3rd KimiShini Signing Event

Today was the second book signing event in the Tokyo area for the release of Book 4 of Yoko Taro’s manga series “Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare // Thou Shalt Not Die”.

I managed to get a participation ticket back in March and I knew this day was coming for a long time… but my brain is super stupid sometimes, especially when my usual rhythm gets thrown off. I haven’t worked on Saturday in a long time since I’ve been busy with chorus practices and concerts, so for whatever reason, I was thinking that I had today to just lay around the house and do nothing, then tomorrow would be the signing event. Turns out, this was wrong, today was Sunday, and I had already missed the first session that I was scheduled to attend. orz

I read the fine print on the ticket and nothing said that if I missed the time that I would not be able to attend either of the other two sessions, so I threw clothes on quick and ran out the door. orz orz

Luckily enough, I got there just as the 2nd session was beginning and they allowed me to join it. I was taking my seat just as Yoko Taro and Moriyama Daisuke made a very brief greeting before starting the signing event. WHEW!! So, yay!! I was able to get the 4th manga volume signed by both of them! <3

There was also a little time to chat, but… I’m horrible with small talk and I get really nervous sometimes. Hopefully, I didn’t seem too nervous this time, but I still felt a little at a loss of words. We talked a little bit about the stage play…and that I went to every, single show. haha And we talked a little bit about the last manga all-night event and how I’d really love for them to do another one. I told them that I stayed at a hotel that night since I live in Yokohama and the event got out well after the trains stopped for the night. I probably could have just gone to an internet cafe or a family restaurant for a couple hours before the morning trains started, but I already had plans in the early afternoon the following day in Tokyo, so it made more sense for me to stay in town.

ANYWAY, it’s always a pleasure and a joy to meet with my favorite director/creator no matter how brief. I completely, honestly, sincerely hope that he’s not sick of me stalking him to all these events. LOL

Here are a couple photos that I took at the event!

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7th Official Live Broadcast

First of all, I wanted to talk a little bit about the recent downtime this site was faced with. I received many messages from people who visit these pages, and I was really overwhelmed by the voices of concern. Thanks so much to everybody who went out of your way to contact me regarding this. If you’d like to read a little bit more about this, please check here.

In other news, the 7th Official Live Broadcast held at the Akihabara Square Enix Cafe is tonight at 8:00PM (Japan time). This is the second time a live broadcast was streamed from this location, but unlike the last time, fans were able to enter a lottery to join the event in person. Only 20 lucky fans were chosen to join the event and… I was one of them!! I’m so excited! So, if you tune into the live broadcast, you may see or hear me in the crowd should they turn the camera toward the audience! haha I’ll be in my A2/YoRHa hoodie… and I’m sure I’ll be the only foreign face in the audience, so I doubt it will be hard to spot me. lol

This is a link to the main SQEX page regarding this event, but you can view the live broadcast either on Nico Douga or YouTube!

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Inochi ni Fusawashii / Deserving of Life – Picture Book by Yoko Taro

The new single “Inochi ni Fusawashii” (Deserving of Life) by amazarashi was just released today in two forms: the stand-alone CD or the CD+DVD and picture book bundle.

The picture book itself is a total of 30 pages with its own unique illustrations to accompany the story. Below is my translation:

In the distant, distant, distant, distant, distant, distant future.
Aliens have invaded the Earth.
Strange robot weapons known by
The difficult name “Bio-machines” subjugated the land
As humanity fled to the Moon.This is the story of one of those robot weapons
That was there, upon the face of the planet.

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***

My name is Plato1728.
I am a Bio-machine, created to invade the Earth.
……but, I’m somehow different from my friends.
I can’t speak nearly as well and I’m really leaky.
You know, I’m probably a defect.

***

My name is plato1728.
I am a Bio-machine, created to invade the Earth.

That’s why I must fight.
But, I’ll never make it because I’m too slow.

By the time I made it to the battlefield, the fight was already over.
My other Bio-machine friends didn’t want anything to do with me.

***

I wonder why I can’t speak well.
Or why I can’t walk fast.
Or why I can’t attack with lightning speed.
Or why I can’t defeat my enemies very well.
Without the acceptance of my friends, I was alone.

I was always alone.

***

Then one day.
When I was lost and strayed from my friends,
I found myself in the ruins of a factory.
There I found some small pieces of junk.

***

I thought we were very similar,
The junk that could no longer move and I.

***

As if something beckoned me forward, I passed through the factory ruins.
Even though the pieces of junk couldn’t speak,
I felt like we could be good friends.

After all, I was the same.

***

96 hours 32 minutes after meeting the junk,
I discovered a factory that had remained a secret.
My frineds unanimously said things like:

“It’s pointless to get worked up over silly dolls that have no soul.”
“You’re a simplton who can’t even go out to the battlefield.”

They said all sorts of horrible things.
I didn’t say anything in response, but instead tried everything
I could to protect the junk so they wouldn’t break.

***

1358 hours and 05 minutes later.
An all-out assault by enemy forces began.
From within the flames, my friends calmly fought back.

But I was anything but calm.
Because that place suddenly transformed into a war zone
Was the factory ruins where the junk resided.

***

What should I do?
The factory’s falling apart.
The junk is on fire.
Please stop.
Why?
Our memories…
Help me.
It’s become a war zone.
Stop.
I can’t take this.

