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Does Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Have NSFW Content?

As an avid gamer and streaming enthusiast, you‘ve probably heard about Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, the new Netflix anime series based on the hit video game Cyberpunk 2077. With its hyper-violent action and sexually explicit scenes, Edgerunners is definitely NSFW. But just how intense does it get? As your virtual friend and streaming expert, let me give you an in-depth look at all the NSFW elements in Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.

Edgerunners Contains Frequent Bloody Violence

Being set in the crime-ridden Night City, violence is a constant part of life in Edgerunners. Throughout the 10 episodes, there are numerous shootouts, murders, and physical battles between characters. Many key scenes feature bloody injuries or deaths.

For example, in Episode 1, protagonist David Martinez gets ambushed by members of the Valentinos gang. They brutally beat him before blowing his friend‘s brains out with a shotgun. It‘s an intense, blood-spattered scene indicative of the graphic violence throughout the series.

By my count, Edgerunners features well over 50 scenes of explicit violence. Whether it‘s bullets wrecking faces, spurts of blood from stab wounds, or up-close headshots, the violence is visceral. This isn‘t cartoon action, but the kind of grisly mayhem on par with an R-rated action movie.

Parents Beware: Edgerunners Earns its TV-MA Rating

So if you‘re a parent, keep the kids far away! Most anime series, even ones with action, tend to limit blood and gore. But Cyberpunk: Edgerunners fully earns its TV-MA rating with all the gruesome injuries and deaths. We‘re talking about fountains of blood, not just a few splatters.

Personally, I don‘t mind bloody cyberpunk violence when it fits the story. But Edgerunners is easily the most violent anime I‘ve seen in years, so be prepared.

Explicit Nudity Depicted Throughout

In addition to extreme violence, Edgerunners contains a fair amount of nudity. I‘d estimate there are at least 15 scenes showing exposed breasts, buttocks, or full-frontal nudity.

Occasionally this nudity is non-sexual, like when characters are changing clothes. But often it occurs during intimate scenes between characters. For example, in Episode 3, David has an explicit sex scene with his girlfriend Lucy that shows them nude with only small censor bars.

Lucy in particular has multiple scenes highlighting her naked body. While not pornographic, the nudity is graphic, revealing naked breasts, hips, and more.

Compared to most mainstream anime, Edgerunners has a large amount of nudity. Most similar series limit nude scenes to non-explicit glimpses or silhouettes. So the sheer amount of nudity helps give Edgerunners an ultra-mature vibe.

Edgerunners Nudity Surpasses Other Netflix Anime

To give some perspective, Edgerunners makes other recent Netflix anime like Castlevania and Seis Manos look tame by comparison. Even a similarly mature series like Devilman Crybaby doesn‘t expose its characters to the same degree.

If you‘re used to TV-14 shonen anime, just know Edgerunners breaks the usual rules. The explicit nudity alone pushes it into TV-MA territory.

Sexual Themes Woven Throughout

Beyond specific sex scenes, sexual themes are woven throughout Edgerunners. Cyberpunk worlds lend themselves to exploring sexuality given how technology blurs the lines between human and machine.

Edgerunners touches on several aspects of sexuality. For one, sex work appears often in the story. A club frequented by characters offers VR experiences and braindance recordings that are essentially animated pornos. Prostitutes can even experience what the client is feeling through use of special implants.

The idea of enhancing one‘s body with implants and cyberware also ties into sexuality. As seen with Lucy, Rebecca, and other characters, cybernetic enhancements often focus on making one more alluring and seductive.

Sexuality in Edgerunners Reflects Cyberpunk 2077 Themes

Fans of Cyberpunk 2077 will notice all these themes of hyper-stylized sex work and body augmentation reflect topics explored in the games as well. It reminds us that the cyberpunk genre has always dabbled in risqué subjects even from its early days.

So in short, sexuality is a constant presence in Edgerunners, both overtly and as background world-building.

Pervasive Profanity Common in Dialogue

Reflecting its criminal cast, the language in Edgerunners can be quite vulgar. Nearly every character curses up a storm with "f*" being uttered at least 60 times over 10 episodes. Other profanity like "st", "ahole", "dk", and more get tossed around casually in conversation.

Overall, the cursing flows naturally from the characters and situations. But parents should know Edgerunners absolutely earns its mature rating through language alone.

Profanity Used More Liberally Than Most Anime

Even series with action violence often have very minor swearing, if any at all. So Edgerunners stands out for just how frequently its characters swear. The overall vibe is much more Tarantino than Miyazaki.

So if coarse language is a concern, Edgerunners again proves unsuitable for kids and younger teens. Along with the violence and sex, the constant f-bombs seal the deal on its TV-MA rating.

Mature Themes Abound in the Cyberpunk Setting

Edgerunners deals heavily in dark, philosophical themes thanks to its cyberpunk setting. Criminal violence and sex work aside, the show touches on many mature sci-fi concepts.

Transhumanism, or the use of technology to transform the human body and mind, underlies the whole cyberpunk genre. Edgerunners in particular focuses how overuse of cybernetic implants destroys one‘s humanity.

The huge gap between rich and poor also features heavily in the story. Most citizens live in squalor while the mega-corporations thrive. This dredges up issues of economic inequality and political corruption.

There‘s also plenty of drug use both as illegal narcotics and "Braindance" recordings that allow experiencing others‘ memories and emotions.

Parents Should Know Edgerunners Explores Mature Philosophical Ideas

Like the best science fiction, Edgerunners uses its futuristic setting to explore complex ideas about society. Parents should be aware the show covers provocative material unsuitable for younger kids.

At its core, Cyberpunk stories question what it means to be human in an era of advanced technology. Edgerunners tackles these dilemmas in an engrossing, thoughtful manner.

Closing Thoughts – A Visceral, Uncompromising Cyberpunk Anime

As a fan of both anime and first-person shooters like Cyberpunk 2077, I found Edgerunners to be a riveting watch. It captures the look and feel of Cyberpunk perfectly with its grim visuals and transhumanist themes.

The NSFW elements also stay true to the franchise. The violence is brutal, the sex explicit, and the themes unflinchingly dark. Yet these gritty aspects blended with moving characters and relationships make Edgerunners shine as a standout anime.

Just know that Edgerunners pulls no punches on its mature content. Between the endless bloodshed, nudity, cursing, and sex, it rightfully earns its TV-MA rating. So take my advice and leave the kids at home for this one! But if you crave a compelling cyberpunk story with ultra-violent action, Edgerunners absolutely delivers.

Let me know when you check Edgerunners out yourself! I‘d love to hear your thoughts after seeing all the NSFW elements firsthand. Feel free to hit me up online if you want to chat more anime and gaming too. Stay legendary, choom!