New Smartphone Game by Yoko Taro: SINoALICE

Almost exactly a year ago, we got the first whiff of Yoko Taro possibly working with Square Enix to develop a smartphone game, which I wrote about here.

Today, we were presented with a trailer and some additional information regarding the game and its story.

The absolute worst “Story”

Yoko Taro x Square Enix x Pokelabo

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One Week to Go!

We’re down to just one more week before the release of in Japan! 

Today we got 19 pages of goodness in Famitsu, plus all Lawson convenient stores are sporting the nice nobori signs to advertize their exclusive goodies!

I’ll be adding more detailed info later, but here’s a few pics to start off…


Source: All photos in this post were taken by me!

NieR:Automata Special Talk Live in Shinjuku

The Special Talk Live at Loft/Plus One in Shinjuku was held on Monday, February 13th from 7:00-9:30pm; doors opened at 6:00pm.

Although tickets were quickly sold out through the e+ ticket service, I prayed to a couple Dragon Gods and maybe a few Watchers to help me get a ticket to go… and they even helped me to get an extra one for a friend. Thank you, Gods of 2017!! <3

I worked until 4pm that day but it took me over an hour to get to the venue. I met with my friend and we went directly to the place at about 5:30pm, 30 minutes before they would start letting people in. Once in the seating area, you could choose to sit wherever you wanted… So, since my ticket was #13, I was able to get a pretty decent seat, front & center! <3

Now, just to let people know, I can’t really divulge what was discussed at this event since we were sworn to secrecy, but there really wasn’t much of anything new. The majority of the talk dealt with behind-the-scenes stories on the development.

Now that the game has been out for almost a week, it may be okay to talk a little bit more about this event. Plus, the PlayStation.Blog has updated a review and nice video that summarizes the events of the night.

There were all kinds of awesome things decorated all over the place. There were at least four posters on the far wall, and each round little table (one table for roughly 4 people) was decorated with a nice round placemat. Each place setting also came with a drink coaster with the YoRHa emblem printed on it.

Also, each table came with a post-it notepad for people to ask questions to the development team. I couldn’t help but write a rather spoiler-heavy question that I knew they couldn’t discuss…but had to ask any way (something regarding a certain character from the YoRHa stage play <– *beware of potential spoilers!!*).

In retrospect, I probably should have asked something more fun…but… I couldn’t help myself. Alas, they didn’t choose my question, but one of the other girls at my table had her question answered! Great job! I don’t remember what it was, though… :/

At some point, they showed a new video for Europe to promote the Day One release that comes with a black shirt and white Emil face. In the video, Yoko rolls around on the ground with the T-shirt and says a lot of expletives in English. lol It’s quite amusing!

If you remember this photo that Saito-san posted during their tour in London…

…this photo was probably taken after multiple takes for the video. xD

Taura played a little bit more of never-before-seen gameplay that apparently takes place sometime during the middle of the first playthrough. When a boss appeared, he seemed to be doing well for a while… until he utterly died. He was so shocked that he spilled his drink all over the place. The staff had just gotten him that drink, too… xD Afterward, he was a bit flustered, his face turned red. Very cute. haha

The vocalist Akita Hiromu from amazarashi, who collaborated with Yoko Taro on the new theme song “Inochi ni Fusawashii / Deserving of Life”, was also at the event. After screening the music video, there was some extra time, so they asked of Akita-san would come on stage and talk for a little while. He said that they didn’t originally plan to destroy all of the dolls in the video but… it was Akita’s idea to do it, so… 😛

About halfway through the event, they guys mentioned something about the Square Enix Cafe and how they will have dishes available from Feb 20-Mar 17 and how they have one dessert that’s topped with what looks like the bullets in.

This is actually strawberry jelly… but fans have always asked for them to make an ikura donburi (samon roe rice bowl)… and that’s what they did!! I probably should have taken a photo of it before I ate… but it was a TON of ikura on top of rice, served in a nice bowl with Emil on the inside. They wrapped the bowls in plastic before adding the food so that the bowls would stay relatively clean to take home. When we were all finished, they said that everyone had a bag and a box to put the bowls in under each of our chairs. I don’t think anyone really noticed that there was anything under there…!

At the end of the event, several of the press guys for the PlayStation Blog and Famitsu (maybe others!) took a commemorative photo of all of us with Yoko Taro, Saito Yosuke, Taura Takahisa and the Gravity Daze guys. Maybe these photos will be released sometime around when they plan to show bits of the event for the next live broadcast…?? We also took a photo flipping off the camera in honor of Yoko’s vulgar video… It was amazing. lol

We were also able to take a couple pictures of them, too…!! I took a ton of photos, but I don’t know if it’s right for me to post them here or not yet. I’ll keep them for a while and see if anyone else who when to the event starts posting stuff. Otherwise, it they may have to remain private.

