Pages in Dengeki Playstation, Vol. 613

NieR:Automata was featured in this week’s issue of Dengeki Playstation, giving it 4 pages of info on the new characters and a recap of the music concert and talk live.

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The black blade rips asunder, madness or despair?

A mysterious race of aliens with their Living Machines* suddenly come flying from somewhere in space.

* According to the official Platinum Games site, they’ve decided on calling the “kikai seimeitai” or what I’ve been calling “Living Machines” as Bio-machines. They are called this because of their ability to multiply and evolve.

In place of the humans who retreated to the surface of the moon, the androids in the special battalion “YoRHa” are tasked with the mission to recapture the planet as they land in a world of despair……

9S: Soul of fleeting kindness
Designation: YoRHa No9 Type S
Voice Actor: Hanae Natsuki

Just like 2B, 9S also belongs to the same “YoRHa squadron” that is tasked with recapturing the planet. Although he is fully capable of engaging in combat, he is best equipped for hacking for use in reconnoissance purposes. He has a very gentle and kind personality.

CHECK: Will the three YoRHa androids fight together?
—In the gameplay demo, we can confirm that 2B and 9S will be playable characters acting in tandem with each other. At the moment though, much regarding A2 is unknown, so it’s difficult to know whether she is a friend or foe. To overpower such a tremendous force, wouldn’t it be better for these three to work together……

—Will the three fight together?
We’ve seen images that appear like A2 stands in the way of 2B and 9S. Perhaps it’s just my imagination that a tense situation seems to be lingering in the air……

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The main character, android 2B, as she gracefully flying through the air.

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2B and the new character A2 staring at each other. They both share the same designation “YoRHa No2”. How could they be related…… (Speculation)

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A2, cutting down scores of Living Machines on her own. Is her fighting strength to help humanity, or……?

Follow-up report on the much-awaited new “NieR” and concert report!

It’s been 6 years since the original release of “NieR”. Here we bring you information on the new “YoRHa” androids and their voice cast, illustrations, screenshots, and concept art that was revealed at the recent NieR concert and talk event.

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The newly revealed character, 9S. He appears like a young boy at first glance, but he is also an android.

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Many Living Machines chasing after 9S. How are you to fight so many enemies?

2B: Blade of quiet determination
Designation: YoRHa No2 Type B
Voice Actor: Ishikawa Yui

Dispatched as a member of the automated fighting androids “YoRHa”, she is an all-purpose model android. She uses her swords for close-range attacks and can also use long-range attacks through the support system “Pod”.

A2: Vortex of the past and hatred
Designation: YoRHa Type A No2
Voice Actor: Suwa Ayaka

She is a prototype YoRHa android. The close-range A type models are no longer in use, and she was used to produce more advanced androids like 2B and 9S. She is extremely strong, doesn’t like to talk much, and often prefers to act alone.

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Let’s take a look at the screenshots and concept art that reveals the world of the new “NieR”

On the previous pages, we’ve seen the illustrations of character designer Yoshida Akihiko, but here we have some concept art and in-game screenshots! The world of the new game is full of mystery; let’s take a closer look…

Dust, steel beams, and smoke…
A city submerged in water…
Heritage of culture…

1: A2 with a large sword on her back. Could the A in her name mean “ASSAULT”? It will be interesting to see whether she or 2B will be stronger in battle. (Speculation)
2: A2 fighting a couple Living Machines in a sort of factory area. It seems as though the Living Machines are quite light-weight to be able to move in such a way as we see here.
3: Concept art of a city submerged in water. With the tall buildings in the background, this is all that is left of the culture of humanity. Now, everything is overrun with trees and other plant life.
4: Could this be a factory core reactor? Did humans make it or is it a product of the aliens and Living Machines? It appears to be currently in operation, but what is its purpose?
5: 9S walks through ruins of human civilization. Could this be part of the same location as the factory image above, or is it a separate area? Can’t wait to find out more!

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Page 4: I will be translating this later. Stay tuned.

 


Source:  Fire Sanctuary

Famitsu April 25 Interview

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◼︎ Let’s take another look at NieR Replicant since it’s been released on Playstation Now.

Saito: Sorry for the sudden inconvenience, but Yoko is running a little late…

Oh.

Saito: But, we can start without him. (haha) You can add in his comments after the fact wherever you like. (haha) Or maybe just put them in bold.

Alright. (haha) So…… Now that the previous game is available through Playstation Now, may I ask your thoughts on it as you look back at it once more?

Saito: I’ve heard here and there that there are some people who’ve heard the soundtrack from the first game but never actually played it, so with NieR:Automata in the works, this is a great opportunity for them to try it out. It’s absolutely not necessary to play Replicant in order to play Automata—we’ve made sure of that—but still we’d love for more people to give it a try. It will only be available for a limited rental period at a reduced price, though. Even still, we’d love to get more people to experience it. I think there may have been many people who stopped playing after the A Ending, but if you hang in a little longer, the story gets much fuller from the B Ending on, so I really hope you try it out!

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NieR Merchandise Now Available Through the SQEX e-STORE

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Items are now available for purchase on the SQEX e-STORE here. Everything seems to still be in stock, but the scripts appear to be on back order.*

*All items besides the Emil pin and sticker set are currently on back order.

Also, please note that these items are only sold within Japan. SQEX is not accepting any international orders at this time.

