SHOWS

Altered Carbon

“I would highly recommend Altered Carbon (season 1 not season 2), especially, to newcomers to the Cyberpunk genre. It’s got a main protagonist who you’ll immediately fall head over heels for due to his witty and sarcastic personality (plus he’s really handsome). Also, the supporting characters don’t fade into the background and actually steal the show a lot of the time!

The narrative is very easy to follow and is filled with twists that will keep you engaged! It’s seriously on my list of favorite Cyberpunk media - I love it too much!”

Neoskies  (Content Creator at The Cyberpunk Hive)

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Ergo proxy

Ergo Proxy is a Japanese cyberpunk noir series, and if you haven’t seen it yet, then I strongly recommend changing that!

The main character is Re-l. She’s a special agent whose job it is to track down and destroy so-called Auto-Revs, humanoid robots, who have stopped behaving according to programming. It soon turns out that the Auto-Revs have been infected by the Cogito Virus, which gives them consciousness – a very dangerous path, the authorities of Romdeau won’t allow.

Trying to find the source of the virus, Re-l will ultimately find out who she really is…

 

There’s so much about this show I love that it’s difficult for me to choose where to start.

The visuals and artwork are breathtaking. The intro-sequence alone has an extraordinary cyberpunk noir and outright gothic touch.

The design of the futuristic city Romdeau is beautiful, and the world-building has incredible depth.

But what intrigues me most is the main character, R-el. She is an incredible badass, yet at the same time, vulnerable. The character design is stunning. Her whole look with the black clothes, pale skin, and bright-blue eyeshadow is very goth, and very cool. Re-l inspired me for some of my own characters I created for my books; she is definitely one of my all-time favorite heroines.

The story is very complex. What starts out as a noir detective story in a cyberpunk setting will evolve into highly philosophical and metaphysical narratives. Some viewers criticize the second half of the show (which unfortunately consists of only one season) as too confusing. I agree that it is difficult to follow at times, but on the other hand, this is something not uncommon for Japanese story-telling, which tends to be much more complex than our western traditions.

However, even if not perfect, Ergo Proxy still is a brilliant piece of art. In my opinion, the first five episodes belong to the best cyberpunk noir ever created.

And yes, I love Ergo Proxy so much that I have two canvas of R-el in my house lol

Anna Mocikat (Author of Behind Blue Eyes)

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Mr. Robot

"Mr Robot is a refreshing take on the commonly futuristic, neonistic take on the cyberpunk genre. Set in modern New York City, Mr Robot tells the story of a man named Elliot Alderson, who’s a cyber-security engineer by day and a hacker vigilante by night! The reason why I love this TV show is because mental health is discussed very frequently in the show, especially through Elliot who suffers with anxiety. Mental health is something that isn’t often discussed in cyberpunk but it’s a very important topic that should be talked more about because so many people deal with it.

 

The show’s writing is superb and along with Mr Robot’s unconventional but beautiful framing, perfect casting and excellent acting, the show is an absolutely masterpiece that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat with the surprising twists and thrilling narrative! It’s so underrated and I wish more people knew about the show!”

- Ruth Holder (Content Creator at The Cyberpunk Hive)

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Dark future dice (Podcast)

"Dark Future Dice is a Cyberpunk 2020 actual play filled with weird encounters, mysteries, and close calls. The most charmingly awkward take on the dark future on the net."

-- Dark Future Dice: A Cyberpunk Podcast

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