To celebrate the release of three comics in just about the span of one month, illustrator Daisuke Moriyama (Chrono Crusade, World Embryo) will appear for a special talk event held at Naked Loft in Shinjuku early on Saturday morning, December 5th. The event will open at midnight Friday night and begin at 12:30am.
“Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare” (Thou Shalt Not Die), Vol.1 – (Amazon, 10/24)
“Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare” (Thou Shalt Not Die), Vol.2 – (Amazon, 11/25)
“Mahoui Neko to Ibara-hime” (The Enchantress’s Kitty)* – (Amazon, 11/26)
* I don’t believe this title should be romanized as “Mahou Ineko” because the kanji 医 (doctor/specialist/expert) is used as a suffix to 魔法 (magic)–the three kanji are inseparable. Literally translated, it comes to “The Magicologist Cat and Princess Ibara”
The role of MC will be held by Mel Kishida (Heaven’s Memo Pad, Hanasaku Iroha). Two special guests will be Yoko Taro and Yasuhiro Nightow (Trigun, Blood Blockade Battlefront).
Tickets can be pre-ordered for 2,000 yen at Lawson convenience stores through the Loppi system (L-code: 39974), otherwise the admission fee at the door is 2,500 yen (food/drink separate).
* The first 30 minutes segment of the talk with Moriyama and Kishida will be broadcast on Nico Live here.
① I will be attending this event. December 4th is my last day of school/work until January, so this will make an awesome “YOU SURVIVED ANOTHER TERM!” gift to myself. ^^;;; Since the event won’t finish until early morning, I won’t be able to make it back home to Yokohama, so I’ve also booked a hotel in Shinjuku. I’ll be able to check in whenever I get out of work, and I plan on just hanging out and relaxing until evening. <3
② Both Mel Kishida and Yoko Taro are from Nagoya, so it will be interesting to see if they’ll bring up anything about their hometown.
I’ve noticed that a bunch of websites are referencing an article in the Edge magazine #287 with the revelation that Yoko Taro originally wanted to call the new game “Android” but couldn’t due to copyrights with Google’s own Android trademark.
However, this is not new information.
This was previously published by Famitsu several weeks ago.
This has been a topic weighing heavily on me for some time, and I know I have voiced my opinions on the issue in the past. I’d rather remain impartial to so-called “taking sides”; however, I’d still like to suggest that fans be a little considerate when asking questions directly to Yoko Taro’s Facebook or Twitter page.
As you are well aware, he is a very busy man, working on multiple projects at once. Even so, he is very generous in answering as many messages as he possibly can. He does this out of complete sincerity and appreciation for his fans. I would hope those fans would show him the same courtesy in return.
Therefore, I have compiled many frequently asked questions from fans to Yoko Taro’s Facebook page with his own answers that go back to 2012. I have edited the questions to fit this format, but his answers remain as they were originally posted, save a few spelling corrections.
—What did you think about everyone’s reaction to the new “NieR” announcement at E3 2015?
Yoko: There were a lot of people talking about “NieR” on Twitter from within Japan after the announcement, and I felt like the reaction we got from overseas was from a specific nitch of fans, but after the announcement, many foreign fans were saying how much they loved NieR; I was really shocked. I couldn’t have imagined how much people were going crazy over the news.
Saito: It’s really surprising, huh? Like, where were they all hiding…? (haha)
Yoko: No matter how loud they scream, in the end I sort of doubted whether or not we could actually sell it… (haha)
The original timeline was published in the DOD3 Complete Guide, then scanned and edited by me. Please feel free to use this image as you wish–but I would greatly appreciate the credit for putting it together. The actual PSD file is almost 150MB worth of details and layers and many hours of work and research.
Updated: November 8, 2015
Addendum: I understand that there was a discrepancy relating to DOD2 and where the novella “The Garden of Light” ought to be; however, thus far, I have kept the timeline as it was printed. If you feel that I ought to edit this to reflect where the novella should be, please let me know. My memory of DOD2 is very old, since I only played it once over ten years ago. If I get a lot of comments to edit this, I will.
This is a pretty amazing interview with both Yoko Taro and Saito Yosuke. The intro and outro are conducted in German, but the actual interview is in English.
The part that I found the most amazing, if not shocking, was the fact that 2B is *not* the same character as No2 that appears in the YoRHa stage play! *mindblown* But, I was starting to lean toward that since her character and some parts of her design didn’t seem to match up.
No2’s final stance. Photo by Tantei File.
That being said, Yoko Taro is often known to say one thing and yet somehow contradict himself in the same sentence. It could be that this *is* the same character that has undergone some major changes to completely alter her mind/personality.
At any rate, I suppose it would be best to separate my own feelings for the YoRHa girls that appeared in the stage play from this new game that seems sooooooo heavily based on it.
Here are my scans of the new pages in this week’s issue of Dengeki Playstation. I have yet to read everything here, but they *do* mention that we may see more characters from the YoRHa play! My bet’s on No4! She’s the only one of the four main units that are still alive, even though she received massive damage by the end… I may even go one step further and speculate that her consciousness might actually live on as “Pod”, the hovering robot that is scene in some of the new photos in both Dengeki and Famitsu.
A couple things we learn from these pages:
The aliens that invade the earth drive away the surviving humans with mechanical weapons that are called “Living Machines”. These machines are probably not the main aggressor in this conflict more than they are the pawns sent into battle for the benefit of their “creator”…very much like the YoRHa androids.
Although 2B (YoRHa No2 Type B) may appear female, it is unknown whether specific gender identities are preserved within the androids.
2B uses swords for short-range combat but can also enlist the help of “Pod” to reach more distant areas.
She rarely removes the visor or “goggles” that partially obstruct her face. What sort of face might she have…?
The YoRHa units have no given name but rather are called by their model number.
They are forbidden from experiencing emotion, but clearly have their own unique differences.
2B is very calm and collected.Other members of the YoRHa unit may make an appearance.
KEYWORD: LIVING MACHINES
The pawns of the alien race are called “Living Machines” because they are able to repair, restore, and reproduce (create new machines).
It is unknown exactly how powerful these Living Machines are, but they possess enough might to force the human race to abandon the planet.
KEYWORD: BARREN WASTELAND
While humanity fled to the Moon, the earth is on its way toward destruction and decay.
2B is forced to fight in the barren wasteland that the earth has become.
There is little trace of humanity left on the planet, the desolate ruins telling the story of the violent invasion of the Living Machines.