Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shini Tamou Koto Nakare, Chapter 33 Preview

Chapter 33, which was released on February 25, 2018, gave us some interesting new details that seem…awfully reminiscent to some aspects in the new YoRHa Boys Ver.1.0 stage play. I’ll discuss this further behind spoiler tags below.

This is only going to be a very brief look at the chapter right now, as I need to be out of the house in ten minutes, but this chapter brings back a familiar face…

Welcome back, Yanagi. It’s been a while.

As the students were preparing all night for the up-coming School Festival, Yanagi had other ideas. He round up a group of “defecting students” to stage a coup against the teachers and government that set up the whole “Special Abilities High School” in the first place. Using the gym as their base of operations, Yanagi and his gang sent out an email to an outside news agency that said there would be an important announcement made at 6am.

Leading up to that time, Yanagi and his goons were using their powers to kill the teachers and other staff near the school entrance gate. Police were alerted to the incident and went to take control of the situation, but they, too, fell victim to Yanagi’s group.

As more and more bodies littered the school entrance, Kuroi and his group finally get word from the “outside world” about what’s going on (they didn’t know because they were in a different area of the school, preparing for the festival). Also, it appears that communication going in and out of the school had been cut off… The chapter ends with Rokusho meeting up with Kuroi’s group.

What’s interesting about this is that… Yanagi began his coup because he learned that special ability students like himself were just pawns to the state of Japan. They were rounded up from all over the country, given drugs to give them special abilities, and subsequently slaughtered in further experiments. He apparently had had enough of it.

This feels very much like what No21, No3, and No6 had done in the YoRHa Boys Ver.1.0 stage play. They learned that they were just pawns to Command and were slaughtered left and right for their precious data. Maybe their coup was partially influenced by the virus, but… the similarities between YoRHa and KimiShini continue.

I’ve made a bunch of comparisons between YoRHa and the KimiShini manga as well as possible connections to NieR, so be sure to check that out here. It’s an old post that needs updating, but it brings up some curious similarities…

Yoko Taro says there may be an international NieR:Automata fan event in the works!

Could there be an international fan event in the works? Make sure you contact your local Square Enix and let them know that you want them to do it!!

14-Page Special in Famitsu This Week!

Famitsu will be running a 14-page story on NieR:Automata this week (release on Thursday).

One of the headlines reads that there is a “secret” that no one has realized about NieR:Automata yet but apparently they don’t go into any great detail about this “secret” in the article…?

The article welcomes 10 members from the development team as they discuss the various points in the game’s production. As you can see in some of the preview pages, there is a timeline that begins in 2014– I assume this is the first run of the YoRHa stage play since that was in October 2014… but YoRHa activities actually began in 2013, so it will be interesting to read if they mention anything about that in the text.

Lastly, some spoilers will be discussed, so it’s recommended to be aware of that.

  • Matsudaira Hito – Character Modeler (Platinum Games)
  • Negishi Isao – Game Designer (Platinum Games)
  • Koda Kazuma – Illustrator (Platinum Games)
  • Taura Takahisa – Game Designer (Platinum Games)
  • Yoko Taro – Director/Creator (Bukkoro)
  • Saito Yosuke – Producer (Square Enix)
  • Yoshida Akihiko – Character Designer (CyDesignation)
  • Nagai Yuya – Character Designer (CyDesignation)
  • Okabe Keiichi – Composer (MONACA)
  • Hoashi Keigo – Composer (MONACA)

YoRHa Musical Ver.1.2 – Scene 15 Monologue with No2 and No4

This is just a quick message. Comparing the script from the new YoRHa Musical Ver.1.2 with the script for the YoRHa Ver.1.1 Stage Play, this scene has *not* been changed in the slightest. Merely, my English translation has changed a little bit since then.

This is my translation directly from the musical script that was sold at the show:

No2: Our memories… are pseudo memories.

No4: They’re false memories programmed in order to promote diversity and evolution on the battlefield.

No2: In my memories, I lived in the country with my grandma.

No4: In my memories, I hung out a lot with my friends at school.

No2: Everyday, grandma and I would tend to the farm and knit… …The cold of the rain, the ferocity of  storms. The silence of the snow. The gentle warmth of spring…

No4: After school, we’d go eat the most delicious things, have fun dressing up, playing games…

No2: Since we lived in the country, I couldn’t have everything I wanted. But because the other villagers looked out for me, including my grandma… stranely, it wasn’t so hard.