Tickets to this event were only 2,000 Yen, and yet we received an ikura-don in the Emil bowl plus nomihodai (bottomless free drinks). A lot of money was put into this event and us fans were almost entirely on the receiving end. Tickets easily could have been 5x as expensive or more to make a profit, but… I really felt like this was their way to give back a little to their fans. I really doubt they have much in the budget to do anything too elaborate, which is probably why this was such an exclusive event, but… I can’t help but feel extremely humbled that they would even do anything like this for us. I am entirely filled with gratitude and thoroughly enjoy showing my support for these people and their work!

On the way out of the event, we could personally say hello to Saito-san, Yoko-san, and Taura-san. I entirely can’t remember what I mumbled to Yoko, but I do remember shaking his hand pretty hard. ^^;;

Thank you so much for an amazing night! <3

▲ This is the 6th re-write of the presentation script. Just about every presentation like this has a written script, but whether those involved actually stay on script or deviate a little from it is anybody’s guess (photo by Saito Yosuke).

▲ Yoko Taro signing his name on the postcards given to those present at the event (photo by Saito Yosuke).

▲ Shot of the Emil donburi bowl (photo by Taura Takahisa).

▲ The photo on the right is a custom-made hat that one of the girls at the VERY FRONT of the seating area was wearing–I’m pretty sure I saw her in line at the Music Concert & Talk Live last April. The second photo is the sign that all of the speaking presenters had to denote topics that are absolutely secret!! (photos by Kitao Yasuhiro).

▲ Here’s a shot of a bunch of the postcards that Yoko Taro, Taura Takahisa, and Saito Yosuke all signed. It looks like Taura even alternated his message. On the left he wrote “Thanks for today!” and on the write he wrote “Please look forward to !” (photo by Yoko Taro).

Countdown to NieR:Automata – 12 Days

I was really busy yesterday at Tokaigi and exhausted from being my usual socially awkward self (lol), so I wasn’t able to comment on the new illustrations that are coming out of the official Twitter among other places. I thought this was a good chance to start covering this since I did something similar leading up to the release of Drag-on Dragoon 3 when it came out here in Japan. So, let’s start the countdown!!


This illustration is by Platinum Games character modeler, Funahashi Eiji (舟橋英志).

  • He has been working on character modeling artist at Platinum Games for about 8 years since 2009.
  • He has participated in special seminars at various locations such as the Osaka Information And Computer Science College (OIC).
  • He worked on titles such as Bayonetta and The Wonderful 101.

Sources: NieR Official Twitter | Funahashi’s Twitter | PG Inside | Game Business | OIC

NieR:Automata Movie 119450310 at Tokaigi

Today started off before 5am. My crazy neighbor got stuck in the slanted driveway out front and couldn’t get out, squealing his tires forever. Suffice it to say, I was awake before my alarm went off at 5.

Today’s events at Tokaigi started at 10am with the concert kicking off at 11am, which meant I needed to leave my house at the butt-crack of dawn to get there early enough to get in line…and wait. I got into the Makuhari Messe complex at 8am and there were already a billion people there. xD But I suppose I was relatively at the beginning of the line, anyway. Once 10am came around and they started letting people in, it took me about 20 minutes to enter the first area.

I had an amazingly fun time at the event, and I feel awkward talking about the details–I don’t know if the other parties involved want me to mention them. ^^;; But I was given an amazing opportunity as a mere fan and I will be forever grateful for that act of kindness! Thank you!!

▲ The entrance sign for Tokaigi 2017

▲ This was the main entrance into Tokaigi. Every one lined up here and around 9:30, they started a short stage event to help pass the time. They had a cute countdown for the last couple seconds until 10am when they dropped the stage backdrop that obscured the entrance into the venue that you can see at the center of this photo.


The Concert

NieR White of Destruction, Black of Rebirth -Tokaigi 2017 Version-
Time: February 11, 11:00-12:00
Appearances by: Saito Yosuke, Yoko Taro, Okabe Keiichi, Emi Evans, J’Nique Nicole
Program: White of Destruction, Black of Rebirth

A select bunch of songs from the last concert were performed at Tokaigi, which included some really amazing renditions of songs that you could hear nowhere else. For example, vocalist Nakagawa Nami usually sings Emil’s theme, but since she was unable to come to this event, Emi sang it instead. She did such a wonderful job with it; I almost wish they would put it on a CD sometime. Likewise, J’Nique sang the harmony line to the Song of the Ancients / Fate. Their voices melded together so well, I often felt emotional throughout the whole concert. ;_;

01. 夏の雪 Snow in Summer
02. 光ノ風吹ク丘
03. カイネ Kaine
04. イニシエノウタ Song of the Ancients
05. Weight of the World
06. Emil (Emi Version)
07. Ashes of Dreams (English)
08. Grandma
09. イニシエノウタ Song of the Ancients / Fate

Voice actors Isobe Keiko (Operator 6O) and Hatsumi Meari (Operator 21O / Anemone) were also present toward the back of the standing area at the concert.


