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.
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.
Tari (Meta Runner) (voiced by Celeste Notley-Smith)- The main protagonist of the series, a shy, insecure and amnesiac Meta runner and a skilled video game player with the unusual ability to warp into the video games she plays.
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.
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.
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.
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.