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I really love cyberpunk especially as a young kid when Robocop, Blade Runner and Fifth Element was out. These were great but I really found my love of it when I watched my uncles Bubblegum Crisis OVAs (sadly never finished) as a kid. After that my second one would obviously have to be Ghost in the Shell.

So how did you guys find out about cyberpunk and how did you get started?
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Not sure when I picked it up for the first time: I like novels like Snowcrash, or Neuromancer. Ghost in the Shell is still my favorite example of the genre. Akira is fantastic also.

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When anime first was On Demand late 90's ! Pretty nuch the same shows!
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Batman Beyond was my introduction to cyberpunk and it was quickly followed up by discovering Ghost in the Shell.

However, I'd LOVE to see Shadowrun get an anime series. (Hopefully with the love and treatment that the Rage of Bahamut: Genesis received.)
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I found out about it from novels first. Then, I went back and realized I've seen lots of the subgenre already.

Texhnolyze, Battle Angel, Metropolis, GitS (of course), and Ergo Proxy. Among many others.
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I watched batman beyond when I was younger but didn't really getnuse to it Intel just recently
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I started reading it back in the 80s when it first got really popular. George Alec Effinger is a forgotten author from that time.
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80's and 90's it was really popular. We assumed computers would do just SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much. And at the same time, we were learning about global climate change, and corporations were getting greedy and their image in general was changing from"we'll provide you with a job for life, and be like a second family" to "we will suck out every last ounce of soul that you have and sell it for top dollar. Meanwhile we plan to only pay you minimum wage because that's the lowest we're allowed to... MWAHAHAHAHAHA"

Cyberpunk is definitely a thing of its time. Just like steampunk was the short time after, and rocket and ray gun era was popular in the 50's and 60's.
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Despite absolutely loving cyberpunk, I really don't remember exactly got me so hooked on it. With anime it was definitely the original BGC series and then it's sister series based on the AD Police as I was lucky enough to have a local video store that carried every episode in subbed format. Heck, they even had the live concert videos. So good. Thing is, I was into cyberpunk before that. I guess my earliest exposure to it and some of it's concepts may have come from Bladerunner and Terminator, and those may have planted the seeds. I actually didn't dig into the written work in the genre (Gibson, Dick, et al.) until I was already familiar with it from other sources.

It's actually weird now seeing the stories in the news about organizations that want to put real limitations on how AI is developed so that the more developed AI systems that are in their early phases now have to be beneficial to humans.
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StriderShinryu wrote:

Despite absolutely loving cyberpunk, I really don't remember exactly got me so hooked on it. With anime it was definitely the original BGC series and then it's sister series based on the AD Police as I was lucky enough to have a local video store that carried every episode in subbed format. Heck, they even had the live concert videos. So good. Thing is, I was into cyberpunk before that. I guess my earliest exposure to it and some of it's concepts may have come from Bladerunner and Terminator, and those may have planted the seeds. I actually didn't dig into the written work in the genre (Gibson, Dick, et al.) until I was already familiar with it from other sources.

It's actually weird now seeing the stories in the news about organizations that want to put real limitations on how AI is developed so that the more developed AI systems that are in their early phases now have to be beneficial to humans.


Have you been reading Alex + Ada?

New AI comic. kinda touches upon the subjects of limiting artificial intelligence, etc.
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StriderShinryu wrote:

Despite absolutely loving cyberpunk, I really don't remember exactly got me so hooked on it. With anime it was definitely the original BGC series and then it's sister series based on the AD Police as I was lucky enough to have a local video store that carried every episode in subbed format. Heck, they even had the live concert videos. So good. Thing is, I was into cyberpunk before that. I guess my earliest exposure to it and some of it's concepts may have come from Bladerunner and Terminator, and those may have planted the seeds. I actually didn't dig into the written work in the genre (Gibson, Dick, et al.) until I was already familiar with it from other sources.

It's actually weird now seeing the stories in the news about organizations that want to put real limitations on how AI is developed so that the more developed AI systems that are in their early phases now have to be beneficial to humans.


Have you been reading Alex + Ada?

New AI comic. kinda touches upon the subjects of limiting artificial intelligence, etc.


I haven't, but I will definitely check it out. Thanks :)

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I first watched Akira and Battle Angel when I was around 12 years old and they are a few of my favorite animes, but I didn't know that they were cyberpunk.
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I'd LOVE to see Shadowrun get an anime series. (Hopefully with the love and treatment that the Rage of Bahamut: Genesis received.)


So you know :

Shadowrun (シャドウラン) is a five-book manga by Kazuma Saiki (斉木 一馬), set in 2050, and published by Dragon Comics (ドラゴンコミックス) from 1996 to 1998.

Horribly hard to find, and quality is ... well you can't be great each time

I don't believe this will be good material to make an anime series. "Secrets of power" trilogy could be a good start, but the tech described in a 1989 book would be weird for people today, and there isn't any novel yet in the more advanced edition for 2070 (which is a shame).


To cite good cyberpunk shows : GITS and Bubblegum Crisis, which are awesome, there would be also Psycho-Pass, Mardock Scramble, Mezzo, Dominion, and even Armitage III.

Appleseed could be fantastic based on the manga, but the anime were all such deceptions...
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I would have to say my introduction to cyberpunk was with books like Neuromancer in the early 1980s. It's hard to remember which book was the first one I read in that particular sub-genre.

Also, before the Shadowrun manga there was the Shadowrun pen and paper RPG that was put out by FASA in either very late 1980s or early 1990s. I actually used ideas from the RPG to write a paper on corporate security when I was in college (class was on corporate security).
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Shrapnel893 wrote:

I found out about it from novels first. Then, I went back and realized I've seen lots of the subgenre already.

Texhnolyze, Battle Angel, Metropolis, GitS (of course), and Ergo Proxy. Among many others.


I've been wanting to check that out. Decent movie?
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