Since the release of the stage play YoRHa Ver.1.0 on DVD this past February, I had worked on translating the insert booklet that came with it shortly after it was released… but apparently forgot all about it. ^^; So, let this post rectify that oversight.
The inside of the two-page booklet covers information on all 16 of the YoRHa androids, including rank, position, individual specs, and their unique “false memories”. Enjoy!
280 years have passed since the deaths of Nier and Kaine. Emil is calmly humming to himself as he walks about the area once known as the Northern Plains before it lapsed into ruin due to severe climate change. Without anyone overseeing them, Replicants have all since died out, and not a single human remained in this area.
Over a long period of time, Emil had customized his body with some mechanical parts here and there that his entire form began to take on an unusual shape. Each step he makes sounds no different than any other robot.
—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; 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.
Also, try not to get bent out of shape to see that this image does not designate any specific shift in worlds between the DOD universe and. Interestingly enough, no where in the giant DOD/NieR timeline printed in the DOD 10th Anniversary -World Inside- book does it state any sort of jump to a parallel universe or other dimension. It merely continues through the course of time and shows how things potentially flow together. You may take that as you will.
Updated: March 25, 2017
Addendum: I understand that there was a discrepancy relating to DOD2 and where the novella “The Garden of Light” ought to be; however, 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.
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.
If you’re familiar with Yoko Taro‘s presence online, you’ll know that he often has some very interesting things to say about the video game industry. The other day he had some very high praise for the company–Platinum Games–developing his new game, which is currently only going by the name “NieR New Project“.
Here’s a quick glance at what he had to say about Platinum Games:
Yoko: Platinum Games do such quality work that I really don’t feel like I’m needed very much. Kamiya*: We’ll try our best to measure up to your expectations…
Yoko: In this industry, the term “subcontractor” is not frequently used any more, but a practical issue that many companies have is this mindset that “all we have to do is what we’re told.” However, frankly speaking, Platinum Games is a great company. It’s as though I went to Tenkaippin, and although I only ordered a regular-sized meal, they gave me karaage with rice, plus a serving of kotteri ramen free of charge.
Yoko: But since I’m in charge of the story, please, at any rate, at all cost, do not get your hopes up.
I started working on this many months ago, but it’s finished now. This is the 2 page bit about the fictitious DOD4 that was printed in the DOD 10th Anniversary -World Inside- materials book. It details a bunch of fake story ideas for a nonexistent DOD4. The likewise fake interview regarding it, too, is quite amusing.
Anyone is welcome to use this image and/or information held within it as long as you do not further edit or crop anything out and you cite your source. I’ve already placed it in the main Images Gallery at the links below.