That’s how back in February of this year we learned NieR: Automata will receive its own animated series. As a sword-swinging action JRPG set in a dystopian future, this decision makes a lot of sense. However, after seven long months of silence on the project, Aniplex Online Fest this weekend gave us some brand new details about the series, including what we can expect from the story. of it and set a release date for January 2023.
The announcement trailer (found above) features interviews with the original game director Yoko Taro and series director, Ryoji Mausyama, as well as the two main cast members of the anime, Yui Ishikawa and Natsuke Hanae. The previous conversation was particularly interesting regarding the anime’s relationship to the game’s story.
The full title of the series will be NieR: Auotmata Ver 1.1a – a specification that certainly makes the show so appealing, although the attachment helps to distance the anime from the original game. Taro explained: ‘Nier: Automata is a story we made to be a game, so copying it wouldn’t make for an interesting story for the anime.’
It seems that despite certain responses from the studio, Mausyama’s vision is still what the anime has put in, in a different direction for the game’s story. However, this does not appear to be anything to worry about, as the director of the original game put it this way:
I often see fans worried that the creator is going through their creative process with absolutely no regard for the original game. But in this case, those worries were unfounded.
While we have no official word on what these story changes might be at the moment, the opportunity for an adaptation to make its own niche in the world of source materials always an exciting – if potentially dangerous – prospect.
The announcement trailer also shows several clips from the anime itself, focusing on the series’ main characters, 2B and 9S, in action. From what we’ve seen so far, there’s a lot of promise here, with an art direction looking to match the game, but bringing something new to the world with its original storyline. it – let’s take our interest to the top!
While we don’t have any specifics beyond January 2023 for the anime’s release date, we can expect more information – and hopefully a full trailer – to be released. in the next few months.
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