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Meta Runner is an Australian science-fiction adventure/thriller computer animated web series, created by Luke and Kevin Lerdwichagul. The series is in a separate canon to SMG4, a machinima series on Luke's YouTube channel of the same name.

The series follows an amnesiac cyborg girl named Tari in a world where society revolves around video games, speedrunning & esports as she discovers she has the uncanny ability to warp into video games.

The first episode of Meta Runner was released on July 25th, 2019.

Summary

In a futuristic world, society is now centered around video games, serving as not just entertainment, but also jobs in livestreaming and lifestyle. Among the gamers are “Meta Runners”, a group of gaming individuals who replace their limbs with cybernetic arms that allow them to boost their gaming performance.

The series tells the story of Tari, a Meta Runner who was the subject of an experiment called Project Blue led by former scientist, Dr. Sheridan, who was commissioned by the TAS Corp. organization. In a sudden accident causing an explosion, Dr. Sheridan was apparently killed along with a former Meta Runner, Lucinia, inside the laboratory. After waking up in the now abandoned and wrecked establishment, Tari finds herself in Silica City with no memory of what happened except for a few flashbacks. After witnessing a speedrunning tournament of Ultra Jump Mania performed by Belle Fontiere, Tari decides to play the game for herself, but she suddenly gets teleported into the game where she befriends Theo. Intrigued by Tari’s newfound ability, the head of TAS Corp., Lucks plans to use her to benefit his organisation.

Tari and Theo get sucked out of the game and try to escape, but Tari gets captured while Theo escapes and is found by another meta runner, Lamar Williams, who rescues and takes both of them to a hidden base in a ramen restaurant where they meet up with two other meta runners, Sofia Porter and Masa Shimamoto. Together the three are a small undercover group called the MD-5 who've been trying to expose all to TAS Corp. by exposing the organization's cruel actions to the public, but to no avail. The MD-5 then invites Tari to join them, citing that with her help, they'll finally be able to put an end to Lucks' evil affairs once and for all.

Characters

Main Characters

Antagonists

  • Lucks (voiced by David J.G. Doyle) - The main antagonist of the series who obsessed with Tari, due to her unexpected ability.
  • Belle Fontiere (voiced by Jessica Fallico) - The anti-hero of the series who is a rival of Tari, and also a representative of TAS Corp..

Supporting characters

  • Sofia Porter (voiced by Hayley Nelson) - A cheerful and upbeat girl who is one of Tari's friends, the sister of Lucinia Porter and also a member of the MD-5
  • Lamar Williams (voiced by Anthony Sardinha) - An easygoing otaku with waifu pillows and a friend of Tari's who is an African descent member of the MD-5.
  • Masa Shimamoto (voiced by Brendan Barry-Cotter) - A calm, composed, and mostly serious friend of Tari in the MD-5 and was once a team captain of TAS Corp. before got decommissioned after trying to hack into Lucks’ private server.

Minor

  • Female Pedestrian (voiced by Kathleen Belsten)
  • Male Pedestrian (voiced by TheOdd1sOut)
  • Announcer
  • Dr. Sheridan (voiced by Anthony Sardinha) - An ex-TASCorp. scientist who worked with his assistant Lucinia to create Project Blue and stop him being fired. He is most likely deceased alongside Lucinia after an explosion.
  • Bot Boys (voiced by Kevin Lerdwichagul) - Common robots found across Silica City, usually with a particular job or function. The first one shows off a 180-degree gaming chair to Tari, the second has an afro and runs the gaming store in TASCorp. and the third makes Raman in MD-5's base. They are all voiced by Kevin Lerd, co-founder of Glitch Productions.
  • Lucinia Porter (voiced by Amber Lee Connors) - Sheridan's assistant who also worked on Project Blue and likely created Tari. She was theorised to have gone missing after the explosion and was a good friend of Belle and also a sister of Sofia.