***

The next moment,
I realized that my body had suddenly transformed on its own.
The wreckage and weapons around me affixed to my body.

Like the hostile machines,
And even my Bio-machine brethren,

This was the first time I realized that I was a model with this particular ability.
I was a weapon created to fight, a tool to kill.

The lives of those that died flowed into my being.

FIght, destrOY, stEAl, kiLl.

***

But…… I……
I……

***

I WILL DECIDE WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO ME.
I DON’T CARE IF I’M HATED BECAUSE OF IT.
I WILL USE THIS LIFE FOR THE WORLD I ENVISION.

***

In the raging fire,
I killed both friend and foe.

***

When I came to,
the junk was gone.

Who’s the fool?
Where am I?

What is the purpose of this life?

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***

The 215th Descent Mission: Overview Report

On August 1st, 11944, a joint operation to regain control of the Old Europe central zone was planned between the human forces, launching from the Bunker in orbit, and the Resistance on the ground. However, from July 31st, descending squadrons were delayed the due to a large-scale EMP attack by enemy Bio-machines. More than 4200 Resistance units were subsequently lost.

On the other hand, a never-before-seen development on the side of the enemy Bio-machines was confirmed, indicating multiple instances of Bio-machines attacking each other. It appeared as though the enemy machines fused together to form a single, gigantic machine.
() The battle continued the following day, but due to additional enemy reinforcements, the human forces were forced to retreat. The mission ended in failure.

Currently, analysis of the video footage is underway by the Development Department.

 

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.

SINoALICE
The absolute worst “Story”

Yoko Taro x Square Enix x Pokelabo

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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

 [ JAPANESE ]

 [ ENGLISH ]



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…

3rd Live Broadcast – Recap

This last broadcast was for the most part uneventful, but there were some interesting moments, I suppose.

First, we’re introduced to a pre-recorded video with Yoko Taro, Saito Yosuke, Taura Takahisa in which they played an early prototype version of the demo. They weren’t able to participate in the live broadcast this time due to a double-booking error that co-producer Ebara Jun’ichi explains later in the broadcast.

Yoko Taro first states that Square Enix asked them to present more about the game, but at this point there’s very little they can show without spoiling the story or other contents of the game, so they decided on showing off a little bit of the prototype demo. Taura says he’s a little embarrassed to show it, however.

* Note: I’m not translating what they’re saying word-for-word, nor am I translating everything they talked about.

Yoko: Alright then, cue the game. LET’S GO!

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Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare Chapter 23

Mangaka Moriyama Daisuke just tweeted out a preliminary sketch from the up-coming chapter 23 of Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare and states that we’ll finally get an idea WHY young kids with special abilities were created in the first place. I suggested… THE LEGION!! lol I suppose we shall see!!



Regarding my fan English translation work on this series:

I have been extremely busy since the end of the year last December and things have not changed in the new year. I hope to work on Chapter 21 soon but cannot give a definite date when I can get that chapter out. I have it all ready for translation, though, so it should be a little faster than starting from scratch. 😛

NieR:Automata meets amazarashi

Famitsu has just release some more information regarding the collaboration between and the rock band amazarashi with their upcoming single and music video entitled “Inochi ni Fusawashii” (Right to Life).

NieR Pod Skin: amazarashi head product code!

Just in time for Square Unix’s release of the Action RPG “” on February 23, the rock band amazarashi, helmed by Akita Hiromu, will be entering into a collaboration entitled “ meets amazarashi”. The brand new, CD jacket illustration for amazarashi’s new “Inochi ni Fusawashii” single has just been released!

“Inochi ni Fusawashii” First Edition Release (NieR themed)

  • 1,800 plus tax (CD + DVD)
  • Original picture book “Inochi ni Fusawashii” (Author: Yoko Taro / Illustration: Koda Kazuma (PG concept artist)
  • Product Code “Pod Skin: amazarashi head”

CD
Track 1: Inochi ni Fusawashii (Right for Life)
Track 2: Yuurei (Ghost)
Track 3: Kazoe Ka (Counting Song)
Track 4: Inochi ni Fusawashii (Right for Life) acoustic version

DVD
Inochi ni Fusawashii (Right for Life) Music Video
” Movie 119450310

* The cover art is designed by the same illustrator, Platinum Games’ Koda Kazuma
* Further details on the amazarashi head Pod Skin will be released at a later date.
* Reservations are now open.

“Inochi ni Fusawashii” Standard Release (First edition, third party case)

  • 1,200 plus tax

Track 1: Inochi ni Fusawashii (Right for Life)
Track 2: Yuurei (Ghost)
Track 3: Kazoe Ka (Counting Song)
Track 4: Inochi ni Fusawashii (Right for Life) acoustic version

* The “” image on the cover was designed by YKBX.
* Reservations are now open.

 Additional Information Regarding the Picture Book

Yoko Taro had stated during the 2nd Live Broadcast that the picture book is merely a spinoff with no direct link to the story in Automata. He says that the atmosphere between the two is relatively the same, however, so it is perfectly safe for anyone to read the book before or after playing. That being said, he also suggested to read the book after playing the game… you may get a different impression.

Additionally, it was confirmed in the 3rd Live Broadcast that this is *not* 9S.


Source: Famitsu | Twitter | Natalie