Cyberpunk 2077 Lore Panzer Kunst vs Panzerfaust
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2077 Lore. Many Cyberpunk fans view the martial art styles of Panzerfaust and Panzer Kunst
as interchangeable and have even suggested that CDPR should reference Panzer Kunst or
Alita in Cyberpunk 2077. This is quite understandable, given that Alita Battle Angel, based upon
Yukito Kishiro’s manga, was quite a decent cyberpunk movie. I think it is certainly worth
watching, if you have not done so already. The protagonist Alita is an exceptionally
powerful cyborg who demonstrates martial arts several times, which Academy Award winner,
Christoph Waltz as Dr Dyson Ido, reveals is a lost martial art called Panzer Kunst.
Panzerfaust translated as tank-fist in Cyberpunk 2020, but also known as armour fist after
the German anti-tank weapon used in World War II, is often compared to Panzer Kunst,
German for armour art. The names of all Panzer Kunst techniques and disciplines are in German
and practitioners are called Kunstler, German for artist.
Despite the similar appellations, Panzer Kunst is a rather different style to the Panzerfaust
from Mike Pondsmith’s Cyberpunk narrative. While they are specifically related to borgs
or cyborgs, Panzer Kunst is a style that enables the user to excel at cyborg combat, both unarmed,
and armed opponents including long range armaments. It also appears to be taught in zero gravity
conditions. The goal of Panzer Kunst is to develop enough speed and vibration to bypass
cyborg armour, thus striking the internal organs of an opponent.
Rosa Salazar the actress for Alita, and the director of Alita Battle Angel, Robert Rodriguez
revealed that Panzer Kunst was heavily influenced by Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, and IP Man’s
Wing Chun Kung Fu. For example, the kata scene in the movie contained a Bruce Lee technique,
while the chain punch sequence you currently see draws upon Wing Chun techniques to maximise
spatial economy. In contrast, it was Adam Smasher that introduced
the Panzerfaust martial art to 2020, albeit it is unknown whether he invented it. Panzerfaust
is designed specifically for full borgs to exploit their nonhuman physical capabilities
to damage their target, rather than specifically fight other borgs. Additionally, the vast
jumping and leaping range common to Borgs allows them to perform long-distance kicks
and inhuman dodges. If trapped with a hold, Borg flexibility and additional range of motion
allow escape manoeuvres impossible for normal humans or those using Power Armor. The effects
of full-speed, charging strikes are devastating, with penetration comparable to shotgun slugs!
Only Full-body Conversions can use PanzerFaust ; the structural stresses involved would do
tremendous damage to muscles and bones in a flesh body. PanzerFaust cannot be chipped
like other martial arts. This combat art relies so heavily upon speed that the time required
to access chipware would ruin effectiveness; this skill must be taught. Also, if a ‘borg
learns PanzerFaust, because it requires constant training and practice, it’s the only martial
art they can learn and use. Any previously-learned Martial Arts or Melee skills must be forgotten.
So, what do you think Samurai? Would you like to see CDPR make some sort of reference to
Panzer Kunst in Cyberpunk 2077? Which martial art do you think is more effective? Was Alita
Battle Angel a decent movie? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.
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