Released on September 13, 2022, Cyberpunk: Expendables is a Netflix anime produced in partnership with Studio Trigger. After its debut, the series quickly gained great popularity due to the character development, the quality of the animation and the expansion of the universe of Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red’s game that inspired the anime.
highly praised by the specialized animation critic “Sakuga Brasil”, the anime Cyberpunk: Expendables did not only draw attention because of the popularity of Cyberpunk 2077, the game that inspired the creation of the animation, but also for the technical quality of the series. In addition, the plot and the way the characters were developed end up creating a dynamic in the story that shocks, attracts and leads to wanting to know more and more about the presented universe.
Cyberpunk: Expendables – Review of the impactful Netflix anime in history and animation
You don’t need to play Cyberpunk 2077 to understand the context of Cyberpunk: Expendables. In the first episode of the anime, it is possible to understand basically how the futuristic world works, where technology is in everything and ended up leaving the population a slave to it, while providing countless moments of easy pleasure to have. This reminded me of the idea presented in Ghost in the Shell, by Masamune Shirow, which is also worth checking out on Netflix.
Right from the start, you may or may not like the story that Cyberpunk: Expendables delivers, as there are no limits to how far the violence of Night City, the city where the plot takes place, or the lack of humanity of its inhabitants can go. It all starts by showing the life of David Martinez, a poor teenager who studies at the renowned Arasaka Academy, a prestigious school by many that is seen as the “gateway” to “climb in life”. Obviously this is not cheap and the institution is mostly attended by children of wealthy families.
Even though he is one of the best students at Arasaka Academy, David feels out of place and sometimes gets into trouble with his classmates. Due to an argument with the school principal’s son, his mother, Glória, ends up being called to talk about David’s behavior at the institution. On the way home, she explains to David about the importance of trying to handle the situation to move up in life and have a dignified future, but suddenly a shootout between two cars appears in the middle of the traffic that ends up causing an accident.
Gloria ends up being seriously injured and due to lack of money, she ends up dying and leaves David alone. After his mother’s death, the school principal’s son taunts David and talks about Gloria’s death, making him furious. However, because he doesn’t have robotic implants and chips that give him the ability to become a martial arts master, David ends up being beaten up.
Furious and seeking revenge for what happened, David goes after a robotics doctor to implant the Sandevistan, a kind of device that allows the user to enjoy incredible agility in movements. At this point he will get to know the life of cyborg mercenaries, known as cyberpunks.