New Updates to the Official Website and New URL

The official NieR:Automata website has been updated and it looks beautiful and is easy to navigate. It currently only has a page for World, Character, Movie available at the moment, but it will eventually have other pages for News, System, and Battle. They’ve also added a couple extra photos from the image board. You can still hear J’Nique Nicole’s theme here as well.

Also, please note the new URL: http://www.jp.square-enix.com/nierautomata/

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After Concert Interview

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This is an interview conducted after the NieR Music Concert & Talk Live by multiple outlets, each one coming from the same material, but releasing slightly different versions. The following is a translation of the review by Game Watch.

  • It’s also interesting to note that, although there may only be one interview, multiple venues covering it may release differing results, quotes included.

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Updates from the Concert

Yesterday was the fantastic NieR Music Concert & Talk Live event in Roppongi. It was a perfect mix of music, interesting stories, and many new revelations about NieR:Automata.

My thoughts are rather scattered at the moment, but here’s a quick look at the show! I’ve just added a ton of the photos that I took, too! 😀

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NieR Voice Actress Performs in a Stage Drama

Kadowaki Mai, the voice of NieR’s Emil, just wrapped up a week-long stage performance in the dramatic comedy “Sekai no Hate wa, Pants no Hate da” (The end of the world is the end of panties) by Moratorium Pants (モラパン). It was a really funny play that took a look at the lives of many different people who are all connected by a single city. The story takes place during the early morning hours until daybreak.

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NieR: Automata – New Information and First Reveal of Live Gameplay

As we approach the 6th anniversary of the original NieR, at long last, the “NieR Music Concert & Talk Live” will be held this weekend on Saturday, April 16. Although music from the first NieR will be the main focus of the concert, we will get the first chance to hear the new theme song as well as additional information about the game and its story. New information will be discussed during the “Talk Corner”.

Information regarding the new information with Producer Yosuke Saito, Director Yoko Taro, Composer Okabe Keiichi, Character Designer Yoshida Akihiko, Game Designer Taura Takahisa will be reported on Famitsu.com at a later date. This is the portion of the interview that relates strictly to the concert.

Please look forward to the May 5th, 2016 issue of Famitsu, on sale April 21, for an 8-page spread on NieR: Automata detailing the additional information not included here.

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NieR:Automata Theme Song Vocalist Revealed

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There will be a new interview in the May 5, 2016 issue of Famitsu magazine (on sale April 21) detailing a ton more info regarding the up-coming music concert. A portion of this article has been published on their site online, which I will be translating soon.

They released the name of the non-Japanese vocalist in the new theme song as J’Nique Nicole or Nikki.

NieR Merchandise on the e-STORE not available internationally

I sent an inquiry a couple days ago to the SQEX e-STORE regarding international sales of NieR merchandise when it becomes available online, and I just heard back from them. This was their reply:

e-STOREで販売しているすべての商品は、日本国内向けのため国外への送付や、国外からの
ご購入はできません。また、ニーアグッズに関しましても現時点ではe-STOREのみでの販売を
予定しております。

Essentially, whatever items that become available in the e-STORE (from noon on April 22) are only valid to those within Japan. SQEX will *not* be conducting any international sales nor shipping internationally. T_T

I’m going to continue to cross my fingers for all the international fans that should these initial goods sell extremely well, SQEX will see how many people love this series that eventually anyone outside of Japan will get the chance to own some of these items!!

Nakagawa Nami’s Birthday Live and More!

Nakagawa Nami, the incredibly talented vocalist and sometimes voice actor who sang for the NieR and Drakengard 3 soundtracks, will be celebrating her birthday on Monday, April 4th. For this special occasion, she put a really great concert together with other members from mo2. Also read more on Nami’s possible involvement with NieR: Automata below!*

*Confirmed: Nakagawa Nami will be singing for the Automata soundtrack. She sang the theme from the PGW trailer live at the NieR Music Concert & Talk Live.

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NieR Music Concert and Talk Live NicoNico Tutorial

How to view the concert online…

At first I wasn’t sure if those outside of Japan would be able to purchase Net Tickets to watch the NieR Music Concert and Talk Live event online due to the specific payment methods, but after a closer look and a semi-confirmation from Producer Yosuke Saito, I have changed my opinion.

Therefore, I’ve made these following images to help guide you through how to prep for the event! Please feel free to post your questions or comments here if there’s anything unclear with these images! <3

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It has arrived!

I haven’t been in the best mental state for quite a while, and these games and other fan activities help me tremendously to forget all the depressing, negative things. I was so overwhelmed by the comments on my recent personal post in which I detailed a little bit in what’s been going on in my life. Thank you, everybody, for just chatting a moment and giving me your good vibes. It really means a lot to me!! I am a firm believer that even the slightest bit of positivity and encouragement can go a long way. <3

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What’s been going on…

I very rarely talk about myself here. I like to put a little distance from my personal life and my “official” pages, but I’ve gotten a few questions recently that have wanted me to divulge a little more into my life in Japan.

Since this can easily turn into a huge, unnecessarily long novel, I’ll present this in a sort of outline form (this is where my “left” brain takes control).

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NieR Event Sells Out in Seconds

Individual sales for tickets for the NieR Music Concert and Talk Live went on sale today at noon but were nearly instantly sold out. Personally, I was able to access the site through Ticket Pia and able to get as far as to select two tickets, but apparently by the time I could click “Confirm” they were then unavailable.

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