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10 Anime Fans Of Cyberpunk 2077 Need To Check Out | ScreenRant

Cyberpunk 2077 has been in gaming news a lot lately for good and bad reasons (as well as plenty of Cyberpunk 2077 on PS4 memes). All of that attention wouldn't even be around if it weren't for both CD Projekt Red's previous reputation and the level of detail and amount of concepts going into the game's quintessential, cyberpunk world.

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And while that experience, unfortunately, had to end or, in some cases, never began in the first place for some fans, there's undoubtedly a hungry audience out there looking for some more cyberpunk action. While film and video games are a good option, they're not quite as influential to the cyberpunk genre as the anime world, whose sci-fi influence has stretched to Cyberpunk 2077 and beyond.

10 Akira

It's not saying much that fans of Cyberpunk 2077 or fans of cyberpunk as a whole should go out of their way to see Akira. This raucous anime classic is arguably responsible for popularizing the cyberpunk genre as a whole and has influenced plenty of other projects and pop culture references outside of Cyberpunk 2077.

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CD Projekt Red has even gone out of its way to pay homage to the movie with an Akira-inspired motorbike. The film itself can more than stand on its own merits. Dark streets, neon lights, and plenty of gore cultivate an action-packed adventure that speaks to the sense of rebellion and identity that have made this genre so special.

9 Ghost In The Shell (1995)

For those who really enjoyed the blurred reality between humans and machines in Cyberpunk 2077's world, the Ghost in the Shell movie is one of the most famous purveyors of the mechanical identity crisis outside of Blade Runner.

Edgy, mysterious, and full of the type of high-concept gadgetry that could make anyone wish (or curse) for a technological future, the first Ghost in the Shell film launches one of the most fascinating examinations of what it means to be human and how pervasive technology has gotten. This is all set to a really cool and actiony crime thriller in the background that can make anyone want to play Cyberpunk 2077 just to get a taste.

8 Psycho-Pass

In addition to having its main character often running into futuristic law enforcement, Cyberpunk 2077 has its fair share of distinct, vile villains that help give the world a little more life while also seeping plenty of life away. While the cyberpunk genre is host to plenty of vibrant villains, few have been quite as engaging as the rogue's gallery in one of anime's best sci-fi thrillersPsycho-Pass.

In a world where society can measure people's potential for crime with a psychological measurement, Psycho-Pass has its detectives and Suicide Squad-esque hired guns conflict with living testaments to how dangerous and complex humanity can really be. Here, the cyberpunk genre isn't just a coat of paint but an opportunity to create villains, mysteries, and dilemmas like no other.

7 Ergo Proxy

Cyberpunk 2077's cyberwar concept and story were an interesting look at how precious souls and consciousness are, but the game doesn't dive so deep as to really examine the idea of the cyber soul. For that, there are few better series than one of anime's most underrated, psychological storiesErgo Proxy.

Ergo Proxy's world has its inhabitants try to battle extension within the bounds of a giant, doomed city called Romdo where robotic servants known as AutoReivs try to make people's lives easier. However, when AutoReivs start to become self-aware, the story starts to explore a greater conspiracy afoot and the various issues surrounding the human condition.

6 Durarara!!

Cyberpunk 2077 may focus on the exploits of V and Johnny Silverhand, but arguably the biggest character in the entire game is none other than Night City itself. Brimming with personality, Night City is an entity whose style, cultures, and tendency to bite back at anyone weak enough speak louder and say more than any singular character ever could, and no anime has the city itself be as prominent of a character as Durarara!!.

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In Durarara!!, the audience looks into the lives, problems, and misadventures of an entire community whose larger-than-life personalities are perfectly complemented by the chaos and mystique of Hulk-like bartenders, a ghostly motorcyclist, and a possessed serial killer. Ikebukuro may not be as shiny as Night City, but no one can say that it doesn't have a rivaling personality.

5 Battle Angel Alita (1993)

A little cyborg named Alita has gotten a lot of attention as of late because of a big-budget movie, but the Battle Angel has been turning heads and breaking necks ever since she was a part of anime's underground, OVA craze. Very much following the "punk" side of cyberpunk, Battle Angel Alita was a cult hit that built on people's dark, rebellious sides, and it capitalized on people's desires to see flesh and metal collide.

If people loved the dirty streets and bloody action of Cyberpunk 2077, then the Battle Angel movie and all of its shiny effects may not cut it (though Alita: Battle Angel is arguably a great, live-action adaptation). People will need to hunt down the grainy anime that animated Alita fighting in the slums for the first time.

4 Serial Experiment Lain

For fans of Cyberpunk 2077, The Matrix, and, well, a lot of high-concept, sci-fi series with heavy messages about technology, then they should seek out one of the most influential anime series of the modern-day, Serial Experiments Lain.

Serial Experiments Lain doesn't have robot thugs or a virtual rockstar sidekick, but it has one of the most visceral and introspective portrayals of losing oneself to technology ever seen on the screen, ideas that Keanu Reeves would interpret in the future in The Matrix. After watching this series, a lot of people will be rethinking whether or not to get their kids that new computer for their rooms.

3 Metropolis

Huge parts of Cyberpunk 2077's background are the secret organizations controlling the masses from the shadows and the loss of sanctity held for the human body. Complimenting the lifeless metal and screens surrounding everyone, there's this cold indifference to actual people that just have the player and the masses screaming for a fight.

While it's not as hard-boiled as Cyberpunk 2077, the anime movie Metropolis can be seen as a kindred spirit in terms of using its sci-fi themes to contrast and highlight humanity. It's about a detective and his nephew trying to protect a little, cyborg girl while uncovering the darker secrets of the world around them.

2 Megalobox

Cyberpunk 2077 has metal hitting flesh in a multitude of ways: bullets, razor claws, robot boxing, and for some reason an actual axe. To survive, the player has to use both muscle and steel to grind away at their enemies. While it doesn't use guns as heavily (or at all) as Cyberpunk 2077, Megalobox is one of the most gratifying anime to see for fans of gritty, futuristic action.

There's no slyness to using gadgets here. Based on the anime, Tomorrow's Joe, Megalobox 's version of Joe tries to rise up the ladder of the boxing world during a time when boxers use mechanical enhancements to deal more brutal blows. Joe, however, both as a philosophy and as a gimmick, takes on all challengers with just his bare fists.

1 Akudama Drive

Secret missions, eccentric bad guys, cool rides, and a lot of neon lights can bring communities from both Cyberpunk 2077 and Akudama Drive together. Akudama Drive is about a regular girl within the distant future who accidentally finds herself helping a group of criminals complete a secret mission.

Doing so puts her in the middle of a variety of bloody, stylish heists, high-octane battles against this world's authority figures, and a deep conspiracy that threatens the civility of her world. There's a little bit of everything here for anyone just looking for a good, adrenaline rush.

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