The action RPG that changed the face of gaming in Japan is getting an anime! At the Aniplex Online Fest 2022 broadcasted from Yokohama today, this announcement has led to a frenzy that has gripped social media and excited gamers in every nook and corner of the world.
As we all know, games’ live-action adaptations have often proven to be bitter disappointments. Yoko Taro, the director of the 2017 hit RPG, was perplexed when the producer at Aniplex seemed fired up about the project. In fact, Taro-san says that the lady freaked him out with her commitment (that’s Japanese humor, sweet yet funny).
You can watch the entire interview featuring the game and anime director alongside the two principal VAs. Don’t forget the trailer and the PVs too.
2B Promotional Video
9S Promotional Video
Here’s the key visual.
Japanese Voice Cast
- Yui Ishikawa as 2B
- Natsuki Hanae as 9S
- Hiroki Yasumoto as 042
- Kaoru Akiyama as Pod 153
Yui Ishikawa and Natsuki Hanae also discuss the similarities between the premise of the game and the anime. In the beginning, the game creators and the anime writers encountered some problems as they were worried about how things would change for the show. But it seems that things worked out well in the end.
Natsuki-san referred to the incident of how Mr. Saito, Mr. Yoko, and he went out drinking once four years ago and revealed the desire to work on an anime.
Yoko Taro also spoke about how he understood the subtle variations between the game world he is familiar with and the kingdom of anime. Masuyama, a humble thanks for the opportunity to work on such a spectacular premise focused on a dystopian society filled with androids constructed by humans working to eliminate the mechanically sound invaders. The androids are linked with the YoRHa organization. The show’s protagonists are also based on prominent figures in the game.
- Director: Ryouji Masuyama (Worked on DARLING in the FRANXX, After the Rain, Blend S, Great Pretender)
- Screenplay Composition: Yoko Taro, Ryouji Masuyama
- Character Design: Jun Nakai (known for Basilisk, Blade of the Immortal, Blue Exorcist, GATE)
- Head Animator: Jun Nakai
- Music Composer: MONACA
- Studio: A-1 Pictures
This is an action role-playing game that includes a hack and slash mechanism. A sequel to the Drakengard series, PlatinumGames developed NieR Automata, and Square Enix handled the publishing. The game was one of the best-selling ones in 2017 and gathered rave reviews from most critics. IGN gave it a total score of 8.9 out of 10, whereas GameSpot went with a 9. Even Famitsu (Japanese magazine) enjoyed most aspects of the game. According to records established till July 2022, 6.5 million units of this game have been sold to fans across the globe.
- Best Score/Music at The Game Awards 2017
- Camera Direction in a Game Engine and Original Dramatic Score, Franchise at NAVGTR
- Games of the Year Division – Award for Excellence at the Japan Game Awards
- Role Playing Game of the Year at D.I.C.E Awards
- Excellence in Technical Achievement and Musical Score at SXSW Gaming Awards
- Audience Award at Game Developers Choice Awards
Director: Yoko Taro
Producer: Eijiro Nishimura, Yosuke Saito
Designer: Takahisa Taura, Isao Negishi
Lead Programmer: Ryo Onishi
Artist: Akihiko Yoshida
Writer: Yoko Taro, Hana Kikuchi, Yoshiho Akabane
Composer: Keiichi Okabe, Keigo Hoashi, Kuniyuki Takahashi
NieR:Automata is available on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Devices equipped with Microsoft Windows are also compatible with NieR Automata.
So will you be amongst the thousands celebrating the 5th anniversary of this game by watching the anime series slated to be released in January 2023? Square Enix and Aniplex have joined hands in this venture. NieR: Automata Ver1.1a is on its way, stay at bay. So long, folks!
Source: Official Website