at getting recognized by the official anime account. A day later, Meier tweeted that an official photoshoot of Lucy would be coming soon. This isn’t the first time Meier has cosplayed as a character from the Cyberpunk universe. Another Twitter account replied to the cosplayer’s Tweet with a photo from 2019 when Meier cosplayed as V, the non-binary protagonist from the game Cyberpunk 2077.
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners premiered on Netflix on Sept. 13 with 10 episodes and serves as a prequel to the game, taking place around a year before Cyberpunk 2077. The story takes place in the future, in a city where inhabitants obsess over technology and cybernetic implants, with a divide between the haves and have-nots. It follows David Martinez, a Latinx teenager who attends the prestigious Arasaka Academy but finds himself often bullied due to his family’s financial circumstances. After the death of his mother, David is at a loss for what to do — until he finds a military-grade Sandevistan implant that grants the user superhuman speed, strength and reflexes. He chances upon the mysterious Lucy when he catches her stealing chips from people, and she introduces them to her crew: a group of mercenaries known as the Edgerunners. As the two get to know each other, David makes Lucy a promise to make her dream of seeing the moon come true.
Edgerunners’ Popularity Led to a Resurgence of Interest in the Game
Released in December 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 was one of the most highly-anticipated games to come out, but when it did, it quickly became one of the biggest disappointing releases due to its buggy launch. After the anime’s release, the game saw a huge surge in popularity. Produced by Studio Trigger (Kill la Kill and Promare) and CD Projekt, the anime adaptation garnered significant praise for its visual effects and animation. Michael Pondsmith, the creator of the Cyberpunk role-playing game, and video game director Hideo Kojima both gave the anime their stamps of approval with Pondsmith saying, “EDGERUNERS. F***ING NAILED IT. It’s like seeing my brain in a big screen anime.”
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is currently streaming on Netflix.