Cyberpunk: Edgerunners marked an important achievement during this year’s animation award event. The Netflix original show managed to garner a base of hardcore anime fans, quickly gaining popularity within one season. With more than ten episodes, the Polish-Japanese series beat others in heavy competition to win the highest award in the anime world.
The Crunchyroll AnimeAwards page on Twitter announced the win on 4th March, congratulating Cyberpunk: Edgerunners winners for the Award. It included a show clip and garnered over 2.4 million views on the platform. The other competitors in the race for this prestigious Award were Spy X Family, Attack on Titan, Lycoris Recoil, Ranking of Kings (Cour 2), Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Entertainment District Arc.
The 2023 #AnimeAwards Anime of the Year is Cyberpunk @edgerunners!! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/T1hMINJibO
— The Anime Awards (@TheAnimeAwards) March 4, 2023
The Award ceremony was held in Tokyo, Japan, where anime fans from around the world came together to attend the event. This one was the first physical event ever since the pandemic, adding to everyone’s excitement. Valkyrae and Sykkuno presented the Best Anime of the Year category. But it was not just the show, but voice actor Zach Aguilar also nabbed his award for playing David Martinez at the seventh annual award show.
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Now, anime fans are very competitive and protective of their favorite series. So when the Netflix series nabbed this major award, people on social media reacted quickly.
Anime fans speak up on Cyberpunk: Edgerunners winning the award for this year’s best anime
Despite being new in the anime race, the show managed to not only garner viewers on Netflix but also an ace the category. It comes as a success not only for the show but also for the OTT platform who is exploring the world of anime.
Fans on Twitter were also in unison as they found the series to be well-deserving of the win. Another one pointed out how the anime was not extended too much and managed to be a small yet complete package. It also received appreciation for sticking to the original source, which was the Cyberpunk 2077 game. However, animes like Spy X Family and Demon Slayer proved to be a tough competition here.
I didn't expect it either because Edgerunners only has like 10 eps. Don't get me wrong, I know my profile pic is from Demon Slayer but I LOVE Edgerunners because I love Cyberpunk 2077 and the anime did an impressive work making it feel like it truly belong to the CP2077 universe.
— Chi (@Chaotic3Vo) March 4, 2023
Best anime that I watched in a long time and it deserves all the praise!!! ✨️✨️✨️💛💙
— 7 WONDERS🌠💜 (@Elaxy23) March 5, 2023
Cyberpunk was an amazing show this is well deserved. It didn't have multiple Seasons to piggyback off of. In 12 episodes you get the complete package.
— Lock (@DHKLOK) March 5, 2023
For a anime having to pull the weight of a broken game with a horrible release, and not having the pre established fans like KnY and AoT, Edgerunners was something no one expected, and managed to make me cry at least twice, 100% deserved this award, it won for a reason, go watch.
— Sleepy Shoomy💤 (@Shoom222) March 5, 2023
Cyberpunk was my personal preference as anime of the year, even with Demon slayer and AOT going on, there was something about the edgerunners anime. I never expected it to win. 100% deserved man
— Immortal 👑👺ONE PIECE: PUNK HAZARD (@ImmortalDino) March 4, 2023
Let's gooo! Cyberpunk well deserved
But still the whole awards basically Attack on Spy Demon Titan x Family Slayer Awards 🤡
— afro owl (@afroxowl) March 4, 2023
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners revolves around the main character named David, who is surviving in an ultra-futuristic world. While being of good morale, he decides to get into the dark side of the tech world to become a cyberpunk of the corrupted dystopian world.
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