No4: As long as I had my friends, I could endure my studies. We’d laugh day after day; no matter what hardships came our way, we were able to overcome them.

No2: ……My grandma taught me “kindness,” a gentle heart to cares for others.

No4: ……My friends taught me “hope”, a strong heart to laugh even in the face of difficulty.

No4: Holding tightly onto these false memories, we fight.

No2: But they are also our precious memories.

No2 & No4: The time… draws near…

No2 & No4: Our final moments… are about to begin…

NieR:Automata 1st Anniversary Live Broadcast

More details regarding the continuous, two-day celebration for the NieR:Automata 1st anniversary have been released. The broadcast will be broadcast from 7:00pm on Sunday, March 3 until sometime after 7:00pm on Sunday, March 4.

They said they intend to livestream the game through the very end… but which ending could they be referring to, I wonder?

Watch the show live on NicoNico here!

Check below for the tentative list of those who are scheduled to appear!

Saturday, March 3

  • Saito Yosuke (Producer)
  • Yoko Taro (Director)
  • Taura Takahisa (Game Designer: Platinum Games)
  • Matsushita Yoshikaze (Yoshi) (Character Modeler: Platinum Games)


  • Ishikawa Yui (NieR:Automata: 2B; YoRHa Musical: No2)


YoRHa Musical

  • Mochida Chihira (No16)
  • Hanana Mio (No21)
  • Maikawa Miyako (Commander)
  • Tachibana An (Anemone)

Sunday, March 4

YoRHa Boys Stage Play

  • Saito Naoki (No9)
  • Murata Hisashi (No21)
  • Eda Shinichiro (No2)
  • Doi Yuuto (No6)


  • Matsushima Hatsune (Talent)
    …among others


  • Saito Yosuke (Producer)
  • Ushizawa (Game Let’s Player)


  • Takahisa Taura (Game Designer: Platinum Games)
  • Matsudaira Hito (Character Modeler: Platinum Games)
  • Yasumoto Hiroki (Pod042)


  • Saito Yosuke (Producer)
  • Yoko Taro (Director)
  • Okabe Keiichi (Composer)
  • Taura Takahisa (Game Designer: Platinum Games)
    …among others

NieR:Automata Piano Collections Available for Pre-order!

The NieR:Automata Piano Collections is currently available for pre-order from the Square Enix e-STORE and will be released on April 25. For 3,024yen, the album will feature new piano arrangements by Okabe Keiichi. The album cover is yet another new illustration from Koda Kazuma who illustrated the previous soundtrack album covers including the NieR:Automata concert main visual.

YoRHa Musical – Notes and Spoilers

This post is a Work In Progress.
Updated: 18.02.15 20:50

I had the rare opportunity to participate as PRESS for the YoRHa Musical dress rehearsal yesterday. Although I was busy concentrating on taking photos, I was still able to follow along with the musical and have a couple bits of news regarding how the musical is different from the previous plays.

Below will be a bunch of spoilers on this topic and also the details on the story. If you haven’t followed my previous articles on the YoRHa stage play, I suggest you check out this page and the links at the bottom first.

First off, here’s a non-spoiler that was revealed by stage director Matsuda Ichidai on twitter:

▲ He says that Yoko Taro wrote the Japanese lyrics to the songs that were originally only in Emi’s “chaos language”. This includes No2’s solo to the song “Voice of No Return” and No21’s solo to “Grandma”.


YoRHa Boys Stage Play – Notes and Spoilers

This post is a Work In Progress.
Updated: February 6, 2018 12:55am (JST)

I just got back from the YoRHa Boys Stage Play, so here are some initial notes and spoilers! Click on the button to below to view the spoilers! (You’ve been warned!!)


YoRHa Boys Stage Play – 20180204

This post is a Work In Progress.

I have a ticket to the afternoon show today, the second to last show before the production wraps. I got to the venue early to buy goodies, but since we had to random draw numbers for placement in line, I was pretty well in the back and photos sold out quickly. Oh, well!

Here’s a couple pics for now:

YoRHa Boys Ver.1.0 Stage Play Preview by Famitsu and More!

Although they haven’t said much in terms of the content of the story, we now have the first look at the YoRHa Boys stage play in action! (Beware of potential spoilers!!)

▲ No3 without his goggles on….!

▲ No21 helping No9 to stand in front of the Instructor.

▲ No9

▲ Looks like No3 is not feeling well with No6 looking concerned… The words on the backdrop includes words such as “loss”, “death”, and “where?”

▲ This looks like No9 walking toward the title screen.

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