Songs

Season 1

Episodes

Animated Shorts

No. In Series Title Card Title Airdate
1 Meta Runner First Look Thumbnail "Tari's First Game Warp" March 14, 2019
A short clip from our upcoming animated series Meta Runner! Tari warps into the 3D Platformer; "Ultra Jump Mania". She meets the game character Theo and... has a hard time getting use to platforming mechanics.
2 Tari's Live Stream Thumbnail "Tari's Live Stream" May 30, 2019
We made an animated short where Tari tries to stream a game for you but everything goes wrong.
3 Fast Food Fight "Fast Food Fight" October 19, 2019
An animation about action, drama and hamburgers.

Season 1

Season 1 would premiere on July 25, 2019 and end on October 10 of the same year. It consists of 10 episodes. The season's plot follows Tari as she, along with her friend Theo, is being pursued by TAS Corp. and joining a group of meta runners who plan to take down the evil organization.

No. In Series No. In Season Title Card Title Airdate
1 1 Meta Runner Episode 1 "Wrong Warp" July 25, 2019
Tari wakes up in Silica City and discovers what it's like to be in a world obsessed with video games...
2 2 Meta Runner episode 2 "Out Of Bounds" August 1, 2019
Tari has warped into the video game; Ultra Jump Mania! With the guidance of Theo, what trials will Tari face in a game where terror looms around every corner?
3 3 Meta Runner Season 1 Ep3 thumbnail "Bad Split" August 8, 2019
On the run from Belle, Lucks & TAS Corp, Tari finds herself in a place like no other.
4 4 MetaRunnerS1E4 "Sequence Break" August 15, 2019
Tari gets her driving game skills on as she faces off with TAS Corp in this high octane fuelled episode of Meta Runner.
5 5 MetaRunnerS1E5 "Aimbot" August 22, 2019
Tari battles her way through an FPS game to prove herself to the new mysterious group that call themselves MD-5.
6 6 MetaRunnerS1E6 "Game Plan" August 29, 2019
Tari and MD-5 plan their attack on TAS-Corp using some... interesting methods. Meanwhile, Belle discovers some shocking evidence about Project Blue.
7 7 MetaRunnerS1E7 "No Clip" September 19, 2019
Meta Runner is back! And in this brand new episode Tari and MD-5 practice slinging spells and executing a game breaking glitch in the magical battle royale game - Tempest!
8 8 MetaRunnerS1E8 "One Shot" September 26, 2019
Competition day is here for Tari and MD-5. It's time to gear up, sling spells and execute the glitch!
9 9 MetaRunnerS1E9 "The Run" October 3, 2019
Stakes are high as Tari and MD-5 make their way up The Mountain in Tempest. Will they be able to defeat this group of mysterious assailants in time to execute the glitch?
10 10 MetaRunnerS1Finale "Shutdown" October 10, 2019
The final battle with Tari and Belle in Tempest has now begun!

Season 2

Season 2 is currently in production according to the Season 1 finale's description on YouTube. It is set to premiere sometime in early 2020.

Miscellaneous

1 Meta Runner Reads Memes "Meta Runner Voice Actors Read Memes" September 12, 2019
Four Meta Runner voice actors read memes.
2 Meta Runner Reads Memes 2 "Tari Says UwU and Other Memes" November 28, 2019
Four Meta Runner voice actors read memes again.

Trivia

  • SMG4 reveals that while Tari is the main character, this series takes place in a different universe, outside of SMG4's continuity.
  • When one of the Meta Runners take up their keyboard like thing on their robotic arm, one of the symbols is the logo for Glitch Productions.
  • One of the billboards has a picture of a character resembling Saiko's band symbol on it.
  • The series is animated using both Maya and Unreal Engine.
  • Meta Runner was originally known as Project Blue in its development.
  • The first episode features cameos of Axol and Tari's SMG4 incarnation in a virtual reality mirror.

Gallery

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Videos

External links

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