5 Anime For Cyberpunk Fans

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Do you like movies like Blade Runner? Soldier? Dredd? Maybe TV shows like Altered Carbon or Dollhouse? Some would argue that these films fall into the cyberpunk genre, a sci-fi-inspired sphere that mixed futuristic technology with hardboiled fiction. With everything going woke, where do you find something like that?

Not to worry! Anime was arguably the first medium to introduce cyberpunk to a wide audience. This is by no means a complete list, but here are 5 Anime For Cyberpunk Fans to get you started.


Some would argue this anime film put cyberpunk on the map when it was released in 1988. Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, it tells the story of a biker whose friend develops strange powers after an accident.


This TV show takes place on Mars and follows a lone warrior who is seeking revenge on the man responsible for the death of her parents.

Ghost in the Shell

This movie set off a firestorm when it was released in 1995. The film follows the Major, who encounters a being that makes her question reality. It would get several sequels and a TV show subtitled the “Stand Alone Complex” which sire several TV movies including The Laughing Man.

Bubblegum Crisis

The 1987 show follows a group of female vigilantes called Knight Sabers who stop an army of released “cyberoids” from destroying Tokyo. There was a remake in 1998 titled Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040.

Cowboy Bebop

This 1998 series might be considered a space opera or a science fiction adventure, but it definitely has elements of cyberpunk from the setting to its themes. The show follows an eclectic group of space bounty hunters on a mission. Do not be confused by the live-action version on Netflix, this is clearly the superior version.

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