The New Opening Sequence



The Translations

▲ A2: こんなに世界が綺麗だって気付かなかったわ。
  English: I never quite realized… how beautiful this world is…
  Direct: I never realized… how beautiful this world is…

▲ 9S: 司令官からの命令で2Bさんのメインテナンスを担当する事になったんです。これから、定期的にチェックしますね。
  English: The Commander’s put me in charge of your maintenance, ma’am.
  That means I’ll be performing regular checks on you from now on.
  Direct: I was assigned by the Commander to oversee your maintenance.
  I’ll be performing regular checks on you, okay?

▲ Notice here that… it appears as though 2B is unconscious or dead… and 9S grabs her hand, using it to caress his own face… *creepy*

▲ 2B: この記録を聴いた者がいたら、伝えて欲しい事がある。もしヨルハ部隊所属9Sに会う事があったら、私は彼に…
  English: If anyone is listening to this, there’s something I need you to do.
  If you ever meet up with YoRHa Unit 9S, I want him… I mean…
  Direct: If anyone hears this recording, there’s something I need to tell you.
  If you ever come in contact with YoRHa Unit 9S, please tell him…

This image reminds me a lot of what was shown in the storyboards from the Character Introductions video last year:

▲ 9S: ポッド153に命令:貴様の独断論理しかの発言を禁止する
  English: Pod153: I order you to halt all logical thought and speech.
  Direct: Pod153: I forbid you to voice your damn dogmatic logic.

▲ 2B is damaged and having extreme difficulty moving forward, many of her systems failing…

AD: 11945, the 14th Machine War

▲ Short-haired A2/B2(?)

▲ Notice that this gigantic centipede appears to be the same boss that A2 comes across in the desert, as depicted on her character poster:

▲ Short-haired A2/2B with Pascal who seemingly has a “headache”. Again, the color of the machine’s eyes is important here. Green = good, Red = bad!

▲ Note that this shot is in grayscale. Since all shots on the Bunker are displayed in grayscale, this is more than likely within the Hanger on board the Bunker.

▲ The Commander ordering her battle Operators forward within the Bunker.

▲ These are the “battle” type Operators that serve the Commander.

▲ 9S with the short-haired A2/2B(?).

▲ Adam: 機械生命体とアンドロイドは同類と言えなら…
  English: Perhaps we’re not so different after all.
  Direct: Perhaps you could even say Bio-machines and androids are similar.

Rekka’s Comments
It’s clear there’s something going on odd here.
Adam & Eve do not seem to label themselves, whether they are Bio-machines or androids in the English line, but comparing it to the Japanese, we can assume that they are not androids
and are therefore Bio-machines… Perhaps along the lines of Term Alpha & Term Beta.

▶︎ Pascal: A2さん、ここは私が!
  English: Fear not, A2! I can handle this!
  Direct: A2, I’ve got this!

▲ A2 stands above a defeated or incapacitated 2B. This shot ends when A2 steps closer and takes 2Bs sword that’s sticking out of the ground.

▲ The Commander’s Operators… losing sentience.

▲ A2/2B: 私達はアンドロイドがあるい自体に人類を守るように作られている。
  English: Androids were designed to protect their human masters.
  Direct: Androids were created to protect humanity.

Rekka’s Comments
Personally, I really dislike the “human masters” thing.
Yeah, humans created the androids, but… Mmm…
I don’t know; it just doesn’t feel right to me.

▲ Emil: 無駄と分かって言っても、やらなきゃダメなんだ。
  English: Even if it’s pointless, we still have to do it!
  Direct: Even if it’s meaningless, we still have to do it!

▲ I really want to say that this is Eve that they’re fighting. The figure appears to be all black… which is what happens to Eve when his tattoos expand across his entire body.

▶︎ Commander: お前達二人は最後のヨルハ部隊…
  English: You two are the last members of YoRHa.
  Direct: You two are what’s left of the YoRHa Squadron…

Rekka’s Comments
The… last of the YoRHa Squadron?
What the heck happened to wipe out all other YoRHa??
There weren’t many to begin with, but still…

▲ Eve: 俺は、俺は…!
  English: I… I’m…!
  Direct: I’m… I’m…!!!

▲ 9S without his visor and destroyed left arm. He does not look… “well”.

▲ 2B: 違う、9S。あれは…
  English: That’s not the Operator… It’s…
  Direct: No, 9S… That’s not…

Rekka’s Comments
There is *no* mention of the Operators from the original line.

You’d have to infer a lot to come to that conclusion.

▲ The Celestial Script reads “YoRHa Truth”. Hmmm…